Top 9 Places To Visit In Kochi


Kochi is a jewel in the crown of Kerala. Its historical sites, natural harbor, boat rides in the wonderful backwaters and blue lagoons offer a glimpse of its true beauty. Following places are must see places in Kochi:

9) Kerala Kathakali Centre -

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Kerala kathakali centre provides training in different styles of martial art of kalarippayat, classical dance and traditional music to new-found talent. You can also see the dance shows at this centre. Timings: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM daily Entry fees: Rs.250 per head for Kathakali performances

8) Chinese Fishing Net -

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The Chinese fishing nets at fort Kochi, is a very famous tourist attraction. These fishing nets are used for unusual and unique method of fishing. These nets are set up on teak and bamboo poles and held in a horizontal position by using huge mechanism to lower them into the sea.

7) Jew Synagogue and Jew Town (paradesi synagogue) -

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Paradesi synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the India. Built in 1568, this is the only synagogue in Kochi still functioning. The beautifully decorated interior of this synagogue is rich enough to attract tourists. Timings: 10.00 AM - 12 Noon and 3 PM - 5 PM every day except Jewish holidays and Saturdays Entry fees: free

6) Cherai Beach -

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Cherai beach, lined with paddy fields and green coconut groves is an ideal beach for swimming in Kochi. This picturesque beach is a great combination of sea and backwaters. Dolphins can be occasionally seen here. Chinese fishing nets and thick coconut groves located on the waterfronts are the supplementary attractions Timings: sunrise to sunset Entry fees: free

[ Must Read - 9 Best Beaches of Kerala ]

5) Marine Drive, Kochi -

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Marine drive is a popular hangout in Kochi. This beautiful stretch offers a splendid view of the Kochi harbor and the backwaters. Cinema halls, shopping malls, cafes and restaurants line the marine drive. International Tourism Boat Jetty Complex and Rainbow Bridge are other attractions here.

4) Fort Kochi -

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Since fort Kochi was under the ownership of the British, the Dutch and the Portuguese at different points of time therefore it still has the influence of European architecture. Timings: sunrise to sunset Entry fees: free

3) Mattancherry Palace -

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Mattancherry Palace was built by Portuguese in the year 1557 and was renovated by the Dutch in the year 1663. The palace is built in a typical Kerala style and has a Bhagwati temple in the middle of the courtyard. This double storied palace has a wonderful collection of wall paintings on its walls. The themes of these wall paintings have been taken from the Indian epics – the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. Royal belongings such as furniture and weapons are also displayed here which offer a quick look of the lifestyle of the royal family. Timings: 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM (Closed on Fridays) Entry fees: Rs. 2 per person

2) Santa Cruz Basilica -

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Santa Cruz Basilicalocated in fort Kochi is one of the eight Basilicas in India. Since it is located close to the famous St. Francis Church therefore it serves as the cathedral church of the district of Kochi. Timings: 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM except Sunday and 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM on Sunday Entry fees: free

1) Vegga Land Amusement Park -

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Vegga Land Amusement Park spread over 30 acres of land and located on the top of a hill is India’s first theme water park which offers mind blowing rides for people of all ages. Timings: • 11:00 am to 6:00 pm (Monday to Friday) • 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays) Entry fees: weekdays (Monday-Friday) • Adult : Rs. 720 • Children: Rs. 580 Weekends (Saturday, Sunday and public holiday) • Adult : Rs. 900 • Children: Rs. 720

[ Further Read - 8 Top Places to visit in Kerala ]

I am Shahil Shah, a traveler and blogger! I bring stories from the places for you to cherish the experiences of my travel. Stay tuned!”

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