19 Must See Places Near Kochi

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2012 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness. Lot more locations has been added to this post. 

Places Near Kochi

Kochi, the largest city in Kerala, is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. Kochi (or Cochin, as it is also known) has some fabulous hideouts and getaways that are always a hit with the holiday crowd.

If you’ve included a trip to Kochi in your Kerala holiday itinerary, you’re sure to have a blast! From historical monuments to scenic locations, Kochi provides visitors a wide array of things to do and places to see.

Interested in an escapade to this mesmerizing city? Be sure to check out this updated list of 19 must see places near Kochi!!

1. Fort Kochi

Chinese Fishing nets at Fort KochiFort Kochi is situated about 13 km from Ernakulam and is famous for Chinese fishing nets, picturesque beaches and architectural style of the buildings. European style is clearly evident and that makes this small town stands apart from other towns in Kerala.

2. Jew Synagogue and Jew Town

Jewish Synagogue Kochi Jew synagogue (Paradesi Synagogue) is built in 1568  and is one of the oldest active synagogues.  This synagogue  is located in the old part of Mattenchery Town in Kochi known as Jew Town.

3. Dutch Palace

Dutch Palace, MattencheryThe Dutch Palace (also known as Mattenchery Palace) is very near to the Jew town. It was built in 1555 A.D by the Portuguese and presented to Veera Kerala Varma, Raja of Kochi. It has a huge collection of Kerala Temple murals, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi.

4. Marine Drive

Marine drive

It is a popular meeting jaunt for localites (…me included!) This scenic pathway is built facing the Vembanad lake. The walkway has two recently built bridges; the Rainbow bridge and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge. The sunset view from here is simply awesome!

Marine Drive Kochi Sunset View
Sunset view from Marine Drive, Kochi

Well, I couldn’t help myself….but post this second picture as well! Isn’t it beautiful?

Get free tour plan5.  Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach

Located in Vypin Island, Kochi, Cherai Beach is  one of the beautiful beaches facing the Arabian sea.  It is about 25 Kms from Cochin and is an ideal place to unwind and enjoy the long sandy beach!

6. Hill Palace Museum

Thripunithura Hill Palace Museum

 Image by Rojypala via Wikimedia

Hill palace museum is the Kerala’s first heritage museum and is also the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. It is situated near Tripunithura, Kochi. It was built in 1865 and was the administrative headquarters of Kochi Rajas.

7. Bolgatty Palace
Bolgatty Palace, Kochi

This palace was built by Dutch in 1744 and is one of the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland. Bolgatty palace is located in Bolgatty Island, Kochi. It is now converted into a heritage resort by the state.

8. Kodanad Elephant Training Center

Baby Elephants at Kodanad

Kodanad is a rural village near Cochin which is around 42 Kms from Ernakulam town. This place is famous for the elephant training centre established in 1950.  Because of the Indian government ban to elephant capture,  Kodanad is now just a rescue training centre for stranded baby elephants and wounded elephants.
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9.  Willingdon Island

Willingdon IslandImage by roshan_ushus via Flickr

Willingdon Island is a man-made island created in 1933 under the supervision of Sir Robert Bristow. Up until recently Cochin airport, Seaport and the railway terminus (Cochin Harbor Terminus) were functioning on this island. Now, the Cochin Port Trust and the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command function here.

Airport continues to function as naval aviation wing. There are beautiful walkways and jetty’s on this island. My favorite is the “Embarkation Jetty”.  It has a walkway and a jetty close by. A good place to enjoy a leisure walk over evening sun!

10. Backwaters of Kochi

Backwaters of Kochi

A backwater cruise in Cochin is the highlight of the tour.  You can enjoy natures’ bounty through the huge proliferation of palm and coconut trees lining the pellucid waters, and marvel at the quiet ambience generated by the quintessential moments of Cochin, especially when you pass through Fort Kochi and Mattancherry areas.

The backwaters of Kochi are best enjoyed through backwater cruises and you can choose from several package tours that are charted and planned according to the convenience of the traveller.

11. Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

Image by albany_tim via Wikimedia

Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica in Fort Kochi is an important Basicilla in India, one of the eight and magnificently constructed edifices of its time.  The cathedral church of the Diocese of Cochin is an important tourism destination. The most noticing feature of the Basilica is the two lofty spires that greet you from a distance. And of course, the reproduction of the Last Supper is truly magnificent and a feast for the eyes.

12. Museum of Kerala History

Museum of Kerala History at Edappally is a must visit destination for ardent lovers of history and for people who want to know about the history of Kerala. A lovely reproduction of Parasurama, the legend and reincarnation of Lord Vishnu greets you right at the door.

Museum of Kerala History is also known as MadhavaNayar Foundation and showcases amazing episodes of various ancient historical events, including commentaries and life-size tableaux. You can also enjoy more than 200 original works of famous Indian artists.

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13. Pallipuram Fort 

Pallipuram Fort

Image by Challiyan via Wikimedia

Pallipuram Fort was built by the Portuguese and is considered to be the oldest such surviving monument in the India. The monument is more than 513 years old and still holds a great deal of attraction to its visitors. The fort is evidence of the stunning architectural nuances followed by the Europeans in those times.

Definitely worth a visit when you are traversing through Cochin. The fort is also known by the following names – Ayikkotta and Alikkotta.

14. Athirappilly Falls

Athirapally Waterfalls

The calming, soothing sound of Athirappilly Falls is the sound that greets the visitor here. Plummeting down 80 feet to Chalakkudy River, the picturesque Athirapilly Falls in Thrissur district is a very famous and very busy tourism destination. Be ready for a mesmerizing spell, right here at the Sholayar forest range.

15. Chottanikkara Temple

Chottanikkara Temple

Image by Roney Maxwell via Wikimedia

Sri Chottanikkara Bhagvathy Temple is the abode of millions of devotees who come here with many woes and pains. The huge golden idol, bedecked with jewels, flowers and various adornments is a sight to behold. Be ready to feel the positive vibrations emanating from the temple and take part in the festivities and poojas(rituals) to remove any afflictions you are suffering from.

16. Paliam Palace,Chendamangalam

Paliyam Palace

Included in the famed Muziris project in Kerala, Chendamangalam and the Paliam Palace are enjoying renewed attention. The Paliath Achans were the prime ministers of the Maharajas of Cochin and the palace in which they lived in bear evidence to the richness and splendor of a bygone era.
While visiting Paliam Palace, you can also enjoy viewing a typical Kerala-style palace and observe how their lived there and maintained it during the Maharaja’s time.

You can also visit Kottayil Kovilakam and the Vypeenkotta Seminary, both located quite near the palace. At Kottayil Kovilakam, you can see a temple, church and mosque built next to each other; a perfect example of religious tolerance.

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17. Malayattoor


Image by Dilshad Roshan via Wikimedia

Malayattoor in the northeast part of Kochi houses the famous St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. This shrine is internationally well known and thus attracts people from all over the world. Malayatoor means the meeting place of the land, river and mountain, and here, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery the area around Kurisumudy is famous for. A must-visit!

18. Vypeen Island Zone 

Vypeen Island Zone

Image by P.K.Niyogi via Wikimedia

Vypeen Island Zone is where Arabian Sea merges with Vembanad Lake and where you can see Fort Kochi on one side. It is believed that the island zone was formed as a result of a heavy flood during 1341. Vypeen Island Zone is so beautiful and magnificent that you would get the feeling that it is a painting that escaped from its canvas.

You can reach Vypeen Island through the boat and jetty services offered from Fort Kochi. The ethereal Goshree bridge that connects Cochin with Vypeen can also be seen here. Worth visiting!

19. Wonderla Amusement Park (Veegaland)

Wonderla Kochi

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Being a leading amusement park in Kochi, Wonderla Amusement Park is a must visit destination for people travelling with kids. The clean, safe, hygienic and well-maintained park is a joy where you can spend an entire day exploring the adventurous rides; plenty of these rides are water based. There are special rides for children and thrillers for adults. An amazing experience!

So, have you booked your tickets to Kochi yet?

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If I have missed any great hideouts near Cochin, do mention. I love to check out new places and destinations!

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I am the Inbound Marketing and Creative Head for Paradise Holidays, Cochin a Kerala based tour operator. I love reading, exploring places and trying out new dishes!

71 Responses

  1. avatar
    Aparana at | | Reply

    Thanks for sharing………….
    Next week I arranged tour over Kerala with my friends, we already booked our Online bus ticket . This information is very useful to us.I hope we will enjoy over there.

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    Rajeev Nambiar at | | Reply

    Thanks.Very useful info. Planning to have a trip during vacation in July.



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      Ratheesh R.Nath at | | Reply


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    bharath at | | Reply

    Really thanks a ton…!!!! great info…Thanks for sharing…

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      Ratheesh R.Nath at | | Reply

      thank you sir

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    nagesh bl at | | Reply

    I am planning for a trip in next year with my friends, children and collegues and I got a beautiful information from your site. A wonderful highlights of places thank you.

  5. avatar
    hari pratap at | | Reply

    my wife and i are planning to visit kochi on sept 24. we will be staying for a couple of days .what are some of the places as a must see in kochi? no temples please.

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    karthick at | | Reply

    Thank you…
    We have planned to visit kerala next month…I need some details about the resorts r hotels…Can u send some details about the hotels or resorts….
    We are 70 students of an Engineering college…

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      Ratheesh R.Nath at | | Reply

      sure sir

  7. avatar
    Sameer Luman at | | Reply

    How time will be require to cover all these 9 locations in Kochi? Do I need to plan for a stay at Kochi to cover these locations?

    1. avatar
      Ratheesh R.Nath at | | Reply

      One full day should be enough

  8. avatar
    ashwin deshmukh at | | Reply

    I am planing to visit kerala for two nights and two days , please advsie what would be better to get at kochi or trivendrum because i shall be coming from chennai and going back to Mumbai, I would prefer natural beauty , beach resort only no temple no historical place please advise on ashwindeshmukh68@gmail.com

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      Ratheesh R.Nath at | | Reply

      you may please book to and from cochin.

  9. avatar
    Manash Chatterjee at | | Reply

    Please contact me for booking a trip in early 2014 (jan-feb) to Kochi and Allepey. I will travel from and Hyderabad and again back.

  10. avatar
    Prashant Koli at | | Reply

    Nicely presented.Hope to see all these places in a day. We have booked our package through you and hope to have a great time.

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    Gopal at | | Reply


    I plan to go cochin, allapey, munnar thekaadi. could you help which good to see. 4days 3nights.

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    Krishna at | | Reply

    I wanted to visit kochi with familyi in dec2013. Wanted to knw for how many days shud I visit.. N some intresting places…

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    Govind at | | Reply

    What is best time to visit Cochin. I am planning to visit during 1st week of December 2013.
    Many thanks in advance and kind Regards

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    SANDHYA G at | | Reply

    Can you please tell me what are the other places that can be visited near Cochin.
    Is Alleppy close by?? I would like to visit Guruvayur too. Some information on how to reach these places would be helpful.

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    iPavan Tiwari at | | Reply

    I am planning to visit Kerala( Cochin-munnar-Thekkady-Allepey). My timing would be around 16-17 January. Will land Cochin via train. Holiday period around 5-6 days. Will leave from Cochin for benguluru. Could you arrange my itinerary?? Thanks

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    Abhay at | | Reply

    We are going to Lakhsdweep and we have 1 full day free. Can visiting above places be arranged in a day trip? My travel plan is –
    Arrival 21-Dec 9PM
    Departure – 23-Dec 10AM
    22Dec is the full day with me.

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    Robin Thomas at | | Reply

    Hai we need to Below Places , how much need to this also how much you charging per head

    1. Jew Synagogue and Jew Town
    2. Dutch Palace
    3. Bolgatty Palace
    4. Hill Palace

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    Dinesh at | | Reply

    I would luv to know the details of visiting ChottanikaaraBhagavathy Amman temple. I would be traveling with about 7 family members 3 of them are children. I would also like to know the accommodation and travel facilities regarding the temple visit and also local sightseeing. We are planning to visit around May 26th to May 28th. 2014. Could you please guide me how to plan my travel plans as we are from Chennai and would like to travel in train to Kerala. Please also let me know the places of interest and the distance from Ernakulam. Thanking you in advance
    With regards

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    debasis nag at | | Reply

    1 day tour at munnar, 2 days tour for thekaddy, 2 days tour at cochi, 1 day tour at aleppy, 2 days tour at kovalamagain and last 1 day tour at cochi

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    Anshul Mittal at | | Reply


    I am planning for 4 days kerela trip . I would be travelling with my family for Cochin – Allepy – Munnar – cochin between 12- 15 June. I would also like to know the accommodation and travel facilities regarding the local sightseeing.
    Can you assist me in planning this trip.
    Also, I would like to tell you, I have a friend’s marriage to attend in cochin on 14th.
    Thanks in Advance.


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    k.thiruppathi. at | | Reply

    madam your informations and photograps are really amazing.we are planning to visit cochine during may first weak. but we are middle ciass family.let me know about the lodging and food charges in cochine? thank you.

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    Khizar Ahmed at | | Reply

    Hi Mam,

    I am visiting Munnar this May and I am planning to cover a one day trip to Cochi and I would like to get the details for this. Could you please help me in getting these?


  23. avatar
    anis ramli at | | Reply

    May I know how do I get around thse attractions in cochin ? Is public transport doable ? Tq for your help

  24. avatar
    Manoj Jain at | | Reply

    Great information and will be very useful for me as I am holidaying in Kumarakom and also planning to see places of interest in Kochi. Thanks a lot

  25. avatar
    Diya Giri at | | Reply

    We want to visit Kochi and nearby places in late September 2014. Anybody can guide where to visit, what to see etc? We would like to taste Kerala food, fish and want to have typical spices. Please respond me. We are a couple having two kids aged 8-10 years.

    Divya Giri
    Kathmandu, Nepal

  26. avatar
    Bhavik Jadav at | | Reply

    Thanks for some great places and ofcouse beautiful pics..Cant wait for next week i.e., 1st of August me and some friends are coming to Ernakulam/Cochin 😉

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    guzal at | | Reply

    hi, am travelling to india for the first time, going to cochin for some treatment meanwhile also would like to see some places , please advice as ill be coming on 23 aug

  28. avatar
    Ramesh at | | Reply

    Hi Sunu,

    Your blog provided me a lot information about kochi must see places and We are visiting Kochi in late September. Could you please provides us the stay and travel details?

    We planned for 5 days trip.


  29. avatar
    kishorekatragadda at | | Reply

    Hello Sunu,
    We have already booked for keral site seeing for 3 nights and 4 days in Paradise

    look forward to experience the good hospitality to make memorable…..and we are coming on 23.oct-2014
    Thank YOu

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    Praveen Bajaj at | | Reply

    Good informative blog. I am visiting kerla from 23-28 Nov. I will arrive at kochi on 23rd at 1:10 pm by air and leave on same day at 11:30pm by train. I have a daughter (22yrs) on wheel chair. Can you guide me what place should we go to see in kochi?

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    v p sachar at | | Reply

    For two days, budgeted plan for me and my spouse. Accmodation already fixed by me

  32. avatar
    kartikn at | | Reply

    Very usefull information about tourism…

  33. avatar
    krishna at | | Reply

    Hi Sunu Philip,

    I am travelling with my family to kochi from bangalore in the month april 2015 for three days, 4th day morning, will travel back to Bangalore from kochi, can you please help in planning the trip, its first time for us to kerala. await for your reply.

    thanks in advance.

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    Stephen at | | Reply

    Nice comments and help seen and I look forward to my visit to Kerala this coming week thru your operators – Sylvia who is arranging our plan. My travel dates are from 4th Feb – 10 Feb…look forward to see this wonderful place.

  35. avatar
    Rohit Choudhar. at | | Reply

    I am in kochi right now, all alone. Waiting for KTDC backwater 1 day tour to start.

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    Mani at | | Reply

    Hello there,

    Do you think 2 days are enough to see al the places?

  37. avatar
    Rosmi at | | Reply

    Hi Sunu,

    We are planning a half day outing to a near by place in Kochi. Looking for some amount of refreshment and good food. We are based at Kakkanad. Could you advise for some places.

    Rosmi Joseph

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    singhmonika at | | Reply

    Kochi places wonderful and amazing website post.

  39. avatar
    Agna at | | Reply

    Thnk u fr yr valuable.. infrmationzz☆

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    Rudolph.A.Furtado at | | Reply

    Will be visiting Kochi in March 2016 and your blog is extremely informative.

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    Sangram Keshari Dash at | | Reply

    I want a holiday trip wih my family for 10 days. Please contact me. Thank you

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    B at | | Reply

    Very informative sight.! Keep making it better.! Thank you.! I need some planned trip route/prices etc. for a two full day sight seeing tours of Kochi, covering everything.! Shoot me an email pls

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