Places to Visit In Kochi (Cochin)
Kochi is also known as Cochin, is a major port city on the south-west coast of India by the Arabian sea and the Laccadive sea and is part of the district of Ernakulam ,which is the major tourist attractions in the state of Kerala. There are many places to visit in Kochi. Kochi is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India. Locations of kochi places to visit are more attractive in the evenings.
Kochi, one of the major attractions of Kerala being the centre of Indian spice trade for many centuries was known to the Yavanas as well as Jews, Syrians, Arabs, and Chinese since ancient times. Not much is known about the prehistory of Kochi. There has been no clear evidence of stone age habitation.
Kochi and places to visit near Kochi are main tourist spots that attracts tourists around the globe. People of Kochi are the real ones who made all the spots of Kochi more attractive, Every nook and corner here is now made as main visiting places in Kochi. Kochi offers a cocktail of modernity, old-world charm and a global outlook that, at the same time, facilitates continuity and change.
The major tourist attractions of cochin is always an influenced tourist spot. As geography of chronicle, it is an indiscriminate mix of hilly areas, estuaries and backwaters, small islands, coastal cities like Fort Kochi and Mattancherry and plain terrain like that of the city of Ernakulam.
The First Kochi-Muziris Biennale began on 12 December 2012 made Kochi a Biennale City and made Kochi visiting place again. Biennale promises to offer an alternative cultural discourse for artists, art lovers, researchers, collectors, students and thinkers around the world where they intermingle and exchange their creative ideas and inspiring thoughts. Let’s go around places to visit in Kochi.
1.EXPLORE FORT KOCHI
Fort Kochi has a quaint ambiance and the colonial buildings, telling the tales of centuries-old cultural and commercial interaction with the colonial powers of the West, makes a big impression. If you can smell the past, nothing can stop you from walking through these streets.
Fort Kochi, to explore the historic town, there is no better choice than setting out on foot. Relax, breathe deep and come out in cotton, soft shoes and yes – a straw hat. At each and every nook of this island steeped in history, there is something amusing awaiting you.
It is a world of its own, retaining the specimens of a bygone era and still proud of those days. This is part of a handful of water-bound regions toward the south-west of the mainland Kochi, and collectively known as Old Kochi or West Kochi.
Places of Interest
- Fort Kochi Beach & Chinese Fishing nets:
The sea view of Fort Kochi Beach is amazing and can surf around shoreline along with different cultures of Fort Cochin. The international marina makes Kochi Port rich with cruise liners such as Queen Mary, Quantum of the Seas, Explorer, Aida and many more.
Chinese Fishing Nets around the Fort Kochi Coast had won the fame of having this unusual fishing method. The Chinese fishing nets are favorite spot of tourists; their size and elegant construction usually serve as the backdrop for snap shots and the gazing at the work of fishing nets is just a time pass. Catches can be bought individually and the “You buy I cook” stalls sprang up nearby will give the taste buds an awesome treat. A stay at Koder House gives the pro to watch the Chinese fishing nets.
- Santa Cruz Basilica: The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is situated at Fort Kochi & it is one of the Eight Basilicas in India. Counted as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala, this church is one of the finest and impressive churches in India and visited by tourists the whole year round. It is a place of devotion as well as a center of historic significance, endowed with architectural and artistic grandeur and Colors of the Gothic style.
- St. Francis Church: St. Francis CSI Church, in Fort Kochi , originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. The History of this Church reflects the colonial struggle of European powers in India from the 15th to 20th centuries. The Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama returned to Cochin where he died on the Christmas eve of that year and was buried in this Church. Fourteen years later, his remains were shipped to Portugal and deposited at Vidigveria where they remained until 1872 when they were removed to the monastery of Jeronimos in Lisbon, its present abode. A constituent of the North Kerala Diocese of the Church of South India, the St Francis CSI Church has regular worship service on all Sundays and commemorative days. It is kept open on week days for visitors and tourists. This church is famous for tourist attractions.
- Vasco House: It is believed to the residence of VASCO DE GAMA its built in the first half of 16th century. Now it provides homely stay for travelers and tourist .Vasco home stay is a unique heritage home stay facility with bed and breakfast, in the heart of Fort Cochin. The Vasco House is more than 500 years old and is believed to have been the residence of the famous explorer, Vasco da Gama until his death in 1524. The picturesque heritage village of Fort Cochin was discovered by the Portuguese explorer. The Portuguese, Dutch and the British have etched their presence on this land. You can see the same in the architecture, cuisine and the lifestyle of this part of the city. The rooms of Vasco house are large, with high wooden ceiling and large windows opening towards the historic St Francis Church where Vasco da Gama was buried. Two spacious rooms are meant for the guests. Both rooms have 2 double bed and single bed. A common room for entertainment,and a tourist information center &travels ,also running a cafe by name VASCO CAFE provides homely food.
- Maritime Museum: The Maritime Museum is located at INS Dronacharya in FortKochi throws light on the genesis, history, evolution and landmarks of the Indian Navy. Step into the Maritime Museum to have a feel of the great maritime heritage of Indian Navy, which dates back to Indus Valley civilizations; Kerala’s trade links with Arabs, its famous maritime hero Kunjali Marakkar; Influence of India’s maritime power in South East Asia; Colonization of Indian sub-continent by European powers.At the museum, the visitors are enlightened on the evolution of the navy since 1612, when the Indian Marine was established in Surat. Visiting hours: 0930 to 1300 hrs &1400 to 1800 hrs
- Vasco da Gama Square: The huge cantilevered fishing net, the Chinese fishing nets, seen here is a legacy of its spellbinding past. The nets, set up on teak and bamboo poles, were brought by one of the first visitors to the Malabar Coast, the traders from the court of Kublai Khan. An ideal place to watch fishermen use these nets is the Vasco da Gama square, a narrow promenade along the beach. The square, which has numerous stalls serving fresh delicious seafood, tender coconut and so on, is also perfect for a nice, relaxed evening.
- Indo-Portuguese Museum: This is a very small museum but has some interesting exhibits , This museum is situated Adjacent to the Bishop’s House,Fort kochi. and this museum is indeed one of those symbols in the annals of Kochi, bearing the rich heritage of Indo-Portuguese culture and artistic influence & it throws light on the strong Portuguese influence in both the art and the architecture of the region.The museum is divided into five main sections, according to the nature of items displayed. They are – Altar, Treasure, Procession, Civil Life and Cathedral.
Visiting Hours: 1000 to 1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays and all Public Holidays.
Entry is free on 1st Thursday of every month.
- Bishop’s House: The Bishop’s House Built in 1506 as the residence of the Portuguese Governor, Located near to the Fort kochi Parade Ground. The facade of the House is characterized by large Gothic arches and has a circular garden path winding up to the main entrance. The building was acquired by Dom Jos Gomes Ferreira, the 27th Bishop of the Diocese of Kochi whose jurisdiction extended over Burma, Malaya and Ceylon, in addition to India.
- Princess Street: Numerous old colossal houses are located on this princess street with each being built in the style of home that was customary for a given European nation to build. The end result is a quaint street that portrays various different European destinations. Homes built in the Dutch, British, French, and Portuguese style are all there. Most of these homes allow visitors to see what they are like inside as well.
- Kerala Kathakali Centre: The Kerala Kathakali Centre was founded in 1990 in Kochi , the oldest city in Kerala and known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea .The Kerala Kathakali Center’s aim is to popularize and encourage the classical arts of Kerala, discover new talents, and improve the standards of training and performances by rigorous discipline and dedication. Various traditional arts and rituals are also encouraged and performed at the Centre. Performed internationally to standing ovation audiences and enjoyed locally in Kerala by thousands from around the world.
- Parade Ground: The four acre Parade Ground in Ernakulam district of Kerala, was where once the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British colonists conducted their military parades and drills. The buildings around the ground housed their defense establishments. Bordered by Cochin Club, David Hall, VOC Gate and St Francis Church where Vasco de Gama was originally buried in 1524. Today Parade Ground is considered as a public square, where ceremonial parades are conducted and locals gather to play football, cricket and other sports.
2. DISCOVER MATTANCHERRY STREETS
Mattancherry, the western part of the corporation of Cochin, was once a bustling centre of trade, particularly in spices. Invasions from across the sea was frequent and the invaders left indelible marks on the landscape, culture, art and social history of the place.
Mattancherry welcomed every migrant community that came to her with warmth and provided them with ample opportunities to flourish. Thanks to the benevolence of the erstwhile kings of Cochin, many a community like that of Jews, Konkanis, Gujaratis, Jains and Marathis made the place their home.
Even today, Mattancherry has people of different tongues and ethnic identities. Churches, agraharams, mosques and a synagogue co-exist in the area, along with the buildings of the colonial era, pointing to a vibrant past and a harmonious present.
For a glimpse into the daily grind, head due east from Fort Cochin and follow the waterfront towards the customs jetty, then down congested Bazaar Road. Buildings line the road on either side, so you won’t see the waterway unless you drop into one of the hotels along the river front. Head for the family-run Hotel Fort House, for a cup of thirst-busting ginger tea.
Keep walking and Mattancherry seamlessly turns into ‘Jew Town’. This is not meant as a derogative term, but is the real name of the district. Jewish settlers – along with their Chinese, European and African counterparts – left their mark on Cochin over hundreds of years of trading. The 16th century Pardesi Synagogue, the first in India, is worth fighting through the ‘antique’ shops to visit.
Places of Interest
- Jew Town & Jewish Synagogue (Mattancherry): The prosperous Jewish trading community built the Jewish Synagogue in 1568 whose links with Kerala begin in Kodungallor (Cranganore) in the north of the state. The oldest synagogue in India, it was partially destroyed in the war of 1662 and was rebuilt by the Dutch. In the mid-18th century the clock tower was added and the floors paved with exquisite hand-painted blue willow tiles from China. (Read More … )
- Mattancherry Palace & Museum (Dutch Palace): Mattancherry palace is located at a distance of 12 km from Ernakulam in Kerala State. The nearest airport is Nedumbaserry international airport. Mattancherry palace is one of the oldest examples of the Portuguese architecture with oriental influence and is unique from the historical and architectural point of view. Though the Dutch Palace has been named so, it was the Portuguese who built it. What the Dutch did was merely cosmetic renovation and repair.
During the early decades of the 16th entury, the Portuguese had plundered many temples in Kochi. In 1555, they built the palace and presented it to King Veera Kerala Varma with the hope of establishing trading relations with the kingdom. When the Dutch arrived in Kochi much later, they renovated the building.
However, neither the Portuguese or the Dutch have used the palace. The palace was used by the rulers of Kochi as their Royal House and important ceremonies related to the coronation were conducted there. Mattancherry is one of the main tourist attractions in kerala.
- Jain Temple: Jain Temple, dedicated to Shri Dharmanath, the 15th Jain Tirthankar, is another religious institution of Mattancherry. Built in 1960, the temple complex is sprawled over a large area with various blocks constructed for prayers and as places for offerings. The architecture of the temple is inspired by the Jain temples of Gujarat.
- Church of our Lady of Life: The Christians of Kerala, converted by St. Thomas, were under the Church of the East in Persia. In the early decades of the 16th century, the Portuguese tried to forcefully Latinise the Indian Christians. They wanted to represent the Christians in India and refused to recognize the Indian hierarchy. Towards this end, they started a Latin diocese in Goa and another in Kochi in the 16th century. They continued attempts towards Latinisation reached peak point with the issue of the Synod of Diamper in 1599. Resentment over these coercive measures of conversion grew and in January of 1653, the Christians in Kerala gathered under the leadership of Archdeacon Thomas (Mar Thoma I) at the Church of Our Lady of Life. There, they took an oath on the cross – the Koonan Kurishu Sathyam. They vowed that they would not submit to Portuguese dominance and would not recognize any Portuguese Jesuit priest. The swearing marked a turning point in the history of Christianity in India as well as in the relations with the Portuguese colonialists. The immediate and direct result was the formation of a new Christian community known as Jacobites or Syrian Orthodox Christians.
- Clock Tower: Next to the Paradesi synagogue in Mattanchery is an imposing clock tower. The clock tower was constructed in 1760 by a well-known businessman named Ezekiel Rahabi. Till 1930, the clock used to strike every hour to keep time.
The clock tower, about 45 feet long, has four faces with numerals in Latin, Hebrew and Malayalam. One side is blank. The dial facing the Maharaja’s face has Malayalam numerals, the one facing the synagogue, Hebrew and the third one, Roman. Thus it helps the Maharaja, the local people, the Jews and the traders to keep time.
- Spice Market: Though Jew Town has lost much of its earlier glory, it has retained its status as an important centre of spice trade. The exotic odour of the finest ginger, cloves, cardamom, turmeric and pepper, also known as black gold, emanate from the spice warehouses lining the street and fills it. The bustling trade of spices is evidenced in the trucks going to and away from the warehouses, loads being taken in and out using pushcarts, and the sight of workers drying, sorting and packing spices.
And as in the olden days, both Europeans and Arabs still come to Kochi and leave her shores with precious cargo.
3. CRUISE ALONG FERRY POWER
Kochi allures the tourists with its antiquity –the quaint ambiance and monuments of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry with its modernity – the bustling MG Road, Broadway and Marine Drive and finally with its nature’s bounty – the stretch of backwaters.
With all this water, Kochi has put in place an excellent ferry system that runs between its districts. You’ll be in good company as you stand among the auto-rickshaws on the 2 rupee car ferry to Vypeen Island, or squash together in the separate male and female compartments on the people carrier that runs parallel to it. Ferry is main tourist attractions grasping place.
Ferries are cheap and reliable (unless there is a strike, which happens surprisingly often) and can be a bit of an adventure as you are herded along by the colorful and inquisitive crowd.If you are taking a ride near the Marine Drive, it will be the skyscrapers that capture your attention first. But as the boat moves, you can feel the change in ambiance.
The traditional tile-roofed houses with a quaint charm appears when you near West Kochi, the arresting building of Cochin Port Trust interests you when you near the Willington Islands and thus the tour offers you various pictures at various locations.
The backwaters separating Ernakulam from Fort Kochi and Mattanchery are dotted with many small and mid-sized islands. A boat ride through the backwaters is an unforgettable experience.
- Sagararani: It is the prestigious vessel of the KSINC offering a luxurious trips in the back waters of Kochi.This is the one and only Cruise Boat in kerala that makes trips till the Ship Route. A trip in “Sagararani” is an memorable experience to the tourists. All trips are conducted with on board entertainment.The cruise starts from High court Boat Jetty in Marine Drive. With an exquisite Air-conditioned conference hall, DJ Floor, Restaurant etc. it is certainly an ideal venue for conducting many an events like Conferences, Meetings, Product Launches, Board Meetings, Parties and a number of other business and social gatherings. (Read More …)
- Marine Drive: Marine Drive is considered to be one of the most beautiful parts of the Kerala Tourism. It is also called Shanmugham Road. The marine walk is the main hangout for the local populace as the view of the backwaters and the harbor from here is excellent. At night the lights from the various ships anchored at the harbor is just breathtaking. (Read More …)
4. MEET THE PEOPLE OF ERNAKULAM
For a break from the relentless manicured tourism of Fort Cochin, put on your walking boots and hop on a ferry to Ernakalum’s main jetty. Kerala’s commercial hub doesn’t have biscuit-tin photo opportunities, but it’s an energetic city, where Kerala’s well-educated inhabitants (there is 93% literacy here, the highest in India) love having their photos taken. The narrow lanes of the market area are an excellent way to meet the locals.
Leave the ferry and head north along Park Avenue, walking straight ahead to Broadway; here’s where the fun begins. Ignoring the money changers (who are there to catch unsuspecting tourists straight off the ferry), walk ahead into the narrow lanes that honeycomb Ernakulam’s market area. There are no touts, and you won’t be hassled to buy a carpet or ‘antique’, but there are great little shops selling copperware, Indian sweets, religious paraphernalia and all kinds of knick knacks.
The fella coming up and asking your name simply wants to welcome you to Kerala and talk to a foreigner, especially an English speaker. Tourist attractions can be increased by the interactions with the local peoples.
And the spices. Keralites will tell you they have the best food in India and it is difficult to argue with them. Kochi is an important fishing port, so if fish is on the menu always make it your first choice. Fish curry is the speciality, and fish moly just about sums up Keralan food: seerfish stakes from the ocean, cooked in coconut milk, green chillies, and curry leaves. Karimeen, a speckled fat fish caught in the backwaters, is a huge delicacy and utterly delicious too.
Also, the local ‘red’ rice is fatter and fluffier than its northern counterpart, and really worth a try. The fruit is bountiful (go in April for juicy mangoes). There are yellow, orange, green and red bananas, from sweet finger-sized varieties to bitter plantains as big as a cucumber. Buy a pineapple from a roadside cart for 10 rupees.
5. BEACH AND BACKWATER
Kochi is famous for her nature beauty. Kerala tourist places never fulfilled without the presence of kochi. Queen of Arabian Sea is one of the major attractions of kochi. Cochin trip includes the backwater journey with splendid views. Backwater tourism can be arranged in many places with different ambiguity and with pleasant views. Beaches of kerala is a different feel for the tourists and they never miss single bit of enjoyments. Beaches are main place of tourist attractions.
- Cherai Beach: Vypin Island was formed after the great floods of 1341. The Island is 25 kilometers long and has an average width of 2 kilometers. Pallipuram Panchayat, in which Cherai is included, is at the northern end of Vypin Island.
- Munambam Beach (Muziris Golden Beach) : Munambam is a small fishing village Munambam Beach have been made due to a “Pulimuttu” which was constructed in the area (It is made by piling stones like a pathway to sea.). This Beach is situated close to the very famous Cherai Beach. It is the northern tip of the Vypeen island and surrounded by Periyar River at the East & Arabian sea the west. Beautiful chinese fishing nets also adorn the beautiful shores filled with fine grained sand. The ocean stole the fine grains from Cherai beach and deposited them in the shores of Munambam over the years. you can readily get fresh Fishy curry with Kappa (Tapioca) at shops around the corner. Toddy shops are also there in numbers..
- Fort Kochi Beach: A favourite haunt of Keralites, the beach at Fort Kochi is a tranquil experience at any time of the day. Do it alone or in the company of your loved ones, it offers the ideal ambiance to relax and to let your thoughts soar to new heights of creativity. Fort kochi is the main attractive beach for tourists. Unique views and point of interests are the so-called chinese fishing nets and the fishermen working there: commonly known as “Chinese fishing nets” they are shore operated lift nets, each measering about 10 metres.
- Backwaters of Kumbalangi: Kumbalangy is an Island-village on the out skirts of Cochin city of Kerala State in South India . As Kumbaangi is close to the heart of Cochin city reaching there would pose no problems what so ever. Kumbalangy is surrounded by backwaters.
- Puthuvyppu Beach: Puthuvyppu Beach is situated in Vypeen Island. This beautiful beach is one of the best hangout location in Kochi, but also the least explored. The walkway at the beach offers a great experience to the visitors. The plans of International Oceanarium are under processing. The proposed site is very near to the Puthuvyppu beach. Once completed it will be the largest Oceanarium in Asia and first of its kind in India. A stretch of pine trees separate the beach from the shallow ditches in the north. Also a light house is situated here. This lighthouse is one of the tallest in India. There is a shallow ditch to the north of the Beach.Entry to the light house is permitted from 3 P.M to 5 P.M
- Chathangad Beach: Chathanad Beach/ ChathangadBeach is located Near to Edavanakkad Village in Vypeen Island. Its a new born beach. Because of low crowd its a calm beach side for lovers.
- Kuzhuppilli Beach: Kuzhuppilli/Kuzhupilly Beach is located in Vypeen island. Kuzhuppilly is a village area. This is upcoming tourist sport in Kerala. It was identified as a potential tourism spot by the authorities.The village has Freshwater prawn farms (Malayalam – ചെമ്മീന്കെട്ട്) and Paddy Fields , The village contains the Pallathamkulangara Bhagavathi Temple , Sree Balakrishna Swami Temple, St. Augustine’s Church, Mahadeva Temple, Ayyampilly Mahadeva Temple and Chempoozhi Sree Dharmasastha Temple. It is very important to include that this village is developing in a very fast way. Pulauyavamshodharini sabha Sree Rajalangaramoorthy temple is at Cheruvyppe.
6. FEEL THE TASTES
- Kayees Biriyani: Kayees Rahmathulla Hotel, popular for its Biriyani. Biriyani is a tasty Meal made out of Fragrant Rice with Meat, Vegetables and Spices added to it. The hotel was started in 1948 by Late. Kayikka and The hotel is still there, beholding all the power and prestige. This place is, for sure, the ultimate. But the one that this Gallan spoke about isn’t anywhere behind. Need to say that it may be a bit better than the Mattancherry one, with respect to the quality of biriyani rice used. Biriyani lovers throng the restaurant during afternoons, to have their tasty and mouthwatering Biriyani. Kayees Hotel is situated in New Road, Mattancherry. One of their branch is situated in Darbar Hall Road(D.H Road) Near Jose Junction. One can always find every kind of crowd at the Kayees. Be it family groups, gang of youngsters, aged couples (and young too , business people, celebrities and every other kind of crowd category… Its the Kayees’ ambiance that makes it possible. But make sure you reach there either after 11:30 AM and before 2:00 PM OR after 6:00 and before 10:00 in the evening, if you really don’t wanna get disappointed.
- Mullapanthal Restaurant : Mullapanthal Restaurant (Also known as Mullapanthal Toddy Shop / Mullapanthal Shap) has been functioning in the very best quality and standards for a long time under the administration of the Aarisseril group. The Restaurant has gained recognition from people and as well as other organizations over the years. The restaurant provides the best traditional South-Indian cuisine in Kerala. It is situated at MLA Road, Udayamperoor in Thrippunithura, Kochi. Here you can taste the “Naadan(Traditional) Taste Of Kerala “.
- Pappadavada: ‘Pappada Vada Adhava Oru Nadan Chayakkada’ (Pappad Fritter aka a (AKA A: Also known as)native teashop). is situated at M.G Road , Near Shenoys Theater. Its Modern style of the traditional Chayakkada (Tea Shop) and it has all the charm that the old teashops had. starts 8.30 am onwards. The only thing that is not in sync with the olden chayakkadas where you had long benches to sit, spread your newspaper or even keep your half-full cup of tea, are the standing tables, perhaps a feature that mimics small eat outs in Bangalore. However,its a Low Budget Hotel.
- Masala Tea:Masala chai is a flavoured tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian Spices and herbs. Originating in india the beverage has gained worldwide popularity, becoming a feature in many coffee and tea houses. Although traditionally prepared by a decoction of green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, and black peppercorn together with black tea leaves, retail versions include tea bags for infusion, instant powdered mixtures, and concentrates. In some places the term “chai” alone can refer to the beverage.
- Thattukada: Thattukda food is very common in places of kerala. Each district of kerala have their special tastes. The cost of food will be too less compared to hotels and the quantity will be much more we expect. Thattukada opens at evenings and shuts at late nights. Most of the locals and office employees is having thattukada food daily.
- Hotel Saravana Bhavan: Saravana Bhavan is one of the largest vegetarian restaurant chains in the world, founded in 1981 offering south indian Vegetarian cuisine. They have more than 33 outlets in India and 47 around the world (including Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the United States, and the Middle East. As of 2012 there are plans to open 5-star Vegetarian-Hotels.
Tastes of Kochi can be feel by the foods that we go through. food is a main attractive thing for tourists. Tourists have their own special tastes and can achieve their tastes , Food is the another tourist attractions includes.
7. EASY SHOPPING
- LuLu Shopping Mall: LuLu Mall,in the city of Kochi, Kerala,is the largest shopping mall in india. It is one of the most visited places in Kerala. Spanning 17 acres and with a total built up area of 2.5 million square feet, it is the 89th-largest shopping mall in the world and the largest in India with 1.7 million square feet area of retail space. The mall was opened in March 2013. It contains more than 215 outlets, including food courts, restaurants, family entertainment zones, a multiplex, ice skating rink and bowling alley.
- Oberon Mall: Oberon mall is a shopping mall located in the Indian city of Kochi.The mall was opened formally on 2 March 2009, though it was launched in 2008. The cost of construction of the mall is about ₹1 billion. It is built on an area of 39,600 square metres (426,000 sq ft) across five floors of shops and office spaces and covering grounds of up to 6 acres. Oberon Mall was developed and promoted by the Oberon Group of Companies, India. The mall is one of the busiest shopping avenues for the city of Cochin.
- Center Square Mall: Centre Square is a joint venture between Kshitij Venture Capital Fund & The Peevees Group. This venture was envisioned for shoppers, who come from all over Kerala to M.G Road Kochi, to complete their shopping requirements. M.G Road has always been a Mecca of high street traditional shopping. Now with Centre Square Mall’s category mix of various national & international brands, food options, Cinema, entertainment & the convenience of ample parking it will compliment the current offering on M.G road for the shoppers, add with it a memorable experience.
- Gold souk Mall: Gold Souk is a shopping mall located at Vytilla in Kochi, one of the largest as well as the busiest intersections in Kerala. The property is owned and managed by Gold Souk group famous for establishing malls in other prominent cities across the country.It contains more than 150 outlets, including food courts, restaurants, family entertainment zones, a multiplex and bowling alley. KFC have their first outlet in Kerala here. There are also other food outlets like Pizza Hut and Baskin Robbins. Big Bazzar provides a whole range of clothing.
- Bay Pride Mall: Bay Pride Mall is one of the shopping malls in Kochi|Kerala, designed and developed by ABAD buiders, a part of ABAD, one of the leading business groups in India. Bay Pride Mall is a prestigious product of Abad builders. This shopping mall is situated facing the Arabian Sea and this is one of the great plus points of this shopping mall. To entertain their customers the mall has a game zone and a music zone. There are also tasteful collections of textile shops and gift shops. Shops of leading brands in Bay Pride are Metro, Brandz, Bata for bags and footwear, Levi’s, Welspun, Fila, Price, Music World for music system, Nike, Koutons, Chasesys, Reynolds, Spykar Jean for latest fashionable jeans, John Players for man’s wear, Archies gallery, Fabindia, Nokia, Adidas etc are hosted here.
- Abad Nucleus Mall: Nucleus Mall is a mall in Maradu, a suburb of Kochi, Kerala. The mall is constructed and managed by ABAD Builders, a prominent builder of villas and apartments based in Kochi. The Mall is located in the developing suburban of Maradu, near to Thripunithura. The Mall is India’s first LEED certified gold rated green mall. Nucleus Mall has won Realty Plus Excellence Award for 2012 in the category of environment-friendly commercial project of the year in South India.
- Broadway: Broadway is a shopping mall in Ernakulam inKerala. It is one of the most important shopping-areas there. It is the most narrow street in the town with one-way traffic and paddling prohibited. The best way to negotiate the traffic is by tuk tuk, However, at Broadway you can find everything, from old Copperpots, ready for melting to fashion clothing, as well as jewelery. Here you will find a D C book store as well as the best furnishing shop in town run by a Cochin.
8. ENTERTAINING PLACES TO VISIT IN KOCHI
- Wonderla Amusement Park: Wonderla (Veega Land), located just 16kms from Kochi city, In Wonderla there are 55+amusement rides. The full park spreads over 30 acres it is built to international standards and impeccably maintained, the park is situated on the top of a hill at Pallikkara,Wonderla is a good formula for transforming one’s leisure into an unforgettable experience. The park has now become the most sought after fun destination for youngsters in South India.
- Ezhattumugham: Ezhattumugham is a country village in the Ernakulam .It is situated 11.8 km from the Kochi Airport and 40 km from Cochin. You can get there hiring a taxi from the nearest town Angamaly as there is no public transport to the location. This Place is yet to enter the tourist’s itinerary for one very good reason. About 13 km away, uphill, lies the majestic Athirappally Falls, which sashayed into celluloid history with Raavan, starring Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan. Film crews, both from the north and the south, often camp in its precincts to exploit its raw appeal. Therefore the quiet charm of Ezhattumugham, through which Chalakkudy flows leisurely, remains eclipsed by the glamor of Athirappally.
- Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary: Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary is a rural riverside village in the Ernakulam district of the state of Kerala . Its a popular picnic spot and tourist destination in kerala too. It is the only elephant rescue and training center in Kerala specialized for rescuing and training stranded adult and baby elephants from the forest regions across Kerala. Kodanad Elephant Training Camp, Kerala is situated on the south bank of Periyar River, about 42 kilometers east of Kochi (Cochin) city.
- Bhoothathankettu Dam: This Dam is situated outside the village of Pindimana, about 10 km away from the town of Kothamangalam and 50 km away from the main city of Kochi. The original natural dam has been supplemented by a modern dam impounding the Bhoothathankettu Reservoir (Thattekad Reservoir). During the Malayatoor pilgrim season, travelers use the roads through the forest. Kerala might be known as God’s Own Country.
- Subhash Park: Subhash Park is Also Known as Subhash Chandra Bose Park . This park is situated near the Boat Jetty , Kochi ( opposite to Maharaja’s College). From here, the view of the backwaters is magnificent, the Canoes(Vanji/Vanchi), Passenger Boats, Fishing Boats, Ships Berthed at the Port, the Yachts of the Tourists from different parts of the world anchored near Bolgatty Palace, all this dotting the backwaters add delight to any one who visits this park. The children’s park is situated near by this . A small lawn gardens called Ambedkar Park also close to this park. entry to this park is free. Subhash Park is maintained by the Corporation of Cochin. Associated with Subhash Park, there is a solar project funded by the Government of Kerala. There is a straight entry from Subhash Park to the musical walkway and marine drive.
- Children’s Park: The Children’s Park is also known as “Indira Priyadarshini Children’s Park”, situated close to Subhash park. if you want to enter here you have to pay a small ticket fee.The Roller skating track attracts students as well as adults. Boating in the children park is awesome. The internal roads in the Children Park are designed in such a way that it creates awareness in children about traffic rules. There is traffic signaling and roads are marked with different names as in the real case, though it seems funny for adults. The train in the Park is very interesting for kids.
- Athirapally Waterfalls: Athirapally Waterfalls is the most prominent getaway from Cochin and attracts millions of visitors every year. Together with Vazhachal and the picturesque route through Western Ghats presented Athirapally a prominent seat in World tourist Map. The most beautiful waterfalls in Kerala, a must visit spot for anybody who would like to enjoy the beauty of Kerala is Athirapally Waterfalls.
- Paniyeli Poru: The lush green vegetarian around paniyeli poru is home to numerous species of birds and animals and assures an exotic experience to all visitors.The chirping and twittering of birds, the melody of rivulets and the waterfalls all blend to compose a harmony that would relieve you from all worries.The sight of River Periyar winding its path along the dense forests and rocks is incredible to watch. To those who are into photography, Paniyeli Poru is a not-to-be-missed destination. The canopy of trees, warbling birds, manna – like water.. you will surely be tempted to recapture all the wondrous things in several frames.
- Thattekad Bird Sanctuary: Thattekkadu is made up of tropical evergreen and deciduous forests and some grassland patches. The sanctuary lies between the tributaries of the River Periyar like a peninsula. Birds like Srilankan Frogmouth, Racket tailed Drongo, Bronzed Drongo, Whitebellied Treepie, Shama, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Rufous Babbler, Malabar Parakeet, Whitebellied Blue Flycatcher, Malabar Grey Hornbill, are some of the birds that can be easily seen here. Thattekkad also has extensive plantations of teak, rosewood, mahogany. The dense forest is also home to nearly 28 species of mammals and about 9 species of reptiles.
- Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary: Mangalavanam, a nesting ground for a large variety of migratory birds, is a paradise for birdwatchers and twitchers. This green paradise is also a roosting place for resident as well as migratory birds. Then visit Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, an ecologically sensitive area situated at the centre of Kochi behind the Kerala High Court building fittingly dubbed as the ‘green lung of Kochi’. Primarily a bird refuge, the innate appeal of Mangalavanam is augmented by the Arabian Sea which borders the sanctuary and adds to it a panoramic ambiance
9. RELIGIOUS WAY
- Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple: The temple of Chottanikkara is a living legend crowned in magnificent mythology and awe-inspiring truth. Its historical appeal and traditional influence on generations of people is tremendous. Legends say that the presence of Divinity here was worshipped by BHOGACHARYA.
- Ettumanoor Shiva Temple: Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple in Kottayam district is famous for its murals, especially the painting of Nataraja in the gopuram and ezharaponnana (the seven-and-a-half elephants finished in gold). The major festival celebrated in Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple is the Ezharaponnana ezhunallathu ( A 10 days festival in February/March).
- Ernakulatthappan Temple: Ernakulam Shiva Temple, also known as Ernakulathappan Temple is one of the major temples of Kerala, located in heart of Ernakulam the downtown area of the city of Kochi. The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is considered as the city temple, with the presiding deity as the protector of the city, as per local Hindu faiths and traditions. As per the common practice in Kerala, the deity is reverently called Ernakulathappan, which means Lord of Ernakulam.
- Kaduthuruthy Shiva Temple: Kaduthuruthy Mahadeva Temple at Kaduthuruthy is situated in Kottayam District of Kerala. The presiding deity is Lord Shiva.
- Poornathrayeesa Temple: Poornathrayeesa temple is situated in Tripunithura,Kochi, the capital of the former Kingdom of Cochin. The deity was also considered as National deity of Cochin and protector guardian of the town of Tripunithura.The temple is famous for its yearly Utsavams or festivals. The main one is the Vrishchikoltsawam, which is conducted every year in the month of Vrishchikam (November–December), kicking off the ‘Ulsava’ Season in Kerala.
- Kadamattom Chruch: Kadamattom church is one of the ancient churches in India. The church is situated near Kolenchery, Moovattupuzha. “Kadamattom church” was founded by Mar Sabor also called Mar Abo who was a holy man with knowledge of medical sciences and powers to perform miracles. There is no concrete evidence for the exact date of the establishment of the church but historians believe that it was built before AD 650 as at the time Kolenchery Palli had yet to be constructed.
- Kallil Devi Temple: Kallil Temple is a Jain Temple located at Kerala. It is 22 km away from Kalady in Ernakulam district of Kerala. Kallil in Malayalam means ‘in stone’. It is one of the most ancient Jain temple in Kerala. It is one of the protected monuments in Kerala under Archaeological Survey of India.
- Vallarpadam Church: The Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, Vallarpadam is a centre of pilgrimage. People from all parts ofKerala and elsewhere, irrespective of caste or creed go to the church to seek the blessings of Mary, mother of Jesus, popularly known as “Vallarpadathamma”.Vallarpadath Amma is believed to have miraculously saved her devotees several time from violent storms. The feast of Vallarpadath Amma is held every year on September 24.
- Santhanagopala-Krishnaswamy Temple: Santhanagopala-Krishnaswamy Temple is an ancient temple with the inscriptions found here that dates the founding of the temple to 947 AD. Thus this beautiful temple is regarded as one of the oldest temples found in all India.
- Udayanapuram Subrahmanya Temple: At a distance of 65 km from Kodaikanal lies the holy Subramanya temple, also known as Kartikeya Temple. Dedicated to Lord Subramanya, the temple is located at a height of 135 meters and the pilgrim needs to undertake a 659 step climb to reach the temple. Best time to visit the temple is during the festival of Pangani Uttaram and Tai Pusam.
- Mahadeva Temple: Mahadeva Temple or Thiruvanchikkulam Temple or ThiruvanJai Kalam temple is situated in Kodungallur in Thrissur district constructed in the Kerala style of Architecture, the temple is believed to have been built during the Chera period in the 8th century. Shiva is worshiped as Mahadeva and his consort Parvathi as Umadevi.
- Vamanamoorthy Temple: Mithranandapuram Vamanamoorthy Temple is situated in Cherpu of Thrissur . According to the legends, the idol worshiped here is more than 1,500 years old.
- Karingachira Church: St George Syrian Orthodox Cathedral was built in 722 AD near Hill Palace,Tripunithura,Kochi. The church is named after Saint George. The Katthanar (Vicar) of Karingachira was considered the representative of the Nasarani community.
- Sri Ramakrishna Advaita Ashrama: The aashram runs a beautiful missionary school in Along. Dedicated to Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. The campus is exceedingly pretty and well kept.
- Ramakrishna Ashram: The Ramakrishna Advaita Ashram is a branch centre of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math. It is located very near the accepted birthplace of Sri Shankara. It has a spacious prayer hall and a shrine modeled on the Sri Ramakrishna temple at Belur Math. The Ashram also runs a school (Brahmanandodayam), a charitable dispensary, and a library.Swami Agamananda founded this ashram.
- Sri Adi Sankara Keerthi Sthamba Mandapam: Sri Adi Sankara Keerthi Sthamba Mandapam is an eight-story memorial built by Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt. The entrance to the memorial, guarded by two elephant statues, leads to the Paduka Mandapam. Two silver knobs represent the padukas, or wooden sandals of the Teacher. The walls of the memorial feature framed relief paintings that tell the story of Adi Sankaracharya. Several large statues of Ganapati, Adi Sankara, and others are also housed in this memorial. Adi Sankara’s shrines in Kalady are open to all pilgrims, irrespective of religion and caste. Visitors can review the life of Sankara Acharya as they climb to the top.The famous Sankara Stupa has 8 sides.
- Kanjiramattom Mosque: The place is known for the Sheikh Fariddudin Mosque and its proximity to the famous Arayankavu Temple. The Mosque is famous for Kodikuthu. The Kanjiramattom Kodikuthu is celebrated on January 13 to 14 every year at Kanjiramattom in Ernakulam District. It is one of the most important religious festivals of Kerala and is very colorful.
- Greenix Village: Greenix invites foreign travelers to Cochin to be its Artist-in-Residence. Individuals from all types of creative platforms; visual arts, music, performing arts, architecture, design, dance, researchers and healing art therapists are invited to enjoy Greenix unconditional hospitality while demonstrating their creative gift for a working period of one week.
- Folklore Museum: Kerala Folklore Museum is the only architectural museum in Kerala with the essence of the life and culture of the common man over the past 1000 years. It is also a cultural hub which contains:Face Art Gallery,Folklore Theatre,Spice Art Café,Souvenir Shop.
- Museum of Art and Kerala History: Museum of Art and Kerala History is a notable tourist attraction of Edappally, near Kalamassery. It is an ideal place to acquaint yourself with the rich heritage of the state. The idea of establishing the museum was put forth by R. Madhavan Nayar, a renowned industrialist and an art aficionado.
- Hill Palace of Tripunithura: Hill Palace is the largest Archaeological Museum in Kerala, located at Tripunithura,Kochi,, near Karingachira area. It was the Imperial Administrative offices and official residence of Cochin Maharaja.
- Paradesi Synagogue: Paradesi is a word used in several Indian Languages , and the literal meaning of the term is “foreigners”, applied to the synagogue because it was built by Sephardic or Spanish-speaking Jews, some of them from families exiled in Aleppo, Safed and other West Asian localities. It is also referred to as the Cochin Jewish Synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue.
- Buddha Gallery: A great place for foreigners as well as locals to visit in Fort Kochi. There is an artist available on hand as well. Budhha gallery is a great place for art lovers and this place is extremely close to the coast.
- Kashi Art Gallery: Kashi Art Café is not just a gallery space, it’s a meeting place, a point where art meets the enthusiast. It is an airy tropical garden café with a restful ambiance; a good place for exchanging ideas with people from around the world.
- Cochin Cultural Centre: Cochin Cultural Centre is one of the prime organization Working in the field of Art, Culture and Entertainment industry for the Preservation, promotion and propagation of our rich culture, tradition and heritage through ethnic performing arts of Kerala.
- Bolgatty Island: The commercial capital of Kerala, is the Bolgatty Island. This lush, lovely island is famous for its palace of the same name. Overlooking the backwater, Cochin seaport, Vallarpadam container terminal and the Arabian Sea is the Bolgatty Event Centre, the venue is ideal for conducting International conferences, Conventions, Exhibitions, Meetings, Wedding receptions and Theme dinners.
- Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha: Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha is located in Perumanoor, which is just 3 km away from Kochi city centre. It is the one and only gurudwara in Kochi as well as entire Kerala. Originally, this gurudwara was situated in the locality of the Cochin Shipyard.
- Chendamangalam Jewish Synagogue: The Chendamangalam Synagogue sits near the center of the quiet village. The narrow lane, paved only in recent years, leading to the synagogue seems to dead end into the white-washed building, but then it splits and continues onwards along both sides of the walled compound. The immediate area of the synagogue is a neighborhood of modest homes, some once Jewish owned, and a collection of small shops selling a handful of goods.
- Willingdon Island: Willingdon Islands is the largest artificial man-made island in India, which forms part of the city of Kochi. Much of the present Willingdon Island was claimed from the Lake of Kochi, filling in dredged soil around a previously existing, but tiny, natural island. Willingdon Island is significant as the home for the Port of Kochi.
- Paliam Dutch Palace: The architectural style of Paliam Kovilakam is a hybrid of Kerala and Dutch styles.This history museum chronicles the historic records, letters of the family and important events that took place in the palace.
- Vypeen Island: Vypin is one of the densely populated islands in asia.The island is about 27 km long and is connected to mainland Kochi by a series of bridges known as the Goshree Bridges, touch other two islands then finish at Marine Drive, Kochi.
- Sringeri Mutt Complex: The Sringeri Mutt Complex was established on the ruins of the house of Adi Sankara. Located on the northern banks of the Periyar River, this complex is home to various small shrines. This complex was built to commemorate Adi Sankara, who was a great philosopher, saint and visionary.
- Kottayi Kovilakom Hillock: The scenic views of the natural surroundings of Kottayi Kovilakom leave all tourists mesmerized. Once the top of the hill is reached, magnificent views of the entire area can be enjoyed. The place is famous for a synagogue established by the Jewish people in the ancient times.
- Keerthisthambham: Keerthistambham is a perfect destination for a great time with your dear ones. Enjoy the attractions of this popular tourist spot. With so much to lure your senses and offer you recreation at its best, get drenched in the spirit of adventure that you get to explore at keerthisthambham. Enjoy together all the points of popular interests and bring back several memorable moments.
- Vypeenkotta Seminary: The Vypeekotta Seminary is located in Chendamangalam village in Ernakulam District. A Seminary is the college to teach Christian priests. This Seminary was established to teach the priests of Malabar, the ceremonies and language to be used in Roman Catholic Churches founded by the Portuguese.
- Parishath Thampuran Museum: Parishath Thampuran Museum is housed in the well-known Hill Museum.The museum also has a good collection of ancient coins. The young generation can learn a lot about the historical and cultural past of the state in a single visit to the museum.
- Chitram Art Gallery: Chitram Art Gallery is one of the most prominent and well maintained Art galleries in Cochin, Kerala. Located on MG Road Cochin, this art gallery is easily accessible. Various exhibitions held at Chitram Art Gallery Ravipuram Cochin remain a better means to behold some of the original paintings by the well known artists of India and Kerala.
- Draavidia Art And Performance Gallery: Draavidia Art & Performance Gallery hold art shows of Kerala local artists and give opportunity to know more about Kerala art and culture.
- Pierce Leslie Bungalow: Pierce Leslie Bungalow, a charming mansion was the office of Pierce Leslie & Co., coffee merchants. Characteristic features are wood panels that form the roof of the ground floor, arched doorways, carved doors and sprawling rooms. Waterfront verandahs are an added attraction.
- Gundu Island: The Gundu Island is one of the many islands that make up the city of Kochi.Gundu is the smallest island around Kochi with an area of 5 acres completely surrounded by coconut trees. The island can be reached from Vypin island only by boat.
- Mulavukad Island: Mulavukad, also known locally as Bolghatty Island, is one of the islands that forms part of the city of Kochi.Attraction of the Mulavukad is the cosmopolitan culture. People of all religion and political beliefs live in harmony and always united together for any common issues.
- Paliam Nalukettu: Paliam Nalukettu’s are the traditional homesteads where several generations of a matrilineal joint family lived together. Nalukettu consists of a main house along with a few satellite houses. Nalukettu museum presents to the visitor, the architectural model of Nalukettu and various social-cultural and economic practices from the feudal era.
- Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium: Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium locally known as Kaloor International Stadium is a multipurpose international stadium situated in Kochi.The stadium has played host to a number of international Cricket and Football matches. The extensive grounds of the stadium serve as venue for important exhibitions, cinema events and political rallies in the city. Kerala tourist attractions in the place of sports are much higher.
Free information and city maps are available at state run Kerala Tourism Development Corp (KTDC) offices at:
- Tourist Reception office in Marine Drive, ☎+91 484 2353534 from where KTDC city tours starts/ends.
- Railway Tourist Office at Ernakulam South Railway Station, ☎+91 484 2378723.
- Airport Tourist Counter in Arrival hall of both terminals, ☎+91 484 2611308, +91 484 2611309.
- City Tourist Information Center at Old Collectorate in Park Ave, ☎+91 484 2381743.
- Central Toll Free Number, ☎ 1 800 4254747
The India Tourism also has its office at Willingdon Island ☎ +91 484 2668352. The District Tourist Promotion Council (DTPC) also helps in providing information to tourists about other parts of Kochi District, which can be reached at ☎ +91 484 2367334, +91 484 2383988.