Known as Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin (Kochi) is believed to be the finest natural harbour in the world. It is a cluster of islands on the vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake. Because of its commercial importance, foreign powers vied for supremacy in the area and therefore the place has a blend of several exotic cultures like the Portuguese, Jewish, English, French, Dutch and Chinese.
A trip to the lush backwaters of Kochiis a feast for the eyes. It is the haven of vintage architecture, lip-smacking delicacies and pure solitude.
The Willingdon Island is a popular tourist haunt that is a must visit on a cruise to the Kochi backwaters. It is a contrived island made up of dragged up silt. You can find luxurious hotel accommodations and shopping havens. A visit to the central office of the navy is also a must.
The island of Vypeen is cocooned by the backwater and the Arabian Sea. People flock to visit this island because its unique selling point is its teeming millions which crowns it as one of the thickly peopled sites on earth. The Ochanthuruthu lighthouse is a celebrated landmark of the Vypeen islands that provides the visitors with a brilliant and exhilarating bird's - eye view of Kochi.
The sights and sounds of Fort Kochi are also among the famed tourists destinations of the Kochi backwaters. It is an eclectic mix of the British, Dutch, Portuguese and Arab architectural exploits. The tourists can take a trip of the St.Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica and various other vintage architectural delights and walk down the history lane.
A voyage to the exotic backwaters of Kochiwill entail a visit to the oldest Jewish tabernacle, the Pardesi Synagogue, dating back to 1568. Embellished with floor art and housing history laced copper plates, this repository of heritage is a must visit.
Ferry rides in Kochi backwaters commands a breathtaking view due to its lush green lawns sloping down to the water's edge. Giant Chinese fishing nets that billow from massive teak and bamboo poles dot the entrance to the harbor. Silhouetted against the setting sun, they present a magnificent sight at the waterfront.
Houseboats in Kochi Backwaters: Houseboats are a unique way to experience the beauty of Cochin. The houseboats glide on the backwaters in Kochi, with panoramic view passing by.
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