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Temple pond, Kochi
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Temple Pond, Kochi/Cochin

Kochi (formerly Cochin)

It’s a city whose age is measured in millenia.

Since the times of the  Roman Empire, Cochin has been an important gateway for trade with theAbove, St. Francis the oldest Christian church in India; below, St. Antonius Church. West. Whether you call it Kochi, Cochin or Ernakulam, it’s a fascinating place to visit.

One might have business with the Port of Kochi, the Cochin Shipyard, Kochi Refineries or any of the myriad of business headquartered here. Assuming the purpose of visiting is tourism, one’s most likely destination would be the old town.

Saint Francis Church, the oldest Christian church in India (shown at right), is located here, as are the Paradesi Synagogue and the old Dutch tombs shown below left.

As to climate, temperature remains fairly constant throughout the year, but precipitation doesn’t. The (relatively) dry season runs from December through March and the (by any standard) rainy season peaks in June.

In common with other ports built around bays and islands, Kochi has a very good network of low-cost ferry routes. For a reasonable amount of money, the tourist office will arrange kettuvallam and powerboat tours.

Old Dutch tombs, a woman approaches a Christian church, a temple elephant is led through the streets.



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