What to do and see in Kochi (Cochin), India: The Best Places and Tips

July 25, 2017 Harland Bartelt

A blending of several small villages on the southwestern coast created the current incarnation of Kochi (or Cochin), where sunset strolls, sampling fresh fish from seaside vendors and boat rides through the islands just offshore top visitors' to-do lists. Art centers showcase the traditional dance, Kathakali. European influences are seen in the 16th-century Portuguese-built churches and forts, while the mark of early Chinese traders is visible in the unusual fishing nets dotting the shoreline.
Restaurants in Kochi (Cochin)

1. Chottanikkara Temple

Ernakulam, Kochi (Cochin) 682 312, India
Excellent
67%
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4.5 based on 475 reviews

Chottanikkara Temple

Reviewed By d j

This is one of the Famous devi temple in Kochin. You can easily reach there by using public transports. There is some crowd but u can enjoy inner peace here.

2. Vallarpadam Church

Near Vallarpadam Island, Kochi (Cochin), India +91 484 236 3952
Excellent
61%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
2%
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Vallarpadam Church

Reviewed By Cyril F - Chennai

The Church is named as Vallarpadam Madha (Mother) Church. It is a place of National Importance. Religious minded people can symbolically sweep the courtyard signifying one being a Adima (slave) to Mother Mary. (Brooms are kept handy for this purpose)

3. Edappally Church Complex

Edappally Road, Ernakulam, Kochi (Cochin) 682024, India -484-344538 / 535538
Excellent
59%
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4.5 based on 234 reviews

Edappally Church Complex

Reviewed By Dhairyashil V - Pune, India

The Edapally Church complex comprises mainly of the old and new holy churches Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ and St. George. The ancient church is said to date back 14 centuries! St. George is one of the most revered saints in Christianity. As the legend goes, he was a roman soldier and military officer in the roman army. Emperor Diocletian ordered his death after he did not renounce his Christian faith and thus became a Christian martyr. Lakhs of people around the world claim St. George as their patron and St. George's Day is celebrated every year throughout the world.
The inside of both the old and new churches are awe inspiring. The sculptures, paintings behind the altar, the angels inside of the churches etc. though breathtaking create a calm and pious surroundings where one can pray and seek the blessings of Mother Mary, Infant Jesus and St. George in peace.
Said to be the biggest pilgrim centre of St. George in Asia it really is a blessed place.

4. Wonderla Amusement Park

Kakkanad Pallikara Road, Kochi (Cochin) 683565, India +91 88949 17116
Excellent
60%
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4.5 based on 686 reviews

Wonderla Amusement Park

Wonderla Holidays Limited, is the No. 1 amusement park operator in India. Promoted by Arun K. Chittilappilly and Kochouseph Chittilappilly, Wonderla currently owns and operates three amusement parks – one each in Kochi, Bangalore and Hyderabad respectively and a resort in Bangalore. Wonderla Kochi, spread over 35 acres of land, is thrilling visitors with 56 rides since 2000. Wonderla Bangalore, spanning over 82 acres, offers a spectacular range of entertainment with 61 rides. Wonderla Hyderabad, the latest edition in the portfolio, is spread over 50 acres and offers 43 attractions. Wonderla Amusement Park has been ranked No. 1 in India and No. 6 in Asia by TripAdvisor for 4 consecutive years. Wonderla Resort, located beside the amusement park in Bangalore, comprises of 84 luxury rooms, with amenities including 4 full-fledged banquet halls, multi cuisine restaurant, rest-o-bar and recreational facilities like a heated swimming pool, kid’s activity centre & a full fledged gym.

Reviewed By SundarDelhi - Delhi

A very popular theme park and ana musement park. In particular, recommended for adolescents and young adults.

5. Kerala Folklore Museum

Folklore Junction | Thevara, Kochi (Cochin) 682013, India +91 70347 77499
Excellent
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4.5 based on 899 reviews

Kerala Folklore Museum

Folklore Museum aims to provide art education to the students and helping to provide visual and academic knowledge to the art lovers, researchers and travelers from all over the world. Folklore museum is the only architectural museum in Kerala and the treasure trove of stone, wood and bronze sculptures, ancient terracotta, stone Age objects, jewellery, paintings, oil lamps, musical instruments, tribal and folk art, wood works, utensils, masks and traditional art forms etc. these are around 4000 artifacts from tiny to large size on display. This ethnic museum is the essence of the life and culture of the common man over the past 1000 years.

Reviewed By AUMUC - Munich, Germany

This place has an impressive array of historic things that are displayed. Unfortunately the displays are very crammed and dusty and could be maintained better. Its though a non government supported location and the entrance fees and donations go towards the preservation of this place.Thank you for reviewing us

6. Ernakulatthappan Temple

Ernakulam, Kochi (Cochin), India
Excellent
58%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 134 reviews

Ernakulatthappan Temple

Reviewed By vschandrashekar - New Delhi, India

By the name Lord Shiva seems to be the presiding deity of Ernakulam. Even if you are not a believer, its a great place to soak in the serene environment of a typical Kerala temple. In the morning Its open from 3.30 AM to 11.00 AM.

7. LuLu Mall

34/1000 | N.h 47, Kochi (Cochin) 682 024, India +91 484 272 7777
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

LuLu Mall

Reviewed By sudha r

Very neat and clean surrounding with a climate controlled interior. Good place to shop. The movies also a good experience and well maintained. Food court is very elaborate and can accommodate huge volumes of people pouring in.Has almost all brand outlets and enough parking space. Well constructed as well. Though it's huge and biggest shopping mall in India. It gets pretty crowded during weekends and especially during festive seasons.

8. Kerala Kathakali Centre

near Santa Cruz Basilica | K.B. Jacob Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India +91 98955 34939
Excellent
56%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Kerala Kathakali Centre

Reviewed By AucklandWiz - Auckland

We went to the show last night and I am glad I experienced and learned about Kathakali as an art form but found it a little tedious. We arrived early to witness the application of the makeup which took in excess of an hour and really 15-20 minutes would have been ample. The application was very detailed and a skill that along with all the other facets of the art form takes years to perfect. The eye communication along with the hand movements, (which is how they tell a story) is very detailed and after seeing the performance you can understand why it takes years to learn. We were given an explanation of how the eyes express the different emotions and shown all the hand movements and what they mean. We also had an overview of the story but really you have no idea whats really going on. Despite that you can not try to understand but just appreciate the makeup, costumes, the detail and the skill of the actors. The centre provides nice hand held fans to use as it gets very hot in the venue so is a nice gesture. The venue is quaint and wooden inside- very local which is cool. Definately worth attending but wouldnt bother with so much time to see the application of the makeup.

Bugar St | Fort Nagar, Kochi (Cochin) 844000, India +91 96000 17031
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 659 reviews

Kashi Art Gallery

Reviewed By cowmu1 - Rockford, Illinois

I went here twice and both times the service was extremely slow. Had to ask for menus after at least 10 minutes and waited another 10 minutes to place an order. The staff was very friendly but not attentive. A cool place with average food but good drinks.

10. Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

Parade & KB Jacob Road | Fort Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682001, India +91 95953 45925
Excellent
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Poor
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4 based on 632 reviews

Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica was built by the Portuguese in Fort Cochin, one of the oldest Christian / Catholic Churches in India, which is owned and administered by the Diocese of Cochin, open to all, when no religious and liturgical services are in progress. Most welcome to all, who love history and Gothic Architectural attractions in the City of Cochin, Kerala.

Reviewed By Heather D - Vancouver, Canada

This basilica is the kind of place that takes one's breath away. It has been well preserved and maintained, and towers high above everything in the area. It exudes peaceful vibes for anyone lucky enough to take in its splendour.

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