Cochin is southern India's port, beautifully located in the state of Kerala. Cochin has been an important trading post since early Roman times, because of its strategic location between China and Europe. A natural harbour, it's separated from the mainland by river estuaries and seawater inlets which provide unforgettable boat trips among a host of little islands. Cochin features a wonderful array of architectural styles courtesy of myriad invaders including the British, Portugues and Dutch. This lovely cultural legacy includes Portuguese churches, a Jewish synagogue, mosques and Hindu temples. Remember to see the 19th century Mattancheri Palace created by the Raja of Kochi, the ruins of Fort Cochin, the city-centre Mangalavanam bird sanctuary, and then stroll along the lovely beach scattered with exclusive Chinese fishing nets.
The Portuguese were Cochin's first European possessors in 1500 and 2 years later the explorer Vasco da Gama built a factory here. In 1634 the English settled in the city but were driven out by the Dutch, who developed it as an important trading centre. The British seized the town during their conquest of India, but allowed the Dutch to administer Cochin until 1814, when it became a possession of East India Company.
Highlights: City, canals & lagoons, Mattancheri Palace, Bird sanctuary
Cochin cruise terminal
In September 2016, Cochin Port Trust announced that by 2018 the city will open a new cruise ship terminal at the Ernakulam wharf.
- The complex will have a total area of 2300 m2 (24750 ft2). The project's cost is USD 3,855 million.
- The new terminal building and operations will follow all international immigration standard procedures (similar to international airports) with the inclusion of counters for e-visa and e-landing permits. The total number of immigration counters is 30.
Currently, all big-sized cruise ships (longer than 250 m / 820 ft) dock at the Ernakulam wharf. It has no immigration facilities, and the makeshift immigration counters serving the immigration process are highly crowded. An average international cruise passenger spends roughly USD 500 during a ship visit to Cochin.
The Cochin cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Cochin, India.
If you lose the Cochin location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Cochin cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Cochin, India. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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22 October, 2016