Kochi is the biggest city of Kerala and is also popularly known as Cochin. This city is being used as a gateway to India since 14th century and is one of the best places in South India. To explore and see the best tourist place in Kochi, one has to step in the rich glorious history, nurtured by the foreign powers like Arabs, Portuguese, Chinese, British and Dutch for centuries. One who wants to learn about the rich history of the country must visit this city.
Kochi is one of the best tourist places that is ideal for both a family holiday and a romantic honeymoon. The houseboats and boating in the backwaters make trip to Cochin a memorable for lifetime. If you love Ayurveda and yoga, then this place can’t be miss, as there are many ayurvedic centers and resorts in the city that can be visited. It is the perfect place for nature lovers, as there are plenty of beautiful and splendid waterfalls.
The best cuisine in Cochin is the traditional South Indian food made of coconut and rice. Some of the dishes include ‘Sadya’, various fish dishes which are often cooked in banana leaf or coconut milk curry, beef curry, lenti curry, idli, dosa, sambhar etc. Don’t miss the Kerala platter served on the banana leaf, as this is atypical way people in Kerala enjoy their food.
Best places to visit
Mattancherry Palace It is also known as Dutch Palace, is a Portuguese Place in Kochi, in the state of Kerala. This Palace is considered one of the important place to visit while exploring Kerala. Mattanchery palace has a courtyard in the center and it has the beautiful temple of –––Bhagavati, the protective deity of Kochi community. There are two other temples of Shiva and Krishna inside the palace. Not only the interiors but it has famous sprawling gardens and manicured laws that make this place worth visit.
Indo-Portuguese Museum It is an amalgamation of Indian and Portuguese culture and architecture. This museum is divided into 5 wings exhibiting Altar of furniture, treasure, procession, civil life and cathedral.
Fort Kochi Beach It is one of the top tourist place in Kochi. One can take stroll in the walkway of the Beach, the sun will spread out warm tones, the bird will chirp love songs, and the gentle wind will sway away. Its captivating beauty will make you forget the people and the noise around.
Hill Palace It is a heritage museum and houses many archaeological relics and imperial belongings of Maharaja of Kochi. Just as the name suggests, this palace is located on the hill and has a beautiful garden. The complex has deer park, a pre- historic park and a children’s park. The main highlight of this Palace is the Gold Crown which is embedded with precious stones. Hill Palace is certainly among the best places to visit in Cochin.
Veegaland It is popularly known as ‘Wondar La Amusement Park’ and is the country’s first theme park. This place is famous for its thrilling and fun filled rides, thus making it perfect for family outing. One can enjoy both land and water rides like bumping cars, dancing cars, flying ammu, balloon tower, castle jet, wonder splash, rapid river and much more. It is one of the most happening place to visit in Cochin.
One can visit many more places in Cochin such as St Francis Church , Cherai Beach, Veeranpuzha Beach, Shiva temple, Kodanad Elephant Training Centre, Kathakali center etc.
Best time to visit Cochin
The best time to visit Kochi is from October to March as the weather is very pleasant and the city is filled with tourists.