Kochi

Kochi, previously known as Cochin, is a costal city in the state of Kerala. Kochi is a culturally and financially important centre in the Kerala State. Kochi is filled with travel destinations pertaining mainly of historic religious sites, beaches, pilgrimage centers and the nature surrounding Western Ghats. Kochi has a typical costal climate, learning towards a humid climate in the summers. Kochi is the perfect mix of natural beauty combined with diverse and rich culture.

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Aspinwall House, Kochi
Within Kochi city limits
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Aspinwall House is a large sea-facing heritage property with a prominent art gallery, located in Fort Kochi on the way to Mattancherry. The property was originally the business premises of Aspinwall and Company Ltd. established in 1867 by English trader John H Aspinwall. It is located within Kochi city limits, in the Fort Kochi area.

Under the guidance of Aspinwall the Company traded in coconut oil, pepper, timber, lemon grass oil, ginger, turmeric, spices, hides and later in coir, coffee, tea and rubber. The large compound contains office buildings, a residential bungalow and a nu...

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Athirapally Waterfalls
70 kms from Kochi city limits
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Athirapally Waterfalls is located on the west-flowing Chalakudy River near the Vazhachal Forest Division and the Sholayar ranges, this 24-metre (80 ft) waterfall and the nearby Vazhachal Falls are popular tourist destinations. It is located 60 km from Thrissur city and 70 km northeast of Kochi city. Visitors can reach the top of the waterfall via a paved path that leads through thick bamboo clusters.

Athirappilly Falls is the largest waterfall in Kerala and is nicknamed \"The Niagara of India\". Falling from a height of 80 feet, this is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the ...

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Bastion Bungalow (Bastin Bunglow) is historic Dutch monument/building located in Fort Kochi area of Kochi city. It has been declared a protected monument by the State Archaeology Department. The name Bastion Bunglow is derived from its location on the site of the Stromberg Bastion of the old Dutch fort. It is located within city limits.

Bastin Bungalow is noticeable mainly because of its Dutch style architecture and also due to the fact that it is built into the ramparts of a massive fortification wall. The Dutch captured this area later on and destroyed most of the fort. This ele...

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Bolgatty Palace is a historic Dutch palace that now has been converted into a tourist resort. Once you have landed in Kochi City, you can reach the place with the help of hired cars, taxis, auto-rickshaws or ferry. Overlooking the backwaters of the Laccadive Sea and adjacent to the Kochi International Marina, this relaxed resort, Bolgatty is 4. 7 km from the Shiva Temple Ernakulam Hindu temple and 15 km from Mattancherry Palace.

Kochin houses a beautiful resort within the oldest dutch palace in the scenic Kochin. The place has lot of greenery and romantic ambience and easily acces...

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Chavakkad Beach
92 kms from Kochi city limits
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Chavakkad Beach is a beach on the coast of Arabian Sea is one of the best beaches along the West Coastwith coconut bordered sea-shore and gives a pleasing view of rare natural beauty. It is counted amongst Kerala’s most popular beaches because the beach is unexplored by domestic tourists. It is located at a distance of around 92 Kms from the city of Kochi(Cochin), Kerala.

Chavakkad Beach is the place where the sea confluences with a river. It lies on the coast of Arabian Sea and attracts lots of tourists throughout the year. This meeting of the sea with the river is known as Azhi...

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Cheeyappara waterfall is a famous natural waterfall at Idukki, located on the way to Munnar from Kochi (Cochin), Kerala. It\'s known for its palm-lined beaches, backwaters, a network of canals and now-a-days for the trekking trails surrounding the waterfalls. It is around 84 Kms west of the Kochi city.

Gushing down the rocky slope of the mountain, this stunning 1000 feet high waterfall looks enchanting with evergreen forest surrounding the place. With several trekking trails surrounding the Cheeyappara Waterfall, it has become a heaven for trekkers in recent years. Trekking and ot...

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Cherai Beach
25 kms from Kochi city limits
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Cherai Beach is a sandy beach near the city of Kochi (Cochin), Kerala. The beach located on the north-end of the Vypeen(Vypin) Island and is said to be ideal for swimming. It is located at a distance of 25 Kms from Kochi. The Cherai beach is lined with luscious green coconut groves and paddy fields which make the destination picturesque. The atmopshere around Cherai beach is a combination of the sea and the backwaters, studded with seashells of various hues and shapes. Thick coconut groves and Chinese fishing nets on the waterfront are added attractions. Dolphins are occasionally seen on the w...

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Chimmony Dam
95 kms from Kochi city limits
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Chimmony (Chimminy) Dam is an artificial water resevior located along the western ghats in Mukundapuram taluk of Trichur, Kerala. This Dam is located inside Chimmony (Chimminy) Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located at a distance of around 95 Kms from the city of Kochi.

The sanctuary is an important bird area with 192 recorded avian species. Established in 1984, the sanctuary with an area of about 100 km² is on the Western slopes of the Nelliyampathi hills. The Kole land in Thrissur is famous for its Unique system of cultivation. 067 km2 is on the Western slopes of the Nelliyampathi ...

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Chimmony(Chimmini) Wildlife Sanctuary is National wildlife preserve located in the Webstern Ghats. The sanctuary is an important bird area with 192 recorded avian species. A recent survey recorded the presence of the lesser fish eagle (Ichthyophaga humilis), which until recently was only known from the foothills of the Himalayas. It is located at a disntace of about 95 Kms from the city of Kochi.

Chimmony(Chimmini) Wildlife Sanctuary comes under the watershed zone of the Chimmony Lake and surrounded by the mountain ranges in the western slopes of the Nelliyampathy hills are rich w...

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The Chottanikkara Temple is a popular Hindu temple dedicated to mother goddess Bhagavathi, located located at Chottanikkara near Ernakulam, Kerala. It is located at a distace of 17 Kms from the city of Kochi (Cochin). According to a popular belief, the temple of Chottanikkara is a living legend shrowned in magnificent mythology and awe-inspiring truth. Its historical appeal and traditional influence on generations of people is tremendous. The temple situated in a hilly region, is surrounded on all sides by green farms. In the main temple, the golden hued idol of Bhagavathy 4 to 5 ft. high, is ...

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Church of Saint Francis is a historic church located in the city of Kochi (Cochin), India. The church is well-known for withstanding three colonial powers without a change;it is said to be the oldest churche built by the Europeans in India. It is located within Kochi city limits. The Saint Francis church was first consutrcted in 1503 by the Portugese. The church was the most venerable relic of Portuguese power to be seen outside Europe. The church has a lofty structure with a gabled timber framed roof covered with tiles. A stepped pinnacle is constructed on both sides of the façade, which is v...

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Cochin Spice Market
Within Kochi city limits
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Cochi spice market is one of the oldest and largest of traditional marketplaces of Kochi city. Located at M. G. Road, Cochin Spice Market is also known as \'Aunty\'s Store\'. The market is famous for the wide range of available spices, from which the name is derived. It is located within Cochi city limits.

It is an amazing market full of a variety of spices. The area is well-known as Broadway and is reachable via road. From the market a harbor and other market places are from a walking distance. Cochin Spice Market offers many spices out of which black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, n...

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Cochin Tirumala Devaswom, also called Gosripuram is the biggest and most important socio-religious institution of Gowda Saraswat Brahmins of Kerala. The temple is situated at Cherlai in the heart of Mattancherry town in Cochin area. The main idol of Gosripuram is Venkateswara with his consorts, Sreedevi and Bhoodevi on his either sides. The idol is placed on the top of the Simhasan. There are four sub-temple or shrines inside the temple premises, there are temples dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi, Hanuman, Garuda and Vigneshwara. Outside the temple yard, there are statues of the Vijayanagara k...

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Cranganore Fort
44 kms from Kochi city limits
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Kottappuram Fort - referred to popularly as Cranganore Fort and now known as Kodungallur Fort - is a historical ruins of a fort located near the town of Kodungallur, Kerala. The fort is about 2 km from the town of Kodungallur. It is located at a distance of around 44 Kms from the city of Kochi, Kerala.

Originally called the Fortaleza da Sao Tome, the Cranganore Fort stone fort was built by the Portuguese in 1523. Much of the fort\'s structure is in ruins, thanks to Tipu Sultan who destroyed it in the year 1662-63. Due to this reason, the remains of the fort are sometimes referred ...

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David Hall Cafe, Kochi
Within Kochi city limits
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David Cafe hall is a historic building in the coty of Kochi(Cochin), Kerala. David Hall Cafe is the result of resoration efforts undertaken on an old and grand Dutch Bungalow. It is situated opposite to Parade Ground in Fort Kochi.

David Hall Cafe offers the visitors a peaceful place to enjoy delicious cuisine, mesmerizing art and performance of artists. The place allows various artists to showcase their talent. Their cuisine includes foreign dishes like pizzas, seafood spaghetti, crepe and much more. The place constantly hosts a variety of art exhibitions. Apart from those David H...

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Dharmanath Jain Temple - also known simply as Jain Temple, is a prominent Jain religious institution located on the Gujarati Road, Mattancherry, Kochi(Cochin), Kerala. It is one of the most famous Jain temples in the city of Kochi and is also famous for the daily mass pigeon feeding.

Dharmanath Jain Temple dedicated to the Jain Tirthankar Shri Dharmanath, the 15th Jain Tirthankar, has a very elegant architecture. The temple is more than a century old and renovations have been made on multiple occasions. Dharmanath Jain Temple is colourful and has lots of cut stones in beige colour...

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The Durbar Hall Ground is located on the Durbar Hall Road. The art Gallery was formerly known as the Parikshit Thampuran museum. Built in the 1850s by the Maharaja of Cochin to host his Royal court, the Durbar Hall has had many incarnations over its 150 year history. How to reach:By air: Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport. By rail: Ernakulam Junction station in Cochin is the nearest railway station. By road: One can go by buses, taxis or auto rickshaws.

The art Gallery was formerly known as the Parikshit Thampuran museum. Legendary video artist Gary Hill\'s work h...

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Edamalayar Dam
60 kms from Kochi city limits
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Edamalayar(Idamalayar) Dam is one of the majot artificial water reservoirs of Kerala ,located near Vadattupara. It covers an area of 25 km² and is located in Ernakulam district about 60 km north-east of Kochi. The Idamalayar Dam is located on the Idamalayar River, a tributary of the Periyar River in Kerala.

Birds, animals, rivers, trees, flowers, fruits, hills, valleys, rainforests all flock here as they know that Kerala is their right abode. This natural spot is a spectacular visual treat for the adventurous nature lovers as the rendezvous of the rocks, waters and rainforests giv...

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Edappally Mar Geevarghese Sahada Palli, officially know as St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church, is a historic place of worship located in the city of Kochi (Cochin), Kerala. Built in 594 AD, Edappally Palli is one of the oldest churches in India. The main church entrance has 33 steps, symbolizing the 33 years of Christ\'s life. The main altar has been renovated by incorporating the picture of Virgin Mary which was surrounded by sculptures, angels and vines. The church has a combination of European and Keralite architectural features. This unique combination enhances the appearance o...

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Ernakulam Shiva Temple, also referred to as Ernakulathappan Temple, is one of the major and historic temples located in the city of Kochi (Cochin) Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, locally known as Ernakulathappan. The temple is located within Kochi city limits. The Ernakulam Shiva Temple is built in typical Kerala temple architecture. The Sanctum complex is circular with fine sculpted walls. The temple has two gates, the western Gopuram is a two storied structure in typical Kerala architecture with gabled roofs and slanting windows. The roof is covered with copper tiles. The temp...

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Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is an ancient Shiva temple located 11 kms off Kottayam, Kerala. The temple is famous for its murals, especially the painting of Nataraja in the gopuram.

There is a golden flag staff inside the temple. On the top of it is the idol of a bull surrounded by small bells and metal leaves of the banyan tree and in terms of architecture this temples stands out to be an ultimate testament for the vishwakarma Sthapathis, for their engineering skills. The temple roofs are covered with copper sheets and it has 14 ornamental tops. Myths have it that the Pandavas and t...

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The Kochi Fort Beach Museum is a Museum located in Fort Kochi area of Kochi, Kerala - located in the vicinity of the Fort Kochi Beach. The museum houses collections pertaining mainly to the time of Portugese rule at Kochi. It is located within city limits.

Kochi Fort Beach Museum currently houses some outstanding collections and is well known for its artistic and architectural marvels, which bear the mark of strong Portuguese influence. It empowered with architectural and artistic magnificence and the colors of the medieval style. Kochi Fort Beach Museum also showcases collections...

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Fort Kochi Beach
6 kms from Kochi city limits
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Fort Kochi Beach, also referred to as Mahatma Gandhi Beach, is a beach along the Arabian Sea situated in the city of Kochi (Cochin), Kerala. It is quite near to Kochi city, located at a distance of 6Km from city center. Fort Kochi Beach a serene beach that offers a scenic view and natural beauty to its visitors. One of the main attractions of this beach is the historic fort, which is the perfect example of the European architectureRecently, Chinese fishing nets ave become yet another point of interest around the Fort Kochi beach area. Colonial-style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline, a...

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Greenix Village, Kochi
8 kms from Kochi city limits
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Greenix Village is a popular cultural centre, set in Fort Kochi, about 8 Kms away from the main Ernakulam Town in Kerala. Located on the Calvetty Road - situated almost in the heart of Fort Kochi, Greenix Village covers an area of 28000 square feet dedicated to presenting various facets of Kerala’s culture.

A cultural multiplex, it comprises 2 large theatres for dance performances, a cultural museum, a Kalaripayattu Training and performing Square, an Art Gallery, foreign exchange counter, a restaurant, a Spice Shop, a Souvenier Shop, ayurvedic spa, dental spa and also a yoga centr...

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Hill Palace is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala, located at Tripunithura, Kochi (Cochin). It is located at a distace of 12 Kms from Kochi city center. Hill Palace, Tripunithura was once the Imperial Administrative office and official residence of Cochin Maharaja. The complex houses an very large archaeological museum, a heritage museum, a deer park, a pre-historic park, a children’s park and consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style of Kerala. The campus of the museum also has several rare species of medicinal plants. The Hill Palace campus was built in the yea...

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Kadamattom Church
31 kms from Kochi city limits
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Kadamattom church, also referred to as St. George\'s Church, is a historic relisious site located next to Kochi-Madurai National Highway near the city of Kochi (Cochin), Kerala. It is situated between Kolenchery and Muvattupuzha towns in the Ernakulam District. It is located at a distance of around 31 Kms from the Kochi city.

The church involves many stories and myths. It is believed to have been constructed in 9th century AD by Mar Sabor. It is believed by many that Mar Sabor was a holy man with exceptional knowledge of medicine and also had miraculous powers. As you enter the ch...

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Kaduthuruthy(Kadathuruthy) Shiva Temple is also known as Thali Temple meaning the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated 25 km away from Kottayam district and shares its border with Kochi Metropolitan Area. It is located at a distance of around 45 Kms from the city of Kochi(Cochin), Kerala.

Kadathuruthy Shiva temple is amongst three famous temples of Kottayam which are Ettumanur, Kadathuruthy Shiva temple and Vaikam. It is believed that it is auspicious to visit these three temples in a day before sunset. Kadathuruthy Shiva temple is situated on a small hill but it is p...

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Kashi Art Cafe, Kochi
Within Kochi city limits
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Kashi Art Cafe is a prominent Art gallery located at Burgher Street, Fort Cochin. It is an ambient place that offers nature, art and delicious food. It is located at Fort Kochi, within Kochi city limits

Kashi Art Cafe was established in 1997 and since then it has been a place where nature meets art. The place offers a tropical garden to fill stomachs and hearts. Their signature dish is their chocolate cake and lemonade. The place has an amazing gallery that showcases the grandest contemporary art exhibitions by famed artists namely Zakir Hussain, Valsan Koorma, Anant Joshi, Sosa Jos...

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Keezharkuthu, also known as the \"Rainbow Waterfall\", is a waterfall, is a popular tourist sport near Idukki. The falls are located in deep forest and can be reached by trekking through the forests for over 2 Kms. The falls is at a distance of 6 Kms from Udambannoor which is connected by bus from Idukki. It is located at a distance of around 95 Kms from the city of Kochi.

Keezharkuthu waterfalls is an ideal spot for enjoying adventurous activities like rock climbing, mountaineering and camp tracking. The surrounding pristine forests of Kaithappara hills are home to several medici...

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Kerala Folklore Museum is a cultural hub located in the city of Kochi (Cochin), Kerala. It is located within Kochi city limits. Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum is built in the Malabar, Cochin and Travancore style of architecture. The skilled woodword is visible all throughout the three-storied structure. The entrance is constructed from the remnants of a 16th century temple in Tamil Nadu and wooden carvings collected from across Kerala. The first floor with the Cochin architectural style is named as kalithattu, which means a floor for play and it displays costumes of various traditional and...

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Kerala Kathakali Centre
Within Kochi city limits
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The Kerala Kathakali Centre is a traditional art and dance center located in Kochi (Cochin), Kerela. The center is located within Kochi city limits. Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre art forms in the world and the Kathakali Centre in kerela provides one of the best Kathakali performances. In traditional, wood-lined theatre, Kerala Kathakali Centre provides a useful introduction to Kathakali, complete with handy translations of the night’s story. The centre also hosts performances of classical music from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM Sunday to Friday and traditional dance on Saturday. Kerala Kathakal...

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Kodanad Elephant Training Centre is known for the decades-old elephant domestication center is one of the largest elephant training centers of South India. Elephant Training Center is located 45 kms northeast of Kochi in Kerala. The training centre has been shifted to newly constructed zoo called Abhayaranyam, which is around 3-5 kms from this location.

This place is also known for the best suited location for various movies. They were trained using Mahouts, specially skilled people also known as \'Paappaan\' in Malayalam language. Kodanad is known for its ‘Elephant Kraal’, elepha...

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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
49 kms from Kochi city limits
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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, also known as Vembanad Bird Sanctuary, is situated at Kumarakom in Kottayam district in the Indian state of Kerala, on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Set in the Kerala Backwaters the bird sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds. It is loacted at a distance of 49 Kms from the Kochi(Cochin) city.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is spread over 14 acres - on the southern bank of the Kavanar River. There is a system of paths for moving around within the sanctuary. Beyond the sanctuary, one can take a boat ride in Vembanad Lake or along the Kavanar River. The ma...

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Kuttanad
75 kms from Kochi city limits
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The area known as Kuttanad, also known as the \"Rice Bowl of Kerala\", stretches for 75km from Kollam in the south to Kochi in the north, sandwiched between the sea and the hills. Kuttanad is perhaps, most famous for its vast paddy fields and geographical characteristics. The district is also famous for its snake boat races in the Ramankari Backwaters and also houses a number of historic colonial buildings and a beach. Kuttanad is located at a distance of 75 Kms from Kochi(Cochin), Kerala.

Kuttanadu is the region with the lowest altitude in India, with 500 square kilometers of the...

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Kuzhupilly Beach
30 kms from Kochi city limits
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Kuzhupilly beach, located in Vypeen or Vypin, is a white, sandy beach is ideal for swimming - located 5 km off the Cherai Beach. The beach is connected to the backwaters and it\'s quite pretty and clean in comparison to the other beaches. It is located at a distance of around 30 Kms from Kochi.

Visitors can take the ferry near Fort Cochin to reach the island Vypin and then visit the backwaters and beach. Despite its proximity to the Cherai Beach, The Kuzhupilly beach has a village atmosphere and the scene is not very crowded. The view of the sea is exhailarating from the beach and...

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Malankara Dam
68 kms from Kochi city limits
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Malankara Dam and Lake is a man-made reservior and artificial lake is located on the Thodupuzha – Moolamattom Road covering an area of around 11 km. The dam is constucted across the Thodupuzha River. It is located at a distance of 68 Kms from the city of Kochi, Kerala.

The reservoir is ideal for boating and fishing. Malankara dam is open to tourists round the year. Also a park is under construction nearby to the reservoir covering an adjacent 15 acre islandKudayathoor Mala, a picturesque hillock 6 km from Malankara dam site, is ideal for trekking, Elaveezha Poonchira, 6 km upstrea...

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Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
5 kms from Kochi city limits
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Managalavanam Bird Santuary is a beautiful place to visit it offers the visitors variety of bird species. Managalavanam Bird Santuary is primarily popular for the presence of migratory birds. The Bird Sanctuary is located well close to city limits, about 4 km from Ernakulam.

Managalavanam Bird Santuary is a sprawling wildlife preserve in the heart of bustling city, the santuary consists of 18-acres of Mangroves. Thickly imbedded with a variety of trees and plants, including teak, the sanctuary enjoys a cool temperature. The sanctuary is densely imbedded with plants like eucalyptu...

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Marari Beach
44 kms from Kochi city limits
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Marari Beach is a beach in Alappuzha District of Kerala, India, 11 km from Alappuzha (Alleppey) town. It was rated as one of the worlds top five HAMMOCK BEACH by National Geographic survey. It is located at a distance of 44 Kms from the city of Kochi.

Marari Beach in Kerala is eternal with coconut palm trees and golden sands. The beach is quite beautiful and the name \'Marari\' arises from \'Mararikulum\', which is a local village on the Arabian Sea Coast.

During the month of August, visitors can also try and enjoy Snake Boat Races. Adventurous activities such as sea su...

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Marine Drive, Kochi
9 kms from Kochi city limits

Marine Drive is a popular promenade in city of Kochi (Cochin), Kerala. With several shopping malls it is as an important centre of shopping activity in Kochi. Also cinema halls, restaurants, cafés and supermarkets line the drive. It is located at a distance of 8. 6 Km from Kochi city center. Marine Drive, Kochi consists of 140 m walkway that stretches from the Jankar Jetty (north) to the Emakulam Boat Jetty (South). There are three beautiful contemporary bridges along the walkway: the Rainbow bridge, the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge and the House Boat Bridge. There are also several boat jetties ...

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Mattancherry Palace, known as the Dutch Palace, is a historic colonial Portuguese palace located in Mattancherry, Kochi(Cochin), Kerala. It is located within Kochi city limits. The Portuguese built the palace and presented it to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the Palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. The interior of the palace features Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. The palace is a quadrangular structure built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture, with a courtyard in the middle. A Bhagavathi Temple in the central cour...

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Museum of Kerala History, also referred to as Kerala Charithra Museum, is a prominent museum located in Ernakulam, Kerela. It is located at a distance of 20Km from Kochi (Cochin) city center. A statue of Parasurama, the sage who is said to have created Kerala by reclaiming the land from the sea, greets the visitor. This is a monument to the history of Kerala and homage to its makers. Museum of Kerala History is a quiet ethnic building hidden in the shades of huge trees. Light and sound shows are regularly organised with commentaries in English and Malayalam. There is also a gallery for paintin...

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Paliam Palace, also referred to as Paliam Dutch Palace, is a historic palace located in Chendamangalam, Kochi. The Paliam Palace, residence of the Paliath Achans, hereditary Prime Ministers to the former Maharajas of Kochi, is one of the architectural splendours of Kerala. It is located at adistance of around 35 Kms from Kachi (Cochin) city center.

The palace depicts clear influence of Dutch architecture. The building features, elaborately carved wooden staircases and balustrades and thick walls with splayed openings. It has three rivers, seven inlets, hillocks and large expanses...

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Paradesi Synagogue, Kochi
Within Kochi city limits
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The Paradesi Synagogue, also referred to as Mattancherry Synagogue, is a Jewish common prayer hall located in the city of Kochi (Cochin), Kerala. Built in the year of 1567, the Jewish Synagogue of Kochi is the oldest synagogue in all the Commonwealth of Nations. It is located adjacent to Mattancherry Palace, within Kochi city limits. The Jewish Synagogue is located in what is today known as the Jew Town of Kochi. On entering the synagogue, a large main hall with displays of rare antique objects add to the grandeur of the place. The light falling through the large open windows make the sight of...

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Peechi Dam
96 kms from Kochi city limits
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Peechi Dam, a concrete straight gravity dam, located at a distance of 23 km from Thrissur is the main irrigation project of the Peechi city; what started as an irrigation project has now burgeoned into a popular picnic spot, which offers boating facilities at the reservoir. The surroundings of the Dam is stuffed with natural beauty and different varieties of flora can be seen here. It is located at a distance of around 96 Kms from the city of Kochi.

Peechi Dam is one of the ideal spots to attract tourists with its vast catchment area, botanical gardens and lush green forests. Bu...

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Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary is a national reserved wildlife refuge area located 20 Km east of Thrissur, Kerala. The Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous with the forest areas of Nelliyampathy and Palappilly reserves, and shares a common boundary with the Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located at a distance of 119 Kms from the city of Kochi.

Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary is surrounded by hills, forests, and reservoir-lakes and houses a large variety of flora and fauna. Most of the sanctuary is covered by deciduous forests, but it also has some evergreen and...

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Poonjar Palace
82 kms from Kochi city limits
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Poonjar Palace is a historic monument located near Erattupetta, Kerala. The ancient palace and temples dedicated to Sree Dharma Shastha and Meenakshi are located on the banks of the Meenachil River. It is located at a distance of 82 Kms from the city of Kochi.

Poonjar Palace was built by Poonjar Rajas 600 years ago. The Poonjar palace follows the traditional architectural styles of ancient Chera and Pandya Kingdoms is a privileged historic destination. The palace houses a wide array of royal antiques, beautiful sculptures and lamps engraved from rocks. The Place has a museum that ...

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Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
62 kms from Kochi city limits
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Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, also referred to as also called as Thattekadu Bird Sanctuary, is bird preserve situated at a distance of 62 kms from Kochi city. The santuary is named after Dr. Salim Ali, an internationally renowned Ornithologist who reported that the area was extremely rich in bird diversity and that it should be made into a bird sanctuary.

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary spreads over an area of 25 square kilometre at the foot of the Western Ghats. Thattekkadu is made up of tropical evergreen and deciduous forests and some grassland patches. The entrance to the Sanctuary lies a...

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Santa Cruz Basilica is a very popular and a historic church located in the city of Kochi (Cochin), Kerala. It is located in Fort Kochi, within Kochi city limits. Santa Cruz Basilica is one of the eight Basilicas in Kerala and was built more than 500 years ago. It is a place of devotion as well as a center of historic significance, endowed with architectural and artistic grandeur and colours of the gothic style. The Basilica has magnificent Indo-European and Gothic architecture and the grandeur in the use of colours. The interiors of the church are mostly a blend of the Indo - European and the ...

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Sholayar Dam
128 kms from Kochi city limits
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Sholayar Dam is a water reservoir located 30 kms from Valparai town, Kerala. This dam is located on the way to Atherapally from Valparai. It is located at a distance of around 128 Kms from the city of Kochi.

The vast and deep reservoir is spread over a large area with still blue water and the green forests on the sides of the reservoir makes it a nice sport to spend few hours. Built across the Chalakkudi River in 1965, the dam offers a breath taking view of landscapes to tourist with its turquoise waters on one side and forest on the other. The dam is divided into two, one is call...

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Sri Vallabha Temple, Kochi
92 kms from Kochi city limits
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Sri Vallabha Temple is one of the oldest and biggest temples in Kerala and a major destination for devotees all over India for centuries. It is one of the most important religious Hindu sites in the state of Kerala. It is located in Thiruvalla, at a distance of around 92 Kms from Kochi city.

Sri Vallabha Temple compound consists of a sprawling campus that is more than 8 acres in area. Sri Vallabha Temple has a pond called Ilavanthi theertham and is located at the north-east corner of the temple. The rule for darshan at this temple: - first offer prayers to Ganapathy, Sastha, Bhagav...

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Martha Mariam Church is a historic religious site located in Kuravilangad, 20 Kms off Kottyam, Kerala. The Church is formally known as St. Mary\'s Forane Church. It is located at a distance of around 50 Kms from Kochi city.

Constructed in the year of 105 AD, this Church belongs to the diocese of Palai. It is believed that Mother Mary appeared to a few children in this area and asked them to build a church at the place from where a miraculous spring emerged, which exists even today. The church was built and a statue of the Virgin Mary carved from granite is installed here. A 48 feet...

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Thommankuthu waterfalls is a series of seven-step cascades and pools amidst a forest setting located in Idukki district. This marvellous spot is located 18 km from Thodupuzha in Idukki district and is one of the major eco-tourism centres in Kerala. It is located at a distance of around 62 Kms from the city of Kochi.

The wild beauty of the jungle and the small streams coming from the nearby hills allows visitors to hold the worries and relax in the lap of nature. Major attractions at Thommankuthu are forest trekking and bathing in the waterfall. One can trek 12 km to the mountain w...

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Thrikkakara Temple
18.6 kms from Kochi city limits
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Thrikkakara Temple, also known as Thrikkakara Vamana Moorthy Temple, is a Hindu Temple located in the village of Thrikkakara,Ernakulam, Kerala. It is located at a distance of 18. 6 Km from Kochi (Cochin) city. Thrikkakara Temple is one of the few temples in India dedicated to Lord Vamana. There is also an adjoining Siva temple where Maharaja Mahabali worshiped. The temple houses lithic records of historic significance, and it finds mention in many of the hymns sung by the Tamil Vaishnavite Alwars. It is the center of celebrations and place of origin for the popular Onam festival of Kerala. The...

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Valara Waterfalls
92 kms from Kochi city limits
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Valara waterfalls is a waterfall located on the way from Kochi to Munnar, just ahead of Cheeyappara waterfalls. This is a huge waterfall on way from Kochi to Munnar which is visible from the roadside - at a very far distance. It is considered as one of the major waterfalls in Kerala state. It is loacted at a distance of around 92 Kms from Kochi city.

Valara has chain of waterfalls surrounded by thick green forests. The scenic beauty is good with lush green forests around. The waterfalls are a huge deluge coming down from the hilltop and at the road level, goes underneath and emerg...

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Vallarpadam Church
12.4 kms from Kochi city limits
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Vallarpadam Church, also referred to as The Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, is a pilgriage center in Vallarpadam-Ernakulam , Kerela. It is located at a distance of 12. 4 Kms from Kochi (Cochin) city. The Vallarpadam Church, popularly also know as Vallarpadathamma, is an ancient european church and one of the oldest European churches in the country. The Church itself is a magnificent, stately building in white, set in spotlessly clean rambling grounds surrounded by beautiful backwaters. The Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom is famous mainly due to the apparent miracles that have been attributed Va...

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Vatanappally Beach
77 kms from Kochi city limits
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Vatanapally beach is a natural beach on the Areabian Sea oceanfront located near Thrissur town. Beach is not very popular amongst tourists and is ideal for a peaceful and a relaxing timeout. It is located at a distance of around 77 Kms from the city of Kochi.

This calm and pleasant beach is a dreamy destination for many tourists. It is an enchanting strip of golden sand laced with the rich greenery of coconut palms. \'Snehatheeram\' is a nearby tourist beach situated at Talikulam, which is about 4 km from Vadanappally. A pleasant and clean beach situated in Arabian coast just 18 k...

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Vazhachal Waterfalls
78 kms from Kochi city limits
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Vazhachal Waterfalls is a natural waterfall located within the Sholayar forest ranges. Vazhachal Waterfalls is placed on the west-flowing Chalakudy River near the Vazhachal Forest Division and at the edge of the Sholayar ranges. It is located at a distance of 78 Kms from the city of Kochi.

The picturesque Vazhachal waterfall is close to dense green forests and is a part of the Chalakudy river. The located of the waterfalls amidst the forest as well as the Sholyar rangees present a unique opportunity to experience the rich flora and fauna of Athirapally-Vazhachal Ecotourim, coverin...

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Vypin Lighthouse
24 kms from Kochi city limits
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Vypin lighthouse, also known as the Cochin Lighthouse is located in Vypin Island, Kerala. The light house is located at close proximity to the Puthuvype Beach. The tower has a height of 43 meters and is made of double layered concrete. The light beam has the range of 28 nautical miles. It is possible to reach to the top of the lighthouse using the life and witness the scenery. It provides a nice place to view the sun set and displays a scenic view of beach from the top. The atmohspere around the Vypin Lighthouse is quite serene and peaceful. The Vypin lighthouse remains closed during Monday\'s...

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Willingdon Island is a man-made island which is a 5 minute ferry ride from the jetty at Fort Cochin, located 6km away from Ernakulam Junction. Cochin shipyard is also located near this island. Willingdon Island today plays an important role in the city of Kochi and houses some of the district\'s best hotels, commercial and industrial offices. Cochin (Willingdon Island) is within Driving distance of Kochi (Cochin) - around 11 Kms.

Cochin has been a diverse, international destination for centuries, and today’s tourists find locals and home to Willingdon Island. Willingdon Island is...

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