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Packages Tour Kerala South India Bolg hatty Island This long narrow palm-fringed island is easily accessible from the mainland and is where you’ll need to go to see the Bolghatty Palace.

Bolghatty Palace situated on Boghatty Island, a narrow palm-fringed island easily accessible from the mainland. The Palace was built by the Dutch in 1744 and later became the seat of the British Resident. Today this has been converted into a hotel and is a popular place to stay.

Chennamangalam About 4km from Parur, houses the oldest synagogue in Kerala. There is also a Jesuit Church and ruins of a Jesuit College. One can also walk to the Hindu Temple overlooking river Periyar, a 16th-century mosque, as well as burial grounds.

Chinese Fishing Nets The Chinese fishing nets that line the sea-front and exhibit a mechanical method of catching fish by local fishermen in Fort Kochi are said to have been brought from China by traders of Kubalai Khan's Court, many years ago and are still used today at high tide.

 Holidays in Kerala IndiaChottanikkara Temple Numerous stories attest to the early history of this 10th century temple, where tormented devotees found solace in the diety, Bhagavathi. Today it remains one of the most popular pilgrim sites in Kerala, devotees still flock here seeking liberation from torment. Sometimes they dance themselves into a flenzy in their battle between the demons and the deities. The Goddess at Chottanikkara is revered here in three forms; she is Saraswathi (goddess of learning) in the morning, Bhagavathi (fierce and destructive) at noon and Durga (divine mother) in the evening.

Coonan Kurishu Shrine Located in the heart of the busy Mattancherry is the Coonan Kurishu Shrine which was the venue for about 25,000 Syrian Christians who in 1653, assembled at the ancient cross in Mattancherry and tied long ropes to it. Pulling the ropes they took a solemn oath that they would never obey the Latin Archbishops or be under the Jesuits.

Dutch Cemetery
located a short distance from St. Francis Church, near the entrance to the beach is supposedly maintained by the CSI, but is very badly kept. There is no information available on this cemetery, (if travellers have any, please forward it to us so that we may be able to inform others via these web pages) although it is of historical importance having many famous persons buried here. Most of the grave stones have been removed, but the few that are here are in fairly good condition, however because of the overgrowth of plants and shrubs, it takes a bit of real exploring to discover whose grave stone is whose.

Kerala Holidays South India Ernakulam is a modern city nearby where shopping markets, bazaar setc are located. From time immemorial, Arab, Chinese, Dutch and British and Portuguese seafarers followed the sea route to Kochi and left their impression on the town. The Chinese fishing nets swaying in the breeze over backwaters, the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Portuguese architecture, Boghatty Palace in Kochi enrich the heritage of Kerala.

Fort Kochi Founded in 1503, this Portuguese fort is now in ruins. With its European heritage, its air of genteel decay, and stubborn self-absorption, it is a place where history, still stalks the lonely streets and one can see the remains of Indo-European architecture that still exist here.

Fort Kochi Beach
Easily the best part of the city, the beach at Fort Kochi extends from Kamalakada to the harbour entrance. A stroll along the beach at sunset with the Chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background is an experience to cherish.

Hill Palace The palace of Rajas of Kochi in the 19th century, the palace has been converted into a museum displaying a fine collection of articles used by the Rajas of Kochi besides many archaeological findings. It is located at Tripunittura, 6 km from the city.

Jewish Synagogue or the (Paradeshi Synagogue) was built in 1568 AD. The Great Scrolls of the Old Testment, the copper plates in which the grants of privilege made by the Cochin rulers were recorded and the exquisite Chinese hand-painted tiles are of interest here. One of the oldest synagogues in the world, it is a jewel of incomparable beauty with its brass columns, Belgian hanging lamps, and exquisite hand-painted, blue-and-white Chinese porcelain tiles of which no two are alike.It is open from 10.00 hrs to 12.00 hrs and 15.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs and is closed on Sundays and Jewish holidays.

Kerala Holiday Tour PackageKathakali Performances The origins of India's most spectacular dance drama go back 500 years to a time when open -air performances were held in temple courtyards or in villages. There are more than 100 different arrangements, all of them based on stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharatha. The Kerala Kathakali Centre stage performances at the Cochin Aquatic Club on River Rd, Fort Cochin, near the bus stand. Ask at your hotel on arrival for more information and opening times.

Kochi Shipyard
is the biggest ship building yard in India, and is situated in the southern part of Ernakulam on the way to Willington Island. Set up with Japanese collaboration, this shipyard has a building dock for ships up to 85,000 DWT and a repair dock that can accommodate ships up to 1,00,000 DWT. Motilal Nehru, the first oil tanker made in India, was built here. It's an interesting spot and if you like boats shouldn't be missed.

Mangalavana Bird Sanctuary is situated right in the heart of Kochi city and is the transit home of many exotic and rare varieties of migratory birds throughout the year. This gives visitors an opportunity to see migratory birds on the move and perhaps the opportunity to spot some that have flown all the way from the visitor's homeland.

Mattancherry Palace
also known as Dutch Palace was built the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555 AD. It acquired the present name after 1663 when the Dutch carried out extensions and repairs in the palace, although they never resided here. Its interiors are decorated with murals from the Ramayana and there are some lively displays of royal costumes and palanquins. The place is open from:10.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs and is closed on Fridays and national holidays.

Holiday Packages Tour KeralaPalliport (Pallipuram) Fort was buiIt in 1503, and is the oldest European fort in India. It is located outside the city limits on the northern end of the island.

Parur, 35km north of Kochi (Cochin), encapsulates the cultural and religious medley of this region. There is a synagogue, place of Brahmins, a Syrian Orthodox Church, a Krishna Temple, and a Temple of goddess Mookambic worth seeing here.

Place of Brahmins
This agraharam (place of Brahmins) is a small street of closely packed houses that was settled by Tamil Brahmins and worth a wander through. St. Francis Church This Protestant church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1510 AD and is believed to be the oldest church built by the Europeans in India. It is here that the remains of the inveterate traveller, Vasco da Gamma were initially buried and 14 years later were exhumed and taken to Portugal.

Santa Cruz Baslica This Roman Catholic Church situated close to St. Francis Church is worth visiting for the beautiful paintings that can be seen here.

Willingdon Island
is a man-made island created from the material dredged while deepening Kochin Port. Situated between the main land Ernakulam and the old town Mattancherry and separated by the backwaters. Willingdon Island is an important part of Kochin. The Government of India Tourist Office, the Southern Naval Command Headquarters, the Seaport, Naval Airport, Railway terminus, Customs House, Cochin Port Office etc are all located in this island.Holiday Travel Package Kerala

Vypeen and Gundu Islands Ferries shuttle across the narrow strait from Fort Cochin to Vypeen Island where visitors can see a lighthouse at Ochunthuruth (open from 3 to 5pm daily), good beaches and the early 16th century Palliport Fort (open Thursdays). Gundu, the smallest island in the harbour, is close to Vypeen. It has a coir factory making doormats from coconut fibre worth stopping at too. .Chitram Art Galley can be found opposite Air India, on M.G.Road, Eranakulam This gallery regularly exhibits changing collections of paintings by local artists worth seeing. For more information call: 351295

Hill Palace Museum
situated 12 km from Eranakulam on the Eranakulam Chotanikkara route houses different types of sculptures, collections of rare coins, old weapons, manuscripts in ancient lipis and collection from Cochin Royal Family. The Parishith Thampuran Museum situated at the Durbar Hall Ground together with its collection were transferred to Hill Palace Museum in 1997. For more information contact the place on: 781113 and if you want to visit, the place is open from 9.00 hrs to 12.30 hrs. and 14.00 hrs to 16.30 hrs respectively. The museum is closed on Mondays and national holidays. Note: Horse riding facilities are also available here.

Lalita Kala Academy Gallery of Contemporary Art Located in the Durbar Hall of the Kochi Rajas at D.H. Road, the gallery is open from 10.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs.

Museum of Kerala History Situated at Edappally 10 km along the National Highway from Eranakulam on the Alwaye route, presents on hour long light and sound spectacle of life-size sculptures in concrete, together with the background music and complemented with displays of the vastness and diversity of Kerala's history over the centuries. Viewing times are from 10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 11.30 12.00, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00, 15.30, 16.00 and the place is closed on Mondays and Public holidays. Telephone: 558296 for more information. If you are travelling with children, they will thoroughly enjoy visiting this museum.Pareekshit Thampuran Museum, Cochin

M.N.F. Gallery of Paintings and Sculptures is situated at Edappally about 10km from Ernakulam and located next to Museum of Kerala History. It houses about two hundred original paintings of recognised Indian masters, both contemporary and of the past. There is also a large collection of modern sculptures in marble, bronze, granite etc. The place is open from 10.00 hrs. to 17.00 hrs. Telephone, Edappally 682024 for more information.

Pareekshit Thampuran Museum This sprawling, traditional Kerala style building previously called the Durbar Hall, houses 19th century oil paintings, a collection of old coins, sculptures and Mughal paintings. Lighthouse at Ochanthuruthu is open from 3:00 to 5:00 pm daily.

Parishath Thampuram Museum in Ernakulam
has a large collection of 19th-century oil paintings, old coins, sculptures, Mughal paintings, and temple models worth seeing while in the area. It's open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 hrs to 16.30 hrs.

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