10 Interesting Facts about Kochi
Kochi is a popular travel destination among tourists. It is a mix of history, modernity, nature, art and culture. There are many tourist attractions in Kochi and this place is enjoyed by all types of tourists. Be it singles, couples, honeymooners, backpackers or families- all can have a good time here.
In this article, let us get to know some fun and interesting facts about Kochi
1) Kochi and Cochin are often used to describe the same place and this can often cause confusion among tourists. Cochin is the colonial name. British used to call Kochi as Cochin and Keralites used to call it Kochi. So it was finally officially named Kochi in the 90s. Even though the official name now is Kochi, Cochin is also used by many people who live there or who travel to Kochi.
2) After India became independent in 1947, the state of Kerala was formed by the unification of provinces Kochi, Malabar and Travancore in 1956. Kochi was formed in 1967 by the merger of the towns — Fort Kochi, Mattanchery, Ernakulam and many nearby villages.
3) The coast between Fort Kochi and Vypeen Island is covered with fishermen earning their livelihood by fishing with giant nets called Cheenavala. Outside of China, these massive fishing nets are only found in Cochin, and are believed to have been introduced to the port city by Chinese traders under the court of Kublai Khan. These Chinese fishing nets are one of the biggest tourist attractions in Kochi today.
4) India’s first European Church was built in Kochi (then Cochin) in the year 1503 by the Portuguese. It was later renewed by the Dutch and then by the British. This church known as St. Francis CSI Church is a place of historical importance, and is another tourist attraction in Kochi, especially for Christians.
5) Ninety percent of all of the pepper that India produces is traded through the International Pepper Exchange at Kochi. Kochi has been an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century.
6) There is another city in Japan with the same name — KOCHI. There is a partnership between Kochi in India and Kochi in Japan for cultural exchange.
7) Kochi is the headquarters of India’s Southern Naval Command, home to the Navy’s main training centre, an air station, and the leading gunnery school- all located on Willingdon Island.
8) Kochi is the only city in Kerala with three railway stations and there is one more station calledCochin Harbour Terminus near Cochin Port that is used for goods transport.
9) Kochi now has its own wax museum! This international wax museum was inaugurated on 24th December 2014 and is located at Oberon Mall in Kochi. It has lifelike wax sculptures of prominent personalities, film stars, sportsmen, politicians and other well- known Indian and International celebrities.
10) The Jewish Synagogue is another popular tourist attraction in Kochi. It is located near theDutch Palace in Mattancherry and was built in 1568. It’s decorated with magnificent Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers, and houses giant scrolls of the Old Testament.