Thursday, August 19, 2010

KOCHI-QUEEN OF ARABIAN SEA


Kochi (formerly Cochin; Malayalam: കൊച്ചി) is a cosmopolitan city in Kerala with a bustling commercial port. Kochi is the financial capital of Kerala and, with a population of more than 2 million, the biggest urban agglomeration in the state

After rapid growth during the two last decades, Kochi is now one of the most densely populated town areas in India.
Kochi city consists of:


* Ernakulam Mainland City — the heart and transport hub of Kochi with three distinct parts: the Central Business District (CBD) which has Mahatma Gandhi Road (MG Road) as the main arterial road along with Marine Drive and Chitoor Road; Downtown with upscale residential areas and the business district at SA Road and Vytilla Junction and the Suburb which has many business and commercial areas.




* Willingdon Island — large man-made island made from sand dredged from the backwaters to deepen the Kochi Port. Named after Long Willingdon, then-the reigning Viceroy of India, it houses the Kochi Port, Southern Naval Command Headquarters of Indian Navy and many five star hotels.

* Islands of Mattencherry and Fort Kochi (Old Kochi) — primarily a tourist enclave. Fort Kochi forms the upper part of the Island with neatly arranged colonial buildings, narrow well-paved roads, Anglo-Dutch influenced structures and large antiques shops. Mattancherry is primarily a trading city, famous for its thriving Gujarati settlement brought to the city in the 16th and 17th centuries by the spice trade.

* Bolgatty Island — the island where the British established a Royal Residency, which is now converted into a five star hotel.

Famous for its large golf course, horse riding tracks, marina and boatyards.









* Vallarpadom Island

where the International Container Transhipment Terminal (ICTT) by Dubai Port is under construction.

LONGEST RAILWAY BRIDGE IN INDIA(8KMS) TO VALLARPADAM CONTAINER TERMINAL

* Vypin Island — one of the most densely populated islands in world with numerous fishing villages, tourist villages and the popular Cherai Beach.

* Aluva — the second largest town in Kochi U/A, famous for its Periyar river banks. Kochi International Airport is nearby.

* Thrikakara Town — famous for the large Vamana Temple, the focal centre of Onam, the national festival of Kerala. Also the home of Cochin University and other educational institutes.

* Thripunithara — the erstwhile capital of the Kingdom of Kochi is famous for various historical palaces, museums and
temples, and as a centre of the arts.

* Maradu — next door to Kochi city; an upcoming business district with numerous high-end hotels.

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the diary said...

Royal Residency Hotel very artistic, Vallarpadom Island very beautiful...

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