Amusement Park, Entertainment
A great way for both adults and kids to let their hair down and enjoy, the Wonderla Amusement park is a must-try if you are a fan of adrenaline-thumping rides and carnival-like ambiances. Its clean, organized and well maintained. There a number of entertainment options for children and adults of all ages. Apart from these there are many other specialties including XD Max, a 3-D virtual reality attraction and Indias first ultra modern 500 seats digital indoor Musical Fountain with laser show. The park offers a perfect getaway for unwinding oneself
Wonderla Amusement Park
An incredible introduction to the amazing dance forms of Kerala, the Kathakali Centre makes for a cosy venue to showcase the impressive eye movements and colourful costumes that make the dance forms of Kerala so intriguing. A number of shows are performed on a daily basis and visitors can also gawk at the elaborate make-up techniques that make the dancers look so other-worldly.
Kerala Kathakali Centre
Religious Site, Temple, Architecture
Chottanikkara Bhagavathy temple is the most famous temple in Kochi. Two main deities are presiding here which can be seen in Melekkavu and Keezkkavu. Rajarajeswari is presiding in Melkkavu. Keezhkkavu Bhagavathy is badrakali in ugra form. Considered to be a powerful deity so effective that it is rumoured to cure mental illness, the god Bhagavathy is understandably famous amongst people of Kerala. The temple architecture represents traditional Kerala designs. It attracts hundreds of devotees on a daily basis and the aartis are greatly revered
Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple
Museum, Exhibition , Sculpture
Everything in this museum is a treasure celebrating Kerala and its heritage, including the building itself. Combining the architectural styles of Malabar, Cochin and Travancore, the museum was imagined as a temple to art. It’s very entrance is made from parts of an 16th century temple in Tamil Nadu and various carvings from around Kerala. The first floor of the museum focuses on dance – Theyyam, Kathakali, Ottanthullal, and Mohiniyattam – and their various costumes. The floor above focuses on painting, and just check out the ceiling, which is made from 60 different frames. The last floor is a beautiful performance theatre. Altogether there are 4000 artefacts on exhibit including masks, sculptures, instruments, utensils, manuscripts and jewellery
Kerala Folklore Museum
Food And Drinks, Market, Neighborhoods , Old Town
Jew Town is famous for the antique shops all along its sides. The Jew Town is a narrow street between Mattancherry Palace and the Synagogue. This is a wonderful place to hang out. Its clean and safe. Its full of shops where you can browse through some exotic knick knacks and shop for some genuine antiques. Scores of small firms huddle together in old, dilapidated buildings and the air is filled with the biting aromas of ginger, cardamom, cumin, turmeric and cloves
The Paradesi Synagogue, in a corner of Jew Town, is more than a hundred years old and houses many rare antiques. The synagogue, that woos many visitors, adds to the quaint charm of Mattancherry. The word Paradesi means foreigner in many Indian languages. It refers to the White Jews – A mixture of Jews from Kodungalloor, Middle East and Europe. Enter the synagogue and the large main hall arrests your attention with display of rare antique objects that add to the grandeur of the place. The light falling through the large open windows make the sight of chandeliers and lamps more delightful. These glass chandeliers dangling from the ceiling belong to the 19th century and were imported from Belgium
Museum, Palace, Exhibition
A tour of the museum would feel like a walk through a story-book. Artifacts and exhibits, rearranged chronologically, tell the history of Cochin in an engaging way. Into its third phase of renovation, the Dutch Palace museum in Mattancherry has murals that have been pictographically explained. Once the abode of the Cochin Royal Family, it has preserved objects used by the membersclothes, jewellery and other items such as an ivory palanquin, royal umbrellas, howdah, coins, stamps and drawings. It also has a portrait gallery of the Cochin Rajas. The structure, believed to have been built by the Portuguese in early 16th century and modified by the Dutch in 1663, was restored and declared a centrally-protected monument in 1951 by the Archaeological Survey of India. It was established as a museum in 1985
Walking Area, Cafe, Restaurant, Shopping Center
Starting from the High Court Junction and going on until Rajendra Maidan, this pretty promenade is Kochi’s favourite hangout for many reasons. For one, it faces westwards, towards Ernakulam’s famed backwaters. Three picturesque bridges span the waters. There are shopping malls, cinemas, cafes and restaurants along its side. It’s a lovely place for both sunrises and sunsets. A gentle breeze is almost always blowing. There are several boat jetties. Thousands walk the promenade in the evenings. And though the buildings are not tall, the drive actually has something of a photogenic skyline. At night the buildings and the promenade are both lit up. Best of all, it is car-free pedestrian zone
Marine Drive Ground
Church, Religious Site
Built by the Portuguese in 1524, this church is dedicated to the Holy Mary of Vallarpadam, also known as ‘Vallarapadath Amma’. The first church was destroyed by floods, so they built this one in 1676. Locals claim the patron saint of the church is responsible for saving the lives of her followers from storms. From September 16 to 24, the church’s festival, the Feast of Vallarpadathamma, draws thousands of pilgrims, making it one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites in India. It is a beautiful white building standing on a serene island.
Church, Religious Site
St. Francis Church is India’s earliest European church. Built by the Portuguese in the early 1500’s, this wooden church with its simple whitewashed facade became the model for later churches. It was dedicated to St. Anthony.
It was originally surrounded by the Portuguese fort which gave the town its name; Fort Cochin. A stone church soon replaced the original wooden church. All of the Portuguese Catholic churches were destroyed except for this one – when the Dutch gained control of Fort Cochin. In later years when the British took control of the church it was rededicated to St. Francis
St. Francis Church
Church, Religious Site
The Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, located in the Kochi city of Kerala, make up a very popular tourist attraction. They are fixed land installations, which are used for a very unique and unusual method of fishing. Operated from the shore, these nets are set up on bamboo and teak poles and held horizontally by huge mechanisms, which lower them into the sea. They look somewhat like hammocks and are counter-weighed by large stones tied to ropes.
The place is a glimpse into the life of the fishing community which has been converted into a tourist spot. Many people offer to allow tourists to use the nets and they cook your catch for you.