Nestled on the south-western coast of India, Kochi is a popular tourist destination in Kerala. You will be intrigued to know that this historic port city served as the main center of the spice trade in India. As you explore the historical sites, churches, synagogues, you will see a display of Dutch and Portuguese architectural elements that speak of a rich cultural heritage. While it is not an easy task to create an itinerary covering all these attractions in Kochi, we have done it for you! Here is a comprehensive 3-day itinerary to explore the best sightseeing and things to do in Kochi:
Travelling to Kochi:
By Air: The best and fastest way to travel to Kochi from Delhi is by flight. The average duration of the flight is approximately 6 hours 26 minutes.
By Train: For an affordable option, book a seat on any express train from New Delhi railway station to Kochi. The average travel time by train is 45 hours.
By Road: Book a bus ride via Coimbatore to reach Kochi from New Delhi in approximately 41 hours.
The weather during the monsoon can get rainy, so it is advised to pack some umbrellas during your trip to Kochi.
Morning Walk by the Fort Kochi Beach
For a refreshing start to a memorable vacation, head out to Fort Kochi Beach where you will see rows of colossal Chinese fishing nets suspended over the sea as fishermen collect the night’s catch. Walk alongside the shoreline and busy seaport dotted with colonial-style bungalows. Check out the ruins of Fort Emmanuel, which is the first Portuguese fort on the continent.
Breakfast at Teapot Café
After the morning stroll, proceed for a delicious breakfast at the Teapot Café, which is 5 minutes drive from the beach. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with fried eggs, waffles, turkey bacon, sausages, and fresh orange juice. After your meal, order a cup of freshly brewed latte with some fresh bakes of the day.
Embark on a Historic Tour of Fort Kochi
Explore the historic town of Fort Kochi that exudes rustic colonial vibes. Dotted with European-style architecture, majestic churches, artsy cafes, Dutch bungalows, and manor houses, Fort Kochi is best explored on a bike.
Places to Visit in Fort Kochi
Embark on a trip down the bygone era by exploring these heritage sites that are located within walking distance of each other. When you visit the Santa Cruz Basilica, you will be captivated by the Gothic architecture and intricate artwork in the church interiors. To gain an insight into the Portuguese influence on the city, head to the Indo – Portuguese Museum. You will be intrigued to know that the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama’s body was kept buried in St. Francis Church for 14 years before being taken to Lisbon. Explore the aesthetic beauty and bask in the serene ambiance of the ancient St. Francis Church.
Explore the architectural beauty of the Mattancherry Palace
Mattancherry Palace features a regal structure that dates back to the 16th-century Portuguese colonial rule in Cochin. Explore the interiors of the palace that features a Nalukettu style of architecture and is adorned with murals. If you love art, check out the collection of portraits and exhibits of the ruling kings of Cochin. This Palace is open to tourists every day except for Fridays and Saturdays. To avoid crowds, visit later in the afternoon from 2.00 pm to 4.45 pm; closed on Fridays and Saturdays
Explore a Jewish Synagogue
Experience the oldest culture in the world by visiting the Jew Synagogue, which is the oldest active synagogue in India. The edifice of this Synagogue features a clock tower, Belgian glass chandeliers, and elegantly decorated interiors. Explore the Torah scrolls and attend the daily readings from the Law of Moses by a Rabbi. The floor of the synagogue is adorned with hand-painted 18th-century Chinese porcelain tiles. This synagogue is closed on Saturdays to observe the weekly Sabbath day.
Coffee at Cafe Jew Town
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After exploring the synagogue, treat yourself to a cup of coffee and some kosher delicacies at Cafe Jew Town. Order a hot cup of cappuccino with some Dutch pancake for a tasty treat.
Explore the Hill Palace
The Hill Palace is a sprawling property spread over 54 acres once served as the official residence of the king of Cochin. As one of the largest archaeological museums in Kerala, it houses many exhibits like royal crowns and ornaments. Get a glimpse of the royal living and opulence of the Maharajas of Cochin. This palace remains closed for tourists on Mondays and national holidays. After exploring the rich heritage of the Archaeological Museum, take a stroll at the adjacent Deer Park.
Lunch at Grand Pavilion
After exploring the historic Fort Kochi, head out to Grand Pavilion for an authentic taste of Malabar cuisine. Located in the Grand Hotel, this restaurant features a minimalist chic ambiance and offers an elaborate menu featuring lip-smacking dishes from Kerala. For a taste of Kerala, order Alleppy Fish Curry and Syrian Beef Curry with rice. For a sweet treat, order creme caramel with some South Indian coffee.
Shopping at M.G. Road
For an exciting shopping experience, head to the M.G. Road, a 45-minute drive from the Hill Palace. Shop your heart out from the stores selling fabrics, apparel, spices, souvenirs, etc.
Evening Stroll at Marine Drive
After all the sightseeing and shopping, head to Marine Drive to relax and unwind! Spending a relaxed evening walking by Marine Drive is the best way to wrap up your Kochi trip. Take a stroll along the scenic promenade while basking in the captivating views of the backwaters and sunset. Capture some memorable photos of the sunset with your camera while enjoying your time in Marine Drive
Dinner at Ceylon Bake House
Enjoy a delicious dinner at the Ceylon Bake House located at the MG Road. This restaurant features a minimalist ambiance with chic wooden furnishing. Order authentic Chettinad and Kerala cuisine from their elaborate menu.
After dinner, it is time to draw the blinds and enjoy a restful night before you head back home. Once back at the hotel, ask the concierge for a wake-up call to reach the airport just in time for your return flight.
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