Apart from being the largest artificial island in India, Willingdon Island is an aesthetic setting in itself. The island harbors a host of administrative buildings, some of them tracing back to British colonialism in India. Not to mention, the construction of the island is attributed to one Lord Willingdon, erstwhile Governor of Madras Presidency. Kochi’s hospitality industry has set up some fine hotels on Willingdon Island, luring hordes of tourists all year round.
The primary attraction of Kochi is the extensive use of Chinese fishing nets by the local fishermen, which are otherwise indigenous to China. Legend has it that these fishing nets were a gift from a Chinese emperor to the then ruler of Kochi, but caught on with the fishermen through centuries. Fishing nets lined up beside the seaside promenades are a sight which is appealing and distinctive to Kochi.
Marine Drive is a idyllic stretch overlooking the backwaters that beautifully encompass the city of Kochi. To top it all, sunset cruise rides are on offer. When the sun begins to descend, you can go on a cruise ride on the scintillating waters that beautifully reflect its golden hues. As the twilight draws to a close, cruise back to the bank having experienced the best Kochi had to offer.
Kerala has an array of admirable features, but it stands out in the field of Ayurveda — an ancient medical science indigenous to India. Even Kochi, for instance, features a good few Ayurvedic spa and healing centers to get acquainted with the world of alternate medicine. Ayurveda is garnering widespread notice on a global level and Kerala is undisputedly at the forefront of the burgeoning industry.
The eccentric cuisine of Kerala is dominated by the seafood for obvious reasons. Additionally, savories such as appam and thoran too are liked by tourists and locals alike. A Malabar restaurant, Paragon, in LuLu Mall of Kochi comes recommended by many epicureans. Also, Kochi doesn’t disappoint when it comes down to continental restaurants, catering to the diverse preferences of the tourists.
Paragon, Lulu Mall, Edappally, Kochi, India, +91 0484 401 1000