Queen of the Arabian Sea
Come into Cochin (Kochi), Queen of the Arabian Sea. Believed to be the
finest natural harbour in the world. With ferry rides commanding its
breathtaking view. Cruise around man-made islands with lush green lawns
sloping down to the water's edge. Cochin is the oldest European settlement
in India. Recording a history of visitors who came, saw and stayed for
hundreds of years. Layered impressions - Chinese, Arab, Jewish, British,
French and Portuguese, are contained within its environment.
Chinese fishing nets that billow from massive teak and bamboo poles dot the
entrance to the harbour. Silhouetted against the setting sun, they present a
magnificent sight at the waterfront.
A narrow, palm-fringed island, easily accessible from the mainland is where
the Bolghatty Palace is situated. The palace was built by the Dutch in 1744.
Later, it became the seat of the British Resident of Cochin and today this
has been converted into a hotel run by the KTDC. The palace has a golf
course on its grounds.
Houseboats in Cochin
Houseboats of Cochin are a unique way to experience the beauty of
kaleidoscopic Kerala. Transportation of men and material using houseboats of
Kerala is nothing new. Though, the concept of staying in houseboats of
Kerala is gaining popularity now. Houseboats on backwaters of Cochin are a
major tourist attraction. The houseboats glide on the backwaters of Kerala,
with panoramic view passing by.