Nearby Attractions

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Fort Kochi

Not a fort per se but a small seaside town, nestled in the south-western part of the main city, Fort Kochi is one of the most popular places to visit in Cochin.

It has an old-world colonial charm and houses every cultural change that the town has gone through over the years. From the remnants of the British rule to the latest magnificence of the contemporary world, you can find examples of every century in Fort Kochi. You can also witness examples of Portuguese or Dutch colonialism here. With European structures, vibrantly coloured buildings, and toy-town like streets, you have a lot to explore in Fort Kochi.

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Mattancherry Palace

A display museum, exhibiting the belongings of the Rajas (Kings) of Kochi, the Mattancherry Palace is a tourist place in Kochithat once belonged to the Portuguese. Also known as Dutch Palace, the museum will ignite the history buff in you. You will learn about the interesting history of Kochi and other parts of Kerala through artefacts and embellishments that are irreplaceable.

 

Constructed and designed in the typical style of Kerala’s architecture, the Mattancherry Palace is divided into four wings with a central courtyard that houses a temple. The Mattancherry Palace has portraits, exhibits of Rajas of Kochi, mythological murals, and much more, making it an excellent place to visit in Kochi. 

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Santa Cruz

 

One of the oldest and major attractions among Kochi tourist places, the Santa Cruz Basilica, was constructed by the Portuguese in 1505 and is one of the eight Basilicas in India. This now stands as the Cathedral of the Diocese of Cochin. The Gothic architecture of the church, more than 500 years old, has a certain grandeur owing to its pastel-coloured interior and paintings of historical significance.

 

The Italian painter Antonio Moscheni and his disciple De Gama of Bangalore were the force behind this. A painting you must definitely look out for is Moscheni’s imitation of Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’, a sight you’ll never forget.

Cherai Beach, Kochi

 

One of the most visited beaches in the Kochi, Cherai Beach is an immaculate and serene location stretching up to a length of 10 km. The water body is isolated from the backwaters by a narrow strip of land and is an ideal spot to relax and see the Chinese fishing nets or the Cheena Vala.

 

 

Cherai Beach is a hot spot for photographers as the golden sand, seashells, calm waters and the fishing boats make up a beautiful landscape. Best visited during sunrise and sunset, the shacks nearby provide refreshing coconut water and food. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a dolphin in the area!

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Jew Town

 

The most popular spot for shopping in Kochi, especially for antiques, Jew Town is also called the ‘last Jew Town’ for the last remaining Jews of Cochin. It’s believed that the first of the Jews who settled near Cochin can trace their lineage back to King Solomon.

 

 

It now houses numerous shops selling antique clocks, carved furniture, prayer shawls, art, and a lot more. The Jewish Synagogue or the Paradesi Synagogue is the most famous attraction of this place.

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Veeranpuzha Beach

 

The Veeranpuzha Beach is a typical Malabar coastline with quaint waters, fishermen settlements and sandy shores. Time stands still here as you gaze into the sunset, sipping refreshing coconut water.

 

This is an ideal place to just laze around. This is also a fishing village, and a walk around will allow you to have a closer look at their lifestyle. Life goes on slow here and is a peaceful retreat from the hustle-bustle of life.

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Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary

 

One of the largest training centres in Kerala, the Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary is an ideal place for a family retreat. Elephants are an integral part of auspicious festivals in Kerala, and it is here that they’re loved, groomed and trained with utmost care and respect.

Being close to the gentle giants can be a unique experience, especially for the kids. Under professional supervision, you can give a bath to the elephants as well. In addition, there are many walkways along the river which can be accessed by boats.

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Hill Palace

 

If you want to get a closer look at the lifestyle of the kings and queens, this is the perfect place to visit. The erstwhile residence of the Maharaja of Kochi (now converted into a museum), the palace is spread across an area of 54 acres and flaunts 49 lavish buildings.

 

There are various paintings, swords, manuscripts, murals, and other items used by the royal families on display inside this palace (footwear is not allowed inside the main building of the palace). One of the biggest attractions of this palace is the Crown made up of gold. This is located on a hill, and thus the name.