Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state. It has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. Sites reflecting those influences include Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.
Cochin International Airport
Located at Nedumbassery, about 25 km (16 mi) northeast of the city, Cochin International Airport is the first airport in India developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) model and was funded by nearly 10,000 non-resident Indians from 30 countries.
It is the busiest and largest airport in the state of Kerala. In fiscal year 2016-17, the airport handled over 8.95 million passengers handling around 170 aircraft movements a day
The airport is a primary base for Air India Express operations which is also headquartered in the city.
Amongst the 7 synagogues located in his area, this Jewish synagogue is the only one which is in operation today.
The Jewish synagogue was built in 1568, almost 1500 years after the beginning of the Jewish connection with Kerala. It was built on the land, adjacent to the Mattancherry Palace, given by the erstwhile king of Cochin.
The synagogue, the oldest in the Commonwealth, was built by the Jewish community of Cochin.
Mattancherry Dutch Palace
Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the Palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch.
The palace with a Bhagavathi Temple in the central courtyard is built like the typical Kerala style mansion - the Nalukettu - the home of the aristocracy, nobility and upper classes, with four separate wings opening out to a central courtyard.
The double storeyed palace building which stands by the panoramic Kochi backwaters has an exquisite collection of murals collectively covering over 300 sq ft of its walls. The themes of these murals have been borrowed from the great Indian epics - the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha, and mythology and legends about the Hindu gods especially Guruvayurappan.
Jew Street in Kochi
It's almost a walk down the lanes of antiquity. The Jew Street is lined with shops that sell curios, antique pieces of crockery, carved wooden furniture, bronze and brass sculptures, remnants of traditional houses, and jewellery.
The antique sellers of these streets are the descendants of a fast dwindling population of Jews who settled down here in AD 52. Every piece that they sell has its own tale to narrate - of a palace or a home of the nobility, of travels across many lands and ages.
The Jewish Synagogue here, a mark of exceptional architecture and history, is a fascination for hundreds of visitors everyday. There are a few other Jewish settlements too in the State. But Kochi has made a name with its synagogue and the popular antique shops.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Built across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills at a height of about 550 feet, the Idukki Arch Dam is an architectural genius, for the rugged terrain along which it is built.
The natural beauty surrounding the dam is breath-taking.
Wonderla Amusement Park
Veega Land is an amusement park and is home to more than 50 thrilling rides and various shows. The many rides here are classified into different categories including Family rides, Water rides, Kiddies rides and Hair raising rides.
Veega Land also has some fine restaurants and makes for a great getaway for the entire family
Situated on the top of a hill, this is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
On can find the quiet streets of Fort Kochi by walking northwest along Bazaar Road from Mattancherry Palace.
The architecture here is heavily influenced by European architecture and consists of fine houses built by rich traders from the British era.
The Dutch cottages are a sight to behold. Must-visit places here include the beautiful Saint Francis Church, The Chinese Fishing Nets, and Mattancherry Palace.
The Cherai beach is an ideal spot for swimming and is spread out in the North End of Vypeen Island.
This beautiful beach is 15 km long and famous for the paddy fields and coconut groves that line it end to end. Enjoy a day of soaking in the sun, swimming in the crystal blue waters, or just a quiet picnic with your family and friends at the beach
Cherai Beach can be reached easily via land or boat.
St. Francis Church
St Francis Church is one of the oldest churches in India built by the Europeans. The church is famous for its stunning architecture.
It has great historical significance as it is the mute witness of the europeans struggle.
The famous The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama's body was first buried in this church and was later on shifted to another place. It was dedicated to St. Anthony.
LuLu International Shopping Mall
It is one of the most visited places in Kerala. Spanning 17 acres (6.9 ha) and with a total built up area of 2.5 million square feet, it is the 98th-largest shopping mall in the world with 1.7 million square feet area of retail space.
The mall was opened in March 2013. It contains more than 215 outlets, including food courts, restaurants, family entertainment zones, a multiplex, ice skating rink and bowling alley.
The estimated cost for this project is more than ₹16 billion or US$250 million. The property is owned and managed by Lulu Group, which has extensive business in retail, hospitality, real estate etc.