Kochi is also known as Cochin. It is a vibrant city located at the south-west coast of the Indian Peninsula. It has western ghats in its east and Arabian sea in its west. It is the commercial and industrial capital and gateway of Kerala. It has a world class port and international airport, giving this prosperous city access to Kerala, which is known as “God’s own Country,” where the city is located. Find here the well researched 10 things to do in Kochi during your visit.
1. Cherai Beach
This is a pristine and scenic beach which is ideal for a 1-2 hour visit. There is good news for visitors; swimming is allowed here. Sadly, no food stalls are available here, so it is better if you could bring packed food if you would like to eat enjoying the serene nature. One should also not miss the breathtaking sunrise and sunset views from the shoreline.
Address: Ernakulam, Kochi
Website: Cherai Beach
2. Marine Drive
Marine Drive has backwaters which provides boat riding services. This place is very crowded during weekends and is filled with colorful balloon shops. Its ambiance makes everyone comfortable, with well lit and clean pavements. The charming view along Marine Drive makes everyone forget all their worries and urge you to never want to leave this place.
Address: Rainbow bridge, Chinese fishing net bridge and Kettuvellam bridge
Website: Marine Drive
3. Fort Kochi
This is a small beach with a clean walkway. All foodies will love the street stalls available here, as they serve Cochin’s traditional seafood which is a must-try. Fort Kochi is filled with friends, family and couples who love to get in the water and make memories. You can also find elderly people sitting on large rocks enjoying the aura.
Address: Fort Kochi, Kochi
Website: Fort Kochi
4. Chinese Fishing Nets
These fishing nets are enormous, spider-like contraptions. At least four people are required to operate the counterweights during high tide. Chinese fishing is done along Fort Kochi’s north-eastern shore. It is known that this method is more profitable than modern fishing methods. You can combine this stop along with a Fort Kochi Beach visit.
Chinese Fishing Nets
Address: Fort Kochi, Kochi
Website: Chinese Fishing Nets
5. Kashi Art Gallery
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Kashi Art Gallery holds art collectibles from all over the world and they ship everywhere! This art gallery is located very near to Fort Kochi and has a cafe. Iced coffee with coconut milk and brownie cakes are worth trying and will leave you craving for the next visit.
Kashi Art Gallery
Address: Dist Ernakulam, Burgar Street, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Near PS, Kochi, Kerala 682001
Website: Kashi Art Gallery
6. Paradesi Synagogue
A synagogue is a place to meet for worshiping. This Paradesi Synagogue was partially destroyed by the Portuguese and then later renovated by the Dutch. It is magnificently illuminated by Belgian chandeliers and colored-glass lamps. It is famed for the graceful clock tower that was built in 1760. This place holds a balcony upstairs for women, who worshiped separately according to Orthodox rites. Please be informed that shorts, sleeveless shirts and cameras are not allowed here.
Address: Synagogue Ln, Jew Town, Kappalandimukku, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002
Website: Paradesi Synagogue
7. Mattancherry Palace
This palace was presented to the King of Kochi by the Portuguese during 1955. Later, it was renovated by the Dutch and now it is known as the Dutch Palace. The star attractions in this palace are the astonishingly well preserved Hindu murals, depicting scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranic legends in very intricate detail.
Address: Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002
Website: Mattancherry Palace
8. Kerala Folklore Museum
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This museum puts every visitor in a cheerful mood by welcoming them with traditionally dressed guides. It showcases the rich heritage of Kerala through numerous art and dance forms. It has a wonderful collection of ancient artifacts like masks, wood, sculptures, traditional jewelry, pots, musical instruments and paintings
Kerala Folklore Museum
Address: Pandit Karuppan Road, Near Thevara Ferry Junction, Kochi, Kerala 682013
Website: Kerala Folklore Museum
9. Kerala Kathakali Center
Kathakali is the traditional dance of Kerala. This Kathakali Center is the best place to visit for people who love cultural arts. Their delightful performances will leave you mesmerized, and visitors can even walk in early to see how the artists put their make up on.
Kerala Kathakali Center
Address: KB Jacob Rd, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001
Website: Kerala Kathakali Center
10. Lulu Mall
This is the second largest mall in Asia. It literally has everything a person needs under one roof. It is easy to reach since it is located in the heart of the city. It has a food court which has all the famous stalls available in Kochi. It also features a cinema theater and entertainment section. Please be informed that it is extremely crowded on weekends.
Address: 34/1000, N.H 47, Edapally, Kochi, Kerala 682024
Website: Lulu Mall
Lose yourself in nature
Kochi is arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala. We all need a break once every 6 months from our hectic lives. Kochi would be the best place for a 3-4 day visit, where you can lose yourself in nature and all of the fabulous culturing surroundings. Munnar, Allepey and Thekady are equally fascinating tourist places near Kochi that one might not want to miss.
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