The beaches in and around the Cochin City of Kerala are the best places you can turn to, when you start feeling flustered after a vigorous sightseeing spree. The silky feel of sand under your feet, the gentle lashing of the sea waves and the cool breeze will definitely have a balm-like effect on you and help you slowly unwind and relax. That is one of the main reasons why you will find people in such huge numbers flocking the beaches of Kochi city at any given point of time in the year. Given here is some information on the famous beaches in the Cochin city of India
Cherai Beach Located 35 km away from Cochin, in the Cherai village of the Ernakulam district, the Cherai beach is amongst the must-visit places for anyone touring these parts of South India. Having a coastline of 15 kms, the Cherai beach is different from many beaches in the sense that it is very clean and shallow and thus, ideal for the purpose of swimming and sunbathing.
Fortkochi If you simply wish to saunter in a peaceful and relaxed manner, no place in the whole of Cochin will provide you a more ideal location than the Fort Kochi beach. Nestled amidst coconut tress, green bushes and softly lashing seawaters, the Fort Kochi beach happens to be the favorite haunt of one and all. You will find not only the locals, but also the tourists basking up the tranquil atmosphere at the beach.
From the very beginning, various communities and groups have lived in peaceful harmony in the Cochin city of Kerala. This port city is like a melting pot of cultures and people from the Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains and other religions reside here. One finds religious places of different ethnic communities situated within a distance of few kilometers from each other in the city. Here's information about some worship places located in and around Cochin City of India.
An ancient Hindu mother goddess Bhagawati temple. Chottanikkara is famous for the fact that,she is worshipped at the temple, along with Lord Vishnu, in three different forms: as Saraswati in the morning, draped in white; as Bhadrakali at noon, draped in crimson; and as Durga in the evening, decked in blue. Guruvayoor Sreekrishna Temple
Ernakulam Siva Temple
One of the most popular Christian pilgrim centers in Kerala. The Malayatoor Church of Cochin attracts a large number of devotees from not just Kerala, but also all over India.Oral tradition says that while travelling through Malayattor, faced with hostile natives, he fled to the hilltop where he is said to have remained in prayer and that he left his foot prints on one of the rocks.
Kadamattom Orthodox Church Built at around 10th Century AD the church is famous for a presiding priest - "Kadamattathu kattanar" who was famous for his supernatural powers. The church has an ancient Persian Cross in one of its Madbaha walls, and is a fine example of the splendid Indo – Persian architecture
Cochin city of Kerala ranks as a must-see in the travel itinerary of tourists visiting South India. This is because of the fact that in additions to tourist attractions, it also provides them with ample excursion options. Here's information about some of the best tourist places near Cochin City of India.
Munnar Located at around 1600 square feet above sea level, Munnar is a lanscape coloured in million shades of green. With an astounding density of rare flora and fauna Munnar is especially known for several threatened and endemic species including Nilgiri Thar, the Grizzled Giant Squirrel, the Nilgiri Wood-pigeon, Elephant, the Gaur, the Nilgiri langur, the Sambar, and the Neelakurinji. Neelakurinji the blue flowers that blossom in only once in twelve years drapes the ghats with a brilliant hue of blue.
Thekkady The Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and is spread across 777 sq kms.With thick 360 sq kms of ever green forests the sanctuary was declared as a tiger reserve forest in 1978.Known for it’s diversity the reserve attracts travellers from all over the world.
Bhoothathankettu Situated in the village of Pindimana, about 50 km away from the Kochi. Bhoothathankettu means the monster’s abode.Bhoothathankettu is connected to the Salim Ali/Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, where visitors can spot Kerala’s vibrant and rare bird population.
Athirappilly Falls Around 60 km from Kochi,at Athirappilly is a majestic waterfall. The Chalakudy River, 145 kilometres long, originates in the Anamudi and flows through the Vazhachal Forest toward the Arabian Sea. Forest wildlife includes the Asiatic elephants, tigers, leopards, bisons, sambars, and lion-tailed macaques. Plantations in the area contain teak, bamboo, and eucalyptus. The river initially runs smoothly but becomes more turbulent as it nears Athirappilly. At Athirappilly Falls, the water surges around big rocks and cascades down in three separate plumes.
Paliam Palace, Chendamangalam The Paliam Palace, residence of hereditary Prime Ministers to the former Maharajas of Kochi termed - Paliathachans, is a showcase of Kerala’s glorius past. An architectural marvel,the Palace is over 450 years old and houses a collection of historic documents and relics.
Hill Palace The largest archaeological museum in Kerala, built in 1865. The complex has an archaeological Museum, a Heritage Museum, a Deer Park, a prehistoric park and a children's park.
Indo-Portuguese Museum Remeniscents of the Portugese rule are preserved in this muesuem. Among the artifacts on display are the altar made in teak (16th century) from the Church of Our Lady of Hope, Vypeen, a chasuble (19th century) from Bishop's House, Fort Kochi, processional cross, which is a combination of silver and wood (17th century) from Santa Cruz Cathedral, Fort Kochi, Indo-Portuguese Monstrance (18-19th century), from The Church of Our Lady of Hope, Vypeen.
Mattancherry Palace The Mattancherry Palace a trip down the history of Kerala, is situated at Palace Road, Mattancherry, Kochi. It was built by the Portuguese and presented to Veera Kerala Varma (1537–65), Raja of Kochi, in 1555 AD. Built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture, the palace is a quadrangular structure with a courtyard in the middle. In the courtyard there stands a small temple dedicated to 'Pazhayannur Bhagavati', the family goddess of the Kochi royal family.
Kalady A popular pilgrim center because it is the birthplace of Sri Adi Sankara, one of India's foremost philosopher-saints who preached the Advaitaor monastic philosophy.
Jewish Synagogue The oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, located in Kochi. It was built in 1568 by the Malabar Yehudan community. It is also referred to as the Mattancherry Synagogue. The synagogue is located in the quarter of Old Cochin known as Jew Town, and is only one of the seven synagogues in the area still in use.
Bolgatty Palace Located in the scenic island popularly known as Bolgatty island,The Bolgatty Palace is one of the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland, this quaint mansion, built in 1744, by Dutch traders, was later extended and lush green gardens were landscaped around it. The building was then the Governor's palace for the Dutch and later it served as the home of the British Governors, the seat of the British Resident of Cochin during the British regime.
Pallipuram Fort The oldest existing European fort in India. The Dutch captured the fort in 1661 and sold it to the State of Travancore in 1789 . This fort is situated in the northern extremity of the Vypeen island.
A trip to Kerala is not complete without experiencing it’s 5000 years old healing system – Ayurveda.Rejuvenate your body,mind and soul at one of Kerala’s authentic Ayurveda clinics and spas. Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala,Dhanwanthari Ayurvedic Centre,Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Centre to name a few.
Visitors to Cochin who are looking to do some shopping will find themselves with a lot of options. The city and its surrounding region are fortunate to be home to many local artisans who create all types of crafts. Shopping options in Cochin include the city's many modern malls and shopping centers. Many of these shopping centers are concentrated on M.G. Road and Broadway near the heart of the city. Kochi is well known for its handicrafts, you will find a unique assortment of items like figurines, colorful bead jewelry, mat, bangles et al made from coir, wood, bamboo, shells, brass, ivory and sandalwood. Though the concept of shopping malls is relatively new in Kochi / Cochin, yet there are a number of places here, where you can find branded goods and garments. If you have a specific item in mind, better find out from a local person once you reach Kochi. Tips on what and where to shop in Kochi:
At Marine Drive, you can shop for perfumes, watches, bags, suitcases, music cassettes and CD's.
The Penta Menaka complex has a number of duty free shops that sell electronic items and mobile phones.
MG Road, where you can buy various kind of goods like textiles, readymade garments, jewelry, toys, home furnishing, handicrafts, decorative items etc.
Broadway is famous for clothes and spices.
The area around the Synagogue in Mattancherry is a major center of spice trade.
Lulu Shopping Mall, Cochin is the biggest one in India