Top Tourist Attractions in Cochin
Being situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea, Cochin is known as the Queen of Arabian Sea. This frequented city of central Kerala is presently known as Kochi. It is considered as the commercial as well as the industrial capital of the state. It is well known for its mixed culture. It is a home to various tourist attractions which draws several tourists every year. The city is well connected through all modes of transport and can be accessed easily. Travelogy India helps you to explore the top attractions of Cochin in the best possible way, assuring you a memorable holiday.
1. Cochin Carnival
Cochin Carnival is one of the major attractions of Cochin, which is celebrated in the last week of December. People dressed in fancy costumes participate in the massive procession on the New Year's Day.
The procession is led by decorated elephant along with drums and music. Various folk dances of Southern and Northern India are performed on stage. The city is covered in white during the festival.
Unplanned competitions are organized on the streets. Till 31st December’s midnight, the festivities continue and fireworks mark the finale.
2. Chinese Fishing Nets
One of the popular attractions of Cochin is the Chinese fishing nets, located at Fort Kochi. This unique method of fishing was introduced by Chinese ruler Kublai Khan.
After China, only Cochin has such nets that allow numerous fishermen to earn their livelihood. Therefore, the picturesque view of the Chinese fishing nets draw the attention of the tourists.
Suggested Tour : Full Day Cochin Tour
3. Bolghatty Palace
On the Bolghatty Islands of Cochin is located the magnificent Bolghatty Palace. Being surrounded by a fabulous garden, this palace has been transformed into a well known heritage hotel. The panoramic view of the hotel’s surroundings with the spectacular backdrop of serene backwaters of Cochin is remarkable.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM (on all days of the week)
4. St. Francis Church
St. Francis Church of Cochin is the oldest European Church in India. It was built in Fort Kochi. The body of Portuguese Explorer Vasco da Gama was buried here. Later his remains were removed and shifted to Lisbon. Buses, Cabs and Autos can be hired to reach there.
Timings: 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM (Mondays to Saturdays),
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM (Sundays)
5. Cheeyappara Waterfalls
The Cheeyappara Waterfall is a must to visit place on the Kochi - Madurai Highway (National Highway 49). It lies in between Neriamangalam and Adimali in the Idukki district of Kerala. It flows down in seven steps. It is an ideal place for trekking.
6. Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace)
The Mattancherry Palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace is a Portuguese palace situated in Kochi. This palace was built in quadrangular shape using the traditional architectural style of Kerala. It has murals that depict Hindu temple art and portraits. It was gifted by the Portuguese to the Raja of Cochin.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed on: Fridays
7. Paradesi Synagogue
The Paradesi Synagogue located in Kochi is the oldest active synagogue in South India. It was built adjacent to the Mattancherry Palace hundred years ago. The Synagogue houses several antiques.
Timings: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Closed on: Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish holidays