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Kochi (Cochin)

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Queen of the Arabian Sea
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture. Chinese and Arab trade industries as well as British, Dutch, and Portuguese colonialism have left their marks here, including in the Victorian and colonial architecture and Catholic churches visible around the city. However, local Keralan cuisine and a contemporary cafe and gallery scene give the city a fresh, cosmopolitan vibe. Among the most popular things to do in Kochi is a visit to the historic Jewish neighborhood, which still includes a 16th-century synagogue and shops that sell the spices and embroidery traded by this community for centuries. A trip to Kochi should also include walks along the beach, where fishers bring in the day's catch in boats and sculptural Chinese fishing nets, and the sunset lights up the Arabian Sea. To personalize your trip to Kochi (Cochin), create itinerary details specific to you using our India road trip planner.
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Popular things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

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Landmark
Chinese Fishing Nets
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Duration: 2 hours
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Educational Site
Kerala Kathakali Centre
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Paradesi Synagogue
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Neighborhood
Jew Town
3.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

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Beach
Cherai Beach Vypin Island
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Duration: 2 hours
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Theme Park
Wonderla Amusement Park
4.3
Duration: 8 hours
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Beach
Fort Kochi Beach
2.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Poornathrayesa Temple
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Kochi (Cochin)

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Beach
Alappuzha Beach Alappuzha
3.5
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Beach
Marari Beach Mararikulam
3.9
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing Alappuzha
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Religious Site
Shiva Temple Ernakulam Kumarakom
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Kochi (Cochin)

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Religious Site
Church of Saint Francis
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Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Chottanikkara Devi Temple Ernakulam
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Religious Site
Shiva Temple Ernakulam
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
St.Philomenas Church Koonammavu Ernakulam
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Kochi (Cochin)

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Shopping Mall
LuLu Mall
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Gift & Specialty Shop
Kochi Books
3.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Factory Outlet
Craft Tree
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Duration: 2 hours
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Civic Center
Bhaskareeyam Convention Centre Ernakulam
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Kochi (Cochin)

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Historic Site
Edappally Church Complex Ernakulam
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Church
Vallarpadam Church
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Duration: 2 hours
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Spa / Wellness
Praana Yoga Studio Fort Kochi
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Duration: 2 hours
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Spa
Ayurville - Ayurvedic Treatment & Spa
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Experience Kerala Holiday Planners
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Duration: 8 hours
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Duration: 8 hours
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Architectural Building
Mattancherry Palace
3.6
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi offers abundant hospitality options, including a dense collection of international five-star hotels. Travelers on a budget can explore the selection of modest but impeccable homestays and guesthouses in the quieter neighborhoods just outside the central tourist area of Fort Cochin; these make great places to meet local hosts and fellow travelers. If you can spend a bit more, a number of boutique hotels in converted European-style mansions offer individual charm, and eco-villages and resort or retreat establishments outside the city center come with full wellness, spa, and culinary packages.
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