Ernakulam is quintessentially Kerala. It harbours almost all nuances of God's Own Country in good measure. From the sun-kissed beaches of Fort Kochi to the dense woods of Paniyeli Poru, Ernakulam offers an unique travel experience.
Kochi is the happening place in Kerala. But, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of this 'Smart city', is Mattancherry, where history sleeps in every nook and corner. Ancient buildings exist cheek by jowl with the modern day dwellings. It was here that trade flourished with all the foreign countries, long ago. And if you are on a journey to discover Kerala, this is where you begin.
A walk down the promenade at Fort Kochi is an unique experience anytime of the year. The Chinese fishing nets dot the area and come December there is a festive spirit in the air. Catch up with history at the heritage site of Santa Cruz Basilica or the St Francis church that was built by the Portuguese way back in 1503, one of the oldest European churches on Indian soil. And if you are ready to explore, and feeling adventurous you can head out to the promenade, there are various shacks which cook up the catch of the day. Shop by the wayside or play at the beach, Fort Kochi is all set to mesmerise you!
The Thattekkad sanctuary, widely known for its exclusive bird population, houses both migratory birds and rare birds of local origin. Travellers who have a passion for trekking can avail themselves of the service of a guide to explore the deep forest.
The call of birds, the sound of rain drops rustling down the green canopy and the chattering of squirrels provide you with a lively tropical forest experience. But, Iringole Kaavu, is not legally a forest. It is one of the largest sacred groves in Kerala.
If you are looking for an adventure trip through a dense forest, then you should definitely set out for Paniyeli Poru. It is often pointed as an untouched picnic spot on the outskirts of Kochi that can allure you with beautiful rivulets and lucid streams of water.
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