Varapuzha is a village on the out skirts of City of Cochin. It has its own river - VARAPUZHA river. A boat ride is worth enjoying the back waters of Kerala. Cochin as such is the nerve center of Kerala and can move around easily.
"Srilakam" is on the banks of Varapuzha river. It has 4 bedrooms (double) air conditioned & attached bath room. Can accommodate 8 -10 persons. Internet facility is provided FOC. Its 23 Km away from the Cochin International Airport. 12 Km from major rail link (can travel directly to any part of India).
Some of interesting places around Cochin are:
Cherai Beach: This lovely beach is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally seen here.
Kodanad: set on the southern banks of the Periyar river amid the beautiful high ranges near Perumbavoor, is one of the largest elephant training centres of Kerala. Earlier elephants captured from Malayatoor forests were trained here. Since the introduction of a ban to elephant capture Kodanad has been reduced to a training centre.
Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village is a unique tiny fishing village and tourism spot. Here, one can fully savor a variety of natural splendors, and paramount to a model tourist village the outstanding ecological balance of the location.The model village is a veritable treat to its visitors with the famous Chinese fishing nets and many other sights to savor.
One of the earliest streets to be constructed in Fort Kochi, Princess Street with its European style residences still retains its old world charm. The best view of this quaint street can be had from Loafer’s Corner, the traditional meeting place and hangout of the jovial fun loving people of the area.
St. Francis Church:Built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars, this is India’s oldest European church. This was initially built of timber and later reconstructed in stone masonry. It was restored in 1779 by the Protestant Dutch, converted to an Anglican church by the British in 1795 and is at present governed by the Church of South India. Vasco da Gama was buried here in 1524 before his remains were moved to Lisbon, Portugal. The tombstone still remains.
Bastion Bungalow: Built in the Indo-European style way back in 1667, the Bungalow gets its name from its location on the site of the Stromberg Bastion of the old Dutch Fort. The building blends beautifully into the circular structure of the bastion, has a tiled roof and a typical first floor verandah in wood along its front portion. Though it has been said that a network of secret tunnels runs beneath the bungalow, none have been found. Today, the Bungalow is the official residence of the Sub Collector.
Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace). Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. On display here are beautiful murals depicting scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, and some of the Puranic Hindu legends. The palace also houses Dutch maps of old Kochi, royal palanquins, coronation robes of former maharajas of Kochi as well as period furniture. The three dimensional portraits of the Maharajas are also noteworthy.
Synagogue:Constructed in 1568, this is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth. Destroyed in a shelling during the Portuguese raid in 1662, it was rebuilt two years later by the Dutch. Known for mid 18th century hand painted, willow patterned floor tiles from Canton in China, a clock tower, Hebrew inscriptions on stone slabs, great scrolls of the Old Testament, ancient scripts on copper plates etc.
Jew Town: The area around the Synagogue is a centre of spice trade and curio shops.
The Hill Palace Museum:The Hill Palace, the official residence of the Kochi royal family, is today the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. Built in 1865, the palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the tr tional architectural style of Kerala, sprawled over 52 acres of beautifully landscaped terraced land which houses a deer park and facilities for horse riding. Numerous species of flora including rare medicinal plants grow here. On display in the full-fledged Ethno-archaeological museum are oil-paintings, murals, sculptures in stone and manuscripts, inscriptions, coins, belongings of the royal family and royal furniture including the throne. Also exhibited are over 200 antique pieces of pottery and ceramic vases from Japan and China, Kudakkallu (tomb stone), Thoppikkallu (hood stone), menhirs, granite, laterite memorials, rock cut weapons from the stone ages, wooden temple models, plaster cast models of objects from Mohanjodaro and Harappa of the Indus Valley Civilisation. The museum also houses a gallery of contemporary art.
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