Kochi Backwaters

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From time immemorial Kochi was famous for its pepper, cardamom and ginger. The Portuguese, Dutch and the British tried hard to control the region's spice trade. Kochi occupies a prime position on the secular map of India. Known as the queen of the Arabian Sea it is one of the finest natural harbors of the world. Kochi Backwaters offers spectacular views of lush greenery slanting towards the backwaters. Kochi Backwaters against the setting sun is a picturesque scene. Boat Rides are a major tourist attraction at Kochi Backwaters . Tourists can gaze amazingly at onshore country life while taking an exotic boat ride on the backwaters. Houseboats sail past each other with magnificent views of the country life. You can enjoy boat rides from Kochi backwaters to Willingdon Island, Mattancherry Place, the Jewish Synagogue, Fort Kochi and Bolgatty Island.

Major Attractions of Kochi Backwaters:

Bolghatty Island : Built by the Dutch and later inhabited by the British is today run by Kerala Tourism Development and offers spectacular views of the backwaters.

Willington Island: Named after the British Viceroy Lord Willington this spectacular island is situated in the backwaters. The headquarters of the naval command, port trust, trading centers are located here.

Fort Kochi: A fishing village transformed into a lucrative centre of trade. The architecture emanates European charm and elegance.

Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace) � Built in 1555 this exotic architecture in the backwaters was built by foreigners on lines of Hindu art and architecture.

St Francis Church � An exemplary wooden architecture, this church was built in 1503. It houses the cenotaph of Vasco De Gama.

The Jewish synagogue, the Dutch palace, the Chinese Fishing nets, and features of European and Asian architecture blend into the tradition of the city.

Other Attractions at the backwaters are spectacular sunset views, three hour backwater village tours which include tours to coir villages and coconut plantations.