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Things to do in Kochi
Monday, November 19th, 2012

By Sudha Mathew

Kochi, also referred to as Cochin, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city in Kerala today. If you look behind its modern trappings, you can uncover the layers added over 2000 years by Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and English traders, hungry for Kerala’s spices. This fragrant complex history means that there’s a lot of things to do in Cochin. So to make it easier, I have shortlisted the top things to do in Kochi as simple  lists.  It is convenient to print it out and carry around as a quick reference.

Things to do in Kochi
Photo credit: http://kerala2dolist.blogspot.in/


Top 5 Sights to see in Kochi 

  • 16th century Paradesi Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry
  • St Francis Church, Fort Kochi where Vasco da Gama was originally buried
  • Dutch Palace at Mattancherry
  • Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi
  • Hill Palace, Tripunithira – originally the Kochi Raja’s residence, now the largest archaeological museum in Kerala.


Top 4 Experiences in Kochi 

Kathakali - things to do in Cochin
Photo credit: http://www.keralatourism.org/

  • Travel back in time walking through the streets of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry.
  • Watch a traditional Kerala dance performance, Kathakali.
  • Get an ayurvedic massage to soothe away urban stress.
  • Eat an authentic vegetarian meal on a leaf, the Kerala sadya or try out some of the finger-licking good seafood and meat dishes.


Top 3 Souvenirs to buy in Kochi

  • Exquisitely woven white and gold Kerala kasavu saris
  • Pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and other spices
  • Kathakali masks for wall art decor.


Best Hotels in Cochin

seek&hide has a handpicked selection of special hotels in Kochi that will enhance your holiday through their charm, hospitality and architectural heritage. Decide between a royal villa, 100-year-old colonial bungalows and secret garden homes. http://www.goseekandhide.com/category/cochin-hotels/ 

Vaamika Island - hotel in Kochi

Most popular itineraries in Kerala

If you only have -

Houseboat in Kerala backwaters

1 day –   Spend a day and night on a houseboat cruise in Alleppey backwaters

2 days – Relax in the backwaters at Kumarakom

3 days –Visit the prettiest hill station in Kerala, Munnar and bring back some fragrant tea.

4 days – Visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady and the rolling tea estates of Munnar.

If you have more than 4 days, I would suggest that you get a customized travel plan to see the popular attractions in Kerala.

If you want more information about things to do in Cochin or Kochi as it is called now, here’s a detailed travel guide for Cochin http://www.goseekandhide.com/destination-guide-kerala-kochi/

Please feel free to write to me at reservations@goseekandhide.com for any assistance with planning your itinerary to explore the wonderful state of Kerala and its neighboring states.



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The wise man travels to discover himself - JR Lowell


My name is Sudha Mathew. I'm an ex-banker who quit the rat race after a decade to follow my passion for travel and to combine it with my experience in understanding client requirements and exceeding their expectations.


While our content is mostly about the holiday experience, the accommodation and services, there's so much more to a journey. I have discovered a whole new me through travel. So I've reserved this corner of the website to share the unexpected aspects of travel. This space is also to hear from you about your journeys and discoveries. Bon Voyage!

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