Like many cities in India, Cochin too has an illustrious history. Many interesting theories exist about the origin of the name Cochin, but there are no conclusive theories. Some experts believe that Cochin is a modified name of the word 'Cochazhi,' which means small sea in Malayalam. Others opine that the word 'Kochi' was termed by the Chinese. This is because of the peculiar Chinese fishing nets found in Cochin and the strong Chinese influence the city has had in the past.
The Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, Italians and Portuguese aided in making Cochin a bustling centre of commercial activity, connecting the mainland to the rest of the world. The city owes a lot to travellers and scholars like Fa Hien, Vasco da Gama, Sir Robert Bristow, etc. to her growth and prosperity. Today the city is among the hottest tourist destinations.
The ferry from Casino Hotel to Fort Cochin and Mattancherry takes just 10 minutes.
Mattancherry is about 8 kms from the hotel.
Marine Drive is about 11 kms from the hotel.
Chinese Fishing Nets
Chinese Fishing Nets are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for fishing. A must see if you're at Fort Cochin.
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is a church built originally by the Portuguese and in 1558 elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV. This magnificent church is a must-see destination for tourists who come to Kochi.
St. Francis Church
St. Francis Church, originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent.
Mattancherry Palace,also known as the Dutch Palace in Mattancherry, Kochi, with its medieval charm, features Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi.
Jew Town is a bustling port area and centre of the Kochi spice trade. Scores of small firms huddle together in old, dilapidated buildings and the air is filled with the biting aromas of ginger, cardamom, cumin, turmeric and cloves.
Jewish Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, located in Kochi in South India. The synagogue is located in the quarter of Old Cochin known as Jew Town, and is the only one of the seven synagogues in the area still in use.
David Hall was built around 1695 by the Dutch East India Company. The hall is named after David Koder, a Jewish business man. David Hall is currently an art gallery.
Kashi Art Gallery & Cafe
Kashi Art Gallery & Cafe is a quaint art cafe that was established in 1997. The gallery welcomes art of all genres to its space and is a great place for passionate art lovers.
Brunton Boatyard is a CGH Earth Group hotel in Fort Kochi,Cochin, offering sea view rooms in colonial style.
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