Cochin

A melting pot of cultures & traditions of an era long gone, this sleepy town of Kerala unfolds the legacy & charms of the spice trade age. Peek at its huge Chinese fishing nets casting tall shadows on the shores, experience the sights & sounds at the Jew Town, walk through the sprawling Dutch Palace and inhale the delicate aroma of spices- experience the heritage!

Alluring Attractions of Kochi

Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi

A mish-mash of cultures & heritage, from the Dutch Palace that witnessed many royal coronations to the crumbling synagogues and from colonial churches to age-old Portuguese bungalows, Fort Kochi takes you back in time. Stroll through the narrow lanes of this historical area to delve deeper into the eventful history of Fort Kochi.

Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace

Built by the Portuguese for the Cochin royalty, this palace was later taken over by the Dutch and is thus known as the Dutch Palace. The 16th-century palace, a beautiful mix of local & colonial architecture, is distinguished for its exquisite mythological murals & frescos. It also houses a museum showcasing artifacts, coins, and stamps of the Cochin royal family.

Jewish Synagogue

Jewish Synagogue

The oldest synagogue in the entire British Commonwealth, Pardesi synagogue, is the legacy of the Sephardic Jews who built it in 1568. The star of David on its humble gate and the tall clock tower welcome you in. Its interiors ornate with Chinese willow-patterned tiles, Belgian lamps & chandeliers, oriental rugs, and gold crowns, are a picture of timeless beauty.

St. Francis Church

St. Francis’ Church, Fort Kochi

This colonial-era Church, believed to be the oldest in India, was built in the early 16th century. It marks the grave of the legendary Portuguese explorer, Vasco De Gama, who died & was buried here in 1524. His remains were later transferred to Lisbon, but the gravestone is still here.

Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese Fishing Nets

Locally known as Cheenavala, attributing them to the Chinese traders of the 13th century, these cantilever fishing nets are a fixture in this part of Kerala.

Spice Market

Spice Market

A wafting aroma of spices leads to the spice market in Fort Kochi, where spice warehouse line the street, and a heady aroma of ginger, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom seeps in through your senses.

Ayurveda in Cochin

Ayurveda in Cochin

Welcome to the traditional goodness of ancient Ayurveda therapies packaged in modern spas and practiced by certified practitioners. Rejuvenate your body, mind & soul and live a luxurious experience.

Other Attractions of Cochin

Other Attractions of Cochin

Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum- Watch an enthralling Kathakali dance performance
Indian Naval Maritime Museum- A glimpse into the fascinating naval history of Kerala
Cherai Beach- Experience gorgeous sunsets on a pristine beach

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Attractions

Alleppey (54km), Kumarakom (49 km)- Backwaters destinations promising wonderful houseboat experiences.
Munnar (126 km)- Experience the lush hills, panoramic views, and tea gardens in the spectacular Munnar

Fairs and Festivals of Cochin

Fairs and Festivals of Cochin

Onam- Experience the thrill of the Snake Boat Race
Indira Gandhi Boat Race
Kochi Carnival- A celebration of the rich heritage, culture & cuisine of Cochin
Christmas- Cochin’s favorite festival promising you twinkling lights & delicious plum cake

Shopping in Cochin

Shopping in Cochin

Cochin’s markets are a treasure-trove of handcrafted stuff. Miniature snake boats, intricately carved wooden boxes, a range of aromatic spices, Ayurveda oils, Kathakali masks, and silk are some of the stuff you could pick from here. If you are interested in antiques, check out the lanes for Fort Kochi for a bargain.

Food in Kochi

Food in Kochi

Puttu & Kadala curry, Appam (hoppers) & Stew, Idiyappam (string hoppers), Chicken and beef fry, Prawn Curry, and Malabar Parota are some of the delicacies of Cochin kitchens. Check out the quirky cafes of Fort Kochi and delicious seafood at the beach in Fort Kochi.

Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this beautiful city would be in winter from September to March.

How to Reach

How to Reach

By Air - Kochi International Airport connects the city with major cities across the globe.

By Rail - Ernakulam Town Station and Ernakulam Junction Station, connect the city by a network of direct & express trains.

By Road - A well-developed network of roads & highways connects Cochin with the nearby cities.

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