Cochin or Cochi is a charming place that blends centuries old influences of the Portuguese, Dutch the Chinese and the English. This place is also popularly called, the Gateway of Kerala. Cochin is also an important tourist hub that connects other well known destinations like Munnar, Thekkady, and Allepey. Read on for information about special places you must visit in Kochi.
* Kumbalangi Village: Kumbalangi was chosen by the Government of Kerala to launch their Intergrated Tourism Village. Originally, an island, this place is now a model fishing village with thousands of tourists visiting every year. Some of the village’s prominent features include facilities bait fishing, traditional art and dance performances etc. The place also hosts, Kalagraman or Artist Village where handicrafts and fishing items are put on display. Mangroves separate the land from the waters and allow a breeding environment for prawns, crabs and fishes. Chefs at the village ensure that you get the best cuisine that includes coconut milk rice, fish and prawn dishes and the unique Chiiratta Puttu. And at the end of the meal, you can choose to wash everything down with moist and nutritious tender coconut water.
* Museum of Kerala History: The Museum of Kerala History depicts the glorious past of Kerala showcases examples of the bravery, art and literature of Kerala. The Museum is located at Edapally- a place that’s about 10 km from Ernakulam. The star attraction at the entrance is the statue of Sage Parasurama. He is believed to have created Kerala by claiming land from the seas. The museum is full of statues, sculptures and paintings that describe the history of Kerala, right from the past, to the present. A must-not-miss tip in the museum is to view the exhibits of Raja Ravi Varma, Jamini Roy and M F Hussain.