Stunning islands serenade present with the past
Cochin (Kochi) is spread across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters. The city was founded in 1341 when a flood created a natural safe port which became the principal harbour for Malabar Coast’s spice trade. Cochin was on the main trade route between Europe and China. The rulers invited people of various religions to settle here, attracting the Jews and the Christians who built places of worship and their own communities. Kochi better known as Cochin serenades the present with her past.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Cochin.
Chinese Fishing Nets
Chinese Fishing Nets, in use for the last 500 years and one of the tourist attractions in Kerala, line the sea-front and exhibit a mechanical method of catching fish by local fishermen in Fort Kochi. It is believed that the Chinese fishing nets were brought in by the Chinese Explorer from the court of Kublai Khan, a Chinese emperor.
St. Francis Church
The St. Francis Church (closed on Sundays) was constructed in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan Friars who accompanied the expedition led by Pedro Alvarez Cabral. The church, well-known for its beautiful architecture and ambience, is one of the oldest churches built by the Europeans in India. The history of this Church reflects the colonial struggle of European powers in India.
The synagogue is located in the quarter of Old Cochin known as Jew Town and is the only one of the seven synagogues in the area still in use. The interior of the synagogue is adorned with Belgian chandeliers and grand lightings. The hand painted Chinese floor tiles in the Synagogue are worth mentioning, since no two tiles have an identical design.