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City Cochin in India- The Queen of Arabian Sea

Nestled along the Arabian Sea and flanked by the Western Ghats the city of Cochin is beautiful and makes a relaxing holiday spot. It is also the business capital of the southernmost state of Kerala. It is home to many important installations like the Port Trust, Ship building yards and southern naval command among others. Well known for its back waters and estuaries it is a popular tourist destination as well. 

Accommodation   Options
From star hotels to home stays, lodges, guest houses and hostels there is a multitude of choices for the travellers. There are many cheap hostels too for budget travellers. Located conveniently near the shopping options and the main thoroughfares, these hostels provide good food and all the basic amenities like shower and clean rooms. Cochin is one of the safest cities in the world and you can stay in whichever part of the city you like.  

History
Cochin forms the centre of the Megalithic belt of Kerala though not much information is available about the Stone Age inhabitation. The Cochin State was formed in 1102 AD after the breaking up of the Kulasekhara Empire. It was ruled by various kings till the Portuguese, who were the first European settlers in India, set foot in Kochi in 1500,

Popular Places
The heritage zone of Fort Kochi is an ideal spot to take a peek at the colonial past of this city. There are many Dutch and Portuguese palaces and edifices that are well preserved even today. Cochin is home to a handful of Jews who still live in and around the Jewish synagogue where regular services are still held. There are handicrafts and antique shops too where you can indulge in a shopping spell. No trip to Cochin is complete without checking out its beaches and experiencing a relaxing ayurvedic massage that soothe your mind and body

Getting around
Public transport buses are the cheapest means in the travel guide of this city though it can be crowded at times. Metered auto rickshaw and taxis are also popular among tourists. An interesting means to explore the many islands of Cochin including Bolgatty, Vypin, Perumbalam and Kothad among others is the ferry services, which operate from the main jetty at Park Avenue 

Places of entertainment
There are bars, dance clubs and shopping malls where you can hang out with your friends. Live cultural shows of Kerala art forms like Kathakali are hugely popular among the tourists. You can set out on a sunset cruise along the backwaters or spend your night in a house boat.

Currency
The currency of Cochin is Indian rupees (INR), which is offered in bills. The smaller denomination is the Paise. There are many money exchanges in the city. The currency exchange value can be easily accessed from the internet and financial news papers.

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