KOCHI ('QUEEN OF ARABIAN')

Ernakulam (Kochi). It has the fascinating blend of cultures. From time immemorial, traders and travellers frequented the place. One of the finest natural harbours in the world is located here. Most of the City's commercial centres and shops are located in the mainland. N G Nair India. Values, morals and ethics , N G Nair and Yoga , Unity in Diversity ,  About N G Nair from thottakom Vaikom KottayamBeautiful Coastal Kerala, Backwaters and My Home TownThiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) cityKerala Travel: KOLLAM (QUILON), N G Nair Kerala Travel Alappuzha, KOCHI ('QUEEN OF ARABIAN').
Tourist Places.
Mattancherry Palace ( Dutch Palace) : Built by the  portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja ub 1555 AD; it acquired the present name after 1663, when the Dutch carried out some extensions and repairs in the palace. In the centre of the building is the coronation Hall were the Cochin Rajas held their coronations. 

Jewish synagogue, Mattancherry: Built in 1567 AD , the scrolls of the Old Testament, the copper plates in which the grants of privilage made by the cochin rulers were reorded and the exquistie Chinese handpainted tiles are of interest. 

St. Francis' Church, Fort Cochin. This Protestant Church was built originally by the Portuguese in 1510 AD and it is believed to be the first church built by Europeans in India. Vasco-da-Gama was buried here. Fourteen years later, his mortal remains were taken to Portuga. 

Bolgatty Island: This is the site of the Bolgatty palace built by the Dutch in 1744. Later it become the seat of the British Resident of Cochin.

Willingdon Island. Cochin's famous island is Willingdon, Island, named after Lord Willingdon, the British Viceroy of India. It is a man made island created from the material dredged while deepening the Cochin Port.

Gundu Islant with a area of 5 acres. Gundu Island is the smallest island around Cochin.
The harbour is the necleus around which Kochi has grown to become the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'. The backwaters extending to the east and south from the harbour are dotted with tiny islands formed by the naturally by alluvial deposits from the river.
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