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Travel Tips to Kochi (COK)
Kochi: Queen of the Arabian Sea
As the most important harbour city in India and the centre of the international spice trade, Kochi is reflected in colourful liveliness. Every day giant trade ships arrive from the Indian Ocean, which cause a hustle and bustle after their arrival. Visitors can spend hours in the harbour; where there are so many things happening that you’ll never be bored. The city’s history extends back to ancient times. Even today the city is still shaped by Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese and other European influences. Ancient and modern architecture can be found side by side. Next to giant hotels there are tiny sailor’s taverns. There are both new tourist attractions and historical sites waiting to be explored with a flight to Kochi.
Santa Cruz Basilica: Modest from the outside, glamorous on the inside
A popular historical site is the Santa Cruz Basilica, which was built by the Portuguese. Pope Paul IV elevated it to a cathedral in 1558. After its destruction by the British conquerors, it was rebuilt in 1887. It was appointed a Basilica in 1984 by Pope John Paul II. The gothic church looks rather plain from the outside, with its two towers at the front. On the inside, however, it leaves a glamorous impression due to its beautiful ceiling and wall paintings.
Veegaland: India’s first water park
India’s first water park, the thrilling Veegaland, contrasts with the devout atmosphere of the Basilica. Families will love the various amusement rides. The 12 hectare area is located on a hill, so you can also enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding area. The countless attractions, which start the adrenaline going, are a major highlight of this park. There are also alternatives for visitors who prefer some peace and quiet. Additionally, there is a varied play area just for the little ones. Comfortable restaurants supply the culinary experience of the park.
A stroll through India’s history
Things are a lot calmer in the Indo-Portuguese Museum. Even though it only consists of three small rooms, a lot can be learned about the interesting history of India, and the Portuguese influence on the country. The exhibition is rarely crowded, so there’s a chance you’ll get an individual tour with a lot of interesting insider knowledge. The main topics are local religious art - including an impressively decorated wooden altar - and architecture. The entire facility is clean and cultivated, including a beautifully groomed garden which offers relaxation in a calm atmosphere. Book your flights to Kochi with FlyDoha and enjoy the great variety of this Indian city.