Places to Visit in Kochi

For ages, Kochi has been the harbor that received mariners from all over the world. Sailors from China, Portugal, Arabia, Britain, Holland had set their feet on Kochi and has contributed one or the other way in shaping what Kochi is today.

Such fruitful invasions for years has made Kochi the prime tourist destination in Kerala. Kochi tourist attractions include the following sites:

Places to See in Kochi



St. Francis Church

Category : Religious
Built in 1503, this Anglican Church is an exemplary evidence of the European colonial struggle in India. The church contains the tombstone of Vasco-da-Gama and it has been the architectural model of numerous churches in India. More...

Dutch Palace

Category : History & Culture
This palace is a unique blend of the oriental and the occidental architectural patterns. It is famous for the mural paintings in it. There are three temples inside the palace, each devoted to lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and Pazhayannur Bhagavati- the protective deity of the Royal family of Kochi. More...

Pareekshith Thampuran Museum

Category : History & Culture
Hill Museum is an important part of sightseeing in Kochi. Pareekshith Thampuran Museum is a part of this Hill Museum. This archaeological museum is situated inside the Hill Museum. Pareekshith Thampuran Museum is more popularly known as the Durbar Hall in Kochi. Pareekshith Thampuran Museum of Kochi cover a large area. It is a busy tourist spot in Kochi. But apart from that, the museum has some more significance as well. This museum is of prime importance from the historical and archaeological point of view.More...

Pallipuram Fort

Category : History & Culture
Pallipuram Fort, Kochi was erected by the Portuguese in 1503. The Pallipuram Fort of Kochi is one of the oldest European forts of India which houses a rich cultural heritage. The Pallipuram Fort is situated in the extreme northern part of the Vypeen Islands and heralds a glorious past within the territory of Kochi. More...

Santa Cruz Basilica

Category : History & Culture
The name Santa Cruz Basilica bears a special significance for the Christians residing in the south-western peninsular city of Kochi, as it celebrated the dawn of Christianity in the enigmatic land of India.

Legend has it that the Santa Cruz Basilica has been stoutly standing its ground for a mammoth 500 years which is a spectacular feat in itself. Although the Santa Cruz Basilica had suffered ugly bruises at the hand of the robust British invaders in the year 1795, it continues to dazzle the on-lookers with its indelible charm and unparalleled charisma. More...

Bolgatty Island

Category : Nature
Bolgatty Island of Kochi is a small island which is just a boat ride away from Kochi harbor mouth. The small journey amidst the cool breeze is very interesting. Though the island is accessible only through boat you can take up a train to Ernakulam which is juts 2 kilometers away. The nearest airport to Bolgatty Island in Kochi is Cochin International Airport which is about 22 kilometers from this island. More...

Gundu Island

Category : Nature
Gundu Island of Kochi is accessible through boat only from the Vypeen Island which is situated nearby. The island does not have any accommodation facility; so you have to return back by the evening. The serene nature and the cool breeze blowing across the waters, makes this island a favorite among tourists who visit it for picnics or small excursions. More...

Aranmula Temple

Category : Religious
Amongst the highly revered five temple towns of the mysterious state of Kerala, the Aranmula Temple is bestowed with the coveted recognition of being one of them.Being cozily nestled in the heart of the district known as Pathanamthitta, the Aranmula Temple is quite comfortably accessible from any remote nook of the state of Kerala.More...

Chendamangalam Fort

Category : History & Culture
The Ernakulam district of Kochi is the spot where the humongous structure known as the Chendamangalam Fort has been standing for an unbelievable 450 years which is an unbelievable feat in itself.The Ernakulum district is in fact a petite town that came into the limelight by virtue of housing the colossal Chendamangalam Fort that is situated at an estimated length of 42 kilometers from it.More...

Indo Portuguese Museum

Category : History & Culture
The Indo Portuguese Museum was in fact the dream and aspiration of Dr Kureethra, who had served the tenure of the Bishop of Kochi at some point of his life. The sole objective that acted behind the erection of this monumental museum known as Indo Portuguese Museum in Kochi was the zeal to shield his own archdiocese from jeopardy. Another objective was to precisely bear on the legacy of his times so that the coming generation could learn something from them. More...

Maritime Museum Kochi

Category : History & Culture
The Maritime Museum Kochi proudly procures an abode to most of the tokens of the major achievements and triumphs of the Indian navy. On gaining entrance to the Maritime Museum of Kochi you will be utterly dazzled as you will be able to witness the glory and glaze of the Indian navy, learn its illustrious history and get to acquire knowledge regarding the various contributions made by the great men. More...

Tourist Destinations Near Kochi



Excursions from Cochin can be made to Thripunithura, 12 km southwest of Cochin. The Hill Palace Museum at Tripunithara houses the collections of the Cochin and Travancore royal families. Edapally, 10 km northeast of Ernakulam, has the Museum of Kerala History. In Parur, 35 km north of Cochin you will find a synagogue, a Syrian Orthodox Church, a Krishna Temple, and a temple of goddess Mookambica. Chennamangalam, four kilometers away houses the oldest synagogue in Kerala. There is also a Jesuit Church and ruins of a Jesuit College.

Last Updated on : 30/08/2013