- Duration: 1 Hour
- Timings: 10 AM -5 PM. Closed on Fridays & National Holidays
- Entry Fee Rs. 2 per person
Built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja ofkochiin 1555 AD, it took on its present popular name 'Dutch Palace' after 1663, when the Dutch carried out some extensions and renovations in the palace. Today, it is a portrait gallery of the Cochin Rajas and notable for some of the best mythological murals in India. The entrance to the Palace compound is through two arches which are typically Portuguese in character. The Palace with two floors built around a central courtyard follows the traditional Kerala style of architecture known as Nalukettus. From the outside, the palace looks European in character .The palace also houses Pazhayannur Bhagavati Temple, Lord Krishna Temple and Lord Siva Temple
Cochin Jewish Synagogue
- Duration: 30 Mins
- Timings: 10 AM to 12 PM & 3 PM to 5 PM. Closed on Saturdays & on Jewish holidays
- Entry Fee Rs. 5 per person
Jewish Synagogue is the oldest synagogue the Commonwealth of Nations. Located in Jew Town in Mattancherry area of Kochi city, it is also known as Paradesi Synagogue and Mattancherry Synagogue.It is constructed in 1568 by Cochin Jewish community who mainly migrated fromMiddle East and Europe. The synagogue was built on a land gifted to the Malabari Yehuden community (Cochin Jews) by Kochi Rajas. It was rebuilt and renovated by the Dutch after the 1662 war, which partially destroyed it. This synagogue has Scrolls of Law,a number of gold crowns that were received as gifts, beautiful chandeliers, a brass railed pulpit, a clock tower and refines Chinese tiles hand painted in blue, are also kept displayed.
Santa Cruz Basilica
- Duration: 30 Mins
- Timings: 7 AM to 6.30 PM on alldays & 8 AM to 6.30 PM on Sundays
This church was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul 1V in 1558. Later the British demolished the structure and Bishop Dom Gomez Vereira commissioned a new building in 1887. Consecrated in 1905, Santa Cruz was proclaimed a Basilica by the Pope John Paul II in 1984. It is one of the 8 basilicas in India and one of the oldest churches in India.The Church has two lofty spires and a remarkably bright, white-washed exterior and a pastel-colored interior. The interiors of the church are mostly Gothic. The columns decorated with frescoes and murals, the seven large canvas paintings on the passion and death on the Cross, especially the painting of the Last Supper, modeled on the famous painting of Leonardo da Vinci and the beautiful stained glass windows add to the artistic grandeur of the place.
St Francis church
Saint Francis Church originally built in 1503, is one of the oldest European churches in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent.The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon.
Chinese Fishing Nets
- Duration: 30 Mins
- Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
- Entry Fee Rs. 10 for Indians and Rs. 25 for Foreigners
The nets were introduced in Fort Kochi by the Chinese explorer, Zheng He. The Chinese fishing nets in Kochi Harbor were set up between 1350 and 1450 AD. The Kochi beaches are beautifully lined with Chinese nets. The nets are fixed land installations, which are used for a very unique and unusual method of fishing. Operated from the shore, these nets are set up on bamboo and teak poles and held horizontally by huge mechanisms, which lower them into the sea. They look somewhat like hammocks and are counter-weighed by large stones tied to ropes. The entire structure of the Chinese fishing nets is 10 meter in height, spreads 20 meter over the water body and is operated by a team of six fishermen.
Fort Kochi Beach
- Duration: 30min
- Timings: 24 Hours
The main attraction of Fort Kochi Beach is the historic Fort that is the best example of Indo -European architecture. The raw and unused stretch of beach is a loner's delight, where one could swim and play. If you are lucky, you also get sight of a dolphin.The beach is the venue for Kochi Carnival held on the New Year eve which is a colorful festival not to be missed. The Chinese Fishing Nets are located on this beach. St.Francis Church, one of the oldest churches in India is less than 1 Km from the Beach Gallery Of Contemporary
Cochin Port Maritime Heritage Museum
A unique Museum depicting Maritime Heritage of Cochin, evolution of Willingdon Island, etc.where rare photographs and old maritime equipments are on display.
Construction of Venduruthy Rail-Road bridges Mattanchery bridgeandwharves,arrival of first train at Kochi, residence and car of Sir Robert Bristow,reclamation of Ernakulam foreshore, loading of elephant gifted by Chacha Nehru to the children of Russia, Mattanchery shore lined up with boats from Alleppey,etc. and models of Mariners’Clock, Mechanical calculator, Under Water Searching Tool, Steering Unit, etc. are displayedin the Museum.A shop to purchase takeaways is also available
The Marine Drive stretches from the Jankar Jetty in the north to the Ernakulam Boat Jetty in the south. It is built facing the backwaters, and is a popular hangout for the locals. It is an important shopping centre in Kochi. The place offers wonderful views of sunset over the sea mouth. The gentle breeze from the Vembanad Lake has made Marine Drive an important tourist spot in Kochi. The 140 meter walkway passes through bridges, the Rainbow bridge and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge. Country boats and motor boats are available at both the ends of walkway for rides in the backwaters.
Museum Of Kerala History
Kerala Museum (also known as the Museum of Kerala History) at Edapally, Kochi, India, is one of the oldest art and history museums in Kochi. The museum was founded by philanthropist and entrepreneur R. Madhavan Nayar (1914-1996) in 1986. It is managed by the Madhavan Nayar Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
Kerala Museum has three galleries: the Museum of Kerala History, the Dolls Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art.