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About Kochi

The district consists of the mainland Ernakulam, the Islands of Willington, Bolgatty and Gundu, Fort Cochin, Mattancherry and Vypeen Island- all linked by ferry and some by bridges. Almost all historical sites are in Fort Kochi or Mattancherry. The golden beaches, coconut palm corridors, backwaters, historical monuments at Cherai; the palace and the lush green golf course at Bolgatty; the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets all leave a lasting impression on visitor's minds. Kochi also has numerous monuments and locations that speak of the land's early connections with Europe. One of the most important tourist spot is the Jewish Synagogue at Mattancherry.

Sightseeing at Kochi:-

Fort Kochi

The venerable city of KOCHI (Long known as Cochin), is Kerala's hottest tourist spot, spreading across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and back waters. It’s main sections-modern Ernakulam, in the east, and the old districts of Mattancherry and FortCochin on a peninsula in the west-are linked by a complex system of ferries, ad distinctly less romantic bridges..

Marine Drive

Marine Drive is a picturesque promenade in Kochi. It is built facing the backwaters, and is a popular hangout for the local populace. Marine Drive is also an economically thriving part of the city of Kochi. With several shopping malls it is as an important centre of shopping activity in Kochi. The walkway has two contemporarily constructed bridges, the Rainbow B ridge and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge. The view of the setting and rising sun over the sea mouth, and the gentle breeze from the Vembanad Lake has made Marine Drive an important tourist destination in Kochi. Hundreds of people (both natives, and tourists) throng the walkway during the evenings.

Jewish Synagogue

Jewish Synagogue or the Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations,[8] located in Kochi in South India. It was built in 1568 by the Malabar Yehudan people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. It is also referred to as the Cochin Jewish Synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue. The synagogue is located in the quarter of Old Cochin known as JewTown,[8] and is the only one of the seven synagogues in the area still in use. The complex has four buildings. It was built adjacent to the Mattancherry Palacetemple on the land gifted to the Malabari Yehuden community by the Raja of Kochi, RamaVarma. The Mattancherry Palace temple and the Mattancherry synagogue share a common wall.

Bolgatty Palace

Built by the Dutch in India, it is located in the scenic island popularly known as Bolgatty island in Kochi. One of the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland, this quaint mansion, built in 1744, by Dutch traders, was later extended and lush green gardens were landscaped around it. The building was then the Governor's palace for the Dutch and later in 1909 was leased to the British. It served as the home of the British Governors, the seat of the British Resident of Cochin during the British regime. In 1947, when India gained independence, the palace became the property of the state and later converted into a heritage hotel resort.

Willingdon Island

This is a man made island surrounded by beautiful backwaters and is named after Lord Willingdon, a former british viceroy of india. The island is the site of the city's best hotels and trading centres, the port trust and the headquarters of the southern naval command.

Hill Palace, Tripunithura

It was built by the Raja of Kochi in the 19th century , this palace served as the seat of the Raja of the Kochi province. The palace has been converted into a museum displaying a fine collection of articles showing the wealth and splendour of the Rajas of Kochi, including the thone and the crown. The musuem also houses a large collection of archaeological findings. Hill Palace is located 16km east of Cochin in Tripunithura, a satellite town of Cochin.

Vasco House

Vasco da Gama is believed to have lived here.Vasco house, located on Rose Street, is believed to be one of the oldest Portuguese houses in India. This house features European glass paned windows and verandahs.

Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace)

Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. On display here are beauriful murals depicting scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, and some of the Puranic Hindu legends. The palace also houses dutch maps of old kochi, royal palanquins, coronation robes of former maharajas of kochi.

Cherai Beach:

This lovely beach ideal for swimming is located on the north end of Vypeen island, one of the many small islands just off the mainland. The beach is lined by gorgeous coconut groves and paddy fields. Vypeen can be reached by land or by boat.


Located 50 km from Ernakulam town, Bhoothathankettu is a scenic dam site with boating facilities and is surrounded by a vast virgin forest

How to reach there

Nearest airport : Nedumbassery airport is just 42km away.

Nearest bus station: Kochi

Nearest railway station: Ernakulam junction and north railway stations

Best time to visit

Kochi is hot and humid most of the time. So if you are not used to a similar climate it is best to stick to October-March

Travel Tips

  • Kochi is the most cosmopolitan city in Kerala. So in comparison to the rest of the state, one does not have to dress too conservative.

  • ATMs are available in almost every street of the town area.