Top 10 things you should not miss at Cochin

Top 10 things you should not miss at Cochin

Cochin – “Queen of the Arabian Sea”, with unmatched beauty, grace and vibrance as made all the way to one of the ‘can’t be missed’ tourist spots in Kerala. It is for this very reason that one cannot stop writing about this place in particular. To sum up the top ten attractions or major things to do in Cochin is the hardest part because as mentioned above the city thrives in life and an omnipresent beauty; every little street perhaps would have something interesting. Well, to give one the best experience in a short span of time, summarized below are the top ten places and the things you can do while on your stay or visit at Cochin.

 

        1) Marine Drive

             This is perhaps one of the most visited places in Cochin. Located facing the backwaters, the serene Waters of the Vembanad Lake, the place promises picturesque views of sunset, cool breeze and a pleasant stroll. Though the place is called the Marine Drive, no vehicles are allowed within the premises. Three major landmarks present here are the Marine Walkway, the Rainbow bridge, the House boat bridge and the China net bridge. With several shops lined up, this place offers the perfect spot for shopping. Another famous activity here is the boating experience.

         2) Chinese fishing nets

              Brought from the court of Chinese emperor, Kublai Khan, as legend has it, they were introduced to the fishermen in Kochi by the Chinese explorer, Zheng in the 14th century. Since then, they have been in-use by the fishermen here. Want to take a look at how it’s been done? With a small fee the fishermen demonstrates the process. It is also and incredible opportunity to buy the best fish fresh in the morning.

         3) Mattancherry Palace

             Built by the Portuguese and gifted to the Take of Cochin in the year 1555, the palace saw the rise and fall of several rulers and was passed on to, renovated and expanded by many. The building, constructed in Portuguese architectural style has several Indian elements and now serves as an excellent art gallery featuring some of the best Indian artworks – paintings and art murals.

         4) Scuba Cochin

             The underwater world is quite enchanting and it’s indeed an adventure to go down and explore the big blue world below. Scuba Cochin is South India’s first PADI authorized diving center. With experienced instructors and world-class diving gears, this place is the best for adventure, fun and learning.

        5) Hill Palace, Tripunithura

             Every Malayali would be familiar with this palace that bears a significant insight into the history of Kerala. Yes, this palace was the famed “Madambilli Tharavadu” in “Manichithrathazhu” – one of the best Malayalam films ever made. The palace is now the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. Anyone who loves history will surely be fascinated by the structural style, surroundings and the artifacts they have here.

        6) Kerala Kathakali Centre, Kochi

              Kathakali, one of the nine classical dances in India was originated in Kerala. With it’s colourful costumes, heavy jewellery and presentation style has conquered art lovers from all over the world alike. Kathakali performances features stories and themes taken from the Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata.

       7) St. Francis Church

             The Church is believed to be the oldest European built Church in India. Originally built in the year 1503, the Church was re-built and took over by several that included the Portuguese, Dutch and finally by the British. Understanding it’s significance in the history of India, the government declared it a protected monument in April 1923. Since then the Church have been a major tourist attraction. One of the notable fact for which the Church became renowned was that this was where the Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama was laid to rest. Though his remains were moved to Lisbon 14 years later, one can see his tombstone here.

       8) Lulu Mall, Cochin

             Since it’s opening, Lulu Mall at Edappally have drawn every pair of eyes all over India and every man that’s set foot in Ernakulam. The mall has established itself as the complete shopping destination. Fashion clothing, food, beverages, home decors and appliances to games and fun – Lulu has got it all!

      9) St. George Church, Edappally

             With its magnificent structure and grand interiors, this Church now’s tops the list of must see places in Cochin. The Church has a rich history too. The former church, Mart Mariam Church was founded in 594 AD. Besides it’s highly appreciated structural appearance, the Church is also one of the famed pilgrim center in Asia.

    10) Cherai beach

 

Cherai beach is 90 minutes drive from kochi. The beach is clean and neat to travel with friends and family. Cherai beach resort and club Mahindra resorts are the popular resorts in that area , there are lots of other small restaurants nearby.