Village Life Experience Package
Village Backwater Cruise in Non Mechanized Covered Country Boat
Half Day Village Backwater Cruise
Exclusive Village Backwater Cruise in Mechanized DayCruise Houseboat at Vaikom Backwater Village
Elephant Training Camp & Village Backwater Cruise
Elephant Training Camp and Cascade Tour in Athirapilly, Vazhachal
Tourist Spots in Cochin
Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi: The Chinese nets (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China! Many earn their livelihood by these massive nets. A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets.
Fort Kochi Beach: A stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the Chinese nets and sailing ships in the background, is a memorable experience. Many European style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline. The coastal stretch has loads of small stalls, which make on demand mouth-watering traditional cuisines using freshly caught
St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi: It is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. On his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Francis Church. Later his remains were taken back to Portugal. In spite of that, his burial spot inside the church has been clearly marked out.
Vasco House, Fort Kochi: Vasco house, located on Rose Street, is believed to be one of the oldest Portuguese houses in India. Vasco da Gama is believed to have lived here. This house features European glass paned windows and verandas’.
Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Kochi: The original church, situated in Fort Kochi, was built by the Portuguese in 1505 and named as a cathedral in 1558. The British colonists destroyed the cathedral in 1795. The current structure was built in 1905 and raised to the status of a basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1984.
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary: Mangalavanam is a protected bird sanctuary situated right in the heart of Kochi city. It is the home of many exotic and rare varieties of migratory and resident birds. Mangalavanam is located right next to the High Court of Kerala.
Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Mattancherry: The synagogue, built in 1568, is magnicently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. It is located near the Dutch Palace in Mattancherry.
Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), Mattancherry: The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portuguese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch it and presented it to the Raja of Kochi. Coronation of many Rajas of Kochi was held here. The palace has a collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. The palace is located in Mattancherry.
Parikshith Thampuran Museum: This Rajas of Cochin used to conduct their durbars in this impressive building located within the Durbar Hall grounds. It was later converted to a museum which has a treasure trove of archaeological dig and relics including old coins, sculptures, oil paintings and murals. The building has been taken over by the Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy and now houses the Gallery of Contemporary Art. All the exhibits of the museum have been moved to the Hill Palace museum.
Cherai Beach: This lovely beach ideal for swimming is located on the north end of Vypeen Island, one of the many small islands just off the mainland. The beach is lined by gorgeous coconut groves and paddy Vypeen can be reached by land or by boat.
Marine Drive: A stroll along the long tree-lined coastal pathway that lines the backwater is well worth the time spent, especially late afternoon or dusk. The bustling backwaters, dotted boats, speedboats, ships, tankers and passenger boats, can be observed from this walkway that lines the coast.
Willington Island: This man-made island was created in 1933 by sand dredged while deepening the backwaters for the Cochin Port, under the direction of Sir Robert Bristow. A while back the Airport, Sea port and the railway terminus (Cochin Harbour Terminus) were situated on this island. Today, it is the home of the Cochin Port and the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command. The airport continues to be the naval air station, while the main airport has been moved to Nedumbassery, 30kms north-east of Cochin. Most of the trains now terminate at Ernakulum Junction instead of Cochin Harbour Terminus.
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kaloor: The Nehru stadium in Kaloor has a seating capacity of 60,000 in multiple tiers. It is the fourth largest stadium in India and the largest in Kerala. The ground is lit by a set of unique convex pylon s that arch over the ground. The stadium is home to both the Kerala Ranji cricket team as well as FC Kochi football team.
Boat ride: The backwaters separating Ernakulum from Fort Kochi and Mattanchery are dotted with many small and mid-sized islands. A boat ride through the backwaters is an unforgettable experience.
Kathakali performance: See India Foundation (Kalathiparambil Road, near the Ernakulum Junction railway station), The Cochin Cultural Centre (Manikath Road, behind Medical Trust Hospital) and Art Kerala (Kannanthodathu Lane, near Valanjambalam Temple) organises Kathakali performances every evening. Kathakali is a traditional dance form of Kerala and the impressive facial expressions, hand gestures and dance moves will leave one spellbound.