Are you looking for what to do in Kochi?
Kochi has a rich history and abundant natural beauty and this is evident in plenty at the different sites in and around.
PLACES TO SEE
- Hill Palace: Visitors can visit the 19th century Hill Palace at Tripunithura which is the place from where the King of Kochi ruled over his province. It is now a museum which has a vast collection of the king’s wealth. The Parikshith Thampuran Museum was the building which served as the durbar for the King of Kochi. It was converted to a museum but now is home to a contemporary art gallery.
- Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi: These unique fishing nets are found only in Kochi and China. Fishermen use these nets to fish even today. These nets are a unique sight not to be missed.
- St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi: This church is the oldest religious structure built by the Europeans in India. Vasco Da Gama who died in Kochi was buried here before his mortal remains were transported back to Portugal. This church has religious and historical importance too.
- Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Mattanacherry: Situated close to the Dutch Palace, the 16th century Jewish synagogue has splendid architecture and design. The huge Belgian chandeliers and the unique Chinese tiles are eye catching.
- Dutch Palace (Mattanacherry Palace): Built by the Portuguese, this palace was given as a present to the King of Kochi by the Dutch. The beautiful mythological paintings here are worth viewing.
- In addition to the above sights the visitor can also visit the Bolghatty Palace, Museum of Kerala history, Fort Kochi Beach, Cherai Beach, Willingdon Island, the amusement park – Veega Land, etc to amuse oneself.
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- Explore the backwaters: The backwaters of Kerala are a unique feature of Kerala and this is an experience not to be missed. The tourist can spend a lazy day drifting on a boat to soak in the life of the local people living there.
- Kathakali and Kalaripayattu shows: The visitor can get a firsthand experience of the local art of Kathakali and Kalaripayattu There are a number of cultural clubs like The Cochin Cultural Centre, Art Kerala, See India Foundation that organize performances in the evenings to promote this dance form.
- Clubs and Pubs: There are not many clubs or pubs in the city. The few nightclubs and pubs in the city can be found at Taj Malabar, Cochin, Jules Bar at Le Meridien Hotel, Hotel Abad Plaza, Gokulam Park Inn, Grand Hotel or the Casino Hotel. Visitors can enjoy themselves at these trendy nightspots.
- Shopping: A number of Government sponsored Emporiums like Kerala State Handicraft Society, Ernakulam Market, spices Board, etc that stock up on handicrafts native to Kerala. Besides, there a large number of shops and stores on MG Road and Marine Drive which serve as good shopping places.
Below we have a list of things to do in Kochi and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.
This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Kochi getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.
Make the most of your trip to Kochi with confidence.