Kerala Destinations-BEST CITIES
At a distance of 190 km from Coimbatore, Kochi, also known as Cochin is a port city in Ernakulam district of Kerala. Also known as ‘The Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is the financial capital of Kerala. Kochi is one of the main tourist spots in Kerala.
The city derives its name from the Malayalam word Kochazhi meaning small lagoon. Kochi is one of the best natural harbors of the world. The city has 3 parts – Fort Kochi, Willington Island and Ernakulam.
Tourism in Kochi is admired for its scenic beauty, traditional architecture and cultural diversity. This city is home to the oldest synagogue in the Community, as well as numerous churches and temples. Attracting tourists from around the world, Bolghatty Palace, Fort Kochi and the backwaters are the especial highlights of the city. Marine Drive, Mangalavanam Bird Reserve, St. George Ferona Church, Cochin Jewish Synagogue, Matancherry Palace and Chinese fishing nets are the other attractions in Kochi.
2. Kozhikode (also known as Calicut)
At a distance of 179 km from Kochi,Kozhikode is a city in the state of Kerala. It is the 3rd largest city in Kerala and the headquarters of Kozhikode District.
The name Kozhikode is said to derive from Koyil (palace) Kotta (fort). This is known by various names, for the Arabs was Kalikat, for Chinese was Kalifo. Tipu Sultan, during the conquest of Malabar, tried unsuccessfully to change the name of the city to Firozabad.
Kozhikode was once the capital of the powerful Zamorins and a leading center of commerce and trade. kozhikode city remains a thriving center of national and international trade. kozhikode city is the center of marketing of commodities such as pepper, coconut, coffee, rubber, lemongrass oil, etc. produced there and in the neighboring districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kannur.
At a distance of 85 km from Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is the capital of the state of Kerala and the headquarters of Thiruvananthapuram district. It is also one of the popular places to visit while in Kerala.
Thiruvananthapuram means City of Lord Anantha in Malayalam and Sanskrit. The name derives from the deity of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple located in the city.
Trivandrum is famous for its scenic tourist spots including internationally renowned beaches like Kovalam, historic monuments with Gothic architecture, backwaters, unexplored mountain ranges etc. Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Napier Museum, Kanakakkunnu Palace, Science & Technology Museum, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Kowdiar Palace, Happyland Amusement Park, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, etc. are some of the tourist attractions in the city.
Trivandrum is also popular for medical tourism since there are more than hundred recognized Ayurveda centers in and around the city, which is further promoted by modern medical hospitals. Recuperation facilities are available at 5 star beach resorts and hill stations nearby.
kerala-destinations-citiesThe major festivals in the city are Attukal Pongal, Onam & Aaraat of Padmanabha swami Temple. Attukal Pongal is held at the Attukal Temple in Thiruvananthapuram every year.
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