Kochi is a paradise for the tourists as it has a rich history with people belonging to multiple dynasties. A city devoted to many gods, one can explore the temples here and learn about its religious and cultural heritage. One can enjoy their evenings watching the traditional dance performance – Kathakali. Attractive places like the Princess Street, St. Francis Church, Mattancherry and the Jew Town have tourists visit here all round the year. Nature has also enhanced the beauty and promoted tourism in this city. The natural endowments of Kochi include the Cherai Beach, Williongdon Island and the famous Fort Kochi. The Chinese fishing nets are also very attractive which must definitely be witnessed as they are found only in Kochi outside China.
Places To SeeFort Kochi
The fort is one of the major landmarks of Kochi. It is situated across a stretch of sea. A solid bridge connects the fort to the rest of the world. There is much to see and do in the fort area. You can hire bikes or go on foot to visit museums, palaces, synagogues, Hindu temples, churches, heritage buildings, and art galleries. Tip
: The fort is also a great place to enjoy ayurvedic massages and buy souvenirs. Indian Naval Maritime Museum
Owned and maintained by the Indian Navy, the museum brings to life the impressive history of the Indian Armed Forces, and more specifically the Indian Navy. A visit to the museum will help you understand the important role that the navy played during the 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan. The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
The basilica is considered amongst the most famous ones in India. It is also one of the first churches to be built in the country. The church is also a heritage building which is preserved and maintained by the Archaeological Department of India. St. Francis Church
This is the first European church in India, built in 1503. It has stood witness to several invasions and countless settlements. It is believed that that Vasco da Gama, the great Portuguese navigator, who died in the 16th century, was first laid to rest here. It was only fourteen years later that his body was moved to Lisbon. The Chinese Fishing Nets
As the name suggests, the fishing nets reflect their connection with China. These nets were first introduced in the country by the Chinese traveler Zheng He. They were first set up in the Cochin Harbor in the 14th century. The beaches in Kochi are lined with these nets, which actually resemble hammocks because they are suspended in mid-air. The nets are prepared from bamboo or teak woods. Ernakulathappan Temple (Shiva Temple)
The shrine is devoted to the Hindu God Shiva. It is one of the major religious places around the city of Kochi. The temple exemplifies the grandeur of Kerala architecture. The main deity here faces westward. Other deities that find pride of place include Lord Sastha and Lord Ganpati. The temple is famous for the Ernakulathappan Utsavam, a temple festival, which is celebrated in the months of January or February.
Things To DoKochi Beach
Also known as Fort Kochi Beach, the beach is an excellent place for both passive and active pursuits. You can relax in a hammock reading a book and enjoy long leisurely walks. The key attraction here is the Kochi Fort that reflects stunning Indo-European architectural style. The beach is easily accessible by road. Mangalavanam bird sanctuary
Head to the sanctuary if you are a bird enthusiast. Situated right behind the high court building, the bird sanctuary plays home to both native and migratory birds. Besides, it is also well-known for its mangrove vegetation that houses a variety of specialized plants and animals. A feeder canal links the sanctuary to the backwaters of Kochi. Tip
: Plan an early morning trip as that is the best time for bird sightings. Cherai Beach
Cherai beach is located about 25 km from Kochi in the Vypin Island. The beach is easily available via road and sea and attracts both locals and tourists who come here to watch the rising and setting sun. The beach has a lovely social vibe and there is a thriving lively scene complete with shops, hotels and good restaurants.