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Luxury Holidays To Cochin
Cochin, a lovely seaside city in South West Indian state of Kerala, breathes gorgeous colonial past and engrosses its visitors with its laid back charm and stunning tourist trappings. Ancient mosques and synagogue, quaint Portuguese houses, antique forts, unspoilt beaches, and picturesque landscape fringed with coconut palms and flourishing mangroves make Cochin a tourist paradise.
Attractions of Cochin
A row of arching Chinese fishing nets along unceasing coast is Kochi's obvious charmer. Fort Kochi beach and Cherai beach remain popular retreats for swimmers, surfers and sun worshippers. St. Francis Church, Vasco House, Santa Cruz Basilica and Dutch Palace reveal the city's Portuguese connection from colonial times. The Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary in the heart of the city, the near by Thattekad Bird Sanctuary as well as the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in not so far Thekkady – all prompt many nature lovers to look for Luxury holidays to Cochin, the Queen of the Arabian Sea.
Predominantly a South Indian city, Cochin boasts a rich culture that is worth exploring. Discover the dynamic shades of its arts and architecture, dance, food and festivals that fascinate many culture enthusiasts. Amazing Raja Ravi Varmas' paintings with a European tinge, celebrated Kathakali and Mohiniattam dance forms and beautiful handicrafts stun one and all. Cochin depicts the colonial architectural style in its synagogue and churches, and quaint Portuguese houses. The lively celebrations during Christmas, New Year and regional festival of Onam reveal the multi-cultural character of Cochin.
Climate and best time to visit
Cochin experiences moderately hot and humid weather year round. June to September brings heavy rains which taper off by December. October to April is the usual peak tourist season when the beauty of this port city remains at its best. However, this is also the time when Luxury holidays to Cochin may be difficult to come by. Cheap Cochin hotels and flights are best booked by planning holidays well in advance.
Cochin food is a blend of mouth watering hot and spicy customary dishes and beverages - Soft idlis (rice cakes), crusty vadas and spicy dosas accompanied with the ubiquitous Sambhar (curry). Unique sea food preparations of prawns, fish, crabs et al tempt most discerning of gourmands. Food served on banana leaves is a norm and an amazing experience here. A number of swish yet Luxury hotels and restaurants in Cochin dish out scrumptious local delicacies as well as international food.
Britons must get a visa before travelling to India or they may be refused to enter the country. Travellers can check FCO's website or the relevant authorities for updated entry requirements for visiting India.
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