Kochi, the largest city in Kerala, is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state.
Kochi, the largest city in Kerala, is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. Kochi (or Cochin,
as it is also known) has some fabulous hideouts and getaways that are always a hit with the holiday crowd.
If you've included a trip to Kochi in your Kerala holiday itinerary, you're sure to have a blast! From historical monuments to scenic locations,
Kochi provides visitors a wide array of things to do and places to see.
Since Fort Cochin was under the possession of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British at different points of time, the region still bear the influence of European architecture. To explore the historic town of Fort Kochi, there is no better choice than setting out on foot. Relax, breathe deep and come out in cotton, soft shoes and yes - a straw hat. At each and every nook of this island steeped in history, there is something amusing awaiting you. It is a world of its own, retaining the specimens of a bygone era and still proud of those days. If you can smell the past,
nothing can stop you from walking through these streets.
Even a casual stroll through Fort Kochi located in the port city of Kochi in Kerala is enough to make you feel
transported to another world and time. The architectural style of the buildings and the town layout easily make
Fort Cochin distinct from other cities and towns of Kerala. Since Fort Cochin was under the possession of the Portuguese,
the Dutch and the British at different points of time, the region still bear the influence of European architecture.
Fort Kochi or Fort Cochin is one of the three main urban regions that constitute the present day Kochi city in Kerala, India. The
other two regions together comprising the Kochi city are Mattancherry and Ernakulam. Interestingly, the port city of Kochi was initially a municipal
town from 1866 to 1967. It was later in the year 1967 that these three principal
municipalities and few adjoining areas were joined to form the new corporation of Kochi.
Must see places in Kochi
Fort Kochi is situated about 13 km from Ernakulam and is famous for Chinese fishing nets, picturesque beaches and architectural style of the buildings. European style is clearly evident and that makes this small town stands apart from other towns in Kerala.
The Dutch Palace (also known as Mattenchery Palace) is very near to the Jew town. It was built in 1555 A.D by the Portuguese and presented to Veera Kerala Varma, Raja of Kochi.
It has a huge collection of Kerala Temple murals, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi.
It is a popular meeting jaunt for localites (…me included!) This scenic pathway is built facing the Vembanad lake. The walkway has two recently built bridges; the Rainbow bridge and the
Chinese Fishing Net Bridge. The sunset view from here is simply awesome!
The Cherai beach is 10kms long beach located in the north of Vypin island. This panoramic beach is the longest beach in Kochi cocooned by coconut and palm trees.
The beach is just 25 kms from Kochin and around 30 kms from the Kochin International Airport.
Hill Palace Museum
Hill palace museum is the Kerala's first heritage museum and is also the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. It is situated near Tripunithura, Kochi.
It was built in 1865 and was the administrative headquarters of Kochi Rajas.
Willingdon Island is a man-made island created in 1933 under the supervision of Sir Robert Bristow. Up until recently Cochin airport, Seaport and the railway terminus (Cochin Harbor Terminus) were functioning on this island.
Now, the Cochin Port Trust and the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command function here.
Airport continues to function as naval aviation wing. There are beautiful walkways and jetty's on this island. My favorite is the "Embarkation Jetty".
It has a walkway and a jetty close by. A good place to enjoy a leisure walk over evening sun!
Backwaters of Kochi
A backwater cruise in Cochin is the highlight of the tour. You can enjoy natures' bounty through the huge proliferation of palm and coconut trees lining the pellucid waters, and marvel at the quiet ambience generated by the quintessential moments of Cochin,
especially when you pass through Fort Kochi and Mattancherry areas.
The backwaters of Kochi are best enjoyed through backwater cruises and you can choose from several package tours that are
charted and planned according to the convenience of the traveller.
Wonderla Amusement Park (Veegaland)
Being a leading amusement park in Kochi, Wonderla Amusement Park is a must visit destination for people travelling with kids. The clean, safe, hygienic and well-maintained park is a joy where you can spend an entire day exploring the adventurous rides; plenty of these rides are water based.
There are special rides for children and thrillers for adults. An amazing experience!
Sri Chottanikkara Bhagvathy Temple is the abode of millions of devotees who come here with many woes and pains. The huge golden idol, bedecked with jewels, flowers and various adornments is a sight to behold. Be ready to feel the positive vibrations emanating from the temple and take part in the festivities and poojas(rituals)
to remove any afflictions you are suffering from.
The calming, soothing sound of Athirappilly Falls is the sound that greets the visitor here. Plummeting down 80 feet to Chalakkudy River, the picturesque Athirapilly Falls in Thrissur district is a very famous and very busy tourism destination.
Be ready for a mesmerizing spell, right here at the Sholayar forest range.
Malayattoor in the northeast part of Kochi houses the famous St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. This shrine is internationally well known and thus attracts people from all over the world. Malayatoor means the meeting place of the land, river and mountain, and here,
you can enjoy the beautiful scenery the area around Kurisumudy is famous for. A must-visit!