Places to visit in Cochin

When you travel to Cochin, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Cochin, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Cochin to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Cochin things to do can include exploring Cochin attractions and visiting the places of interest.

This landmark church in Fort Kochi is believed to be the oldest European-built church in India. However, it's most famous because it was once the burial site of explorer Vasco de Gama. His remains were later taken back to Portugal. The church although originally built by the Portuguese, was subsequently taken over by the Dutch and British, before it was passed on to Indian hands. 

Mattancherry is another old neighborhood which is full of colonial buildings. The main attraction here is the Mattancherry Dutch Palace, which was built by the Portuguese and then gifted to the Raja of Kochi in 1555. It was then renovated by the Dutch in 1663. There's a small museum which houses some rare art, including paintings of kings and beautiful murals from the Hindu epics. 

The Paradesi synagogue or the Jew synagogue is the oldest in the Commonwealth. It was built by the Jewish community of Cochin.It is the oldest synagogue still in use. 

If you have children, you could consider taking them to Wonder La Amusement Park . It is set in the side of a hill and it’s lush and tropical environment is a breather ideal for a family trip. It has a 3D movie theater as well.

The famous Poornathrayeesa Temple is located at Tripunithura, located at a distance of about 10 kms southeast of the city of Ernakulam. Full of temples, Tripunithura is also referred to as the Land of Temples and the Poornathreyesa Temple is one of them.

The Santa Cruz Cathedral not only happens to be one of the oldest churches in Kochi, but also in the whole of India. It is counted as one of the heritage monuments of Kerala. This church is visited by tourists and locals the whole year round. 

St George Ferona Church is situated in Edappally, at about 10 km from Cochin. It is a Roman Catholic Church built in the year 594 AD.  It is located on a piece of land donated by the Raja of Edappally. St George Ferona is also counted one of the oldest most churches of Kerala.

Vallarpadam is a cute little islet located in the middle of the Cochin backwaters. This is an islet which has become a major Christian pilgrim center because of the St Mary's Church being located towards the eastern region. 

The privately owned museum, located on the outskirts of Ernakulam gives an insight into Kerala’s rich culture. The Museum's three floors are full of artifacts that provide background to the state's rich heritage. Its architecture is also magnificent. The entrance made from the remnants of a temple and amazing wooden carvings. Kerala art and dance forms are also a focus here in this museum, with stage performances taking place daily in the evenings.

This place is popularly reffered to as the hub of spice trade in Cochin. You can spend some time wandering through the streets and by exploring the numerous antique stores in the area. It's a fabulous place for photography as well, since it is full of colonial buildngs. These days, most of the Juwes have been replaced by Kashmiri shopkeepers. The Jewish Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth. The interiors are adorned with chandeliers, gold pulpit and imported floor tiles.  

If you are a nature lover, go for a boat ride by taking the ferry from Fort Kochi to Vypeen Island, which is approximately four kilometers from the coast. The main attraction here is the Cherai beach.

If you'd prefer to go on a tour, you can try Cochin Magic which offers the Kerala Seafood Trail. 

Kathakali is a very unique and ancient dance drama that's traditional to the state of Kerala. The look, with its red bloodshot eyes and headgear is unmistakebly Kerala’s most visible tourism sight. Although the movements of the dance are subtle, but yet they tell a mythological story. Some of the places you could visit include the Kerala Kathakali Center, Cochin Cultural Center or Greenix Village for a live performance.

Kochi’s most popular and most recognizable sight are The Chinese Fishing Nets. These belong to the 14th century and have been there since then and majestically very much still in use.The local fisherman will show you how these are operated in return for a small fee. In the late afternoon you can head to the waterfront where the nets line the shore. There is awesome seafood available here which you can buy from one of the fishmongers and get it cooked at a closeby shack. 

Cherai Beach is near to Vypeen island and is ideal for swimming or seeing the Chinese fishing Nets. 

If you have the heart for some heady adventure try out the ecotourism and adventure tourism options in Cochin. You can book these for your family.

If you are a music lover and are in the mood for some live performances, head for Cafe Papaya, Kochi. You can also check out Old Harbour Hotel, Kochi which offers candlelight dinner with live Music playing in the background.

Sri Krishna Cafe (Gujerati road, Mattanchery) is famous for their Stuffed Parotta & Masala Dosa.

Art Cafe serves mouth watering Banana and Chocolate cakes. The coffee served at the café is also very good.

Arya Bhavan has all kinds of Tamil food.

Palms Restaurant (Metropolitan) serves authentic and sumptuous local cuisine.

Some other good restaurants in Kochi are Salt N Pepper, Fort House Restaurant, Solar Cafe,  and Kashi Art Cafe. 

Pandhal on MG road is a family restaurant having an attached pastry counter.

Renaissance on MG road offers Thai, Chinese, Continental, apart from Indian dishes.

Tharavad is Casino hotel's coffee shop, located on Willingdon Island. It offers a  variety of cuisines throughout the day. 

Kerala is also known for its natural Ayurvedic medicine and there are a number of options for getting an Ayurvedic treatment done in Kochi. One such place you could try is The Fort Ayurveda spa, Fort Kochi, which offers numerous Ayurvedic therapies. You can check out Agastya Ayurveda Massage and Wellness Center on Princess Street as well. Additionally, Ayur Dara on Vypeen Island, specializes in long term Ayurvedic treatments (one to three weeks) and provides accommodations as well. 

Some tourists spend the day on the beaches and the night by the city. If you are game for some night time entertainment check out Ava, lounge bar and discotheque - The Ava Lounge Bar at Dream Hotel is chic, sophisticated and popular lounge bar. The interiors are aesthetic and the ambience is just right for a night of partying with friends.

 

Glow in Cochin, is one of the finest places to party in Cochin, owing to its ambience and interiors. Velocity is also one of the best and most happening pubs or restobars of Cochin. The ambience of the place is ideal for an evening out with friends. Longevity is the oldest and one of the most popular bars in Cochin. 

MG Road is perhaps the best and the most fun place to shop at. However you can also check out the many quaint little curioi shops if you wish to pick up souvenirs for family and friends. If you are interested in antiques and willing to spend time sorting through them, then don’t miss shopping at Jew Town. Bazaar Road is another place where you would mainly find wholesale items – It is famous for its spices and pulses. Marine Drive is notable for its cotton collection.   

If you are looking for a swanky place to shop at head for Oberon mall – it has a whole lot of shopping an entertainment available for visitors.  

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