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Places to see in Kochi

Hill Palace, Tripunithura:

The Palace which was built during 19th century by the Raja of Kochi is now converted to a museum that houses a vast collection of royal possessions of the Cochin royal family. Spread across 49 buildings housed in 54 acres, Hill Palace is the largest archaeological museum in the state. The lush green palace ground is filled with several rare species of medicinal plants. Hill Palace is located in Thripunithara, 16km east of Kochi.

Visiting Time:9:00 am to 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:30pm.  Closed on Mondays and national holidays.

Fort Kochi:

Fort Kochi Beach- A stroll along Fort Kochi beach watching the sailing ships, yachts and Chinese fishing nets crouched like giant spiders is something that should not be missed. Many colonial bungalows too can be viewed along the shoreline. Fort Kochi beach will be brimming with activities and people especially during the sunset hours. The coastal stretch has many eateries with fresh caught sea food which will be cooked upon your preference. The massive Chinese fishing nets (the name sounds funny as it is not known to the Chinese) dotting the beach is a wonderful background for a few clicks.

St. Francis Church:

Fort Kochi is home to India’s oldest churches that attract tourists round the year. St. Francis Church dates back to 15th century and Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India was buried here.

Santa Cruz Basilica:

Santa Cruz Basilica is one of the oldest churches in India. Its history dates back to 1505 as a Portuguese church, but was destroyed by the British colonists in the 16th century. The present structure was built in 1905. Santa Cruz Basilica holds an important place in the history of Kochi and has tourists round the year.


Mattancherry is a tourist hotspot in Kochi and is famous for its heritage buildings, spice street and curio shops. Surrounded by back waters, Mattancherry can be accessed through boat trips also. Being the first trade hub of Kochi, Mattancherry is still vibrant with a pan-Indian population and a Jew-Town in its centre.

The spice street (bazaar) lined up with spice shops on both sides wafts aroma of Kerala spices and is an ideal place to shop out for Kerala handicrafts.
Mattancherry houses many famous heritage buildings like the Jewish Synagogue and Dutch Palace. The Jewish synagogue, built in 1568, is India’s oldest functioning synagogue and is an elegantly decorated structure with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace) was a gift to the Raja of Kochi by the Dutch colonists and the palace today owns a great collection of mural paintings and royal weapons.

Bolghatty Island:

This small strip of land off the mainland is a great picnic spot. A short boat ride or travel through a bridge from the heart of the city will take you here. An old Dutch palace situated here is now converted to a resort with separate water sports and a golf course by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC). The panoramic view of the port, harbor and international marina makes it more attractive to spend some relaxed moments.

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary:

Mangalavanam is a pleasant surprise in the middle of the city.  No one would expect such a patch of greenery and mangrove forest in the middle of city’s bustles. Mangalavanam being the home of many rare migratory and resident birds is a favourite spot of tourists visiting Kochi as well as bird lovers in the city.

Best time to visit- Mid January to March.

Museum of Kerala History:

The Museum of Kerala History, located at Kalamasserry is a must visit place for those who are keen to know more about the history of Kerala. The museum has on display many audio-visual exhibits, paintings and life size statues depicting the history and culture of Kerala.

Kerala Folklore Museum:

The only privately owned museum in the state, Kerala Folklore Museum houses many unique architectural objects, traditional musical instruments, lamps, sculptures, masks, murals, old photographs, excavated objects, jewellery and jewellery boxes, folklore collection, traditional art costumes and Christian art collection. The building is a typical example of traditional Kerala architecture with intricately carved wooden walls and door panels. The folklore theatre has daily cultural shows like bharathanatyam, mohiniyattom, kathakali, koothu, kalaripayattu etc.

Beaches- Cherai, Munambam, Vypeen:

Kerala takes pride in its long stretches of palm fringed pristine beaches. If till the last decade, Fort Kochi beach was the only answer for beaches in Kochi, now less crowded beaches like Cherai, Vypeen and Munambam is gaining huge popularity. They are perfect places for a sun bath far from the buzzing crowd. Few private resorts and clubs are operating several water sports here.

Wonder La:

Wonder La, South India's largest amusement park is 14kms from Cochin. Nestled in 30 acres of green surrounding, there is a wide range of activities and rides for both adults and kids.
Wonder La houses more than 50 world class amusement rides.


Kodanad is a picturesque riverside village 30 kms north-east of Kochi. Located on the banks of river Periyar, Kodanad is an eco-tourism spot in Kerala gratifying the visitors in the most natural way. The state’s largest elephant training centre- Punnathur Kotta is here and elephants for the various temple festivals are groomed here. The place is close to St. Thomas church in Malayatoor.

Milkyway Aqua-Tourism Centre:

This less crowded picnic spot initiated by the Fisheries Department at Malippuram Village at Vypeen is a latest addition to Kochi’s beauty. A shrimp farm attached to a private beach is converted to an aqua-tourist village, where public can indulge in fishing, water sports and exploring in the nearby mangrove forests. Authentic Kerala sea food delicacies can be relished in the restaurant here.
Visiting Time:10:00 AM to 5:00 PM everyday. Onam is the only holiday.

Marine Drive:

Marine Drive is a pleasant promenade facing the Vembanad Lake. It is the most popular hangout place of Kochi and for the same reason is buzzing with activities. Shops, eateries and water sports are the main attractions here. The Rainbow Bridge and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge here are cool evening hang out spots to enjoy sunset along with the gentle breezes from the lake.

Things to do in Kochi:

Kochi being the shopper’s hub of Kerala, is an ideal destination for shopaholics.  Shop out for Indian attires like kurtas, sareers, salwars, Keela sarees, jewellery as well as multinational brands at M G Road, Marine Drive and Convent Junction. For Kerala handicrafts, antiques and spices, Fort Kochi and Mattancherry are ideal places. 

Beach walks, back water rides, water sports, yachting, house boat trips, etc are the other major attractions in Kochi. Culture lovers can get soaked in the numerous cultural activities and shows happening here.

Kochi is the only place in Kerala where night life is active, but only during weekends