Located in the southern state of Kerala
Located in the southern state of Kerala, this city has a distinctly different feel compared to any more northern metropolis. The port town has been packed full of cultural diversity since it began trading with Arabs, Chinese and Europeans. It is clear to see the foreign influences in this city from the tiled bungalows of Fort Kochi to the emblematic cantilevered Chinese fishing nets.
Places To Visit:
- Mattancherry Palace- is a Portuguese Palace also known as the Dutch Palace. The murals display Hindu art, sculptures, and paintings.
- Fort Kochi- is a small village on the Arabian coastline. Fort Kochi is famous for its Chinese Nets, Synagouge and the Dutch Cemetery.
- Jewish Synagogue- is one of the seven synagogues in this area which is the only one in operation today. It was built in 1568 and is also known as the Cochin Jewish synagogue.
- Chinese Fishing Nets-Legends say that these nets were gifted from the Chinese King, Kublai Khan, many years ago. Many fishermen use these nets today making Kochi the only other destination to ever use Chinese Nets other than China.
- Willingdon Island-is one of the biggest man-made islands in India and was named after the British Viceroy of India, Lord Willingdon. This astounding island provides multiple links between the Kochi port and many other international ports.
- Veeranpuzha lake and Backwaters- is a beautiful lake in Kochi along with a series of lagoons and lakes on the Malabar Coast, this forms amazing backwaters
- Bolgatty Palace- is one of the oldest Dutch Palaces that is not in Holland, this palace is on the Bolgatty Island and was built in the year 1744. It was also once the home of the Governor of Kochi.
- Marine Drive- is one of the best places to spend your time in the city and offers amazing views of the sea, it is built facing the backwaters and is a very popular place to visit among the locals.
- Santa Cruz Basilica- was built in the year 1505 and is located in Fort Kochi. It is famous for its unique gothic style and Portuguese interior.
- Vasco Da Gama Square- has many stalls that serve various foods including coconuts, nuts, sea-food, ice-creams. It also features local fares which give tourists a great opportunity to learn about the culture in Kochi.
- Kerala Kathakali Centre- This centre is located in Fort Kochin and is a dance school where locals learn the traditional dance known as ‘Kthakali’. They also put up dance shows which are enjoyed by tourists a lot.
- Hill Palace- is located in Tripunithura it is the largest archaeological museum in the whole of Kerala. It was built in 1865 and features an Archaeological Museum, Heritage Museum, a Deer Park, a prehistoric park and a Children's park.