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Dutch Palace, Mattancherry
It was originally built by the Portugese and presented to the Raja of Cochin in 1555. It was later taken over by the Dutch and hence the name Dutch Palace though at no time did the Portugese or the Dutch stayed there. The rulers of Cochin held their ceremonious coronation in the coronation hall. The highlight of the palace is the mural paintings of mythological figures and scenes from Ramayana in Hindu temple art.
It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kochi. Situated on the Bolghatty island, the Palace has been converted into a luxury hotel with a very good golf course and several vantage points with great views of the harbour and the sea.
Chinese Fishing Nets
They are a legacy of the trading connections between china and India many centuries ago. Still in use by the local fishermen, the long rows of Chinese nets silhouetted against the sunset present a spectacular sight.
St. Francis Church
Reputed to be the oldest church in India built by the Europeans, it is situated in Fort Cochin. Vasco Da Gama was buried here and the original tablet still remains here.
It was built in 1568. The Great Scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here.. Of particular interest are the exquisite Chinese hand painted tiles.
Siva temple, Ernakulam
Situated in the centre of the town of Cochin, the annual festival in the temple is conducted for 8 days in January.
This mangrove forest is a small bird sanctuary located in the heart of the town and attracts a large number of tourists.
Museum of Kerala History
Important scenes of Kerala history are portrayed through sculptures. The museum has displays of life size statues of many famous personalities.