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Widely known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’, Kochi/Cochin is a paradise for travelers who come in search of wonders. Kochi is one among the top rated international travel destinations where tourists can closely experience the glimpses of pre-historic, historic and modern era. Kochi is in fact the heart of God's own country – Kerala. It is the financial capital of the city with booming IT industry and various other trading endeavors as it is one of the chief port cities in the country. This cosmopolitan city has everything that can attract tourists irrespective of the seasons such as the comforts of a metro city, amazing beauty of nature, incredible culture, and so on. Be it an adventurous trip or a laid back holiday experience, Kochi tourism would never disappoint any of its visitors.

Historical Importance of Kochi

The known history of Kochi dates back to the 14th century, when we were under the colonial rule. In fact Kochi was the first European colony occupied by the Portuguese. After the Portuguese, the city was occupied by Dutch and British respectively, and made it a Princely state. Since it was the major port city, Kochi was considered to be the main center for the spice trade during that period. Greeks, Romans, Jews, Syrians, Arabs and Chinese were the main traders of spices. According to historians, the Kingdom of Kochi came into existence during the 12th century after the Chera Kingdom.

The specialty of this place was that many traders who came to this land, Jews being the prominent ones, later got settled here for various reasons. From the Portuguese rule Kochi went into the hands of the Dutch and later British. The Anglo-Dutch treaty of 1814 forced the Dutch rule to handover Kochi to the British rule. Under the British rule, the modern city started to develop with the large modern port and the largest man-made island called the Willington Island.

During the post independence era, the Kochi Maharaja agreed to join the Indian union and then in the year 1948 the royal state of Travancore-Kochi merged into the newly formed Indian Union. On your Kochi Tour , take the time out and do explore its historical grandeur.

Geographical Importance of Kochi

Kochi is located in the southwest part of the Ernakulam district. The geographic peculiarity of Kochi is that most of the areas in the city are at sea level with 48 kilometers of coastline. Cochin is also beautified with the astounding splendor of backwaters which attracts travelers from around the world. The major parts of the city are surrounded by water bodies and thus there are so many beautiful islands in and around the city to visit.

Because of being a coastal area the weather here is usually humid similar to that of Goa. The presence of Western Ghats on one side helps in getting a good amount of monsoon as well. The usual temperature here varies between 30°C to 35°C through the daytime and 25°C to 28°C through the nights. However the city experiences the best weather from mid September to mid March.

Sightseeing in Kochi

There are a number of places to visit in Cochin to experience the historical, cultural and geographic wonders. For travelers who are in quest of nature’s beauty, places like Cherai Beach, Vypeen Island, Fort Kochi Beach, Kodanad elephant Training Centre, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, and Marine Drive are must visits. The Indo-European style of architecture reflected in the old churches and temples of Cochin is a major attraction among visitors who come for Cochin tour . Santa Cruz Basilica, Church of Saint Francis, Vallarpadam Church, Kadamottom Church, St. Antony’s Shrine, Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Ernakulathappan Temple, Ettumanoor Shiva Temple, and Poornathrayesa Temple are a few of the most visited sightseeing places for its architectural wonders.

Travelers, who are enthusiastic about the colonial period and wish to closely understand the European inhabited community lifestyle, shall visit places like the Mattancherry Jews Street, Fort Kochi, Willington Island, Bolgatty Palace, Dutch Palace, Bastion Bungalow, VOC Gate, and David Hall and so on.

Apart from these splendid attractions, other places to see in Cochin include Famous art galleries, museums, amusement parks, for its visitors to have a wonderful time in the city.

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Festivals being the major attraction for tourists, plan your Cochin tour to attend events like the Cochin Carnival during the New Year’s time, Onam Festival in the month of August or September, Shivaratri Mahotsavam at the Aluva Shiva temple and so on. Travelers can also experience the spectacular backwaters of Cochin in a grand houseboat ride through the Vembanattu Kayal.

Cochin has many shopping markets and places to satisfy its shopaholic visitors throughout the city. Tourists often buy antiques, traditional jewelries, apparel and spices when they visit Kochi. There are many art galleries, shopping malls, supermarkets, and textile showrooms where you could find all these. The Mattancherry Jews Street is one of the famous places for street shopping in Kochi where one can find anything to everything.

How to reach Kochi

Kochi being one of the main cosmopolitan cities in the country, is well connected with the rest of the country via air, rail, road and water. The Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery which handles international and domestic flights is just 28 kilometers from the city.

The city is well connected with the rest of India through road transport. There are many major national and state highways which connect the Southern and Northern India.

The Thiruvananthapuram Railway Division under the Southern Railway Zone of Indian Railways connects Kochi to other parts of the country through rail. The Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town are the two major railway stations in the city.

Kochi is one of the safest harbors in the Indian Ocean, which makes it one of the major seaports. Passenger ships to Colombo and Lakshadweep are run from Kochi under the State Water Transport Department.

Travel within the city is also hassle free for tourists as there is comfortable and cost effective public transport facility available from major sightseeing points. Road and water transport facilities are available for visitors to travel in and around the city.

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1. Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi

4 km from city center 1 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Fort Kochi is a seaside town in the south-western part of Main Kochi, which is known for its historical fortifications and ruins of old palatial buildings from the Portuguese or Dutch colonial era. Fort Kochi is dotted with European structures, churches and other architectural buildings which take you right back to a different era back in time.

2. Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace

3 km from city center 2 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

The Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace. It is now a museum displaying paraphernalia belonging to the rajas of Kochi. The four separate wings of the Mattancherry Palace surround a central courtyard which has a temple as well.

3. Santa Cruz Basilica

Santa Cruz Basilica

4 km from city center 3 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is located at Fort Kochi and is one of the eight Basilicas in India. Famous for its gothic style architecture and portuguese interiors, the church is the second cathedral built by the Portuguese. Located on K.B. Jacob Road in Fort Kochi, this beautiful roman catholic church serves as the cathedral church of the Diocese of Kochi.

4. Hill Palace Museum

Hill Palace Museum

9 km from city center 4 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Located at Tripunithura, The Hill Palace is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. It was built in the year 1865 and was once the Imperial Administrative offices and official residence of the Maharaja of Cochin. Just as the name suggests, the massive palace is located on a hill and has a beautiful garden.

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Kerala Kathakali Centre

4 km from city center 5 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Kerala Kathakali Centre at Fort Cochin has seen many 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. The centre’s interiors follow the Malabar style of architecture and are mostly made up of beautiful wood carvings which gives the place a very traditional, yet appealing look.

6. St Francis Church Kochi

St Francis Church Kochi

5 km from city center 6 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

St. Francis Church in Kochi, which finely exhibits Portuguese architecture, is believed to be one of a kind amongst all the European churches which were constructed in India. It was constructed in the 15th century by the Portuguese traders. Vasco-da-Gama, the famous explorer, was buried in this church when he died in 1524, on his third visit to India. His remains were moved to Lisbon after fourteen years but his gravestone is still present in the church.

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7. Bolgatty Palace

Bolgatty Palace

2 km from city center 7 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Bolgatty Palace is located in Bolgatty Island of Kochi and is one of the oldest existing Dutch palaces that is situated outside Holland. It is an exquisite example of the Kochi style of architecture. Built-in 1744 by Dutch traders, it was later extended, and gardens were landscaped around it. Green gardens, azure skies and the virgin charms of Kerela are aplenty at the Bolgatty Palace.

8. Marine Drive, Kochi

Marine Drive, Kochi

1 km from city center 8 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

The Marine drive in Kochi is one of the best places to spend time in the city and provides an amazing view of the sea. It is a picturesque promenade and is built facing the backwaters. It is a popular hangout place for the local people.

9. Kashi Art Cafe

Kashi Art Cafe

4 km from city center 9 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Kashi Art Cafe is one of the most beautiful cafe in Kochi catering to foodies and art lovers alike. Popular for its very delicious breakfast, the place also runs a side art gallery exhibiting works of a single artist for a single month. Very famous among the foreign tourists, the place boasts of perfect non-vegetarian food and perfect vibes. Visiting here is one of the topmost things to do in Kochi.

10. Museum of Kerala History

Museum of Kerala History

8 km from city center 10 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

The Museum of Kerala History is located in the city of Kochi, Kerala, India. Founded in 1987, this museum is a treasure trove of historical artifacts, artworks, and exhibits that chronicle the rich history and culture of Kerala. One of the oldest art and history museums in Kerala, the Museum of Kerala History is managed by the Madhavan Nayar Foundation.

11. Lulu Mall

Lulu Mall

7 km from city center 11 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Lulu Mall is the largest mall in India regarding total retail space of 1.7 million square feet. Situated in Edapally, Kochi, the mall sprawls over an extensive area of 17 acres with 215 outlets of restaurants, multiplex, food courts, entertainment zones, bowling alley, money exchange centres, arcade games and 5D cinema.

12. Jewish Synagogue

Jewish Synagogue

30 km from city center 12 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Also known as Paradesi Synagogue or Mattancherry Synagogue, Cochin Jewish Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue, not just in Kochi but in the Commonwealth of Nations. Located in the Jew Town area of Kochi, the synagogue was constructed in 1567 and is one of the seven synagogues of the Malabar Yehudan or Yehudan Mappila.

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13. Kerala Folklore Museum

Kerala Folklore Museum

5 km from city center 13 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

The Kerala Folklore Museum near Thevara in Cochin, 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. It is a family-run private museum curated by Annie George and started in 2009. It houses around 5000 artefacts.

14. Vypin Beach

Vypin Beach

12 km from city center 14 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Vypin beach is a popular beach located in Kochi, a city in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It is located on Vypin Island, which is bridged across to the mainland. The beach is a beautiful stretch of golden sand and blue waters that offer a unique blend of natural beauty, local culture, and historical significance. The beach is often referred to as Vepeen Beach as well.

15. Kodanad Elephant Training Centre

Kodanad Elephant Training Centre

34 km from city center 15 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Kodanad Elephant Training Centre, also known as Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary, is a popular tourist destination located in the Ernakulam district, Kerala. Situated near the southern banks of the Periyar River, the sanctuary is surrounded by towering mountains and is known for its 'Elephant Kraal,' elephant rescue center, mini zoo, and elephant rides.

16. Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

16 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

An international exhibition of contemporary art, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale started in 2012 as the lead occasion of the KMB Foundation with the support of the government of Kerala. A mix of Indian as well as international artists, all with very different experiences in art, come together to present their artworks in the form of films, paintings, photographs sculptures, sketches, fashion exhibits, music, dance, drama and many more.

17. Bishop's House

Bishop's House

4 km from city center 17 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Bishop's House was a residence to the Portuguese governor built in the year 1506. It houses an Indo-Portuguese museum that has a collection of valuable artefacts from various churches under the Cochin diocese. Now it is famous for its house-facade made up of large Gothic arches with a circular path that ends at the main entrance.

18. Willingdon Island

Willingdon Island

2 km from city center 18 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

The Willingdon Island is one of the largest human-made islands in India which is named after Lord Willingdon, the British Viceroy of India. This beautiful island provides various links between Kochi port and other national and international ports

19. Ayurvedic Massage in Kochi

Ayurvedic Massage in Kochi

19 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

There are innumerable Ayurvedic centres that provide massages in Kochi, which do much more than merely relax you; they allow you to have a sense of wholeness and rejuvenation and give you some much-needed inner peace. We've curated a list of top places offering Ayurvedic massages in Kochi, along with details about the timings and location.

20. Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese Fishing Nets

4 km from city center 20 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Bearing witness to the entry of Chinese into Kerala long ago, legends tell that these nets were a gift of the famous Chinese King, Kublai Khan. Fishermen even today use these elaborate conventional fishing nets, making it the only other destination other than China to have and use these fishing nets. Popularly known as Cheenavala, the Chinese Fishing Nets are the most iconic and popular attractions of Kerala peculiar to Kochi located next to Fort Kochi.

21. Indo Portuguese Museum

Indo Portuguese Museum

21 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Situated in Fort Kochi in Kerala, the Indo-Portuguese museum has a fascinating collection of artefacts that belong to different churches. The museum highlights the fascinating Indo-Portuguese culture that is reckoned for its rich heritage. Having a captivating display of art and architecture of Kerala, the museum is a significant attraction for tourists.

22. Jew Town

Jew Town

3 km from city center 22 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Jew Town is one of the oldest parts of the region. It was here that the Jews first settled in India in around 700 BC and were here till they moved to Israel;. This part is famous for its architecturally solid synagogue that continues to stand till today. It is a series of narrow alleys between Mattancherry Palace and Paradesi Synagogue.

23. Indian Naval Museum

Indian Naval Museum

5 km from city center 23 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Located on the INS Dronacharya premises in the Ernakulam district of Kochi, Kerala, the Indian Naval Maritime Museum is an ode to the Indian Navy’s maritime past. The museum sheds light on the country’s maritime heritage, depicts international trade links, pays tribute to major maritime figures and also focuses on the settlement of the Europeans in India.

24. Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

2 km from city center 24 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

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.

25. Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach

22 km from city center 25 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Cherai Beach, which is one of the best-voted beaches of the state, is situated at a distance of 30 km from Kochi city. Its strategic location on the northern end of the Vypin Island in Kochi makes it a perfect merging point of the sea and backwaters. The surrounding greenery and the seashells present in different shapes and Chinese fishing nets add to the beauty of the sea.

26. Rainbow Hanging Bridge

Rainbow Hanging Bridge

1 km from city center 26 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

One of the most popular attractions in Kochi, Kerala, the Rainbow Hanging Bridge in Ernakulam is connected to the Marine Drive. This arched bridge overlooks the expansive sea and is known for being an excellent place for taking a morning or evening walk since it has a pedestrian promenade.

27. Fort Kochi Beach

Fort Kochi Beach

5 km from city center 27 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Situated along Fort Kochi in Kochi, Kerala, Fort Kochi Beach is a tranquil beach adjoining the Arabian Sea. Lined with a beautiful sidewalk, the beach also has a fort to boast of which is also a major tourist attraction of the spot. People usually visit it for routinely morning and evening walks or just to spend some quality time in solitude.

28. Chottanikkara Temple

Chottanikkara Temple

28 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Located in Kakkanad, Chottanikkara is the most revered of the 393 Hindu shrines spread across 3 districts in the state of Kerala. Popular for its spectacular architecture, the shrine stands out to be the ultimate testimonial for the primordial vishwakarma sthapathis (wooden sculpture) in carving out this temple.

29. Subhash Park

Subhash Park

0 km from city center 29 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Popularly known as Subhash Park, the Subhash Chandra Bose Park is situated along Marine Drive in Kochi, Kerala. The park, which overlooks the serene backwaters of Vembanad Lake and Kochi Harbour on one side and a bunch of trees on the other, is an excellent place for people to come and relax.

30. Greenix Village

Greenix Village

3 km from city center 30 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

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.

31. Antique Museum

Antique Museum

3 km from city center 31 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

A branch of the Fine Art Emporium of Kochi, the Antique Museum Kochi is situated in Mattancherry’s Jew Town. It is maintained by the government and is ideal for people who are interested in antiques as the museum is home to over 1,000 valuable items that date back centuries.

32. Veeranpuzha Lake and Backwaters

Veeranpuzha Lake and Backwaters

12 km from city center 32 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Veeranpuzha Lake, located in the serene backwaters of Kochi, is a captivating destination renowned for its tranquility and scenic beauty. Embraced by lush greenery and coconut groves, the lake is part of the expansive Vembanad Backwaters network, offering a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

33. M G Road Kochi

M G Road Kochi

1 km from city center 33 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Mahatma Gandhi Road, popularly known as MG Road among the people is considered to be the commercial hub of Kochi. Everything you want and need can be found here. It’s a shopaholic’s paradise with many colourful shops and markets lined up in one road. The people of Kochi and some even from far away places come here for shopping as one can easily find clothes, accessories and household items.

34. Veeranpuzha Beach

Veeranpuzha Beach

12 km from city center 34 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Veeranpuzha Beach is one of the popular beaches in Kochi. With beautiful blue waters and golden sandy shores, the beach is lined with green vegetation. The proximity of fishing villages from the beach ensures the activity of fisherfolks at work all day long at the shores. You can visit Veeranpuzha to watch the fishermen at work, or to have a glimpse of the laid back rural vibe.

35. Sunset Cruise

Sunset Cruise

53 km from city center 35 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

The Sunset Cruise on the Arabian waters is an amazing 2 hour journey beginning from Marine Drive in Kochi during the time of sunset. The cruise covers Fort Kochi, Chinese fishing nets, Mattancherry, Bolgatty Island, Willingdon Island and the Cochin shipyard.

36. Princess Street Kochi

Princess Street Kochi

4 km from city center 36 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Princess Street is famous for its quaint old world charm and bizarreness of European homes built in the Dutch, British, French, and Portuguese style. Most of these homes allow visitors to see the interiors as well.

Kalady

28 km from city center 37 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Kalady is a census town located east of the Periyar river, in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, India. It is the birthplace of Sri Adi Shankara, and a popular destination for pilgrims. There are two major shrines located in Kalady, dedicated to the memory of Adi Sankaracharya.

38. Parikshith Thampuran Museum

Parikshith Thampuran Museum

0 km from city center 38 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Architecturally a Kerala style mansion, the Parikshith Thampuran Museum is located inside the Durbar Hall. The museum features old coins, sculptures, oil paintings, Mughal paintings and Royal artifacts belonging to the 19th century.

39. Wonderla Amusement Park

Wonderla Amusement Park

14 km from city center 39 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

An amusement park filled with breathtaking charm, Wonderla has everything one can need to celebrate with vivacity. With over 50 exhilarating rides, the theme park has all the facilities to provide for an exciting experience for every visitor irrespective of their age and gender. It offers the thrill of both land-based and water-based rides.

40. Vasco da Gama Square

Vasco da Gama Square

4 km from city center 40 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

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.

41. Pierce Leslie Bungalow

Pierce Leslie Bungalow

4 km from city center 41 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Pierce Leslie Bungalow is a colonial mansion established as offices of Pierce Leslie and Co. Established in the year 1862; the coffee merchants drew inspiration from Portuguese and Dutch architecture.

42. Pallipuram Fort

Pallipuram Fort

25 km from city center 42 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Pallipuram, located in Vypeen Island near Kochi, allows the visitor to behold and feel the earliest of all the European memories of India. The Pallipuram Fort, built in 1503 by the Portuguese, is considered as the oldest surviving European monument in India. Standing amidst the huge trees that romance the skies, untouched by the hubbubs of the town and enduring the snags of time, the fort is also known by the name Ayikotta or Alikotta.

43. Thrikkakkara Vamana Moorthy Temple

Thrikkakkara Vamana Moorthy Temple

9 km from city center 43 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Containing lithic records of historical significance, Thirikkakara Vamanamoorthy Temple hosts the spectacular secular Onam feast every year in the Malayalee month of Chingam which falls typically between August and September.

44. Santhana Gopala Krishna Temple

Santhana Gopala Krishna Temple

65 km from city center 44 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Santhanagopala-Krishnaswamy Temple is an ancient temple with the inscriptions found here that dates the founding of the temple to 947 AD. Thus this beautiful temple is regarded as one of the oldest temples found in all India.

45. Ernakulam Mahadev Temple

Ernakulam Mahadev Temple

5 km from city center 45 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

The Ernakulam Shiva temple is one of the major temples in Kerala. It is also called as Ernankulathapan temple, located in the heart of the city of Kochi. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered a rare one as the deity faces the sea towards west.

46. Andhakaranazhi Beach

Andhakaranazhi Beach

25 km from city center 46 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Located at a distance of 30 kms from Kochi, Andhakaranazhi Beach is an extension of the tiny village of Andhakaranazhi. The virgin beach is still noncommercialized and unexploited from tourism and a well-kept secret of the city. Also its distance from the city makes it a perfect serene spot from the pell-mell of the city.

47. Puthenthode Beach

Puthenthode Beach

11 km from city center 47 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Located at a distance of 12 kms from Kochi in Chellanam, Puthenthode Beach is a relatively newly made beach. Slightly smaller in area than the other beaches with only half a km in length, it is popular for its peaceful vibe and calm environs.

48. Puthuvype Beach

Puthuvype Beach

8 km from city center 48 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Puthuvype is a 3 kms long beach situated in Puthuvype near the lighthouse in Kochi, Kerala. One among the least explored beaches of Kochi, the highlight of the beach is also a lighthouse. Still unexploited by tourists, the beach is crowded by the fisherfolks at work. You can visit on a weekend for a perfect break from the city in peace and solitude.

49. Kuzhupilly Beach

Kuzhupilly Beach

19 km from city center 49 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 3.5 kms from Cherai Beach in Kochi, this one is remotely located and really well hidden even from the localites. Lined with huge rocks all along the shore, the place makes for a perfect romantic spot or even if you want to spend some time away from the hustle-bustle of the city. The drive to the beach is equally beautiful with two lakes flanked on the side of the narrow road.

50. Munambam Beach

Munambam Beach

26 km from city center 50 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Also known as Muziris Beach, Munambam Beach is situated 4 kms north of Cherai Beach. Covered in Chinese fishing nets of the village fisherfolks, the beach boasts of calm sands merging into the indigo waters of the Arabian Sea. The beach also has an adjacent playground for the kids.

51. Areekkal Waterfalls

Areekkal Waterfalls

29 km from city center 51 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Areekkal Waterfalls is situated in Kochi and is one of the very few falls situated in the region. Boasting of immaculate surroundings, verdant green woods and a picturesque setting, the silvery cascading water atop rocky cliffs is a visual delight and a popular tourist spot of the city.

52. Vallarpadam

Vallarpadam

4 km from city center 52 out of 56 Places To Visit in Kochi

Quietly nestled in the middle of the Vembanad Lake in Kochi, Vallarpadam is one part of the group of islands in the state of Kerala- the one one being Willington Island. Vallarpadam is hustled near the Port of Kochi, the island only has a meagre population of around 10000 people. Considered to be one of the most picturesque and scenic places in the region, the town is mostly famous for the Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, known as the Vallarpadam Church.

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35 Must-Visit Places To Visit In Kochi: Explore The Best of Cochin

From ancient forts and scenic beaches to bustling spice markets and serene backwaters, this city promises an unforgettable adventure. Dive into the top 35 must-visit places in Kochi and discover why this coastal gem should be at the top of your travel list. Savour the authentic tastes of the traditional cuisine of Cochin, where every dish is a celebration of local ingredients and culinary craftsmanship.

Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a beautiful city on the southwest coast of India. It’s known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty. Whether you’re interested in historical forts in Cochin, scenic beaches in Kochi, or Ecotourism Destinations in Kochi, this place has something for everyone. Here are the top 35 places to visit in Kochi that you shouldn’t miss.

1. Fort Kochi

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Fort Kochi, with its iconic fort, is a testament to the colonial legacy that once shaped the region. Visitors can explore the well-preserved remnants of ancient battles and strategic military architecture in these forts. Each fort in Cochin narrates stories of conquests, trade, and cultural exchanges that have shaped the city’s identity over the centuries. From Fort Kochi to Bolgatty Palace, these historical forts in Cochin offer a fascinating journey through time for history enthusiasts and curious travellers alike.

Many of these historical forts in Cochin have undergone extensive restoration efforts to preserve their cultural importance for future generations. Each fort tells a story of resilience and adaptation, having withstood the tests of time and various rulers throughout history. Visiting these forts offers a captivating journey through Cochin’s evolution from a trading hub to a modern-day cosmopolitan city. These historical Forts in Cochin hold a testament to the old foundation and grander. 

  • Location: West of Kochi’s mainland. 
  • Scenic Attractions: Colonial buildings, charming streets, and waterfront views. 
  • Things to Do: Walk along Fort Kochi Beach, visit St. Francis Church, and explore the quaint shops and cafes.
  •   Interesting Fact: Fort Kochi was the first European township in India, set up by the Portuguese in the 1500s.

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2. Mattancherry Palace

  • Location: Mattancherry, near Fort Kochi. 
  • Scenic Attractions: Gorgeous murals and royal artefacts.
  •   Things to Do: Tour the palace rooms, marvel at the architecture, and shop in nearby Jew Town.
  •   Interesting Fact: Though called the Dutch Palace, it was built by the Portuguese.

3. Jewish Synagogue

  • Location: Jew Town, Mattancherry. 
  • Scenic Attractions: Stunning interiors with Belgian glass chandeliers and Chinese tiles. 
  • Things to Do: See historical relics and antique Torah scrolls.
  • Interesting Fact: This synagogue, built in 1568, is the oldest active in the Commonwealth.

4. Marine Drive

  • Location: Along the backwaters of Kochi. 
  • Scenic Attractions: Beautiful sunset views and the Rainbow Bridge of these Scenic Beaches in Kochi
  • Things to Do: Enjoy a relaxing walk, take a boat ride, and try local street food.
  •   Interesting Fact: Marine Drive is a favourite hangout spot for both locals and tourists.

5. Chinese Fishing Nets

  • Location: Fort Kochi Beach. 
  • Scenic Attractions: Unique, picturesque fishing nets. 
  • Things to Do: Watch fishermen at work and take amazing photos. 
  • Interesting Fact: These fishing nets were introduced by Chinese traders in the 14th century.

6. Willingdon Island

  • Location: Between Ernakulam and Fort Kochi. 
  • Scenic Attractions: Beautiful views of the port and backwaters. 
  • Things to Do: Explore the island, visit the maritime museum, and enjoy the tranquil environment. 
  • Interesting Fact: This is the largest man-made island in India.

7. Cherai Beach

  • Location: 25 km from Kochi city. 
  • Scenic Attractions: Golden sand and calm waters. 
  • Things to Do: Swim, sunbathe, and try some local seafood. 
  • Interesting Fact: Cherai Beach is known for its frequent dolphin sightings.

8. Santa Cruz Basilica

  • Location: Fort Kochi. 
  • Scenic Attractions: Stunning stained glass windows and beautiful interiors. 
  • Things to Do: Attend a mass, admire the architecture and take in the peaceful atmosphere. 
  • Interesting Fact: This basilica is one of the eight basilicas in India.

9. Bolgatty Palace

  • Location: Bolgatty Island. 
  • Scenic Attractions: Elegant gardens and stunning waterfront views. 
  • Things to Do: Stay at the heritage hotel, explore the palace grounds, and enjoy a luxurious getaway. 
  • Interesting Fact: Bolgatty Palace is one of the oldest Dutch palaces outside Holland.

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10. Hill Palace Museum

  • Location: Thripunithura, near Kochi. 
  • Scenic Attractions: Expansive gardens and royal artefacts. 
  • Things to Do: Tour the museum, see the royal jewellery, and enjoy the lush gardens. 
  • Interesting Fact: This was the official residence of the Cochin royal family.

11. Paradesi Synagogue

  • Scenic Attractions: Beautiful chandeliers and rare antiques. 
  • Things to Do: Explore the synagogue and learn about its history. 
  • Interesting Fact: It’s the oldest active synagogue in India, built in 1568.

12. Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

  • Location: Near Marine Drive. 
  • Scenic Attractions: Lush mangroves and diverse bird species. 
  • Things to Do: Bird watching, nature walks, and photography. 
  • Interesting Fact: This sanctuary is often called the “Green Lung of Kochi.”

13. Athirappilly Waterfalls

  • Location: 70 km from Kochi. 
  • Scenic Attractions: Majestic waterfalls and lush greenery. 
  • Things to Do: Enjoy a nature walk, picnic, and take stunning photos. 
  • Interesting Fact: Athirappilly is often referred to as the “Niagara of India.”

14. Ernakulam Market

  • Location: Ernakulam. 
  • Scenic Attractions: Busy Spice Markets in Kochi and vibrant street life is mainly holding attractions and a lot of exotic spices can be found here.  
  • Things to Do: Shop for spices, and local crafts, and enjoy street food. 
  • Interesting Fact: The market is famous for its rich aromas of fresh spices.

15. Kumarakom Backwaters

  • Location: Near Kochi. 
  • Scenic Attractions: Serene waterways and lush landscapes. 
  • Things to Do: Take a houseboat cruise, enjoy bird watching, and relax in the tranquil environment. 
  • Interesting Fact: Kumarakom is one of the most popular backwater destinations in Kerala.

16. Princess Street

  • Location : Fort Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Colonial-era buildings and a charming street ambience.
  • Things to Do : Stroll along the street, shop for souvenirs, and relax in cafes.
  • Interesting Fact : This street is a popular spot for tourists looking to soak in the old-world charm of Kochi.

17. Indo-Portuguese Museum

  • Location : Bishop’s House, Fort Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Historical artefacts and cultural exhibits.
  • Things to Do : Explore the museum’s collection and learn about the Indo-Portuguese history.
  • Interesting Fact : The museum was established by Dr. Joseph Kureethra, the late Bishop of Kochi.

18. Veeranpuzha Lake

  • Location : Suburbs of Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Serene lake views and lush surroundings.
  • Things to Do : Enjoy a quiet stroll, bird watching, and take beautiful photos.
  • Interesting Fact : The lake is part of the Vembanad backwaters, the longest lake in India.

19. Puthenthode Beach

  • Location : 10 km from Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Pristine beach and serene atmosphere.
  • Things to Do : Relax by the sea, swim, and enjoy the scenic beauty.
  • Interesting Fact : This beach is relatively untouched by commercial tourism, making it a peaceful retreat.

20. Vypeen Island

  • Location : Off the coast of Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Cherai Beach, Pallipuram Fort, and the lighthouse.
  • Things to Do : Explore the island, visit historical sites, and enjoy beach activities.
  • Interesting Fact : The island is accessible by a short ferry ride from Fort Kochi.

21. Kerala Folklore Museum

  • Location : Thevara, Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Traditional artifacts and cultural performances.
  • Things to Do : Explore the museum, attend cultural shows, and learn about Kerala’s folklore.
  • Interesting Fact : The museum features over 4,000 artefacts representing Kerala’s cultural diversity.

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22. Thrikkakara Temple

  • Location : Thrikkakara, near Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Traditional temple architecture and serene surroundings.
  • Things to Do : Participate in temple rituals, explore the architecture, and experience the Onam festival.
  • Interesting Fact : The temple is believed to be the only one dedicated to Lord Vamana.

23. Chottanikkara Temple

  • Location : Chottanikkara, near Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Beautiful temple architecture and lush greenery.
  • Things to Do : Offer prayers, participate in rituals, and explore the temple grounds.
  • Interesting Fact : The temple is famous for its healing ceremonies, believed to cure mental illnesses.

24. Vallarpadam Church

  • Location : Vallarpadam Island.
  • Scenic Attractions : Stunning church architecture and peaceful surroundings.
  • Things to Do : Attend mass, explore the church, and enjoy the serene environment.
  • Interesting Fact : The church is one of the major pilgrim centres in Kerala, attracting thousands of devotees annually.

25. Thripunithura Hill Palace

  • Location : Thripunithura, near Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Expansive gardens and royal artefacts.
  • Things to Do : Tour the museum, see the royal jewellery, and enjoy the lush gardens.
  • Interesting Fact : The palace complex includes 49 buildings spread over 54 acres.

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26. Paniyeli Poru

  • Location : Near Perumbavoor, Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : River rapids and verdant landscapes.
  • Things to Do : Enjoy a picnic, go trekking, and take in the natural beauty.
  • Interesting Fact : Paniyeli Poru is a popular spot for nature photography and bird watching.

27. Munambam Beach

  • Location : Near Cherai, Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Quiet beach and fishing activities.
  • Things to Do : Relax by the sea, go fishing, and enjoy boat rides.
  • Interesting Fact : Munambam Beach is known for its beautiful sunsets and tranquil environment.

28. Kerala Kathakali Centre

  • Scenic Attractions : Traditional dance and martial arts performances.
  • Things to Do : Attend a Kathakali performance, watch Kalaripayattu demonstrations, and learn about Kerala’s cultural heritage.
  • Interesting Fact : The centre is one of the oldest theatres in Kerala dedicated to classical arts.

29. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

  • Location : Kothamangalam, near Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Diverse bird species and lush forest.
  • Things to Do : Bird watching, nature walks, and photography.
  • Interesting Fact : The sanctuary is named after Dr. Salim Ali, a renowned ornithologist.

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30. Bhoothathankettu

  • Location : Near Kothamangalam, Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Dam site and forested area.
  • Things to Do : Boat rides, trekking, and picnicking.
  • Interesting Fact : According to legend, the dam was built by spirits (Bhoothams) overnight.

31. Puthuvype Beach

  • Location : Near Vypeen Island, Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Uncrowded beach and lighthouse.
  • Things to Do : Relax by the sea, visit the lighthouse, and enjoy the scenic views.
  • Interesting Fact : The beach is less commercialized, offering a tranquil experience.
  • Scenic Attractions : Temples and the serene Periyar River.
  • Things to Do : Visit Adi Shankaracharya’s birthplace, explore temples, and enjoy the tranquil environment.
  • Interesting Fact : Kalady is a major spiritual destination for followers of Adi Shankaracharya.

33. Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village

  • Location : Kumbalangi, near Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Traditional village life and backwaters.
  • Things to Do : Experience village life, enjoy backwater tours, and participate in fishing and farming activities.
  • Interesting Fact : Kumbalangi was declared the first eco-tourism village in India.

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34. Museum of Kerala History

  • Location : Edappally, Kochi.
  • Scenic Attractions : Historical exhibits and dioramas.
  • Things to Do : Explore the museum’s collection, learn about Kerala’s history, and enjoy the audio-visual presentations.
  • Interesting Fact : The museum offers an engaging journey through Kerala’s past with its detailed exhibits.

35. Edappally Church

  • Scenic Attractions : Majestic church building and serene environment.
  • Things to Do : Attend mass, explore the church grounds, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
  • Interesting Fact : The church dates back to 593 AD, making it one of the

Whether you love history, nature, or food, Kochi has something for everyone  Here’s a Kerala travel tip . Don’t miss these top 35 places to visit in Kochi on your next trip! Kochi is a city that captivates your heart and soul, offering a perfect mix of history, culture, and natural beauty with the Places to visit in Cochin. You can also check the weather in Kerala to decide and get a better idea in idealising the best time to be here. 

Whether you’re exploring ancient forts, relaxing on serene beaches, or cruising through tranquil backwaters, Kochi provides an array of experiences that cater to every traveller. An interesting fact: Kochi is home to the oldest European church in India, St. Francis Church, where Vasco da Gama was originally buried. 

Make sure to add these top 35 Places to visit in Cochin to your itinerary and immerse yourself in the vibrant essence of this coastal paradise. Your journey through Kochi will undoubtedly be filled with unforgettable memories and inspiring discoveries.

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The city of Kochi, on the southwest coast of India, is an enchanting place with an eclectic influence. Known as the "Gateway to Kerala," Kochi's culture and architecture will take you back in time to when the Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese and British occupied the city. The architectural and historical sites in Fort Kochi are the biggest draws for most visitors.

For travelers that prefer to explore a city without needing to hop on a bus or take a taxi, Fort Kochi makes an ideal place as most places are reachable on foot or by bicycle. The area is very accommodating for tourists, with delicious food, tons of things to do, and an array of accommodations across all budgets.

Go on a Heritage Walk of Fort Kochi

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The best way to acquaint yourself with Fort Kochi and the events that have shaped it is to begin with a guided heritage walk covering the essential landmarks. These include Fort Immanuel, the Dutch Cemetery, Santa Cruz Basilica, and Saint Francis Church (believed to be the oldest European church in India) built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Saint Francis is most famous for being the burial site of explorer Vasco de Gama, who died in Kochi in 1524 before his remains were taken back to Portugal.

Meander Through Mattancherry

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Mattancherry is an atmospheric and multicultural old neighborhood in Fort Kochi full of colonial buildings. It's a delightful area to meander through, especially in the evenings when the temples are illuminated with lamps and their bells clang. The main attraction there is Mattancherry Dutch Palace , built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555, then renovated by the Dutch in 1663. It lacks the grandeur that you'd expect of a palace, but the understated appearance is part of its charm. Inside is a small museum and some rare art inside, including paintings of previous kings and some beautiful murals from the Hindu epics.

Shop for Spices

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In the heart of Mattancherry, between Mattancherry Dutch Palace and the Pardesi Jewish Synagogue , is a quaint area known as Jew Town by the locals. It's the center of the spice trade in Kochi, and the air is filled with the heady waft of masala. These days, you won't find many Jewish people there. The local Jewish population has been outnumbered by an influx of Kashmiri shopkeepers who hawk their wares to tourists. However, the synagogue remains in use. Its interior is resplendent with chandeliers, a gold pulpit, and imported floor tiles.

Bazaar Road, which runs along the Mattancherry waterfront, also has a spice market.

Toss a Fishing Net

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The iconic Chinese Fishing Nets, undoubtedly Kochi's most recognizable sight, have been there since the 14th century and are remarkably still in use today. Take a turn at the net, as the local fisherman will show you how they're operated in return for a small fee.

For a meal of some of the freshest fish you've ever eaten, head to the waterfront where the nets line the short in the late afternoon. There you can buy fresh seafood from one of the fishmongers, get it cooked at a nearby shack, and enjoy eating it as the sun sets.

People-Watch on Princess Street

Fort Kochi's main tourist strip, Princess Street, is one of the oldest streets in the city. This is the place for people-watching, cafes, restaurants, bookstores, tea shops, art galleries, and souvenirs. You'll also find grocery stores there, so you can restock on any essential items. It's a lively destination for an evening walk as street vendors and hawkers line the road.

Learn History at the Kerala Folklore Theater and Museum

To learn about Kerala's culture, it's worth making the journey to this privately owned museum on the outskirts of Ernakulam. Opened in 2009, the museum's three floors are packed full of interesting artifacts related to the state's heritage. Its architecture is magnificent, with the entryway made from the remnants of a temple and wooden carvings warranting a special look. Kerala art and dance forms are a focus, with stage performances taking place at 6:30 p.m. daily.

Browse the Broadway Bazaar Market

While you're in Ernakulum, for a memorable local experience drop by the bustling Broadway area where wholesale and retail vendors sell everything under the sun. The bazaar rose to prominence after the British took control of the city from the Dutch and traders moved from Mattanchery to Broadway. Return to Fort Kochi by walking along the Marine Drive promenade to the ferry terminal and getting a boat back. If you'd prefer to go on a guided tour of the area, try this bazaar walk .

Watch a Traditional Dance Performance

Kathakali is a very unusual and ancient form of dance-drama traditional to Kerala . The dance movements are subtle, yet they tell a meaningful mythological story, while the look of the performers, with red bloodshot eyes, borders on horrific. The performers are required to undergo intense training, including hours of eye exercises, when learning the art of Kathakali. Try the Cochin Cultural Center, Kerala Kathakali Center , or Greenix Village to catch a show.

Take a Cooking Lesson

Kerala is renowned for its cuisine , featuring delicious seafood and coconut flavors. The hosts at many of Kochi's popular homestays will be more than happy to give you a cooking lesson. If you're serious about learning cooking, take a look at Nimmy Paul's cooking school. She provides a variety of traditional Kerala Syrian Christian cooking classes in her home. Maria's South Indian cooking classes are also recommended.

Enjoy a Ayurveda Spa Treatment

Kerala is also known for its natural Ayurvedic medicine, and there are several options for getting an Ayurvedic treatment in Kochi. The Fort Ayurveda spa at the Fort House hotel in Fort Kochi receives excellent reviews and offers reasonably priced traditional Ayurvedic therapies, as does Ayurville. Check out Agastya Ayurveda Massage and Wellness Center on Princess Street. Or, on Vypeen Island, AyurDara specializes in longer-term Ayurvedic treatments (one to three weeks) and provides accommodations.

Go On a Sunset Cruise

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The Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation, an enterprise of the Kerala government, conducts inexpensive cruises in the backwaters around Kochi in its luxury Sagara Rani vessel. The cruises depart throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., although the sunset cruise is most popular. It runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.

Catch the Ferry to Vypeen Island

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Join the locals in taking the ferry from Fort Kochi out to Vypeen Island, just off the coast. The island is a quiet, non-touristy place to escape the crowds, and it's blessed with delightfully long beaches. Cherai beach , on the northern tip, is the main attraction. Other things to see include Munambam Fishing Harbor (the largest fishing harbor in Kochi), the lighthouse at Puthuvype beach (it's open from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily), 16th-century Pallipuram Fort (part of the Muziris Heritage Project), and Kuzhuppilly beach.

Celebrate the New Year at the Cochin Carnival

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The colorful Cochin Carnival evolved from Portuguese new year celebrations held in the city during colonial days. Rather than being a traditional cultural event, it's more about feasting and fun. There are competitions, games, beach sports, dirt bike races, dancing, and fireworks. The carnival concludes with the burning of a Santa effigy on New Year's Eve (yes, really) and a massive procession on New Year's Day.

Attend the Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Held every second year from December to March in and around Kochi, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is Asia's most extensive exhibition and contemporary arts festival. The exhibitions encompass all mediums and are held in various galleries, heritage buildings, and public spaces. There's also a comprehensive program of talks, seminars, screenings, music, workshops, and educational activities for students. The next edition of the festival will take place in 2020.

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Lulu Shopping Mall, Kerala Kathakali Centre, Cherai Beach, Wonderla Amusement Park, Jew Synagogue and Jew Town, Marine Drive, Mattancherry Palace, St Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Bolgatty Palace, Willingdon Island, Fort Kochi and many more places to visit in Kochi. Kochi, also known as the biggest city in Kerala is a popular tourist destination with fine harbors and a cosmopolitan bustling city life. Exploring the places to visit in Kochi, you will get a glimpse of the rich trade culture from the colonial British era as well as learn more about the hub of  exports and imports from ancient times. Pallipuram Fort, which is surrounded by the majestic blue oceans on one side and the beautiful lush western ghats is a must visit. Kochi Marine Drive is yet another place that is just perfect for those evening strolls. You will also get to know more about the lifestyle of the residents as well as get to relish some authentic quick bites. The hill palace museum features the perfect mix of the old world charm. You will get to explore the galleries and witness some of the age old relics. Overall, Kochi Exhibits an amalgamation of different places to visit and can be explored by all kinds of tourists.

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Lulu Shopping Mall, Edappally

Lulu Shopping Mall, Edappally

The Lulu Shopping Mall which is one of the largest shopping malls in India is an invite to the world of happiness. With 225 outlets, 2,500 seater food court and the presence of top 100 brands and 11 fine-dining restaurants, this is definitely a place to pamper yourself. The mall also houses a 9 screen Cineplex, amusement rides, one of the largest ice skating rink and a 12-lane bowling alley making it a destination for every age group, especially during the weekends. Housed within the campus of Hotel Marriot, it offers convenience and luxury to domestic and international tourists. Location: 34, 1000, N.H 47, Nethaji Nagar, Edappally, Kochi. Timings: 9.00 am to 11.00 pm everyday. Entry Fee:  None.

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Kerala Kathakali Centre

Kerala Kathakali Centre

The Kerala Kathakali centre was founded in 1990 and aims to popularize the traditional art form of Kerala, discover new talents and train the existing performers with rigorous discipline and dedication. Kathakali is a combination of literature, painting, music, dance and acting and all the five forms culminate to this charming dance form done with grace and command. This is a place to visit in Kochi if you are keen on learning the dance form directly from the experts. You may also be privy to the daily shows organised here by talented participants expert in their field of art. Location: KB Jacob Rd, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi. Timings: 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm  Entry Fees: Rs. 250/- per head to watch the performance.

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Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach

This charming beach is neatly nestled in the suburbs of Cherai, which is one of the most visited beaches due to its serenity and clean environ. The low tides and slow waves make it a highly recommended beach for swimming and other forms of water sports. It has an alluring walkway along the beach dotted with greens and sufficient places for seating.  Elderly visitors are often seen indulging in yoga, meditation or light strolls during the early morning or evening hours to enjoy the splendour of mother nature. The beach has several luxury villas, resorts and beach hotels lined along the Arabian sea where river Periyar confluence to make for a picture postcard frame. Location: Ernakulam 15 km from Kochi. Timings: Sunrise to Sunset. Entry Fees: None

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Wonderla Amusement Park

Wonderla Amusement Park

This is one of the largest amusement parks in Kochi having water rides, land rides, 3D rides and several other fun rides to keep the visitors entertained. This is one of those places to visit in Kochi if you are accompanied by a kid or an adventure seeker by nature. Caterpillar village, adventures of Chikku, Dashin cars, Fire Brigade, Sky wheel, Windmill and wonder splash are a few of its major attraction. Weekends are filled with locals having a ball of a time with friends and family.   The Wonderla Pass gives access to special discount packages with added enjoyment. Location: Kumarapuram, Pallikkara, Kochi. Timings: 11.00 am to 6.00 pm on weekdays and open till 7.00 pm on weekends. Entry Fees: Rs.650/- per child and Rs. 800/- per adult on a normal season, peak season charges are higher.

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Jew Synagogue and Jew Town

Jew Synagogue and Jew Town

The Jewish Synagogue also known as the Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active Synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations making it one of the hotspots amongst Kochi tourist places. The Synagogue has Scrolls of the law, several gold crowns received as gifts, a brass-railed pulpit, Belgian glass chandelier, hand-knotted Oriental rug and many more precious artefacts are on display at this place for visitors to have a sneak peek at the history of Kochi. Visitors are expected to enter barefoot into the premises. A narrow street between the Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace is Jew town, a den for antique lovers. Little fractions of history crafted in metal and wood waiting to be owned by a curious tourist. Location: Synagogue, Jew Town, Kappalandimukku, Mattancherry, Kochi. Timings: 10.00 am to 12.00 pm and 3.00 pm 5.00 pm everyday. Entry Fee: None.

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Marine Drive

Marine Drive

Marine drive is a quaint destination amongst the many Cochin tourist places the Kerala takes pride in. Exclusively built facing the backwaters, it offers a charming and a picturesque image especially during the evening hours attracting the locals and tourists alike. Along with the Rainbow bridge, which is a major draw for tourists, the Marine drive is lined with Shopping malls, fast food joints and other important landmark buildings of Kochi. Be ready to be allured by the gentle breeze while enjoying a walk down the promenade enjoying the company of your loved ones. Location: Ernakulam, Kochi. Timings : Sunrise to Sunset.

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Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace

This Portuguese palace, also known as the Dutch Palace is one of the prime places to visit in Kochi due to its historic relevance. This quadrangular palace built in typical Kerala Nalukettu style has a courtyard in the centre where is seated Pazhayannur Bhagavati' the goddess of the Kochi royal family. The flooring of the palace is a sight to behold, because it looks like polished black marble, but has been made the traditional Kerala way using burnt coconut shells, lime, charcoal, egg white etc giving a lasting finish. The reputation of the Palace is in the various murals painted in warm and rich colours the tempura style. Location: Mattancherry, Kochi. Timings: Sunday to Friday 9.45 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 4.45 pm, Saturday closed. Entry Fees: Rs. 2.00/- per adult and free entry for children below 15 years.

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St Francis Church

St Francis Church

Apart from being a very popular holy place for Christians, St. Francis Church, Ernakulam holds high historic relevance, as this is the place where the famous explorer Vasco da Gama was buried. Built by the Portuguese in a regal style with Dutch and Portuguese influences, it is an architectural marvel. Visitors remain awestruck at the sight of the gabled timber-framed roof, the confession box, the baptism platform and the pulpit. It narrates many tales of the old world and their way of spiritual life. Location: Head Post Office, Saint Francis Church Road Opp, Fort Kochi, Kochi. Timings: Monday to Saturday 7.00 am to 6.30 pm, Sunday – 8.30 am to 6.30 pm. Entry Fees:  None

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Santa Cruz Basilica

Santa Cruz Basilica

This is considered to be one of the 8 Basilicas in Kerala. It is also considered to be one of the most visited Kochi tourist places as it is counted as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala constructed in gothic style with architectural grandeur. Built by the Portuguese, it was elevated by The Pope as a cathedral along with the erection of a diocese in India.  The main altar of the Church has been painted by the famous Italian Painter, Fr. Antonio Moscheni S.J. Beautiful stained glass painting enhances the beauty of the painting of the Last Supper. The exterior of the church is whitewashed in white with two lofty spires adorning the façade. Location:  Bastian St, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi. Timings: Monday - Saturday 7.00 am to 6.30 pm, Sunday 8.00 am to 6.30 pm. Entry Fees:  None

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Bolgatty Palace

Bolgatty Palace

While making a bucket list of places to visit in Kochi, Bolgatty Palace and Island resort is a must. This unique mansion with four palatial rooms was built by the Dutch in 1744 and is one of it’s kind outside Holland. The palace has been now converted to a luxury stay for travellers pampering them to ultimate comfort and grandeur. Popularly known as the Honeymooner’s paradise, Bolgatty palace has earned a name for itself due to its extravagant location across the Island surrounded by a canopy of greens and a breathtaking view of the landscape. The resort has an event centre to house weddings, meetings and other ceremonies accommodating a large number of guests. Location: NH966A, Mulavukad, Kochi. Timings:  All day. Entry Fees:  None. Also Checkout and Book: Galileo Museum Tickets

Willingdon Island

Willingdon Island

The largest artificial island of India named after the Viceroy of India, Lord Willingdon, is a part of Kochi formed by filling in dredged soil around an already existing tiny island. The island takes pride in housing several landmark offices, especially of the Navy, Customs, Port Trust and Fisheries departments. This island links Kochi to major seaports internationally and thus is a well-known destination for commercial and financial establishments. A stay at any of the luxury resorts or hotels on the island provides an unhindered view of the Arabian Sea and its charming beauty. Location: 3 km from Ernakulam Railway station. Timings:  All day. Entry Fees:  None.

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Fort Kochi

A small fishing hamlet later converted to the first European township in India, today features amongst tourist places in Kochi due to the vibrancy of this place. The temperature is more or less pleasant round the year except for summer making it ideal to explore the place in a motorcycle to navigate the deepest history and beauty of this place.    The Fort Kochi beach looks divine during sunset offering various hues of vermilion and scarlet let. The old houses of this place have been built by British traders, thus the Dutch cottages, split farms all reminisce of an era bygone. Fort Kochi can easily be planned for two days to delve deep into the place with numerous options for stay suiting every pocket. Location: Ernakulam, Kochi. Timings:  All day. Entry Fees:  None. Get Great Deals On  Nasrid Palaces Tickets

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Chottanikara Bhagavathy Temple

Chottanikara Bhagavathy Temple

This is the most visited and highly revered Hindu temple down south. The temple is believed to be 1500 years old where the goddess Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Amman and the Keezhu Kaavu Bhadrakali Amman are worshipped as healing goddesses. A continuous practice of worshipping the deities in this temple is believed to cure life-threatening diseases. The temple premises houses a Pala tree which is pierced with thousands of nails, the reason being patrons who are cured of mental maladies drive a nail across the tree. Men are required to open their shirts before they enter the premises, while women are requested to be dressed in Indian attire to offer reverence. Location: Chottanikkara, Ernakulam ( 20 km from Ernakulam ) Timings: 4.00 am to 8.45 pm every day. Entry Fees:  None

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Indo - Portuguese Museum

Indo - Portuguese Museum

This museum was established by the Late Bishop of Kochi, Dr Joseph Kureethra to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Portuguese in India. The Altar, treasure, procession, Civil Life and Cathedral are the five main sections of the museum exhibiting various artefacts and objects of that period. The contributions of this collection have arrived from various churches across Kerala. You may opt for a guided tour of the museum for a better understanding of history. Location: Bishop Kureethara Rd, Fort Kochi, Kochi. Timings: Tuesday to Sunday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm every day, Monday closed. Entry Fees: Rs.5/- for children, 10/- adult (for Indians) and Rs.25/- for foreign tourists. Also Checkout and Book: Skydiving Gold Coast

Gowreeswara Temple Cherai

Gowreeswara Temple Cherai

Built in 1912, this popular temple in Kochi is dedicated to Lord Murugan also referred to as the South Pazhani. The idol was installed by Sree Narayana Guru and is the only temple in Asia that is a Chaturmukha Kovil, which means four side doors. The Lord Subramanyah faces east, while Lord Ganapati faces south, Lord Shiva faces west and Goddess Parvati faces north. Four daily pujas are conducted every day to the deities, Usha Pooja, Pantheeradi Pooja, Uchcha Pooja and Azatha Pooja where panchamrutam and Pushpanjali are offered. Location: Sree Gowreeswara Temple, Cherai, Vypin. Timings: 5.00 am to 11.30 am and 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm every day. Entry Fees:  None

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Malayattoor

Malayattoor

Malayattoor holds a special relevance amongst all tourist places in Kochi as it is a meeting point for land, river and mountain. The Malayattoor Hill has the famous Malayattoor Church dedicated to St. Thomas, who as per belief had prayed at this shrine. This important holy place for Christians in Kochi draws a lot of pilgrims through the southern part of the country around the year. The Church houses a life-size statue of the Saint and the imprint of the feet of the Apostle on a rock. This site has been conferred as an international pilgrim centre for Christians worldwide. The annual feast is organised on the first Sunday of Easter every year. Location: 47 km from Kochi in Ernakulam district. Timing: Monday to Saturday, 6.00 am and 5.15 pm and Sundays - 6.00 am, 7.30 am and 9.30 am. Entry Fees : None Also Read:  Things To Do In Singapore For Couples

Andhakaranazhi Beach

Andhakaranazhi Beach

This beach drawing several tourists is located in a coastal village, located 4km from Pattanakkad. The tall lighthouse in white and red grabs attention as it helps navigate the seamen at night. The Andhakaranazhi Beach happens to be a site for frequent shooting of Malayalam films, thus drawing more attention from the locals. Though seriously affected by the Tsunami in 2004, a brand new bridge and an aerial walkway have been constructed to the sea wall for a magnificent view of a dramatic sunset to cherish for a lifetime. Location: 4 km west of Pattanakkad under Cherthala Taluk. Timings: Sunrise to Sunset. Entry Fee:  None.

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Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese fishing nets, also known as Cheena wala are seen quite frequently in Kochi. These are stationary lift nets fixed at a particular place operated from the shore using mechanical contrivances to fishing nets almost 20m across. This unique way of fishing was introduced by the Chinese traders in the 14th century extending its relevance to “Ko-chi”, meaning China like. Sunsets across the backwaters, rivers or sea offer a panoramic splendour of the skyline with silhouettes of Chinese fishing nets in the backdrop. Location: Across water bodies of Kochi. Timings:  All day. Entry Fees:  None. For a Fun Experience Book:  Horse Riding Dubai

Kodanad Elephant Training Centre

Kodanad Elephant Training Centre

Kerala is gifted with nature’s bounty and the magnificent animal which is found in large numbers in this part of the country is the elephant. As per Hindu culture, elephants are considered to be very auspicious and are worshipped in many temples all over. The Abhayarnyam mini zoo and shelter for orphaned wild animals are a part of ecotourism, an initiative raised by the Kerala Government making it a places to visit in Kochi as this is the venue where you would find several pachyderms living peacefully in harmony with nature. The mammoth animals are trained to carry heavy logs from the jungle and other tedious jobs. It also houses a deer park where you may find Sambar deers and spotted deers grazing to glory. Location: Near post Office, Kodanad, Dist. Eranakulam, Kaprikad. Timings: Tuesday to Sunday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday closed. Entry Fees: Free.

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Museum of Kerala History, Edappally

Museum of Kerala History, Edappally

One of the oldest art and history museum of Kerala is in Kochi founded by philanthropist and entrepreneur Mr Madhavan Nayar. The museum is divided into three sections, the doll museum, museum of Kerala history and gallery of modern art. The statue of Parasurama has been strategically placed outside the hall to pay reverence to the saint who is believed to have brought forth the land of Kerala from the mighty ocean. The doll museum is adorned with 150 plus dolls from various ethnic groups of India showcasing the cultural diversity of the nation. The modern art gallery boasts of more than 230 paintings done by eminent artists like Raja Ravi Verma, M.F.Hussain, Ram Kinker Baij and several other painters of international acclaim. Location: Salem - Kochi Hwy, Near Hotel Seagate, Koonamthai, Edappally, Ernakulam. Timings: Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday closed. Entry Fees: Rs. 50/- per adult and Rs. 20/- per child.

Hill Palace of Tripunithara

Hill Palace of Tripunithara

The largest archaeological museum which features in the list of tourist places in Kochi used to be the residence of the Maharaja of Cochin built in traditional Kerala style with lavish façade. The complex houses 49 buildings spread across 54 acres of land which now comprises of an archaeological museum, deer park, Medicinal plant garden, pre-historic park and a children’s park. The museum showcases ornaments, weapons, manuscripts and other belongings of the royal family with a few exhibits from the Paliam Devaswom. Location: Hill Palace Rd, Irumpanam, Thrippunithura, Ernakulam, Kochi. Timings: Tuesday to Sunday, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 am to 4.30 pm, Monday closed. Entry Fees : Rs 10/- per adult and Rs 5/- per child.

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Folklore Museum

Folklore Museum

The museum is dedicated to Folk art, Tribal art, Traditional art, Anthropology, Architecture, History, Culture, and Heritage of South India. The museum is promoted by Mrs. & Mr George Thaliath and aims to preserve, the culture, heritage and folk art education of Kerala. It is a storehouse of lost pride of the southern part of India which consists of some rare artefacts like Sri Guruvayurappan, watercolour on paper, Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswathi marriage, oil on canvas, Kindi, a type of a pitcher usually found in old houses and many other precious treasures. 62 artists worked on wood for almost 8 years burning the midnight oil to create this temple for artisans. A must places to visit in Kochi for tourists, students, researchers and also for anthropological studies. Location: Near 2059C No 26 Pandit Karuppan Road, Thevara Ferry Road, Junction, Kochi. Timings: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm everyday. Entry Fees: Rs. 50/- for students and Rs. 100/- for adults.

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

This ecologically sensitive area at the heart of Kochi is spread amidst 2.74 hectares of land. It has a shallow tidal lake connected to Kochi through a canal. It is popular for the many migratory birds that flock this place during the migratory season and also supporting the mangrove forests of this area. It is thus considered to be the green lungs of Kerala thereby keeping the pollution of the city at bay. The rich flora and fauna of the Mangalavanam Bird sanctuary are of interest to many nature enthusiasts and environmentalist alike. A whopping 72 different species of birds have been located in this area alone adding to the biodiversity of this place. Location: High Ct Rd, Ayyappankavu, Kochi. Timings: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm everyday. Entry Fees : None.

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Veeranpuzha Lake and Backwaters

Veeranpuzha Lake and Backwaters

Veeranpuzha is one of the places to visit in Kochi, situated in the northern extension of Vembanad lake and is an extremely alluring lake along with a series of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Malabar coast. Popularly known as the Vembanad lake, it is surrounded by lush green paddy fields swaying to the gentle breeze offering a mystic beauty of the place. The area is also a confluence of modern life amalgamating with life at the backwaters. Angling is a famous weekend activity enjoyed by the locals and is famous for cultivating Pokkali rice, a speciality of Kerala. Location: Vembanad Lake, Kochi. Timings: All day. Entry Fees:  None.

Shiva Temple

Shiva Temple

Locate at the heart of Ernakulam, this ancient Shiva temple is also known as the Ernakulathappan Temple and is one of the major temples of Kerala for it’s devout Shiva worshippers. Considered to be one of the 7 royal temples of the Maharaja of Kochi it is located on the Durbar hall ground. The deity, Lord Shiva is present here in Gowrishankara form and faces west towards the Arabian Sea. Located in 1 acre of holy land the original lingam worshipped by Arjuna of the Mahabharat fame is still preserved within the temple premises. The grand annual festival is celebrated during the Malayalam month of Makaram along with other festivals and occasions. Location: Durbar Hall Rd, Marine Drive, Ernakulam. Timings: 3.30 am to 8.00 pm every day. Entry Fees: Free.

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Athirapally Falls

Athirapally Falls

At a height of 80m, this is the largest waterfall of Kerala and is often regarded as the“ Niagra of India”. The Athirapally Falls is a charming cascade of frothy waters emerging from the Anamudi mountains of the western ghats. The Athirapally gushes across the lush green forest of Vazhachal towards the Arabian sea creating an exquisite panoramic spectacle. On the way to Athirapally, one may also visit the theme parks Dreamworld and Silver storm and decide to stay over at the many resorts strategically located amidst the greenery. Location: Athirappilly, Chalakudy Taluk, Thrissur. Timings: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm everyday. Entry Fees: Rs. 15/- per person.

Veeranpuzha Beach

Veeranpuzha Beach

Out of the several beaches in Cochin, the tourist place which is popular among visitors is the Veeranpuzha beach due to its distinct golden sand and aquamarine water. The beach is lined with foliage and vegetation which is a contrast on a hot and sandy beach. Spending a few idle hours at the beach will unleash a close view of the fishermen folk busy by the shore either fishing, managing their fresh catches or planning for the next catch.  Be ready to grab your camera to capture some picture postcard moments during the picturesque and dramatic sunset.The gorgeous sunset view with silhouettes of Chinese fishing nets in the backdrop is the prime reason for visitors to throng this place in numbers. Location: Kochi. Timings: Sunrise to sunset. Entry Fee:  None.

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Areekkal Waterfalls

Areekkal Waterfalls

This is a little waterfall worth a visit during the monsoons as the fall is in its glory with white cascading water gushing from atop. The area is surrounded by thick foliage and dense rubber plantation offering as a decent picnic spot among the locals. Adventure seekers and bikers frequent this scenic place for their sheer love for nature and some long drive on their bike in the outskirts. It is recommended to pack food in case one plans to stay for long, as there are hardly any eateries, however, one may mind occasional toddy shops selling the local beverage with pride. Location: Piramadam-Vettimood Road, Kochi. Timings: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm everyday. Entry Fees: Rs 10/- per visitor.

Vypeen Island

Vypeen Island

Vypeen is one of the many tiny islands that form the city and is considered one of the most gorgeous tourist places in Kochi. Sprawling over an area of 25 kms, it is one of the most densely populated and fast-growing places in Kochi. Reaching the island itself is a mesmerizing journey involving a series of bridges called Goshree bridges that provide a stunning view against the clear blue waters. Once you reach the island, there are numerous tourist destinations to enjoy – the Portuguese Azhikotta fort, which is one of the oldest European Forts in India and the lighthouse at Ochanthuruthu in Vypeen that offers bewitching views of the sea from the top. While you are here, book your stay at the gorgeous Bungalow Heritage homestay and experience excellent hospitality and thoughtful amenities. Location:  Fort Kochi bus stand. Timings:  The first boat to the island leaves at 6 am and the last returns at 9 pm. Entry Fees:  None.

Pallipuram Fort

Pallipuram Fort

Built by the Portuguese in 1503 the Pallipuram fort has gracefully evolved to be a very popular tourist place in Kochi today. This preserves the roots of the ancient European culture, their antiques and is considered to be one of the oldest lasting European masterpieces in India. The monument has an hexagonal outpost made out of wood laterite and mortar. The open space inside the fort is assumed to secure passage to the basement. The fine architectural marvels of the fort never fails to astonish the tourists. This fort boasts a rich tradition and heritage.Unlike other forts, this is very well maintained by the Archeological department. Location -Near Munambam police station, palliport, pallipuram, Kochi, Kerala 683515 Timing - 9 AM to 6 PM Entry Fees: None 

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1. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary -Kumarakom Bird sanctuary is one of the famous tourist places in Kochi. Explore Kerala's best winged visitors along with the exotic varieties of plant species. In the prime time you can easily spot more than 20- 30 species of migratory birds here. Take your camera along to capture some breathtaking views 2.Hill Palace museum Kochi - This is one of the largest archeological museums in Kochi featuring ancient artifacts and exhibits. You will get a sense of the history, culture and lifestyle of the keralites while roaming through the pathways of the museum.There also exists a beautiful deer park and a sculpture park which is an architectural marvel of its own. This is one of the unique places to visit in Kochi you wont regret adding to your list. 3.Kochi Marine Drive - Kochi marine drive is one of the cleanest and beautifully maintained marine drives in India. With beautiful shores on one side and the buzzing city lights on the other this place has very well emerged as a popular tourist place in Kochi.You can pedal in the beautiful pavements enjoying the mesmerizing views of the kochi harbor. The place is filled with cafes and restaurants in case you want a quick bite

What are the best outdoor activities in Kochi?

1.Go Snorkeling in Thiruvankulam - Thiruvankulam is one of the places to visit in kochi, offering a range of exciting water sports. Experience the amazing underwater world getting close to the extraordinary marine life of kerala. A must do for all adventure lovers, Snorkeling provides the much needed adrenaline kick for someone who wants to try something out of the box. You can opt to capture videos of you in an underwater world that will serve as a memory for lifetime. 2.Go Karting- Try out Go karting races with your friends in the grand mall. Choose from the preferred laps and drive through the swift tracks.This is one of the fun outdoor activities to indulge into that will surely provide that much needed adrenaline kick 3. Go Fishing in the Chinese Fishing villages- Tourists can spend time fishing on the boats while gazing at the beautiful panoramic sights of the Chinese fishing nets in Kochi coasts.The local fishermen will guide you through fishing and also explain regarding the various local fish breeds. You can buy local fishes here or cook and enjoy your own catch while enjoying a beautiful sunset.

How to reach Kochi?

1.By Air- Cochin International Airport is situated about 20 kms from the city of kochi which receives both domestic and international flights. Kingfisher airlines, Indian Airlines and Jet airways operate here on a regular basis 2.By Train- Kochi has mainly two major railway junctions named Ernakulam Town and Ernakulam Junction. These junctions are quite busy handling all locomotives from around the country. 3.By Road - Kochi is well connected to all the cities with NH roads.The NH17 connects all the major cities with Kochi.

What is the best time to visit Kochi?

The best time to visit Kochi is in the months of October to February when the temperature is adequately cool and pleasant making it suitable to enjoy and explore the beautiful holiday destination.

Why is Kochi famous?

Located in the coastal regions of Kerala, Kochi is known for its fine natural harbors, wide blue oceans and rich artforms of the city. This is a “postcard destination” with its breathtaking panoramic views of the Arabian sea and is also popularly marked as the “Queen of the Arabian sea”.This is a place known for its ancient trading history with the foreign dominations like the Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and the British. This is an all in one package for the people who love the thrill, adventure while savoring the rich culture and tradition of the place in their vacation.

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Cochin Jewish Synagogue

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At a distance of 10 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Cochin Jewish Synagogue is a religious place located at Jew Town in the Mattancherry area of Kochi city. It is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, and among the must-visit places during your Kochi tour . Also known as Paradesi Synagogue, & Mattancherry Synagogue, the Cochin Jewish Synagogue was constructed in 1568 by Samuel Castiel, David Belila, and Joseph Levi for the Malabari Jewish community who mainly migrated from the Middle East and Europe. In 1662, it was destroyed by the Portuguese and then reconstructed, two years later, by the Dutch. The synagogue is located in the quarter of Old Cochin known as Jew Town and is the only one of the seven synagogues of the Cochin Jewish community still in use. The complex has four buildings. It was built adjacent to the Mattancherry Palace temple on the land given to the Malabari Yehuden or 'Yehuden .....

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Fort Kochi Beach

Fort Kochi Beach

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At a distance of 10 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Fort Kochi Beach, or Kochi Beach is a pristine beach located on the coast of the Arabian Sea in Kerala. Also called as Mahatma Gandhi Beach, it is one of the finest beaches in Kerala , and among the prime places to visit as part of Kochi holiday packages . Often known as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', Fort Kochi Beach is a serene beach that offers a scenic view and natural beauty to its visitors. With its pristine water and tranquil ambiance, it is extremely admired by tourists and local people as well. The main attraction of this beach is the historic fort, which is the perfect example of European architecture. The presence of the Chinese fishing nets is probably the most easily identifiable one. The trees and the greenery on the walkway to the beach add to the serene atmosphere there. The beach also offers a breathtaking .....

Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese Fishing Nets

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At a distance of 13 km from Ernakulam Junction, Chinese Fishing Nets are a type of fishing nets that dotted the harbor's mouth at Fort Kochi. These are among the most popular Kochi tourist attractions . Locally known as Cheenavala, these nets were introduced in Fort Kochi by the Chinese explorer, Zheng He between 1350 and 1450 AD. The Chinese Fishing Nets are fixed land installations, used for fishing in a unique method. These nets are fixed on bamboo and teak poles holding them horizontally by huge mechanisms to pull them down into the sea. These nets are weighed by large stones tied to ropes. The entire structure of the Chinese fishing nets is 10 meters in height, spreads 20 meters over the water body, and is operated by a team of six fishermen. Each net has a fixed operating depth and due to this, a net cannot be repeatedly worked in tidal waters. There are different fishing nets for the operation which .....

Marine Drive

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At a distance of 3 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, the Marine Drive is one the most beautiful spots in Kochi City. The Marine Drive stretches from the Jankar Jetty in the north to the Ernakulam Boat Jetty in the south. It is built facing the backwaters, and is a popular hangout for the locals. It is an important shopping centre in Kochi. The place offers wonderful views of sunset over the sea mouth. The gentle breeze from the Vembanad Lake has made Marine Drive an important tourist spot in Kochi. The 140 meter walkway passes through bridges, the Rainbow bridge and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge. Country boats and motor boats are available at both the ends of walkway for rides in the backwaters.

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

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At a distance of 4 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary is a protected sanctuary situated behind the High Court, in the center of Kochi City. It is one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in Kerala, and among the most popular places of sightseeing in Kochi . Established in 2004, the Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary is the smallest protected area under the state forest department. Covering over an area of about 2.74 hectares, the sanctuary also houses a shallow tidal lake surrounded by thick mangrove vegetation. The lake is connected with Kochi backwaters by a canal and is home to seven species of fishes. It is the only bird sanctuary in Kerala which is located in Mangrove forests. The word Mangal means mangroves in Portuguese. The Bird Sanctuary plays a significant role in balancing the ecology of Kochi, hence it is .....

St. George Ferona Church - Edappally

St. George Ferona Church - Edappally

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At a distance of 7.5 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, St. George Ferona Church, locally known as Edapally Church is a Catholic church situated in Edappally, Kochi. It is one of the oldest churches in India, and among the top pilgrimage places to visit in Kochi . This Roman Catholic Church was built in 594 AD in the land donated by the Raja of Edappally. It is regarded as one of the oldest churches in Kerala, after the seven churches founded by Thomas the Apostle in the first century AD. In 1080, a new church was built adjacent to the old church. The church was originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Later, the Edappally church became known as St. George's Church. The church has undergone many renovations since the time of its construction. The picture of the Virgin Mary surrounded by sculptures and angels was integrated with the altar during one such renovation. On the wall behind the .....

Kumarakom

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At a distance of 16 km from Kottayam, 36 km from Alleppey, 56 km from Kochi, 135 km from Munnar & 164 km from Trivandrum, Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Also known as the Queen of Vembanad, Kumarakom is the most famous Kerala backwaters destination for traditional houseboat rides and among the most visited Kerala tourist places . The name Kumarakom was derived from the deity of an old temple Kumaran. Kumarakom is also one of the ideal weekend getaways from Kochi . Kumarakom is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields, and coconut groves. In order to protect the ecology of the place, the Kerala government has declared Kumarakom as a special tourism zone. Arundhati Roy, the author of the 1997 Booker Prize-winning 'The God of Small Things', was ..... Distance (From Kochi): 56 Kms Trip Duration (From Kochi - Including Travel): Full Day .....

St. Francis Church

St. Francis Church

#8 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 13 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, St.Francis Church is the first European Church built in India. It is located on Parade Road in Fort kochi , less than 1 Km from Kochi Beach. The Church was originally named as Santo Antonio, the patron Saint of Portugal. The history of this Church reflects the colonial struggle of European powers in India, from the 15th to 20th Centuries. The Portuguese Vasco da Gama was the first European to discover the sea route to India. In 1503 Alphonso Alburquerque was given permission by the Rajah of Cochin to build a fort. The original structure was built in wood, which was later rebuilt in stone. Vasco Da Gama has died in Kochi in 1524 and was originally buried in this church cemetery. After 14 years, his remains were moved to Lisbon in Portugal. The gravestone of Vasco Da Gama can still be seen here. The Church became a protected monument in April 1923.

Aluva Shiva Temple

Aluva Shiva Temple

#9 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 20 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Aluva Shiva Temple is the most famous Shiva temple in Kochi situated on the banks of Periyar River in Aluva. The temple stands distinct as the Sivalinga or the idol of Lord Siva is not enshrined on any Pagoda. It stands alone on the vast sand banks of the river Periyar. During the monsoon season, the whole region gets flooded and the idol gets submerged in water. Shivarathri is the main festival of the temple carried out every year in the Malayalam month of Karkidakam (February-March). The devotees stay awake the whole night in prayer. A dip in the river after observing the rituals of Shivarathri is considered very sacred.

Kodungallur

Kodungallur

#10 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 38 km from Kochi & 36 Kms from Thrissur, Kodungallur, also known as Cranganore is a historical town located in Thrissur district on NH17 between Kochi and Kozhikode . This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Kochi and also an ideal getaway from Kochi for a short trip. Kodungallur was the capital of Cheraman Perumal, the last Chera Ruler in the 7th century AD. Kodungallur is home for several important historical monuments: - Bhagawati Temple is one of the oldest temples in Kerala with history of above 2000 years and was mentioned in the epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha - Thomas the Apostle of Jesus is believed to have landed in Kodungallur with his followers in the year 52 AD. This place has become the earliest Syrian Christian centre of Malabar. Monuments built in the memory of Thomas still exist here, including St. Thomas Church. - Cheraman Juma Masjid is the first mosque built in India in .....

Indira Gandhi Boat Race

Indira Gandhi Boat Race

#11 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

The Indira Gandhi Boat Race is a boat race festival celebrated in Vembanad Lake during the last week of December to promote tourism. It is one of the most famous boat race festivals celebrated in Kerala. About sixteen huge majestic snake boats participate in this boat racing festival. These huge boats race against each in this stunning festival. Tourists from all over the world visit Kochi to enjoy these celebrations. The snake boats representing different villages of the region take part in the race. Each snake boat is manned by four helmsmen, 25 singers and 100 to 125 oarsmen. Feeding them during practice sessions and on the festival day is the responsibility of the villagers or the sponsors.

Dutch Palace

Dutch Palace

#12 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 10 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Dutch Palace, also known as Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace located in Mattancherry locality of Kochi. Situated near Jewish Synagogue, it is one of the famous heritage sites in Kerala , and among the must-include places in Kochi holiday packages .   The Mattancherry Palace was built around 1545 CE by the Portuguese and gifted to the King of Cochin Veera Kerala Varma in the year 1555 CE. The Portuguese influence was further supplanted by the Dutch, who took over Mattancherry in 1663. The Dutch then carried out some extensions and renovations in 1663, and since then the palace was popularly known as the Dutch Palace. The palace was included in the 'tentative list' of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Considered as one of the top Kochi tourist attractions , the .....

Bolghatty Palace

Bolghatty Palace

#13 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 4 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, the Bolgatty Palace is located on Bolgatty Island near Vallarpadam Island. The Palace was built in 1744 by the Dutch trader and was later taken over by the British. Today, the palace is a popular hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. The palace is two-storied containing well-decorated bedchambers and a huge lounge, which exhibits historical portraits. The palace can be reached by boat from the mainland Ernakulam. The Island is also home for a fine golf course amidst backwaters.

Vypin Island

Vypin Island

#14 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 11 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Vypin Island is one of the group of islands that form part of the city of Kochi, Kerala. It is one of the most visited tourist places in Kochi . Sprawled over an area of 25 km, Vypin Island is formed after heavy floods in the year 1341. Vypin forms a barrier island that lies between the Arabian Sea in the west and the Cochin backwaters formed by the various distributaries of the Periyar river, in the east. It is one of the most densely populated islands in the world that connects Kochi by a series of bridges called Goshree bridges touching other two islands Mulavukadu and Vallarpadam and then end at Marine Drive, Kochi. The island, also named Vypeen is a fast-developing suburb of the city. The beautiful Bungalow Heritage homestay is also located at Vypin which was built in the year 1930, representing a perfect blend of Kerala, Dutch .....

St.Thomas Church - Malayatoor

St.Thomas Church - Malayatoor

#15 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 45.5 kms from Kochi, St.Thomas Church located in Malayatoor (near Perambavoor) on the banks of Periyar River is one of the famous churches in Kerala. Situated on top of 609 meter high Malayatoor Hill, the church is dedicated to St. Thomas, who is believed to have prayed at this shrine. The architectural style of the Malayatoor Church is a blend of Greco-Roman style. The walls of the church have been adorned with exquisite designs, paintings and carvings which describe the various events in Lord Jesus' life. A rock on the hill is believed to have been the footprints of Saint Thomas. Malayatoor Perunal, the popular annual festival is celebrated in the months of March and April.

Bhuthathankettu

Bhuthathankettu

#16 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 61 km from Kochi, Bhuthathankettu, situated near Kothamangalam (10 Kms) is a wonderful picnic spot and one of the largest irrigation projects in Kerala built on Periyar River. This place is famous for its tremendous natural beauty. The dam here is one of the oldest existing European structures in Kerala. Nature walks and forest treks are popular and exciting activities at this place. Near by Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary (15 Kms) situated on the banks of Periyar River is the best place for bird watching with a population of over 500 species of exotic birds. This globally acclaimed bird sanctuary owes much of its fame to Dr. Salim Ali, the famous ornithologist. Boating facilities are available in the artificial lake formed by the barrage here. There is a nice restaurant and children park near the barrage.

Gallery Of Contemporary Art

Gallery Of Contemporary Art

#17 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 1 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Gallery of Contemporary Art is situated in the Durbar Hall Road near Ernakulam Shiva Temple. The Rajas of Cochin used to conduct their durbars (meetings) in this impressive building located within the Durbar Hall Grounds. It was later converted to a museum and named after Rama Varma Parikshith Thampuran, the last official ruler of the Cochin Empire. The museum used to house archaeological findings and relics including old coins, sculptures, oil paintings and murals. The building has been taken over by the Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy and now houses the Gallery of Contemporary Art. All the exhibits of the museum have been moved to the Hill Palace museum. Timings: 9:30 AM to 12 PM & 3 PM to 5 PM.

Hill Palace Museum

Hill Palace Museum

#18 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 11 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Hill Palace Museum is an archaeological museum located in Thrippunithura. It is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala, and among the prime Kochi places to visit . The Hill Palace was built in 1865 by the Maharaja of Cochin Ravi Varma using his personal wealth and was the official residence of the Cochin Royal Family. The palace complex consists of 49 buildings in traditional Kerala architectural. It is surrounded by 52 acres of terraced land with ponds, fountains, a garden, and lawns. The palace was handed over to the Government of Kerala by the Cochin Royal Family in 1980. Later in the year 1981, it was taken over by the Archaeological Department and opened the museum in 1986. In the Archaeological Museum, there are 15 major galleries exhibiting a plethora of artifacts like paintings, weapons, jewelry, sculptures, coins, and .....

Siva Temple - Pazhoor

Siva Temple - Pazhoor

#19 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 28 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Siva Temple located in Pazhoor on the banks of Muvattupuzha River near Piravom (3 Kms) is an ancient temple constructed during 2nd - 3rd century AD. The temple represents wonderful features of typical Kerala architecture.

Thrikkakara Vamana Temple

Thrikkakara Vamana Temple

#20 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 11 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Thrikkakara Temple is the only temple in India dedicated to Vamana, the fifth incarnation of Vishnu. It is also the seat of famous 10 days Onam celebrations. Thrikkakara Temple has about 18 important stone inscriptions dating back to 10th to 13th Century AD. The main temple of Vamana also has shrines for Bhagavathi, Sastha and Gopala Krishna. There is also a Siva Temple with shrines for Parvathi, Durga, Bhagavathi, Subramanian and Ganapathy. The Onam is observed by all Malayalees as the return of the King Mahabali to Kerala. Colorful Boat Races are held on this occasion on the banks of the Pampa River.

Munikkal Cave Temple

Munikkal Cave Temple

#21 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 27 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Munikkal Cave Temple situated on a hillock in Chengamanad near Aluva (11 Kms) has historical and mythological importance. It is believed that sage Jangaman had lived here around 2000 years ago. A famous Lord Murugan Temple was built on the spot where the sage is said to have meditated.

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

#22 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 13 km from Kothamangalam, and 62 km from Kochi, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a protected area located at Thattekkad near Kochi, Kerala. Also known as Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, it is one of the best bird sanctuaries in India , and among the major places to visit as part of Kochi tour packages . Spread across 25 Sq. km at the foothills of Western Ghats, the Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary was established in 1983 and is the first bird sanctuary in Kerala. Lies across the Periyar River, this sanctuary owes much of its fame to Dr. Salim Ali, the famous ornithologist. His famous survey of Travancore in the 1930s led to the formation of this modern-day paradise for avian life. This is one of the popular places to visit near Kochi . The sanctuary is home to about 300 species of birds including Peninsular Bay Owl, Ceylon .....

Edamalayar Dam

Edamalayar Dam

#23 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 40 km from Athirapally & 76 km from Kochi, Edamalayar Dam, also known as Idamalayar Dam located near Vadattupara is a picturesque location and one of the major reservoirs of Kerala. The Dam is built across Edamalayar River which is merged into Periyar River. The forests around reservoir provide shelter for variety of wildlife. Edamalayar is a heaven for people interested in birding and trekking activities. You can find different species of birds in the forest around the reservoir. Boating in the reservoir will leave a memorable experience.

Ernakulam Shiva Temple

Ernakulam Shiva Temple

#24 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 1.5 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Ernakulam Shiva Temple is one of the ancient Temples in Central Kerala. It is located close to the shores of Vembanad Lake Backwaters. Lord Shiva also known as Ernakulathappan is the presiding deity of this temple. It was built during the Maharaja rule. The deity faces westward and enjoys the beauty of the sea. The annual festival usually falls during January or February and is spread over 8 days. The uthsavom starts with Kodiyettam on the first day evening. On the seventh day there is Pakalpooram, when the deity is being taken out in procession with caparisoned elephants with Panchavadyam and finally terminating at Durbar Hall Ground after the famous Pandimelam and colorful fire works. On the final day around evening the deity is taken for the Arattu (holy bath) in the nearby temple tank. After that starts the Arattu procession with the accompaniment of Panchavadyam.

Kaladi

#25 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 37 kms from Kochi, Kaladi is the birth place of Adi Sankaracharya, the great Indian philosopher of the 8th century AD. Situated on the banks of Periyar River, Kaladi is now a famous pilgrim centre. He propounded the philosophy of Advaita. Adi Sankaracharya was born here in 788, as the only son of Sivaguru and Aryamba, a Kerala Brahmin couple. He propounded the philosophy of Advaita and extensively traveled through out India towards the efforts to unify the Hindu religion. There are two shrines in memory of Adi Sankaracharya. One dedicated to him as Dakshina Murthi and the other to the goddess Sharada maintained by Sringeri Mutt . On the same premises there is also a Brindavan where Adi Sankaracharya's mother Aryamba was cremated. The Shi Krishna Temple close by was the family temple of Adi Sankaracharya. Crocodile Ghat is the place where the acharya took his vows of renunciation.

Museum Of Kerala History

Museum Of Kerala History

#26 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 9.5 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Museum of Kerala History is situated in Edappally. The museum was built and maintained by Madhavan Nayar Foundation. A statue of Parasurama greets the visitors at the entrance of the Museum. The Museum also has a Gallery of Paintings and Sculptures with a unique collection of over 200 paintings. The gallery displays the works of some of the greatest exponents of Indian art including Raja Ravi Varma, Mammiyoor Krishhan Kutty Nair, Jamini Roy, Manu Parekh and M F Hussain. A one hour light & sound show is presented with life-size sculptures of 87 personalities who shaped the history and culture of Kerala in the last 2000 years. Light & sound show timings: 10AM, 11 AM, 12PM, 2 PM, 3 PM & 4 PM. Museum Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Mondays & public holidays.

Kalill Bhagvathy Temple

Kalill Bhagvathy Temple

#27 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 43 km from Kochi, Kallil Bhagavathy temple or Kallil Kshetram is a famous 9th century rock-cut cave temple situated near Perumbavoor. It is believed the temple was initially a Jain temple and the idols seen in the temple are believed to be Jainatheertha Parswanathan, Mahaveer and Padmavathi Devi. This temple is now considered as a Hindu pilgrimage with Goddess Durga as the main deity. Siva, Vishnu & Brahma are also worshipped in this temple. The temple is located on a 30 acres hill with 120 well laid stone steps to reach the temple. The temple is maintained by the Kallil Pisharody family. The annual festival of the temple is celebrated for 8 days in the months of November / December. The temple is open only till afternoon.

Chendamangalam

Chendamangalam

#28 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 28 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Chendamangalam (a small village near Paravur) is famous for Paliam Palace, residence of the Paliath Achans, Prime Ministers to the former Maharajas of Kochi. It is one of the architectural splendors of Kerala state. The Palace was built in mid 16th century and it features a rare collection of historic documents and relics. The place is dotted with three rivers, seven inlets, hillocks and vast expanses of green plains. Other places of interest around Chendamangalam include: - The Jewish synagogue built in 1614 AD - Remains of the Vypeenakotta Seminary built in the 16th century by the Portuguese - Sri Venugopala Swami Temple established in 1900 AD - An ancient Syrian Church The hillocks at Kottayil Kovilakom are unique as the site of a Hindu temple, a Christian church, a mosque and Jewish synagogue, within 1 km radius. The town is also an important center for handloom weaving and coir .....

Kodanad

#29 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 43 kms from Kochi, Kodanad situated on the banks of Periyar River near Perumbavoor town (3 Kms) is famous for Elephant Training Center. Kodanad is the headquarters of Malayatoor forest division. Earlier elephants were captured from the nearby Malayatoor forest and were trained in Kodanad Elephant Training Center. Now, elephants of different ages are trained at this center and supplied for festivals & celebrations for procession in different areas of kerala. Elephant rides can be taken with in the training center. The Elephant Training Center also has a small wildlife park inside which accommodates number of animals and birds. Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM. Closed on Mondays.

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple

#30 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 15 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple situated near Chottanikkara is one of the most famous temples in Kerala. The presiding deity here is Raja Rajeshwari Devi, another form of Goddess Durga (an incarnation of Goddess Parvati). The image of the deity is said to be self manifested with four arms, covered with a golden amour. This deity is worshipped in 3 different forms, as Saraswati in the morning, as Bhadrakali at noon and as Durga in the evening. Lord Vishnu, Brahma, Siva, Ganapathi & Subramanya are also worshipped in this temple. People suffering from mental illnesses commonly visit the temple. The major festival 'Makam Thozhal' is celebrated for 9 days in the month of February / March. Dasara is also celebrated in grand manner at this temple attracting large crowd. Timings: 4 AM to 12 PM & 4 PM to 8 PM.

Sri Poornathrayeesa Temple - Tripunithura

Sri Poornathrayeesa Temple - Tripunithura

#31 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 8 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Sri Poornathrayesa Temple is situated in Tripunithura, which was the formal capital of Cochin State. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, worshipped as Santhaana Gopala Murthy This historical temple was almost ruined in a major fire accident in the early 19th century and later reconstructed. It is said that Arjuna of Pandavas has established this temple. The deity is seen sitting under the shade of the divine serpent, Ananthan. The folded body of the serpent acts as the throne for the God. This temple is famous for the yearly festival Vrishchikoltsawam, which is conducted every year in the month of November / December. The other cultural festival includes the Athachamayam which is held during the harvest festival of Onam. This deity is Kula Daivam of Cochin Royal family.

Sri Mookambika Temple - Paravur

Sri Mookambika Temple - Paravur

#32 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 25 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Mookambika Temple or Saraswati Temple is located in Paravur (towards Kozhikode). The temple is situated near Paravur KSRTC Bus Station. Dedicated to Saraswathi Devi, the goddess of wisdom, it is one of the fewest temples of goddess Saraswati. The temple complex has separate smaller shrines for Ganapathy, Subrahmanyan, Yakshi, Hanuman and Veerabhadran. The temple is under the administration of Travancore Devaswom Board. Navarathri festival is celebrated with great devotion. Music festival and Vidyarambham ceremony are the main features of this festival. Thousands of people participate in the Navarathri music festival. Timings: 5 AM to 11 AM & 5 PM to 8 PM.

Chittoor Sri Krishna Temple

Chittoor Sri Krishna Temple

#33 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 8.5 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Sri Krishna Temple is a powerful 13th century temple located in South Chittoor. The temple is surrounded by backwaters and coconut lagoons and the presiding deity is found in the standing posture with four hands carrying Sankhu, the Sudarshana chakram, the Lotus and Mace. This temple is treated by devotees as Dakshina Guruvayur. For centuries the temple was maintained by the Kartha family of Cheranelloor Swaroopam and was later taken over by Rama Varma Maharaja of Cochin Royal family. The Temple is a classic example of typical Kerala style. Timings: 4 AM to 11 AM & 4:30 PM to 8 PM.

Santa Cruz Basilica

Santa Cruz Basilica

#34 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 13 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, the Santa Cruz Basilica is situated in Fort Kochi. This church was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul 1V in 1558. Later the British demolished the structure and Bishop Dom Gomez Vereira commissioned a new building in 1887. Consecrated in 1905, Santa Cruz was proclaimed a Basilica by the Pope John Paul II in 1984. It is one of the 8 basilicas in India and one of the oldest churches in India. The Church has two lofty spires and a remarkably bright, white-washed exterior and a pastel-colored interior. The interiors of the church are mostly Gothic. The columns decorated with frescoes and murals, the seven large canvas paintings on the passion and death on the Cross, especially the painting of the Last Supper, modeled on the famous painting of Leonardo da Vinci and the beautiful stained glass windows add to the artistic grandeur of the place.

Our Lady Of Ransom Basilica - Vallarpadam

Our Lady Of Ransom Basilica - Vallarpadam

#35 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 7 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Our Lady of Ransom Basilica or St. Mary's Church is a major pilgrim center for Christians situated in Vallarpadam. The shrine is also known as Vallarpadath Amma. Vallarpadam is a little island located in the middle of the Vembanad Lake Backwaters, above Fort Kochi. The church was built in 1676 and has a famous picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Portuguese missionaries brought the picture from their native land and installed here. It is believed that the picture has miraculous powers. The church was declared as a special church in the year 1888 and in 1951 the Union Government declared it as a major pilgrim center. The church was given the status of a basilica in 2005. A week long Vallarapatha Amma festival is celebrated in the month of September every year. People of all religions participate in the festival.

Gundu Island

Gundu Island

#36 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 8 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Gundu Island is the smallest of all the islands that constitute together the city of Kochi. The area of this island is only 5 acres in the middle of Vembanad Lake Backwaters and the island is mostly covered with coconut trees. Gundu Island is accessible by boat from the Vypeen Island. The serene nature and the cool breeze blowing across the waters, makes this island a favorite among. Gundu Island has a coir factory where coir is made into rope manually, and carpets are manufactured by looms operated by hand.

Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach

#37 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 31 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, Cherai Beach is a beautiful beach located in Cherai village. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Kochi and also one of the top beaches in Kerala. The 15 km of long golden beach is very clean, shallow, and famous attraction for swimming and sunbathing. This is one of the few places where we can see the lagoon and ocean separated only by a few hundreds of metres. The newly beautified 400 meters of the main beach has a walkway and high mask lamps which make the beach enjoyable even at night. The Beach is very safe and tourists of all age groups can enjoy the Beach alike. The beautiful beach is studded with seashells of various hues and shapes. There is a park for children on the beach. Water Scooter and Speed Boats are also available. Dolphins are also spotted at this beach. The far end of the beach lined with Chinese fishing nets is a beautiful sight. A tourism festival is celebrated .....

Indo Portuguese Museum

Indo Portuguese Museum

#38 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 12 km from Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, The Indo-Portuguese Museum situated in Fort Kochi is an important center to understand the Indo-Portuguese Christian Art heritage. The museum was established by Dr. Joseph Kureethra, Bishop of Kochi. It is divided into five main sections according to the nature of items displayed in each section, Altar, Treasure, Procession, Civil Life and Cathedral. The museum currently houses a piece of the altar made in teak wood from the Church of Our Lady of Hope, Vypeen, a chasuble from Bishop's House, Fort Kochi, Processional cross, which is a combination of silver and wood from Santa Cruz Cathedral, Fort Kochi, Indo-Portuguese Monstrance from The Church of Our Lady of Hope, Vypeen. Among the displayed items, the Coat of Arms of the Franciscans needs special mention. Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.

Alleppey

#39 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 63 km from Kochi, and 152 km from Trivandrum, Alappuzha is a magnificent destination in Kerala with a mix of Backwaters and Beach. This is also one of the popular attraction not to miss in your honeymoon tour , and also one of the best Kerala tourist places . Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea close to the banks of Vembanad Lake. It is the administrative headquarters of the Alappuzha district and the 6th largest city in Kerala. Along with Kumarakom, Alappuzha is among the most famous destination of Kerala Backwaters . A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience. It connects Kumarakom and Cochin to the North and Kollam to the South. The never-ending panorama of lush green paddy fields, towering coconut trees, shimmering water, and long canals around Alappuzha ..... Distance (From Kochi): 63 Kms Trip Duration (From Kochi - Including Travel): 1-2 Days .....

Vagamon

#40 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 45 km from Thekkady, 58 km from Idukki, 76 km from Kumarakom, 64 km from Kottayam, 92 km from Munnar, 99 km from Alleppey, 103 km from Kochi, 181 km from Madurai, and 196 km from Trivandrum, Vagamon, or Wagamon is an enchanting hill station situated in Idukki district of Kerala. Located on the Kottayam-Idukki border, it is one of the offbeat hill stations in Kerala , and among the must-include places in Kerala Tour Packages . Perched at an altitude of 1100 m, Vagamon is surrounded by 3 hills namely, Thangal hill, Murugan hill, and Kurisumala at the foothills of Western Ghats. Also known as the Scotland of Asia, Vagamon was discovered by the British who found the place ideal for tea plantations, and they were followed by Christian missionaries who built their abode of service at Kurisumala in Vagamon. National Geographic Traveler has listed Vagamon on their directory ..... Distance (From Kochi): 103 Kms Trip Duration (From Kochi - Including Travel): Full Day .....

Guruvayur

#41 of 41 Places to Visit in Kochi

At a distance of 27 km from Thrissur, 84 km from Athirapally, 89 km from Palakkad, 90 km from Kochi, 92 km from Kozhikode, 136 km from Coimbatore, 141 km from Alleppey, 305 km from Madurai, and 309 km from Trivandrum, Guruvayur is a temple town, and municipality in the Thrissur district of Kerala in India. It is one of the revered places of pilgrimage in India, and among the must visit places as part of Kerala tour packages . Guruvayur is regarded as one of the prominent places of pilgrimage in Kerala due to its association with the historic Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple. Often referred to as the Dwaraka of the South, this sacred town holds great importance for Hindu devotees, especially those who worship Lord Krishna. Among the must-include places in Guruvayur tour packages , the Guruvayur temple stands as a magnificent symbol of ..... Distance (From Kochi): 90 Kms Trip Duration (): Not Available .....

Most Asked Questions on Kochi

August and November to March is the best time to visit Kochi . This is also the time for exploring its scenic beauty, traditional architecture and cultural diversity. Winter is the busiest season in Kochi and often hotels run full and tourist places are crowded.

Kochi usually takes at least two full days to explore the most important attractions. Several tourists usually prefer visiting Kochi along with Alleppey which requires an additional day. Kochi can be mixed with near by wonderful destination like Munnar, Thekkady, Idukki, Kottayam and Alleppey by adding few additional days to your trip.

Budget of Kochi trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Kochi tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 5300 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 7350 per person for 3D/2N vacation.

Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Kochi like Ernakulam Shiva Temple, Cochin Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Indo Portuguese Museum, Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi Beach, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Santa Cruz Basilica and Cherai Beach. Alleppey which is around 55 km from Kochi and can be visited along with Kochi.

Actually, not. But, Kochi hosted the much-celebrated Indira Gandhi Boat Race (IGBR) on 5th October 2019 after a long gap of 27 years. The resumption of the boat race was made possible after the Tourism Department decided to organize the event as part of the fifth round of the ongoing Champions Boat League (CBL) under the IGBR title. Of the 12 races of the CBL featuring nine snake boats, the Kochi leg was held on a 960-meter stretch of the backwaters along the first Goshree Bridge and Marine Drive boat jetty on 5th October.

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Top 20 Places to Visit in Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi, which spreads across many islands and a peninsula, is a mash-up of medieval Portuguese , European architecture , Holland , and an English rural hamlet . India’s oldest church, St Francis , unbroken fishing nets , an authorized Jewish community , etc are some of the top places to visit in Kochi . It’s a must-see for anyone looking for something fresh with a whiff of the ancestral diorama .

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About Kerala’s Kochi

Top 20 Places to Visit in Kochi

Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, lies in Ernakulam district . It boasts one of the world’s best natural ports and is additionally Kerala’s economic and industrial hub . Kerala’s most popular tourist attraction , Kochi, sprawls across islands and promontories in a breathtaking setting between the Arabian Sea coast and the Backwaters .

Its two main sections are linked by a complicated system of ferries . These are contemporary Ernakulam in the east and the historic districts of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin on a peninsula in the west . Ancient seafarers from Arabia , China , Holland , the United Kingdom , and Portugal have all left their imprint on this lovely island metropolis .

Furthermore, there is a commercial hub for cashew nut, coir, fish, wood, tea, coffee, rubber, and spice merchants. This is why Kerela is known as “ the spice coast .” A Jewish community with origins dating back to 1000 AD , as well as a 16th-century synagogue , bear witness to this.

How to Reach Kochi?

Kochi, Kerala, India

By Air: Kochi has a good air network and Cochin Airport provides direct connections to all major airports in India. All Indian states, as well as major cities, have regular flights from and to Kochi.

By Train: Kochi has three important railway stations namely, Ernakulam Junction , Ernakulam Town , and Wellington Island’s Harbour Terminus.

By Road: Kochi, being an important commercial hub in South India, serves well by a network of national and state roads to all other locations in the region.

Best Time to Visit Kochi

Top 20 Places to Visit in Kochi

Summer (March-June): Kochi’s summer is quite hot , sunny , and sweaty . The air temperature remains between 20-37 degrees Celsius . In my opinion, this is a good time to save your money and look forward to hotel deals . But the high temperature will not allow you to love the city as much.

Monsoon (July-September): Who doesn’t love monsoon? I mean the city gets  clean , green and charming . This is a really good time for adventure lovers . But if you are up for exploration then avoid the monsoon . As Kochi receives a good amount of rain you may have to cancel your plans anytime.

NOTE: Don’t forget to carry your umbrella, raincoat and have a plan to save your electronic devices from water.

Winter (October-February): The best time to visit Kochi is during winter . The weather of Kerala’s Kochi gets lovely and inviting . The air temperature remains between 17-33 degrees Celsius . Moreover, the winter of Kochi is best for honeymooners , beach lovers , and adventure seekers .

NOTE: Winter being the best time, opens its doors for many tourists, in short, except the crowd . And book your tickets and hotels early .

Top 20 Places to Visit in Kochi

Cochin, known as the “ Queen of the Arabian Sea “, boasts a plethora of tourist attractions. The popular places here are religious places like churches, temples and mosques, historical buildings , bluish and inviting beaches , modern and hi-tech malls , adventure parks and street markets , etc.

The best and top 20 places to visit in Kochi mentioned in this travellingortraveling blog are Fort Cochin ,  St. Francis Church ,  Malayatoor , Mattancherry Palace ,  Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town ,  Bolghatty Palace ,  Hill Palace Museum ,  Kerala Folklore Museum ,  Indo – Portuguese Museum ,  Chottanikara Bhagavathy Temple ,  Ernakulam Shiva Temple ,  Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary ,  Veeranpuzha Lake and Backwaters ,  Marine Drive ,  Andhakaranazhi Beach ,  Chinese Fishing Nets ,  Wellington Island ,  Vypin Island ,  Lulu Mall , and  Wonderla Amusement Park .

#1 Fort Cochin

Fort Cochin, Top places to visit in Kochi

Fort Cochin is a tiny town in its own right. Europeans have had a significant effect on Cochin’s cultural and traditional heritage . And the sight of this lovely location clearly demonstrates this point.

The following are some of the sights to visit at the fort:

Vasco Da Gama Square: It is a small beachfront promenade.

Pierce Leslie Bungalow : This beautiful house was the office of Pierce Leslie & Co. (coffee merchants), founded in 1862. Mansion exhibits Portuguese , Dutch , and local influences.

Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica: The church, Santa Cruz Basilica, was erected by the Portuguese and raised to the status of a cathedral by Pope Paul in 1558. This massive cathedral features magnificent murals on the ceiling.

It is a significant landmark in Cochin. The Basilica’s interiors are worth seeing, notably the magnificent stained glass .

Princess Street: It was one of the first streets built in Fort Cochin.

Vasco House: It is thought to have been Vasco Da Gama’s home.

#2 St. Francis Church

St. Francis Church

Portuguese Franciscan Friars built India’s oldest European church , in 1503. The Protestant Dutch repaired it in 1779, the British made it an Anglican Church in 1795, and now, it is used by the Church of South India. Vasco da Gama’s remains were buried here in 1524 before being relocated to Lisbon, Portugal, although his tombstone still stands.

#3 Malayatoor

Malayattoor Church

Malayattoor is unique among Cochin tourism destinations since it is a meeting point for land , river , and mountain . The Malayattoor Hill is home to the famous Malayattoor Church, which is dedicated to St. Thomas, who is said to have worshipped at this shrine. This major Christian holy spot in Kochi attracts a large number of pilgrims who travel through the southern portion of the country throughout the year.

The Church has a life-size statue of the Saint as well as the impression of the Apostle’s foot on a rock. This location has been an international pilgrimage site for Christians all over the world. Every year, the annual feast takes place on the first Sunday of Easter .

#4 Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace, Popular places to visit in Kochi

The palace was built by the Portuguese in 1557 and handed to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi to atone for the robbery and destruction of a temple near Raja’s palace by a young Portuguese officer. The paintings representing events from the Ramayana , Mahabharata , and Hindu Puranic tales are distinguishing features of this palace.

#5 Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town

Paradesi Synagogue, Kochi

The Paradesi Synagogue or Jewish Synagogue was built in 1568 and is th e commonwealth’s oldest synagogue . It was destroyed by bombardment during a Portuguese invasion in 1662 and restored by the Dutch two years later.

The Synagogue is notable for its mid-18th-century hand-printed , willow pattern floor tiles from Guangzhou (or Canton), China. A dock tower , Hebrew inscriptions on stone slabs , ancient writings on copper plates , and so on.

Jew Town, a haven for antique collectors , is located on a tiny lane between the Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace. Little pieces of history created in metal and wood , ready to be acquired by curious tourists.

#6 Bolghatty Palace

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Bolghatty, a scenic island near Ernakulam, is notable for the Bolghatty Palace, which was erected by the Dutch in 1744 AD. It is surrounded by thick greenery and the breathtaking visual splendor of backwaters. You may go there in an exciting way by hiring ferry services .

This palace, which was formerly the home of a British resident of Kochi, is now a KTDC ( Kerala Tourism Development Corporation ) hotel .

#7 Hill Palace Museum

Top 20 Places to Visit in Kochi

Hill Palace, the principal palace of the Kochi royal family , was erected in 1865 AD, 10 km from Kochi. It has 49 structures designed in Kerala’s Traditional Architectural Style . And is surrounded by 52 acres of terraced ground with a Deer Park and horseback riding amenities.

The primary attractions include a full-fledged ethnoarchaeological museum and Kerala’s first-ever heritage museum . Oil paintings , 19th-century paintings, murals , Parisian stone and plaster sculptures , manuscripts , inscriptions , and coins from the Kochi rookery are on display in the thirteen galleries.

#8 Kerala Folklore Museum

Kerala Folklore Museum

Folk art , tribal art , traditional art , anthropology , architecture , history , culture , and heritage of South India are all represented in the museum. Mrs. and Mr. George Thaliath founded the museum, which strives to conserve Kerala’s culture, legacy, and folk art education.

It is a repository of forgotten southern Indian pride, containing some rare antiques such as Sri Guruvayurappan , watercolor on paper, Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswathi marriage , oil on canvas, Kindi , a sort of pitcher commonly seen in old households, and many more valuable gems .

For over 8 years, 62 artists toiled on wood, burning the midnight oil, to construct this shrine for craftspeople. A must-see destination for visitors, students, researchers, and anthropological investigations.

#9 Indo – Portuguese Museum

Indo - Portuguese Museum

The Late Bishop of Kochi, Dr. Joseph Kureethra , founded this museum to highlight the rich cultural history of the Portuguese in India. The museum’s five primary parts are the Altar , Treasure , Procession , Civil Life , and Cathedral , which display different artifacts and things from that time period.

This collection’s contributions have come from churches throughout Kerala . For a deeper knowledge of history, you can take a guided tour of the museum.

#10 Chottanikara Bhagavathy Temple

Chottanikara Bhagavathy Temple

This is the most visited and respected Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere. It worships the healing deities Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Amman and Keezhu Kaavu Bhadrakali Amman . Claims are that worshipping the deities at this 1500-year-old temple regularly may heal life-threatening ailments .

The temple grounds have a Pala tree that has been pierced with thousands of nails , the rationale being that patrons who have been healed of mental illnesses drive a nail across the tree. Before entering the temple, Men need to open their shirts . On the other hand,  ladies should dress in Indian clothing to show respect.

#11 Ernakulam Shiva Temple

Ernakulam Shiva Temple

This ancient Shiva temple , also known as the Ernakulathappan Temple , lies in the center of Ernakulam. And is one of Kerala’s most important temples for Shiva worshipers. It is one of the seven royal temples of the Maharaja of Kochi and is located on the Durbar hall grounds .

The original lingam worshipped by Arjuna of Mahabharat renown is still maintained within the temple premises, which is located on one acre of sacred land . The great yearly celebration, along with other festivals and occasions, is held throughout the Malayalam month of Makaram.

#12 Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

This environmentally vulnerable region in Kochi’s center spans 2.74 hectares of land. It features a tiny tidal lake that links to Kochi by a canal. It is well-known for a large number of migrating birds that come to this location throughout the migratory season, as well as for its contribution to the area’s mangrove forests .

Sanctuary keeps the city’s pollutants at bay, as a result, they call it “ Kerala’s green lungs “. Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary attracts many nature enthusiasts and environmentalists because of its diverse flora and wildlife . A remarkable 72 distinct bird species have been discovered in this region alone, contributing to the richness of this location.

#13 Veeranpuzha Lake and Backwaters

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Veeranpuzha Lake lies in the northern extension of Vembanad Lake . And a series of brackish lagoons and lakes that run parallel to the Malabar coast surrounds it. Around it are the beautiful green paddy fields that swing to the soft breeze, adding to the mysterious beauty of the location.

The region is also a meeting point between contemporary life and life on the backwaters . Angling (method of fishing) is a popular weekend pastime among the residents, and the area is well-known for producing Pokkali rice , a Kerala specialty .

#14 Marine Drive

Marine Drive, Tourist Places in Kochi

Marine Drive is a charming location among the various places to visit in Kochi that Kerala is proud of. Exclusively built facing the backwaters, it provides a pleasant and attractive image , particularly during the nighttime hours , drawing both residents and visitors.

Along with the Rainbow Bridge , which is a popular tourist attraction, the Marine Drive has many shopping malls , fast food restaurants , and other prominent landmark structures in Kochi.

#15 Andhakaranazhi Beach

Andhakaranazhi Beach

This popular tourist destination is located in a seaside village 4 km from Pattanakkad. The tall white and red lighthouse draws attention as it aids seafarers in their navigation at night . Andhakaranazhi Beach is a popular location for Malayalam film shoots , which draws greater attention from people.

Despite being severely damaged by the 2004 Tsunami , a fresh new bridge and an aerial walkway have been built to the sea wall for a wonderful view of a dramatic sunset .

#16 Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese Fishing Nets

Traders brought these massive cantilevered fishing nets from Kublai Khan’s palace. A visit to Cochin would be incomplete without seeing the Chinese Fishing Nets on the seashore. These nets, which were brought by Chinese traders , use a mechanical way of catching fish.

#17 Wellington Island

Wellington Island

The largest artificial island in India, named after India’s Viceroy, Lord Willingdon . It is a portion of Kochi constructed by filling in dredged dirt around an existing small island. The island is proud to have numerous historic offices , including those of the Navy , Customs , Port Trust , and Fisheries Department .

This island connects Kochi to major international seaports , making it a popular location for commercial and financial organizations . A stay at any of the island’s finest resorts or hotels gives an unobstructed view of the Arabian Sea and its enticing beauty.

#18 Vypin Island

Vypin Island, Kochi

Vypin Island is one of the numerous small islands that make up the city. It is one of Kochi’s most densely inhabited and fastest-growing areas , spanning a 25-kilometer radius. The drive to the island itself is enthralling, comprising a series of bridges known as Goshree bridges that give a beautiful perspective against the pure blue sea s.

Once on the island, there are several tourist attractions to visit. Like the Puthuvype Beach , Kuzhuppilly Beach , Cherai Beach , the Portuguese Azhikotta fort , one of the oldest European forts in India, and the lighthouse at Ochanthuruthu, which provides breathtaking views of the sea.

#19 Lulu Mall

Lulu Mall, Kochi

The Lulu Shopping Mall , one of India’s largest shopping malls , welcomes you to the land of bliss. This is a place to treat yourself, with 225 stores , a 2,500-seater food court , top 100 brands , and 11 fine-dining restaurants .

Furthermore, the mall also has a 9-screen Cineplex, amusement rides, one of the largest ice skating rinks, and a 12-lane bowling alley, making it a popular weekend destination for people of all ages .

#20 Wonderla Amusement Park

Wonderla Amusement Park

This is one of Kochi’s major amusement parks . It includes water attractions, land rides, 3D rides, and a variety of other exciting rides. This is one of the best places to visit in Kochi whether you’re traveling with a child or a natural adventurer .

Some of its key attractions are Caterpillar village , Chikku’s adventures , Dashin vehicles , the Fire Brigade , the Sky Wheel , the Windmill , and the Wonder Splash .

I must say the best tourist attractions to visit in Kochi are uncountable . And it was difficult to point out the top 20 Places to Visit in Kochi to make your vacation perfect with the combination of all types of places. I am sure you will love Kochi and hope that you will have blast on your trip 😉

Which is correct Kochi or Cochin?

In short, both are correct! When arranging a vacation to Kerala, the terms Kochi and Cochin may be rather confusing. Don't worry if you're in the similar situation; Kochi and Cochin are the same place . Earlier the Britishers used to call it Cochin and Keralites used to call it Kochi . Kochi was officially proclaimed as the name in the 1990s .

Is Cochin a safe city?

Kochi, historically known as Cochin, is one of the safest cities and seaports in India. The city is a major commercial hub in southern India and enjoys significant economic benefits . As a result, making the kind of poverty-related crime common in other cities in the nation less of an issue there.

What is special about Kochi?

Popularly regarded as the Queen of the Arabian Sea , the city has one of the world's best natural ports and was the international spice trade's headquarters for many centuries. Old Kochi (now West Kochi) refers to a collection of islands that includes many popular tourist attractions like Willingdon Island, Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace, and others.

What is famous in Cochin to buy?

Kochi or Cochin is well-known for its silver and gold jewelry , silk sarees , handloom , and handmade goods . Most of these items may be found at moderate rates in Kochi's famed street markets , such as the iconic Spice Market and Marine Drive .

Which is the best time to visit Kochi?

The best time to visit Kochi is during winter (October-February). The weather of Kerala's Kochi gets lovely and inviting . The air temperature remains between 17-33 degrees Celsius . Winter of Kochi is best for honeymooners , beach lovers , and adventure seekers .

Kochi's summer (March-June) is quite hot , sunny , and sweaty . And if you are up for exploration then avoid the monsoon (July-September). As Kochi receives a good amount of rain and you may have to cancel your plan anytime.

What are the nearby getaways from Kochi?

There are many places to see around Kochi. These places are a good way of learning Kerala from a broader angle. Given below are the places around Cochin that are often visited by tourists.

  • Thrissur (74 km)
  • Guruvayur  (108 km)
  • Munnar , Kerala (130 km)
  • Kozhikode (181 km)
  • Coimbatore (193 km)
  • Madurai (270 km)
  • Lakshadweep Islands (300 km)

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15 Top Places to Visit & Things to Do in Kochi

15 Top Places to Visit & Things to Do in Kochi

Kochi- a place so nice you visit it twice

A place where the palm trees sway and the ocean waves gracefully run up and down the sandy shore… Kochi is a blissful destination for any holidayers looking for a rejuvenating getaway. A sojourn to this paradise-like land will offer you immense pleasure seeing its various places to visit, that will keep your itinerary interesting. No matter if you are on a solo trip or honeymoon, expect to get awe by Kochi’s ravishing beauty, where on one day you can go sightseeing the wondrous attractions of the city, the next day, you can visit local streets and slurp some aromatic southern coffee accompanied by other exhilarating things to do. The beauty Kochi offers, is simply heart-stirring and with just a glimpse of its tradition, culture, lifestyle, you will feel this place to be a perfect simpatico destination to visit in South India.

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Popular Spots for Sightseeing in Kochi:

They baffle those regular Kochi visitors by their beauty and grace, so how can they not bewilder the first time visitors? Here, all things that are attractions for the travellers and are well preserved and maintained. Also we have hand-picked some of the best or worth visiting places in Kochi in the list below.

Sahodaran Ayyappan Museum: The beauty it offers is truly authentic

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Consider a visit to new Kochi, Ernakulam during your Kerala tour and explore one of the best museums, Sahodaran Ayyappan Museum. This place offers a traditional ambience where the entire complex is intact with classical thatched roofs made of coconut leaves offering the visitors an authentic experience. Sahodaran Ayyappan Museum also features an artificial building, a house of Sahodaran Ayyappan ( journalist and a politician who worked against the caste system of Kerala society). Inside the museum you can witness the life and work of Sahodaran Ayyappan, Chinese fishing net and Kothikkallu (border stone of Thiruvithamkur-Kochi).

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Paradesi Synagogue: Its age old beauty still attracts visitors

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One of the oldest edifices dwelling amid the modern structures, Paradesi Synagogue or Jewish synagogue is a famous attraction located in a Jewish town road of Kochi. This 1568 built synagogue still witnesses services that anybody can attend (entry is free). Inside, photography may not be allowed, however, the striking decor will be imprinted in your memory and will be hard to forget. The antiques like Belgian glass made chandeliers, old copper plates, carved teak ark and a clock tower are what you can expect to see inside the Paradesi Synagogue. The entry timings are from 10am to 12pm and 3pm to 5pm.

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Folklore Museum: A unique facade filled with antiquity

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The exterior of the Folklore Museum gives an impressive look, with the building’s facade of that of Malabar architecture. This three-storied famous museum displays cultural and folk-tribal items such as Kathakali masks, musical instruments, sculptures, traditional utensils, and ornaments. Also, one must see attraction is the traditional Malyali ornate door lock called the Manichitrathazhu. Make sure to visit this place, if you are a history lover or simply interested to learn about Jewish culture in Kerala.

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Hill Palace: A heritage museum of the southern Maharaja

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Kerala’s first heritage museum and the largest archaeological museum that displays memorials of the Maharaja of Kochi is the Hill Palace . It is a must visit attraction located in one of Kerala’s beautiful cities, Ernakulam. Constructed in the year 1865, this tourist attraction embraces 49 buildings surrounded with beautiful gardens and terraced land. To a nature and art lover, this is a paradise, as the Hill Palace exhibits various antique pieces like pottery, ceramic vases, rock-cut weapons and a large gallery of contemporary art. Also, medicinal plants sprawled over a large open land.

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Santa Cruz Basilica: The glory and pride of Kochi

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Finest living examples of the Cathedral Churches in India, Santa Cruz Basilica is a renowned religious place endowed in Gothic architectural style. Undoubtedly, it is a beautiful attraction one cannot afford to miss and to further make your experience even more authentic you can attend one of the mass prayer services. As you sit on the antique wooden benches, you can see the gothic interior and the historical paintings hung on the walls displaying their historical significance of the church. Santa Cruz Basilica is a heritage site and a worship place for the diocese of Kochi.

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Kochi Fort Beach: The sultry breeze and the sound of the ocean are perfect to unleash your inner child

Kochi Fort Beach

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Beaches are always the best place you can turn your heads to if sightseeing become too monotonous. And for those who enjoy soaking their feet, taking long walks and breathing in fresh air, a visit to Kochi Fort Beach is always a great idea. Facing towards the Arabian Sea, here you can build sand castles, discover various coastal water species and of course admire the natural surroundings. It is an ideal place nestled amid swaying coconut trees and soft beach sand with sea facing fast food stalls and lots of new and familiar faces. You can slowly unwind and relax amid the balm like ambience or perhaps jolt down your next place to visit as you sun-toast your body.

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Ernakulam Mahadeva Temple: A timeworn yet majestic shrine

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A visit to one of the oldest temples in Kochi, Ernakulam Mahadeva Temple must be included in your list of places to visit mainly for two reasons. It is centrally located in the heart of Kochi and it is the only Hindu pilgrimage in South where the deities are facing west. This ancient shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is adorned in a Kerala style architecture, the exterior and interior are simply remarkable made with the use of stone, wood and metal.

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Indo-Portuguese Museum: An Ideal Place to Learn about the history of the Indo-Portuguese culture

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To explore the architectural significance in Kerala, a visit to Indo-Portuguese Museum will offer a fine example of the amalgamation of Indian and Portuguese architecture. It is an important place for understanding the history and culture of the Indo-Portuguese culture. This museum is located in Fort Kochi area and it is divided into five main sections – displaying an Altar, Procession, Cathedral, Civil Life and Treasure. Visit here and you can see various artefacts such as Indo-Portuguese Monstrance, Processional Cross (made of silver and wood) and a Coat of Arms of the Francis. The museum remains open all day, except on mondays and national holidays.

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Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary: A haven for Wildlife and a paradise for Nature lovers

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For a more relishing experience, visit Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary where you get to witness a melange of bird species. This place is one of the sole attractions in Kochi for bird watching and it is conveniently located in the centre of the city. Due to its impressive enclosure that encircles a tidal lake connecting the backwaters, it invites many endangered and migratory birds, it also houses mangrove vegetation. To a nature aficionado and wildlife lovers, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary is the best place for birdwatching in Kochi. Some of the regular seen species are redshank, brahminy kite, marsh sandpiper and white breasted water hen.

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Mattancherry Palace: An Imposing and Nearly Perfect Palace

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Another best tourist place in Kochi that everyone must visit is Mattancherry Palace . This star attraction is considered an important site. Constructed in the early 1557, the style and architecture of this place tells many stories, it is humble and elegant, endowed in a typical Kerala style structure. As you enter the premises, you will be surrounded by frescoes and paintings; further, you can go into an open courtyard where a beautiful garden that adorns the place is seen. You can even find a temple inside the palace and an extensive collection of royal regalia.

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Best Outdoor Activities to Indulge into on Your Kochi Holiday:

Sure, the attractions you just read are a beaut… but what can one do apart from sightseeing local attractions is by partaking in a bundle of joyous things Kochi offers to do. Even if it’s all about relaxing or slurping rich aromatic coffee in a cafe.

Hangout at the Marine Drive

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One of Ernakulam city’s popular hangout place, Marine Drive often sees a melange of locals and tourists enjoying the sights and activities. Here, calming backwaters and bustling walkway also accompany shopping malls and restaurants that often remain crowded. And as the night falls, you can see lights of the buildings and ships reflecting on the ocean. Another feature that Marine Drive is widely famous for are the boat rides. There are various boat services in Marine Drive that can take you to many tourist spots such as Bolgatty Palace , Mattancherry Jewish Synagogue, Vallarpadam Terminal.

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Experience a ferry ride in Kochi

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You can make a graceful exit from the land and float between earth and sky on a ferry in Kochi. It is always a refreshing experience to escape from the city life and visit Kochi’s many islands such as Willingdon , Vallarpadam and Vypeen Islands. Amongst these three, Willingdon is the largest, and Vypeen has a collection of clean beaches. However, to see beautiful sunsets, you can take a boat cruise around Kochi. The sights you may see are fishermen returning after working hard throughout the day, and a slightly pink – orangish sky after sundown.

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Indulge in an Ayurvedic Massage

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During your holiday in Kerala, an ayurvedic massage is always considered to be a big yes (if you are a luxury holidayer). Nevertheless, even if you are not up for it, you must give it a go. Kerala is famous for ayurvedic massage and even therapies, you may find a melange of spa facilities in Kochi offering varieties of rejuvenating treatments in their many resorts, houseboats, and hotels.

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Hunt for the best cafes in Kochi

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Places to eat are endless in Kochi, beach side cafes, luxury restaurants, street food and cozy appetising food stalls. However, while here in Kochi, a taste of Kerala cuisine is a must, which is ornate with layers of masalas/spices. While you get ample restaurants filled with traditional south Indian dishes, you can also have a modern culinary affair with exquisite multi cuisine. Some picks of cafes that offer cozy and homely feels are Ginger House Restaurant, Kashi Art Cafe, The Rice Boat– Vivanta and Teapot Cafe. Besides, as you go on an exploration, wandering in the streets of Kochi, you may come across small shops selling tea and biscuits – Masala Chai anybody?

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Give an Elephant a Bath at Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary

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Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary is one of the best places to visit during family holidays in Kochi as it offers an opportunity to come close with these giant mammals, which your children will enjoy a lot. This wildlife tourist destination allows the visitors to have an experience of giving bath to the elephants (of course with the supervision of the caretakers).

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Could it be Kerala’s skillful coconut pluckers who tirelessly take rounds in climbing the staggering trees or the calming canals where the houseboats lazily sail. We are not sure what is that crowd pulling factor Kochi invites us towards… However, now through this blog, we sure know where to visit and what to do once in this beautiful city. So, go for a spell-binding tour and smell the fragrance of Kochi in this holiday season. Like the blog? Did it capture your imagination? If so, please share in all your social media platforms and if you seek for Kerala travel packages , call us at +91-8744012050/87 or email us your requirements at [email protected] and we will get back to you.

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A Detailed Kochi Travel Guide to Plan a Memorable Vacation

Kochi (Cochin), India’s industrial and commercial capital, serves as the entry point for many tourists visiting Kerala. Kochi tourism allows visitors to explore this culturally and historically rich port city ranked as one of India’s top five tourist destinations by the World Travel and Tourism Council. Kochi tourism will undoubtedly provide you with one of the best travel experiences of your life, with its dazzling beaches, radiant backwaters, exquisite cuisines, and exciting festivals.

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You will never forget your time in this city that embodies what it means to be in ‘God’s Own Country.’ This Kochi travel guide will provide you with all of the information you need to know before visiting the city, including all Kochi India points of interest, to make your trip memorable.

Kochi Culture

Because of the presence of people from all over the country, Kochi’s culture is vibrant. It is a synthesis of traditional and Western cultures. The city is dominated by Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, and various festivals are held here. The city sells a variety of handicrafts and antique items that reflect its culture and traditions.

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Religious diversity.

All forms of worship are welcome in Kochi, which has everything from sacred Catholic churches to well-designed Hindu temples and even a Jewish synagogue decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers.

Colonial Style Architecture

Fort Kochi and the Mattancherry Palace are two examples of traditional architecture. Along with these wonders, visit the Hill Palace Museum, which, in addition to its architecture, is Kochi’s largest archaeological museum.

Fantastic Food

In this city, you can eat your way around the world: there’s Portuguese-inspired cuisine, as well as Arabic, Chinese, and Dutch cuisine.

Lovely beaches

Cherai Beach and Fort Kochi Beach are two of the most tranquil and beautiful Kochi tourist places for visitors to relax in the sun.

All Year Colorful Festivals

All year long, the south of India celebrates festivals such as Diwali, Holi, and regional celebrations that include many outdoor theatre performances and dancers.

Things to do in Kochi

Cochin Tourism offers some beautiful tourist destinations for an incredibly unique sightseeing experience. Here is a list of some Kochi tourist places.

  • Chinese Fishing Nets: An intriguing way to catch fish
  • Kerala Folklore Museum: A journey into Keralan culture
  • Mattancherry Palace: Relive the Ramayana in a beautiful setting
  • Francis Church: India’s oldest Christian church.
  • Paradesi Synagogue: A unique synagogue

These are some of the things to do in Kochi, so include them in your Kochi travel guide to enjoy your vacation. There are also a number of temples that attract tourists on a regular basis. Ernakulatthappan Temple, Poornathrayeesa Temple, Vamanamoorthy Temple, Ettumanoor Shiva Temple, and Kaduthuruthy Shiva Temple are among the most visited temples in Kochi.

Kochi’s Regional Cuisine

Kochi or Cochin offers a wide range of culinary delights to tantalize your taste buds. Kappa, Kallummakaya, sadya, avial, Kerala fish curry, Kerala biryani, Palada Paysam, and Kerala chicken curry are some of the best foods to try in Kochi.

Top 4 tips of visit Kochi

  • The locals are extremely friendly. They frequently provide the best experience at the most reasonable price.
  • The seafood in Fort Kochi is exceptional and unique. When visiting Fort Kochi, you must try the infamously delicious pearlfish fry.
  • There are several nearby homestays and hotels that offer excellent service at a low cost.
  • You can easily take a taxi or walk while exploring this location. It is preferable to have a guide because you do not want to miss anything in each location. Fort Kochi is awe-inspiring in every way.

When is the best time to visit Kochi?

With a typical tropical climate, the city’s temperatures do not vary greatly throughout the year. It does, however, have a distinct wet monsoon season. Because of the heavy rains from May to July, most tourists try to avoid visiting during this time. The months of September to early February are ideal for a visit because the weather is mild. Summers can then be brutal, with temperatures reaching 40o Celsius.

These are a few important things to keep in mind as you explore this incredible place. Make the most of your Kerala vacation with this comprehensive Kochi travel guide. Are you planning a trip to Kochi from the United States? Indian Eagle provides low-cost USA to Kochi flights , allowing you to save money.

So, what are you waiting for? Book reasonable international flight tickets with Indian Eagle today and prepare to discover the multicultural city’s galleries, museums, and places of worship.

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Kochi (���m, Kōchi) is the capital of Kochi Prefecture on the southern coast of Shikoku . The city is small and friendly, with a casual atmosphere and a dose of southern flair.

Kochi boasts several attractions of interest to travelers. A well preserved, original hilltop castle from the feudal period marks Kochi's downtown . Nearby on another mountain, Godaisan , pilgrims visit Chikurinji Temple , one of the 88 temples along the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The city is also the proud home of Sakamoto Ryoma, who played a role in realizing the Meiji Restoration . The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum is located at the beautiful Katsurahama Beach , just south of the city center .

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Kochi is the largest prefecture of Shikoku Island, but despite its size, is one of Japan’s least populated prefectures, so it’s one of the most untouched where nature takes a central stage. Shaped like an arch covering the southern half of Shikoku, this rural region is a treasure trove of stunning mountainous and coastal sights, making it an ideal destination for hikers and outdoor sports lovers. It’s also home to Yosakoi festival, one of the country’s most exciting dance matsuris, with growing popularity that’s going even beyond Japanese borders! What else makes Kochi worthy of a visit? Keep reading for a list of the best things to do in Kochi.

With this Shikoku Bucket List, let’s also check out the surrounding tourist attractions: Best Things to Do in Shikoku

1. Discover What an Authentic Original Castle Looks Like at Kochi Castle

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2. Shop for Local Produce and Souvenirs at Kochi Sunday Market

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3. Experience Japan’s Most Vibrant Festival at Yosakoi Matsuri

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4. Have a Blast Rafting at Niyodo River

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5. Explore Around the Hiking Trails of Yasui River

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6. Go for a Night Stroll and Gaze at The Moon in Katsurahama Beach

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7. Be Amazed at the Natural Formations While Exploring Ryugado Cave

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8. Try Katsuo no Tataki, Kochi’s Local Specialty

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9. Be in Awe of Natural Phenomenons at Muroto Geopark

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10. Embark on a Whale Observation Tour in Tosa Bay

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For first-time visitors in Kochi, it’s a tie between Kochi Castle and Muroto Geopark. The first one, especially for history enthusiasts, is the single last remaining castle in Japan with a main keep that has not been rebuilt. And the second one because it’s the perfect blend between a natural wonder and a unique sight that can only be experienced in Kochi prefecture!

Kochi Prefecture is one of those places that tends to fly under the radar for international tourism, which is a great opportunity to have an unforgettable experience in a very authentic location full of incredible natural treasures and exciting cultural activities. A very off-the-beaten-path destination waiting to be discovered!

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Located in the Shikoku region, Kochi Prefecture (高知県, Kōchi-ken ) is perhaps best known for being the birthplace of the legendary Japanese revolutionary Sakamoto Ryoma, one of the most important figures in modern Japanese history; his statue on Katsurahama Beach is arguably the Mecca for Ryoma fanatics.

Kochi Castle is one of the oldest castles in Japan still standing, while the beautiful Shimanto River is said to be “Japan’s last fresh stream.”

Two notable activities in Kochi include whale-watching and the famous Yosakoi Dance Festival every August. If you're on a long vacation (and want to get some exercise), try the Shikoku O-henro , a pilgrimage of 88 temples that runs through Kochi (16 of the temples are located within the prefecture) and covers all of Shikoku, spanning 1200 km long. And while you're in Kochi, be sure to try katsuo tataki, seasoned and lightly grilled bonito sashimi.

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