59th Annual Conference of Indian Society of Gastroenterology

28th November - 1st December 2018
Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Centre, Kochi, Kerala

Local Attractions

Kerala is known as a tropical paradise of waving palms and wide sandy beaches. It is a narrow strip of coastal territory that slopes down the Western Ghats in a cascade of lush green vegetation, and reaches to the Arabian sea. Kerala borders the states of Tamil Nadu to the east and Karnataka to the north. It is also known for its backwaters, mountains, coconuts, spices and art forms like Kathakali and Mohini Attam. It is the most literate state in India, and a land of diverse religions, where you can find Hindu temples, mosques, churches, and even synagogues. With world class tourist sporting options, ayurvedic spas and treatments, eco-tourism initiatives, a large number of visit options ranging from beautiful high altitude blue mountains to pristine rain forests to golden sun-sand beaches and an enormous range of accommodation, Kerala has much to offer the visitor.

















Chinese Fishing Nets
A majestic sight, these nets were erected along Kochi’s backwaters between 1350 AD and 1450 AD by the traders from the court of Kublai Khan.

Santa Cruz Basilica
The historic church built by the Portuguese and elevated to a cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. In 1984 Pope John Paul II declared it as a basilica.

Mattancherry Palace
Built by the Portuguese and gifted to the king of Cochin in 1555. Today, it is a portrait gallery of the Cochin Rajas and notable for some of the best mythological murals in India.

Bolgatty Palace
A beautiful historical Dutch mansion that was built in 1744 during colonial rule.

Jew Town
Discover the exotic aromas of the finest ginger, cloves, cardamom, turmeric, and pepper, emanating from the spice warehouses lining the streets of Jew Town.

Ernakulam Shiva Temple
One of the major temples of Kerala, located in the heart of Ernakulam. Also known as Ernakulathappan Temple.

Cherai Beach
Flaunted as one of the excellent beaches in the state, Cherai beach is just at the distance of 30 km from the city of Cochin. Located on the north-end of the Vypeen Island in Kochi, a picturesque Cherai beach is a perfect blend of the sea and the backwaters. Dotted with seashells

of several shapes and hues, this beach looks more beautiful with green groves and paddy field. Chinese fishing nets on the waterfront and thick coconut groves add charm to this place. This enchanting beach is one amidst the must-see spots for tourists.

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Kerala Kathakali Centre
Enjoy a Kathakali show or performances of the martial art of kalarippayat, traditional music and classical dance.

Kochi-muziris biennale - 2018
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art held in Kochi, Kerala. It was the first Biennale of its kind that was held in India.

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an initiative of the Kochi-Biennale Foundation with support from the Government of Kerala . The exhibition is set in spaces across Kochi, Muziris and surrounding islands with shows being held in existing galleries, halls, and site-specific installations in public spaces, heritage buildings and disused structures. The 4th edition of biennale is planned in early December 2018.

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Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, a haven for birds, is situated in the heart of Kochi right between the Kerala High Court and the Arabian Sea. Over 30 avian species, including migratory birds,

call this reserve their home. The summer months are usually the best time to experience its beauty, especially from mid-January to early-March.

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