Cochin is also known as Kochi. Cochin is a very famous place of tourism in India which is also popular as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. The state headquarters of the Indian Coast Guard and Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy also here in Cochin with an attached air squadron, named Air Squadron 747.
An exhibition called ‘Cochin-Muziris Biennale’ is conducted every two years across Cochin, which is an international art exhibition. In this exhibition, a large number of artists come from different parts of the world. The talent of the artists is appreciated by tourists coming worldwide to Cochin to see it.
There are a large number of tourist destinations are in Cochin and so many tourists come to visit and spend holidays in Cochin every year. The City is reachable by Air as well as Rail and so many public transports are available in the city to visit the places.
Most famous places in Cochin city are:
Chinese Fishing Nets – The Chinese fishing nets also called Cheenavala are distinctly unique to Cochin. These nets are found only in Cochin, outside of China.
Fort Cochin beach, Vasco House, St. Francis Church, Fort Cochin, Santa Cruz Basilica are the popular tourist places.
Some of the other places are:
Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), Bolghatty Palace, Hill Palace, Bolghatty Island, Tripunithura, Palliport (Pallipuram) Fort, Museum of Kerala History, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Kalamassery, Cherai Beach, Parikshith Thampuran Museum, Veega Land, Willingdon Island, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kaloor etc.
Most Popular things to do here is a Boat ride and to see Kathakali performance. Here we are going to provide you the detailed information about the most popular places in Cochin.
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
This is open from 9 am to 6 pm daily. This biosphere reserve is a natural habitat to many regular species and endangered of mangrove vegetation as well as local and migratory birds. This is to note that Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary was home to 194 birds of 32 species in 2006. Several species of fishes are also living here.
You will feel lucky when you happen to spot redshank, brahminy kite, Greenshank, marsh sandpiper, and white-breasted water hen here.
St Francis Church
St Francis Church’s opening hours are from 7 am to 6.30 pm on all days. It is one of the oldest churches in India which is built by the Europeans. It is famous for its serene environment, the extraordinary exterior structure, beautiful surroundings, stunning design, offering, and confessional stage are worth seeing. These all reflect the charisma and grandeur of the old-world and its traditions.
The Indo-Portuguese Museum is a mixture of Indian and Portuguese architecture and culture located in the Fort Kochi area. This museum was built by Joseph Urethra who is the former Bishop of the city. The museum is divided into 5 wings i.e. Treasure, Altar of Furniture, Procession, Cathedral, and Civil Life.
Some prized artifacts like Indo-Portuguese Monstrance, Processional Cross made of silver and wood, and Coat of Arms of the Francis are the main attractions here.
Whenever you are going to visit here, remember that opening hours till 10 am to 5 pm and the museum is closed on every Monday and on all public holidays.
Mattancherry Palace built by the Portuguese as early as 1557. It is located in Palace Road and considered to be one of the must visiting places in Cochin. It is also popular with the name of the Dutch Palace. Its architecture and style resemble like a typical traditional Kerala house with a patio in between and four individual wings. A beautiful temple of Bhagavati is in the courtyard, the protective deity of Kochi community. The specialty of every Kerala house is a courtyard in the center. There are 2 other temples of Shiva and Krishna inside the palace with the collection of paintings and frescos covering a large portion of the palace walls is worth seeing. This palace earned a spot among the best tourist places in Kochi.
This is also known as Wonder La Amusement Park. The park offers water rides and exhilarating land. You can enjoy dancing cars, bumping cars, musical fountain, convoy i.e. the toy train for kids, flying ammu, balloon tower, wonder splash, castle jet, rapid river, water coasters, boomerang, and much more. If you are an adventurous person go for the vintage tornado, twin flip monster, space gun, thunder fall, and maverick and just show how daring you are. This is the best place to enjoy with family or friends group.
The Veeranpuzha beach and its backdrop are amongst the most placid tourist places in Cochin. Serene beaches, fisherman settlements, sandy shoreline, and lush green bordering vegetation sums up the picture of Veeranpuzha Beach. Certainly, a stop that assures peace, calmness, and quality time with your near and dear ones.
Ernakulam Mahadeva Temple
The importance of this temple enhanced because it’s the only pilgrimage in South India where the idol of the deity is facing towards the west also it is one of the ancient temples of Lord Shiva in Hinduism located in the heart of Cochin. This is made in typical Kerala style architecture and pattern. Exterior, as well as interior, is made with the use of stone, wood, and metal which is truly remarkable.
Kodanad Elephant Training Centre
Kodanad is the home to an elephant training center. You may plan to come to Kodanad for a day trip and take this unique experience of washing and training elephants. Also, you will watch the elephants rolling and playing in the water.
It became more fun when you see baby elephants washing and training, which is a must-do activity in Elephant Training Centre.
Kathakali is a very popular classical dance form which is originating in Kerala and it is quite well known for its colorful fascinating costumes. This dance form presents stories and themes derived from Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata with many other folk stories. You must add to visit this center when you plan for Cochin.
Apart from these, there are so many places to visit in Cochin such as Princess Street, Ginger House Museum Hotel, Munambam Beach, Marine Drive, Fort Kochi Beach, and Bolgatty Palace And Island Resort Etc.