Kochi: Best Things to Do

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Kochi is also known as Cochin, a major port on the south-west coast of India bordering the Laccadive Sea.

This city is famous for traditional Kerala architecture called Kerala Folklore Museum.

Visit one of the oldest European churches in India, Church of Saint Francis.

Get several Kochi's souvenirs at Kairali Handicrafts, Viakerala Design Studio and Shop.

If you want to taste Indian's cuisine, visit Mosaic and The Rice Boat. They have several dishes which are tasty.

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SIGHTSEEING

Kerala Folklore Museum is a cultural hub to promote and preserve the culture and heritage in South India. The museum features traditional architecture including ancient sculptures equipment, old coins, and all other ethnic artifacts. The museum aims to provide art education to the young generations and offer an opportunity to the visitors around the world to experience Kerala in one roof.

Kerala Folklore Museum

This is such an amazing place with a treasure trove of old artifacts very neatly curated.

There many antique pieces are shown in an organized manner.

Well maintained and everything has a detailed explanation.

The staff are polite and courteous and highly recommend this place.

Address : Near, 2059C No 26 Pandit Karuppan Road, Thevara Ferry Road, Junction, Kochi, Kerala 682013, India

DOWNTOWN

Church of Saint Francis, Kochi is one of the most popular monuments in Kochi which was built in the 16th century. This church is also the oldest existing European church in India. You can reach here easily from every corner of Kochi because it's located in the main of Fort Kochi. It is open every day from 7 am to 6.30 pm (Monday to Saturday) and 8.30 am to 6.30 pm on Sunday.

Church of Saint Francis, Kochi

One of the most famous churches in Kerala.

Very old and beautifully maintained church.

Very nice to see the oldest european church in India.

Inside you can see the oldest type of fan which are operated by the peoples.

Address : Head Post Office, Saint Francis Church Road Opp, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India

SHOPPING

If you are looking from handicraft which is related to the India's thing, you should visit Kairali Handicrafts. It's not actually just a shop, but there is also a workshop to develop a new prototype to suit the tastes and preferences of the contemporary market by using the traditional skill of artisans and introducing the techniques and technologies for the productions. Shop their best collection of Kochi's merchandise at Viakerala Design Studio and Shop. There are several unique things you might like such as T-shirt, bags, pillows, and many more.

Kairali Handicrafts

Best place to buy gift items, and kerala cultural idols.

A wide variety of items for every taste.

You will get real handicrafts of Kerala and India in this shop.

Courteous team.

Address : Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Ernakulam South, Ernakulam, Kerala 682016, India

Viakerala Design Studio and Shop

Cute little gift store.

It offers unique and interesting gifts.

You can see the manufacturing process.

Very suitable for children and adults.

Address : Giri Nagar Canal Rd, Giringar Housing Colony, Giri Nagar Housing Society, Giri Nagar, Kadavanthra, Ernakulam, Kerala 682020, India

FOOD & DRINK

Kochi is a heaven for foodies. There are several popular dishes you might like such as Puttu Kadala, Pazham Pori and Beef curry, Thattu Dosa, Kulukki Sarbath, Kappa Boti, and many more.

CULTURE

Kochi's culture has been involved with the influence of Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese, and British. It can be seen through several aspects such as elabore costumes, colorful make-up, detailed gestures, and body movement.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best times to visit Kochi for ideal weather are on December 3rd to April 1st.

HOTEL

Hotel Le Meridien is where you can celebrate several important occasion such as business, weddings, and social events. Hotel Le Meridien is located on a sprawling 18 acres filled with lush greenery and surrounded on other sides by calming Kochi backwaters. In addition, this hotel is near to the popular attractions including Fort Kochi, Cherai Beach and Kumarakom. Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty offers a lake and city views including 264 luxurious guest rooms with 38 suites and 4 villas. In addition, you can also celebrate your special events here like birthday parties and weddings. You will truly relax in Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty which gives you special views of the ocean.

Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty

An excellent and marvelous hospitality in the area.

The room amenities are awesome,the ambience around the hotel and within the compound is cool.

The breakfast is truly fantastic.

The hotel staff are so good and polite with excellent service.

Address : Mulavukad, Kochi, Kerala 682504, India

Le Meridien

Its a Top Hotel, with beautiful scenery backyard, has many activities to do in side hotel.

The room is very spacious, with the spotlight being the "star" roof and jacuzzi.

The bufet at the restaurant has a wide spread of local as well as other cuisine.

The staff is very courteous and helpful.

Address : Nettoor, Maradu, Kochi, Kerala 682304, India

RESTAURANT

Mosaic offers a perfect Asian and International cuisine in all day dining outlets. You can taste their special menu from breakfast, lunch or intimate dinner meal. A la carte selection ranges from lighter meals to Grills. In addition, you can enjoy your meal outside near the pool in the Alfresco area of the restaurants. It is such a perfect place for family dinner or anniversary. The Rice Boat is the best fine dining seafood restaurant in Kochi. The chef will help you to customize your meal according to your taste. Come with your loved ones would be a great idea while you can taste several menu they have to offer with a fantastic view of the ocean.

Mosaic

One of the best restaurants in cochin in terms of food or ambience.

Has a wide spread for dinner buffet, live tawa meat counter and the huge collection of desserts.

The Buffet dinner offers a good variety of indian and Continental dishes.

The service and the views make it a relaxing place to chill with family and enjoy good breakfast.

Address : Crowne Plaza Kochi, XI/641A Kundanoor Junction,, Maradu, Vyttila, Kerala 682304, India

The Rice Boat

One of the nicest restaurants in the area.

Views are great and the whole restaurant is designed as it is an actual rice boat.

Lovely food served on board and also offers authentic Kerala cuisine.

The quantity is massive and very filling.

The waiters are kind and welcoming.

Address : Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala 682009, India

CAFE

Mocha Art Cafe is not about a coffee shop, Mocha Art Cafe has a 300-year-old story to tell. It is such a right place to hangout with your friends. Take a look both to the interior and exterior about Mocha Art Cafe which is very rich with old stories like the cafe's walls are an exhibit space for renowned young painter Sara Husain. The windows have long Ducth style with seats emerging from the lower end of the wooden frame. In addition, Mocha Art Cafe offers a variety of cuisine and the main chef is a 55 year-old woman specializing in European and Kochi's cuisine. This is the perfect place to have healthy snacks or breakfast, especially to hangout with friends. Kashi Art Café is also decorated with art on the wall, trees shadowing above you, and a relaxed vibe.

Mocha Art Cafe

It’s a unique cafe with lots of artwork inside.

The ambience and food taste is outstanding.

Must try their Jolokia chicken and mocha special cold coffee.

Service is really good and people are very friendly.

Address : VI/179, Synagogue Ln, Opp Paradesi Synagogue, Jew Town, Kappalandimukku, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002, India

Kashi Art Café

Kashi Art Cafe is a busy cafe near the harbour patronised mainly by tourists.

The interiors, the seating, the theme,the food all of them are mind-blowing.

It has good coffee, and plenty of options for breakfast and lunch, both Indian and non-Indian.

The waiters are also superb and quick.

Address : Burger St, near Police Station, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Looking for a place to spend your night? This might be your choice. Mezzo is a cozy lounge and resto bar which is located in the city center. Mezzo has several varieties of cocktails listed and a well stocked bar including international selection of wines. In addition, they also offer a European cuisine and oriental fusion tapas with local seafood, mini steak, and many more. Sky Grill Lounge Bar & Restaurant is where you can feel relaxed while enjoying the view from Skygrill which is fantastic at night. Such a good place to hangout with your buddies or even your loved ones. They have several foods and drinks you might like.

Mezzo

Excellent bar with a really nice ambience.

A place to unwind and relax in a very busy part of the city.

They serve the best sea food and they serve one of the best cocktails in town.

They have smoking zone seperated with glass walls and classy wooden furnishings.

The staffs are well behaved.

Address : Regent, The Avenue, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Pallimukku, Kochi, Kerala 682016, India

Sky Grill Lounge Bar & Restaurant

Great place to have a romantic dinner and get an amazing view of the city.

Good cocktails, and the food is delicious.

The drinks are blend in quality.

Servers are really friendly too and definitely recommend

Address : 15th Floor Crowne Plaza XI/641A, NH 47 Bypass, Maradu, Kundannoor, Junction, Ernakulam, Kerala 682304, India

INTERESTING PLACE

Chottanikkara Devi Temple is the most important Temple including the 393 shrines spread over three district of Kerala. There is a "MAKOM Thozhal" or worship on the Makom day which is the most important festivals of the temple to celebrate in the month of Kumbham in February / March.

Chottanikkara Devi Temple

This is one of the most famous Devi temples in south india.

The deity here is said to be very powerful and thousands of visitors come here seeking blessings.

Attracts devotees from world over which shows the faith they have.

Temple is very clean and nicely maintained.

Address : Chottanikkara, Kochi, Kerala 682312, India

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Jain Temple was built in 1960. It is dedicated to Shri Dharmanath the 15th Jain Tirthankar. The architecture of the temple is inspired from the Jain Temple of Gujarat. There are several temples spread over a large area including various blocks constructed for prayers and several sites.

Jain Temple, Mattancherry, kochi

This Jain Temple is famous for its Pigeon Feeding activity.

Biggest attraction of this Jain temple complex is the sight of seeing the feeding of the birds at midday.

The pigeons are well around the temple spirals high up in the sky close to noon.

Beautiful atmosphere and great feeling of peace here.

Address : 5/688, Gujarati Rd, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002, India