Kochi, also referred to as Cochin or Ernakulam, is one unique city in Kerala. Although it has a metropolitan appeal to it, also has places that bring to life an old world charm, that has been luring tourists, especially history buffs, quite consistently over the years. The Portuguese, British and Dutch have left their marks in the city, especially in the palaces and museums, making Kochi the eclectic beauty it is now.
1Chinese Fishing Nets
If there is one thing that is the most unique about Kochi, it has to be the Chinese Fishing Nets. You mostly wouldn’t find it elsewhere in India. Located in the shores of Fort Kochi beach, the Chinese Fishing Nets in operation makes for an interesting and informative sight. So while you are in Kochi, do not forget to a take a stroll along the walkway in Fort Kochi and catch the fishermen busy fishing in style.
Built by the Spanish-speaking Jews, the Paradesi Synagogue is one of the oldest, active synagogues in the Commonwealth of Nations. However, while you plan a visit, make sure to check out the timings and norms of the synagogue to avoid inconveniences later. Apart from interesting tales and traditions, the architecture, too, is intriguing.
Despite being in Kochi, the moment you venture into the labyrinth of streets that make Jew Town, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported into a different world. The streets are lined with antique, handicraft and spice shops, adding to the appeal of the place. Brush up your bargaining skills and start if you want to shop here.
Also known by the name Dutch Palace, the Mattancherry Palace was built by the Portuguese as a gift to the King of Travancore. The Dutch later renovated the palace, and it has now been converted into a museum, exhibiting paintings and other artifacts. This is an ideal place to visit to understand the architecture of Kerala.
Travel to Alappuzha to appreciate a languid and loosened up houseboat ride through the celebrated backwaters of Kerala. Contract it for multi day to spend a night on the drifting house that will be a significant affair. While you are on it bear in mind to attempt a portion of the lip-smacking conventional treats of Kerala. The state is known for its fish claims to fame and what could be the better place to appreciate all the extraordinary nourishment other than Alappuzha.All of the artifacts once owned by Maharaja of Kochi, is now stored in the Hill Palace. Over the years, it has come to be one of the favorite hubs of history buffs. With beautiful gardens surrounding the palace, it also has a relaxing ambience.
6The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica & St Francis Church
Located close by each other, both the churches stand out for their attractive architecture, and hence, is thronged by the tourists from across the world. The former is one of the eight basilicas in Kerala and the latter, was built by the British. To have a spiritual experience in an ambience that reeks of old world charm, is indeed fulfilling.
Built by late Dr Joseph Kureethra, former Bishop of Kochi, the Indo-Portuguese Museum is the place to visit, to study the Portuguese roots that run in Kochi’s soil. Those looking to have an informative experience in Kochi should definitely visit this place, located in Fort Kochi.
8Kerala Folklore Museum
With artifacts as old as 2000 years in their collection, The Kerala Folklore Museum is bound to be rewarding experience for those who want to comprehend Kerala’s heritage in detail. The architecture of the museum is also worth marveling at, featuring the styles of Malabar, Cochin and Travancore, in three stories.
9Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
Home to a great variety of bird species, some of which are endangered, this piece of heaven is located right in the heart of the city. With mangroves and a tidal lake that is connected to the backwaters in its premises, the Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary makes for a beautiful place to visit and revel in nature’s charm.