52nd Annual Conference of Association of Plastic Surgeons of India

  • Video Workshop: 15th November, 2017

  • Venue: Amirta Institue of Medical Sciences

  • Conference: 16th- 19th November, 2017

  • Venue: Le Meridien Convention Centre

PLACES TO VISIT IN AND AROUND KOCHI

M G Road

MG Road is a perfect place for shopaholics. The shopping centre of the city throbs with stores containing an assortment of handicrafts made from coir, wood, shells, brass, ivory and sandalwood, edibles and spices, clothes and jewelries.

Fort Kochi

The Chinese fishing nets which symbolises Kochi can be seen only in Fort Kochi which may be the only place in the world where the Chinese fishing nets are unique outside China for which the credit goes to the traders from the court of Chinese emperor Kubla Khan. Presently, there are 11 Chinese fishing nets dotting the Fort Kochi shoreline while it was 20 about ten years agoSt Francis Church which is one of the oldest built by Europeans in India and another landmark in this area is Vasco House where Vasco Da Gama is believed to have lived. Visitors can also enjoy walking along Fort Kochi Beach which may be the only beach in the state which has the presence of the Chinese fishing nets and which is also famous for Cochin carnival that is conducted on New Years eve.

Mattancherry

Mattancherry is another fascinating area in Kochi. The name mattancherry originated from the house name “AncherryMattam”, a Brahmin house which was pronounced by foreign traders as Matt-Ancherry. Mattancherry is tourist spot in Kochi where Portuguese influence can be seen and in particular the Dutch Palace. Jew Town is another tourist attraction of Mattancherry with the synagogue dating from 1568 which is India’s oldest functioning synagogue along with other tourist spots like Mattancherry Palace Museum which hosts different weapons such as swords, spears etc ,MattacherryPazhayannur Royal temple and Palliarakkavvu temple, Ram Mandir, GowdSaraswat Brahmin temples etc.

Bolghatty & Vypeen Islands

Bolghatty Island is a short boat ride away from mainland Kochi and has Bolghatty Palace which is one of the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland. Bolghatty Palace is now converted into a hotel and there is even a small golf course, a swimming pool, 9-hole golf course, ayurvediccentre and daily Kathakali performances and is a popular resort to stay for Indian and overseas tourists.

Bolghatty & Vypeen Islands

Bolghatty Island is a short boat ride away from mainland Kochi and has Bolghatty Palace which is one of the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland. Bolghatty Palace is now converted into a hotel and there is even a small golf course, a swimming pool, 9-hole golf course, ayurvediccentre and daily Kathakali performances and is a popular resort to stay for Indian and overseas tourists.

Malayattoor

Don’t forget to explore the tourist places outside Kochi too. There are tourist sports around Ernakulam which are very interesting such as the Church at Malayattoor. he name `Malayattoor’ is an amalgamation of three small words. Mala (Mountain) Arr (River) Oore (Place). This is to say, Malayattoor is a meeting place of mountain, river, and land.The most famous tourist attraction in Malayattoor is the Malayatoor Church is situated atop the 609 m high Malayatoor Hill. The church on top of hill which is dedicated to St. Thomas, who is believed to have prayed at this shrine when he came to India. This church is one of the most important Christian pilgrim centres in India.

Cherai & Vypeen beach

Vypeen Island is another island that is really popular among visitors to Kochi &Kerala .Vypeen is also the location of Pallipuram Fort which is the oldest surviving fort in India built by European settlers and was constructed in 1503. Just off the Coast of Vypeen Island is Cheraibeach which is among the famous beaches in kerala and which is a beach that is shallow, calm and is ideal for swimming & sunbathing and is also known as Princess of Arabian Sea.

Kodanand Elephant Training Centre

Kodanad Elephant Training Center which is a rural riverside village located near Periyar river is another must visit place if you are travelling to Kerala with children as kids may enjoy bathing elephants in the river . Watching elephants at an arms length is a wonderful experience and all part of coming to a beautiful place like Kerala. Kodanad is among the Ecotourism destination projects of Govt of India and currently is an Elephant rescue center for captured Elephants from the forests in the adjoining mountains.

Andhakaranazhi Beach

Andhakaranazhi is still a virgin & lovely beach which is located at a distance of 30 km from Kochi towards Alleppey located near Ezhupunna. You can see many fishing boats in the beach from the neighbouring fishing village & fishing is the main activity of the village folks here. The sight of local fishermen launching out every day morning in their country boats attacking the the turbulent waves of the Andhakaranazhi beach is a must see especially if you are planning for a houseboat trip from Kochi to alleppey as the beach will fall on the way to Nehru trophy finishing point or to Kumarakom from which Kerala houseboat packages start.

Marine Drive

Marine Drive as its name suggests in not a drive way through which vehicles can be driven , but a scenic promenade in Ernakulam which has the rainbow bridge that has become a symbol of Ernakulam. The Marine Drive was built on the land reclaimed from backwaters and the initial plan was to build a beautiful road along the coast line but the coastline rules prohibited it because of which the road was converted to a walkway which also has a Chinese Fishing net bridge as well. Private Boat operators offers hourly cruises starting from Marine Drive that goes through Cochin Harbour ,Bolgatty and other places around. The GCDA Shopping Complex near Marine drive is the first mall in Kochi and is a major shopping arcade in Ernakulam city.

Hill Palace Museum

Hill Palace was the abode of erstwhile Maharaja of Kochi and was coverted to a Museum in 1986. The museum complex exhibits crown and ornaments of erst while Cochin royal family, paintings, sculptures in stone and marble, weapons, inscriptions, coins etc and has an archaeological museum, a heritage museum, a deer park, a pre-historic park and a children’s park . The weapon gallery & horse cart gallery are really amazing.The Hill Palace Museum is opened to public everyday except Mondays and national / state holidays from 10am to 12.30 noon and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm and this is a must visit for tourists who are interested in culture and history of Kerala.

Museum of Kerala history, Edappally

When you visit the Museum of Kerala history in Edappally, you will be greeted by a statue of Parasurama, the sage who is said to have created Kerala. The museum is a is a quiet ethnic building hidden in the shades of huge trees and has an unassuming gallery houses immortal creations that will give you glimpses of the glorious history and rich cultural legacy of Kerala. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm on all days except Mondays and public holidays and the MNF Gallery of Paintings and Sculptures and the Centre for Visual Arts has paintings from Raja Ravi Varma, M F Hussain, folk painter Jamini Roy, abstract painter Manu Parekh and mural maestro MammiyoorKrishhanKutty Nair.

Kerala Kathakali Centre

This centre at Fort Cochin has seen many a dance performances! The amount of effort put in by the dancers is commendable.It is usually rife with locals and foreign tourists who come to enjoy the dance show. It also has morning meditation shows which one can take part in.

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

Located in Kochi city-centre, this bird sanctuary is home to a shallow lake surrounded by thick mangrove vegetation that draws a variety of migratory and resident birds every year.

Veeranpuzhalake and Backwaters

Veeranpuzha is a beautiful lake in Kochi along with a series of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Malabar coast, which form beautiful backwaters.

Vasco da Gama Square

Many stalls serving various edibles such as coconuts, nuts, sea-food, ice-creams and local fares scatter the narrow esplanade along the Kochi beach which is the Vasco da Gama Square. One can even watch local fisherman fishing along the shoreline.

Folklore Museum

This is a one of a kind Museum which portrays a variety of gallery art, sales, live dance forms which vary from ritualistic to martial arts, and souvenirs.Some of the pieces at this gallery are priceless. One can also sell his/her fine arts and antiques here which might be put up on display later.

Greenix Village Overview

Situated 8 km off Ernakulam is the Greenix village where various art forms of Kerala are practiced and developed. Every evening witnesses a mixed performance of Kathakali- the dance drama form of Kerala, Kalaripayattu- an aesthetic martial art form, audio-visual history at the in-house museum and Indian classical music in this cultural centre.Yoga trainings are conducted every morning. The premises also house an art gallery, restaurant, a curio shop, book shop and rooms for researchers and trainees.

Kalady Overview

Located near the Cochin city of Kerala, Kalady is a famous pilgrim center, which is the birthplace of the great Indian philosopher of the 8th century, AdiSankaracharya. The only son of Sivaguru and Aryamba, he is said to have completed the study of Vedas at the age of 16 itself. He also evolved the philosophy of Advaita, one of the two principals of the Vedantic school asserting the sole existence of Brahma. There are two major shrines located in Kalady, dedicated to the memory of AdiSankaracharya. One is devoted to him as Dakshinamoorthi, while the other is dedicated to Goddess Sharada and is looked after by the Sringeri Mutt, which is believed to be situated exactly at the same place where AdiSankaracharya's house once stood.

Willingdon Island

The Willingdon Island is one of the largest man-made islands in India which is named after Lord Willingdon, one of the British Viceroy of India. It is located in Kochi, Kerala and it links Kochi with other seaports of the world. The island is home to some of the best hotels and commercial and industrial buildings of the district. The mesmerizing backwaters of Kerala surround this beautiful island.

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