There’s a reason Kochi is called “Gods own country”. An enchanting city in Kerala full of lush greenery, Kochi is a marvel to explore whether on foot or on bicycle and is everything that encapsulates tourism in Kerala. Upon first look, it’s clear that the city has been heavily influenced by the likes of the Dutch, British and the Portuguese who have all left their mark around the region in terms of architecture and landmarks.
With that in mind, it’s easy to get lost in everything the place has to offer you. Here’s a list of things you just can’t miss on your travel to Gods own country.
- Chinese Fishing Nets
A major landmark in Kochi. The towering fishing nets are arguably Kochi’s most recognizable site so much that they’re even used to represent Kochi symbolically. They’ve been around since the 14th century and are still used to fish. What makes this landmark in Kochi fascinating is the fact that fishmongers will even let you operate them. During the late evening, fish can be purchased from the mongers and can be cooked at nearby shacks.
- Jew Town
Before we move forward with this, don’t be fooled by the name. It’s not what you think it is. The town in Kochi is famous for its collection of glamorous jewelry and artifacts that are sold at attractive rates. The town is also famous for its spices which is evident by the distinct smell you get the moment you enter the area. While the compact lanes and colorful houses along it make for some very classy photographs, the town remains one of the busiest areas in Kochi throughout the day.
- Kashi Art Café
Why put a café on this list? The Kashi Art Café is quite possibly the most happening coffee shop in Kochi. What makes the place very prominent is the presentation of the café and the homemade food offered. The interiors are filled with delightfully bizarre artwork accompanied by classy new wave music that makes for a very relaxing experience overall.
Kerala is very well known for its Ayurvedic treatment and Kochi pays great homage to that providing various options for treatment. One of the more prominent treatment centres lie at the Fort Ayurveda Spa, at The Fort House hotel in Fort Kochi which provides treatment at very reasonable prices. The hotels placement along the shoreline make for a very relaxing experience.
- Local eats and treats
What makes Kochi just as memorable a place is its vibrant culture. That’s where its local food culture comes into play. The city is packed with local restaurants and roadside stalls that provide some pretty delicious treats to curb your hunger at incredibly affordable rates. This is a great way to get involved with the local culture and tradition of the place.
The Kathakali is a traditional form of dance represented as a fine art of Kerala’s tradition. At first glance, it seems very unusual with the characters dressed in red robes, their faces painted green and their eyes almost bloodshot red. But what many don’t realize is that the dance form tries to tell a very mythological yet meaningful story through its music and subtle dance moves.
- The Santa Cruz Basilica
The Basilica is known landmark among every resident in Kochi. The church excels in its magnificence both inside and outside and is regarded by many as one of the finest churches ever visited by tourists. What’s amazing is that the church was initially built in 1558, demolished and then rebuilt by 1905. The church has stood still ever since.
- Lulu Mall
Dubbed by many as the largest mall in India. The mall has everything: Shops, Restaurants, A Supermarket, A Multiplex, A Food court and even an Ice rink! Spanning 17 acres and with a total retail floor area of 1.7 million square feet, it is the 80th largest shopping mall in World and is arguably the most visited place in the city by tourists and residents alike.