Kochi, despite the dense population and its place as the urban center of trade and commerce in Kerala, is still a pretty laid-back place as major cities go. You do have nightlife hotspots and clubs, but prohibition and the need to wrap up the night before midnight makes it wee bit hard to paint the town red, so to speak.
There’s no shortage of shopping malls and boutiques for the serial shopaholic on M.G. Road and Marine Drive and in Fort Kochi, but what you really want to do in Kochi is a lot more unorthodox. You stay in boathouses and take boat rides in the backwaters. You go island hopping to see Cherai Beach, Bolgatty Palace and other such treasures in a city that is, after all, partly comprised of islands and a peninsula. You take religious tours of the top temples, churches and synagogues. You take palace tours, museum tours, and check out the historic neighborhoods like Jew Town and Princess Street.
The food in Kochi is also well worth a couple of foodie tours. You can go hunting for traditional Kerala cuisine with fish curries and delightful vegetable dishes, or get a taste of street food at the thattukadas and seafood stalls. Kochi also happens to be a great base for an exploration of the entire region. You can visit revered locations nearby such as Kalady - birthplace of the Adi Shankara. Another popular day trip destination is Bhootathankettu - this is a dam on the Periyar River that is popular among the locals for picnics and outdoor holidays. Oh, and Kerala is also a popular medical tourism destination for Ayurvedic treatments and spa retreat experiences.
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