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Kochi is a charming city in Kerala, South India that will surely win your heart with its exquisite coastlines, rich multicultural heritage, picturesque tea gardens, scenic riverbanks and lush spice plantations. This magnificent city also boasts majestic palaces, captivating archaeological sites and buildings featuring a mixture of Dutch, Portuguese and British architectural styles. There is so much to enjoy in this wonderful city; go backwater cruising, watch the story-telling dance form of Kathakali featuring artists with authentic costumes and go scuba diving to discover the magical world of colourful marine life such as corals, sea urchins and fishes. Brightsun Travel offers cheap holiday packages to Kochi, so get planning for your next exotic getaway now!
Kochi is one of Kerala’s leading cultural centres which boasts various superb museums and art galleries. Head to the Indian Naval Maritime Museum to learn about the history and evolution of the Indian Navy, and discover a unique collection of artifacts related to the country’s post-independence naval victories, including the Junaghad Operation and Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971. Another must-visit museum in Kochi is the Museum of Kerala History, one of India’s oldest museums which is home to plenty of sculptures and more than 200 paintings created by some of India's leading artists, such as M.F. Husain and Raja Ravi Varma. Then there’s the Hill Palace Museum which showcases an interesting range of statues, weapons, coins and ornaments of local royal families.
Kochi is home to an incredible selection of iconic buildings and landmarks. The most distinguished among them is the 16th century St. Francis Church, one of India’s oldest European churches with beautiful structural designs, stunning paintings and Indo-Saracenic architectural styles. Another must-see attraction in Kochi is Fort Immanuel, Asia’s first Portuguese fort constructed in 1503 that features fortification layers and large canons. Then there’s the Cheraman Juma Masjid, one of India’s oldest mosques situated in Kodungallur which was constructed in AD 629 with multiple domes and minarets. Other excellent tourist attractions in Kochi include the Mattancherry Palace, Santa Cruz Basilica and Paradesi Synagogue. Book exclusive holidays to Kochi and look forward to exploring this city of unique tourist attractions.