Get charmed by the captivating India tourist destination of Cochin. The world-renowned port city of Cochin is an important business centre and holiday destination. "Queen of the Arabian Sea" Cochin offers several tourist spots that are worth visiting during your holidays in Cochin.
The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is one of the worth visiting places in Cochin. Though it was the Portuguese who had built the Palace it was the Dutch who had brought about the renovations in the Palace. The landmark in Cochin City is the Fort Cochin. This Portuguese fort is a must visit in Cochin owing to its European heritage. St. Francis' Church, built in the early 16th century is the pride of Fort Cochin. Paradeshi Synagogue was built in 1568 with timber supplied gratis attracts devotees and tourists alike in Cochin. Today shops, warehouses and spice auction rooms can be found at the Jewish Synagogue.
The exquisitely carved wooden panels and pulpit at the Santa Cruz Basilica make it another tourist spot in Cochin. The Santa Cruz Basilica dates back to 1557 when the Portuguese has built it. On the shores on Cochin the Chinese fishing nets offer an awesome site. Parishath Thampuram Museum that houses a huge collection of 19th-century oil paintings, old coins, sculptures, Mughal paintings, and temple models is another important tourist place. Handicraft and antique emporia in Cochin are the best places to go shopping and pick up souvenirs from. The winter months of December and January are the best time to visit Cochin.
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