A baby girl standing in an Auto_Fort Kochi

Kochi, whose colonial name was Cochin is situated on the south-west coast of India in the state of Kerala (Ernakulam district), God’s own country. By the Arabian sea, this region which boasts of a world class port now was famous with traders and explorers in the past who touched its shores 600 hundred years ago. This city which is also called Gateway to Kerala showcases an eclectic mix of cultures from its past dominance of Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese. Old Kochi is famous for giant fishing nets from China, a 400-year-old Pardesi synagogue, churches, mosques, heritage dwellings and interesting home-stays. St. Francis Church is the oldest European-built church in India and it also the burial site of explorer Vasco de Gama (the famous explorer).

My taxi driver told us that Kochi was the ideal starting point to venture deep into Kerala’s beauty. He also said, since you are here don’t forget to eat on banana leaves and take back home packets of banana chips which come in several varieties. To quench your thirst, there is authentic and sweet coconut water to relish too.
Artifacts, Crafts shops at Jewish Street

I will always be thankful to Nissan’s Safety Drive Forum initiative and the blogging contest by Indiblogger that gave me a chance to experience Kochi. It was a power packed short trip of 2 days that not only gave me a relief from Delhi’s chilling weather but also lots of memorable experiences.My first day had been all about sightseeing. Rahul Rathore, fellow blogger from Delhi and I had a great time exploring Old Kochi and colonial beauty of Mattencherry. You may read my experience here- Day 1 in Kochi: My Random and Colorful Clicks

Artist Making Wall Painting at Fort Kochi Beach

On the second day we were five of us- Khusboo from Mumbai, Prasad aka Desi Traveler from Gurgaon and Kishore from Chennai. They had all landed late evening the day before and thus couldn’t go with us. The agenda for the second day (Sunday) was attending the NSDF but since Ankit from Nissan team told us that we would join the event at 2 in the afternoon and from there head to airport we decided to use the morning hours judiciously.  Soon after hearty breakfast, we were headed towards the city to see the Synagogue and the Jew Street, main tourist strip of Kochi.

A tourist, blogger, photographer has lots to capture at Jew Street or Synagogue Lane.

Directions for Synagogue, Jew Street and Ferry Service
Jewish Street is a tourist strip

The first Jewish church, Jewish Synagogue which was built in 1568 attracts huge number of tourists footfall.

Jewish Special Item Shops Jewish Street_Way to Synagogue Pardesi Synagogue

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More about Kochi

There is a Vasco house in Kochi, where Vasco Da Gama stayed in Kochi on the Rose Street, near to the St. Francis Church

Vasco Home-stay

Later in the afternoon, we visited Lulu Shopping Mall to attend Nissan Safety Driving Forum. The LuLu Mall spanning a little over 2.5 million sq ft claims to be the largest shopping mall in India the city of Kochi. This all-in one shopping, dining, and entertainment experience is a great shopper’s paradise for the peopel of Kochi.

Catch the activity of NSDF and my experience of the simulators in the next post.

Happy Traveling

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Manjulika Pramod

An engineer who loves to be called a blogger more!
Traveler, short-story writer, voracious reader, foodie is the better me!
Reading, eating, traveling, exploring, observing and blogging are the beautiful highs of my life.