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Top things to do in Kochi

Top things to do in Kochi

It is the largest city of Kerala and a port city. Kochi is a group of islands and peninsula. Over the history it is shaped by influences from Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese, British and Chinese. Travelling this city is a sneak peek into the colonial history. Suitable for solo, honeymoon, family, friend travellers, this place has something for everyone. A south India brewed coffee under a palm tree swayed by sea breezes is something you will cherish. Kochi’s culture, traditions, lifestyle will sure struck a chord of you, as it has grown to be unique. Kochi is a living testament of India’s trading prowess from ages back in time. So here we are with top things to do in Kochi.

Chinese Fishing Nets – It is the most picturesque experience in Kochi. As per historic sources, nets were first gifted to Kochi fishermen by Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan. In here you can learn how these nets are used to fish. Also you can buy some fish and get it cooked in nearby shacks.

Mattancherry Palace – It was built by the Portuguese and gifted to Raja of Kochi, Verra Kerala Varma. Its Round headed windows and masonry walls are Portuguese, wooden balconies and sloping roofs are Kerala Architecture. It houses amazing murals and paintingsof Rajas of Kochi.

Paradesi Synagogue – It is the oldest Synagogue in all of commonwealth nations and got its name as only foreigners visited this place. The synagogue features gold pulpit, willow pattern floor tiles from China, Belgian chandelier and clock tower. In here entry is free, and you must witness this place.

Elephant Training Centre – Kodanad a small village in district of Ernakulam in Kochi, is home to Elephant Training centre, where you can experience live training and bathing of Adult or Baby elephants. Early morning, rolling and playing in water of elephants will make your day.

KathakaliCentre – Kathakali is one of nine Indian classical dances. The theme of dance is taken from Mahabharata, Ramayana and other folk fore scenes. This dance depicts Kerala’s vibrant culture best. Kathakali centre hosts performances every day. One could also go backstage n see it in making.

St. Francis Church – This landmark monument is the oldest European built church in India. Over the years it has transformed from Roman Catholic Church to Dutch Reformed Church, to Anglican Church. This church was burial place of Vasco De Gama before his remains moved to Lisbon.

Folkfore Museum – This architectural marvel is of three floors with Malabar on ground floor, Kochi on first floor and Travancore style on second floor. Home to more than 4000 artefacts from all across Kerala, wood lined theatre, a wooden ceiling; it also hosts stage performances every day.

Princess Street – Loafer’s Corner or Princess Street is one of oldest Kochi spots located at heart of city. With colonial houses or buildings on both sides it is perfect for leisurely walk or shopping artefacts, handicrafts and souvenirs, café binging, or plunging in a book from one of many stores.

Santa Cruz Basilica – Built in Gothic architecture, this place holds importance as a Religious spot. It became cathedral in 1558 by Pope Paul IV, and Basilica in 1984 by Pope John Paul II. It also houses artefacts from all across Kerala. The paintings and stained glass windows are delight.

Marine Drive – Nothing is as picturesque as enjoying the backwaters of Kochi, or viewing the Harbour. This 140 Km of walking stretch lined with wooden benches, food stalls, boating spots, restaurants, and local vendors, is delight even in nights with company of glimmering water vessels.

Ayurveda Spas – It is one thing Kerala is overly popular for, Ayurveda. The least you can have is a little massage and we bet you’ll become fan of it. In here you have many therapeutic massages and treatments with healing power. It revitalise your senses and is a refreshing activity.

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary – The plus of this spot is that you can enjoy bird watching right from the heart of the city. It encloses tidal lake backwaters, and mangrove vegetation that attracts many endangered and migratory birds. Redshank, Brahminy kite, marsh sandpiper are few found species.

Indo Portuguese Museum – Located in the garden of Bishop’s house, this museum is dedicated to heritage of earliest catholic communities in India. Its five main sections are Altar, Procession, Cathedral, Civil Life and Treasure. It also has Monstrance, Processional Cross and Coat of Arms.

Hill Palace – Formerly a royal residence, this 49 building complex is one of the largest archaeological museums. It exhibits antiques like pottery, ceramic vases, rock-cut weapons and contemporary art. The highlight of this place is diamond-studded, 1.75kg gold crown, gifted by Portugal.

Scuba Kochi – It is south India’s first PADI authorized dive centre. It has facility for Diving level to instructor level courses and daily dive trips too. You also have an option to plunge into snorkelling, and kayaking. If you are in Kochi you mustn’t miss chance to scuba dive in here.

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