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Attractions in Kochi, India

Most major cities in India have hundreds or thousands of years of history and cultural attractions that will knock your socks off. But Kochi is in a league of its own because of the exotic mix of foreign cultures still prominently seen in the city’s historic attractions and architecture. From the Chinese Fishing Nets at Fort Kochi Beach to the Santa Cruz Basilica and from Matancherry’s Dutch Palace to the Paradesi Jewish Synagogue, you’ll be hopping from one culture to the next – all in the same place.

Kochi, which includes a bunch of islands in scenic locations on the Vembanad Lake, also happens to a major beach holiday resort destination. You’ll find plenty of tourists enjoying the sun n’sand at Cherai Beach on Vypeen Island. The man-made Willingdon Island likewise has luxury casino resorts that will help you enjoy a Kerala-style backwaters or houseboat holiday in absolute decadence.

Kochi has more than its fair share of palaces, museums, forts, temples, churches, art galleries and historic zones like Princess Street and Jew Town that you simply have to visit. The urban experience requires you to visit Marine Drive and shop at the malls and markets on M.G. Road. Another thing to keep in mind is that Kochi happens to be a gateway into the rest of Kerala, and you have a lot more to see if you are willing to take day trips around Kochi.

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Top 10 Attractions Kochi, India

  • Chinese Fishing Nets – These fishing nets from the 14th century are an iconic sight at Fort Kochi Beach. A must-visit for every tourist with a camera in Kochi
  • Mattancherry Palace – It’s also known as the Dutch Palace, and has exquisite Hindu temple art along with portraits and exhibits featuring the Rajas of Kochi
  • Hill Palace Museum – This former royal palace is now a museum that houses royal art and objects.
  • Santacruz Basilica – Built in 1502, the Santacruz Basilica in Fort Kochi is the first-ever European church and first cathedral to be built on Asian soil.
  • St. Francis Church – Built in 1503, the historic St. Francis Church in Fort Kochi included the grave of Vasco da Gama, until it was sent to Lisbon.
  • Paradesi Synagogue – Pardesi in many Indian languages means a foreigner, and in this case refers to the ‘white Jews’ in Kochi’s Jew Town.
  • Princess Street – It’s a very well-preserved old street in Fort Kochi that will take you back in time to the old-world charm of Europe.
  • International Pepper Exchange – The spice is literally in the air in Jew Town, and the Pepper Exchange is where it all comes from.
  • Marine Drive – Spectacular view of the harbor and backwaters, and a boatload of shopping malls and food joints to hang out in
  • Vypeen Island – No vacation in Kochi would be complete unless you hop across to Vypeen and snooze on the warm sands of Cherai Beach.

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Top 3 Highlighted Attractions in Kochi, India

  • Chinese Fishing Nets – These fishing nets are an iconic sight at Fort Kochi Beach. A must-visit for every tourist with a camera in Kochi. They were gifted in the 14th century by a Chinese Emperor to the Raja of Kochi. It helps that Vasca da Gama Square has a lot more to interest you. Not to mention the popular seafood stalls on the beach.
  • Mattancherry Palace – It’s also known as the Dutch Palace, but don’t be fooled by the name. It was actually a gift from the Portuguese to the Raja of Kochi in the 16th century, and later repaired by the Dutch after they blew it up. Has exquisite Hindu temple art along with portraits of the successive Rajas of Kochi.
  • Hill Palace Museum – This former royal palace of the Kochi Rajas is now a museum that houses royal art, artifacts, paintings and the Crown Jewels of Kochi. The Royal Crown is made of solid gold with thousands of precious stones and a whole bunch of diamonds. Oh, and there’s a small deer park on the grounds.