No trip to Kerala is complete without a visit to Kochi, for it is, the true essence of Kerala. Also called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, as it was an important spice trading centre in the 14th century India, Kochi is a city that will take your breath away. Having numerous captivating attractions in a single city leaves you with many options to visit on a trip.
Santa Cruz Basilica, Kochi : 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.The church is visited by people from all faiths and groups.
Cherai Beach, Kochi : 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. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a dolphin in the area!
Marine Drive, Kochi : Marine Drive is one of the most popular hangout places in Kochi. It’s also one of the best places to visit in Kochi at night. There are three bridges, namely The Houseboat Bridge, the Rainbow Bridge (near GCDA shopping complex, is a must visit place for shopping in Kochi), and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge, which are located on this promenade, exhibiting exceptional architecture. An ideal place to spend time at with your loved ones or even on your own.
Mattancherry Palace, Kochi : Also known as the Dutch Palace, Mattancherry Palace was constructed in 1545 by the Portuguese as a present to King Veera Kerala Verma of the Kochi dynasty. It is the finest example of the confluence of colonial and Kerala style of architecture, with 4 individual wings and 1 patio in between. There is also a temple dedicated to Pazhayannur Bhagavathy, the deity of the royal family.
Jew Town, Kochi : The most popular spot for shopping in Kochi, particularly for antiques, Jew Town is also called the last Jew Town’ for the last remaining Jews of Cochin. It’s assumed that the first of the Jews who settled near Cochin may trace their ancestry back to King Solomon. Numerous shops selling antique clocks, carved furniture, prayer shawls, art, and much more are now housed there. The most popular attraction in this area is the Jewish Synagogue or the Paradesi Synagogue.
Veeranpuzha Beach, Kochi: Veeranpuzha Beach is a traditional coastline of Malabar with picturesque beaches, settlements of fishermen and sandy shores. When you look into the sunset, time stands still here, sipping soothing coconut water. This is the perfect spot to just laze around. This is also a fishing village, and you can take a closer look at their lifestyle with a walk around. Life here goes on slowly and is a quiet retreat from life's hustle-bustle.
Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary, Kochi : 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.
Fort Kochi, Kochi: Fort Kochi is a spot where time always ends, situated near Mattancherry. Everyone has their own rhythm in the stores, locals and streets, a spot where you can really unwind. There is a small fishing village in Fort Kochi, known as Old or West Kochi. This site also has an Indo-Portuguese Museum.There are several places to explore around the city, such as Fort Immanuel, built in 1503 as a sign of the strategic alliance between Cochin's Maharaja and the Portuguese monarch; Thakur House, a prominent symbolic sight of colonial architecture; and the Church of St. Francis (built in 1503), where Vasco da Gama was originally buried, is India's oldest European church.
Best Places to visit in Kochi
M.G. Road, Kochi : This area has numerous centres for shopping in Kochi, selling everything one can think of. Starting from branded items to local goods, especially famous for spices, clothes, sculptures and jewellery.
Kerala Folklore Museum : A museum with a difference, the Kerala Folklore Museum is a place where you can see everything from antiques and sculptures to tribal art and folklore installations. This is a must place to visit when you are in the city.
Veeranpuzha Backwaters, Kochi: Kerala's backwaters are world renowned, and there is no difference between the Veeranpuzha Backwaters. The Veeranpuzha Backwaters, with a beach for a leisurely evening stroll, is perfect for anyone looking to enjoy a quiet and pleasant evening while in Kochi.
Kalady, Kochi : Home to the birthplace of the ancient philosopher, Adi Shankara, the place serves host to the Sringeri Math along the banks of the river Periyar. It also houses the Paduka Mandapam, which is famous among people of all faiths.
Ernakulathappan Temple, Kochi : The city of Ernakulam got its name from its deity Ernakulathappan, who is another form of the Hindu God Shiva. The mention of this ancient temple is found in several scriptures, and the site is a favourite spot for anyone visiting the city.
Chottanikkara Temple, Kochi : This famous temple is dedicated to mother goddess Mahalakshmi Devi known as Sree Bhagavathi. People throng the temple premises, which opens at 4 AM, every day. The resident deity is considered a healing goddess, and it is believed that people with mental disorders and spiritual possessions get cured here. Men are required to remove shirts and women to wear sarees or suits to gain entrance.
Hill Palace, Kochi : 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).
Morning Pick up from Railway Junction.
Proceeding towards Kochi
Hotel Check in.
Then proceed to visit Kochi major attractions such as Mattancherry Palace.
Come back to Hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Morning Breakfast at Hotel.
Then proceed to visit Kochi major attractions such as Chinese fishing nets, Willingdon Island, Veeranpuzha Lake and Backwaters, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary and Bolgatty Palace.
Come back to Hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
After fresh up & Breakfast.
Check out from the Hotel.
Then proceed to visit Kochi major attractions such as drive in Kochi, Vasco da Gama Square , Kerala Kathakali Centre and Hill Palace Museum.
Finally drop at Railway Junction.
What 's Included
We can provide stay for ( 2*, 3*, 5*, 7* )
2.Double sharing Rooms
5.Royal Suite Rooms
( as per requirement )
From Trip start to till end the Tour Guide will be take care
Local Speaking Guide - ( English,Tamil,Hindi,Telugu & Malayalam ) *
(As per requirement *)
(Chennai to Chennai Two way Train Tickets)
(Kochi to Kochi All local vehicle transport.)