KOCHI: ORIGIN & HISTORY

Kochi traces its origin to the port of "Muziris" ( Muchiri in Malayalam, for cleft lip.) It denotes the three branches of river Periyar that flow through and open into the Arabian Sea through this port town. It is mentioned in Ramayna, Mahabharata, Akananur and Chilaapathikaram. The Poets Pathanjali and Karthiyayan as well as the travelogues of Pliny and Ptolemy mention it. It is also mentioned in the stone writings of Emperor Asoka.

COCHIN- THE GLOBAL SPICE HUB & THE CRADLE OF CHRISTIANITY IN INDIA.

Cochin (Kochi), the queen of the Arabian sea, is the commercial, economic, cultural and religious hub of Kerala and it is situated almost at midway between Kasargod and Kanya Kumari (Cape Comorin). Blessed with a natural harbour that is hewn out of the estuary of river Periyar in 1341 A.D, Kochi is well connected with the major rivers of Kerala through the Vembanad Lake. It has a rich maritime history dating back to the ancient times as the center of spice trade.

Spices shipped from the ancient port of Muziris (Kodungalloor or Cranganoore) which was about 40 kms from Kochi found their way into the court of King Solomon and it was this Jewish connection that brought St.Thomas, the disciple of Jesus to Kodungalloor in 52 A.D.

When Jerusalem was besieged by Vespasian in 68 A.D and was totally destroyed by his son Titus in 70 A.D, there was a Jewish migration en masse to Kochi and surrounding areas. These Jewish settlers were well treated by the rulers of Kochi, and Judaism followed by Christianity struck their roots here.

Cochin is known as the cradle of Christianity in India, tracing its origin to St. Thomas, the apostle and patron saint of India. Of the three basilicas which flank the Cochin Harbour, two are dedicated to Mary, the Holy mother of Jesus, who according to legend, bequeathed her girdle, symbolizing faith to St. Thomas, when she was taken up to heaven.

Her miraculous intercession has saved Cochin from many disasters in the past as well as in the present. The feast day of her assumption; i.e. August 15th coincides with the Indian Independence day.

Cochin is strategically located on the major sea routes linking Europe, North Africa and Middle East with India, Far East and Oceania. It is an ideal place to start with your Kerala tour, since it is centrally located and is well connected with other tourist destinations in Kerala.

CUSTOMIZED TOUR PLANNING DEPENDING UPON CUSTOMERS' PREFERENCES CAN BE ARRANGED SO THAT THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PLACES CAN BE COVERED IN ONE GO WITHOUT CRIS-CROSSING ROUTES, THEREBY SAVING UPON TIME, VEHICLE RENTALS AND RUNNING COSTS.

TOURIST PLACES IN AND AROUND KOCHI (WITH DISTANCE):

Wonderla-20Kms: Ernakulam Marine Drive (3 Kms): Subhash Park (2 Kms):M. G. Road (1 Km): Broad Way (2 Kms): Vytilla (3 Kms): Edappally (6 Kms): Ernakulam South (400 Mtrs): Cherai Beach (30 Kms): Munambam (35 Kms): Fort Kochi (10 Kms): Thevara (4 Kms): Vallarpadam(4 Kms): ): Mattanchery (10 Kms): Thripponithura (10 Kms): Alleppey (80 Kms: Kumarakom (80 Kms): Kodanad, near Malayattor (40 Kms): Chottanikkara (20kMS): Guruvayoor (100 kMS): Azheekode (50 Kms): Kalady (30 Kms): Athirappally (60 Kms): Vazhachal (65 Kms) : Munnar (200 Kms):