Cochin has welcomed a lot of people from many parts of the state especially due to its incredible growth in job sector and infrastructure development. It’s a fact that a big number of people living in flats in Kochi are not from Kochi and are not well familiar with the major landmarks or tourism spots of Cochin. So if you are living in your apartment in Cochin and would like to visit some hot spots of Cochin here we have a list of must visit places in Cochin.
These places includes not only the tourist places but also holds the cultural and historical significance.
Fort Cochin beach is famous for the Chinese nets used for fishing. Fort Cochin probably being the only place out side China to use the Chinese nets for fishing also shows the cultural exchange history of the city with foreign traders. St Francis Church one of the oldest church built by Europeans in India, and Vasco House where Vasco De Gama is believed to be lived also are the places to visit in Cochin.
Mattanchery famous for the Jew town shows the Portuguese influence in the city. Dutch Palace, Mattancherry Palace Museum which showcases weapons such as swords, spears etc also are major attractions of this tourist favorite spot of Cochin. Mattacherry Pazhayannur Royal temple, Gowd Saraswat Brahmin temples and Palliarakkavvu temple etc also contributes to this small town of Cochin.
Bolghatty & Vypeen Islands
Short boat ride away from mainland Cochin to Bolghatty Island and visit Bolghatty Palace which is one of the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland. Now converted into a hotel, Bolghatty Palace offers even a small golf course , 9-hole golf course, a swimming pool, Kathakali performances, and ayurvedic center and is a popular resort of stay for overseas and Indian tourists coming to Cochin.
Lulu Shopping Mall, Edappally
Cochin has India’s largest shopping mall in Edappally – Lulu Shopping Mall. Night life of Cochin has became Lulu focused and visitors flow continues even late night. Dreamflower builders in Cochin offers flats and apartments in Edappally near Lulu mall to ensure you best access to the the favorite shopping location of today’s Cochin.
Marine Drive a scenic promenade in Ernakulam which has the rainbow bridge has become a symbol of Ernakulam. The Marine Drive was built on the land retrieved from backwaters. Beautiful walkway of Marine Drive also has a Chinese Fishing net bridge as well. Private Boat operators of Cochin offers hourly cruises from Marine Drive that rounds through Cochin Harbour , Bolgatty and other places in the backwaters of Cochin.
Hill Palace Museum
Hill Palace,the abode of erstwhile Maharaja of Cochin was converted into a Museum in 1986. Exhibition of crown and ornaments of erst while Cochin royal family is available in this favorite tourist location of Cochin. Paintings, sculptures in marble and stone, weapons, inscriptions, coins etc also are showcased. An archaeological museum, a heritage museum, a pre-historic park , a deer park, and a children’s park also are present .
These area some of those must visit spots for tourists and residents in Cochin. Some of these will be really valuable specially for those who have interest in history and culture of Kerala.