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Cochin

A port city - famous for its unique Chinese fishing nets. It has one of the finest natural harbours. Serves as the starting point for tourists to cover Kerala. There are two major islands of interest, Wellingdon and Bolgatty.

How to reach?
Cochin is a major city and hence is accessible by all means (air, rail and surface) from all major places.

Climate
It is warm round the year. It rains heavily during the months of June, July, August and September.

What to see?

Dutch Palace - built by the Portuguese during the 16th century. It now serves as the portrait gallery of Cochin rajas (rulers).

Jewish Synagogue of Mattancherry - Noted for its copper plated scrolls of old rajas. Also for its handpainted Chinese tiles (none of them resembling any other!)
Chinese fishing Nets - These are an interesting sight to see especially during sunrise and sunset.

Willingdon Island and Bolgatty Island - Willingdon island is an artificial island. When they dug the sea for deepening the sea to improve the port, this island emerged out of the desposited silt material!

Kalady - It is the birth palce of Adi Sankaracharya, the philosopher of the 8th century.

Food
Multicuisine restaurants are available with almost all the decent hotels in the city. Please check with the restaurant what oil they use for cooking before taking your seat.

What to wear?
Cotton wears are comfortable. If you are from the west, for cultural reasons, please cover yourself adequately (females particularly). In India, people cover themselves as fully as possible, with the exceptions of some tribal communities.

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