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Places to Visit

Alappuzha (60 km from Kochi)

Alappuzha (60 km from Kochi)

Venice of the East having a peculiar geographical feature where the water is in level with the land. This gives the tourists a chance of getting a closer look at the village life on shore while on a backwater ride. Sailing along in a Kettuvallam (House boat) through the enchanting backwaters of Alappuzha is sure to rob your heart. Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are sights one can never forget.

Kovalam (235 km from Kochi)

Kovalam (235 km from Kochi)

This group of crescent shaped beaches is one of the best in India. With clean sandy stretches, opportunities for water sports and ayurvedic masseurs offering their services to visitors alongside the beach, you are sure to enjoy a relaxing vacation in this idyllic beach paradise.

Kumarakom (78km from Kochi)

Kumarakom (78km from Kochi)

Kumarakom, a cluster of little islands located on the banks of the Vembanadu Lake in Kerala. Renowned for its natural beauty, Kumarakom is an ideal base to experience the famous Kerala backwaters, replete with meanderings lagoons, coconut trees, endless stretches of paddy fields interspersed by the waterways and canals. Just 16 Km from Kottayam, Kumarakom is also home to the famous Vembanad Bird Sanctuary.

Munnar (130km from Kochi)

Munnar (130km from Kochi)

Located in the High Ranges of Kerala, Munnar is a vision in Green. Some of the highest tea-estates in Kerala can be seen in Munnar. The hills surrounding this scenic hill station are carpeted with tea & spice plantations and pleasing greenery. One may also take nature walks; go for trekking, bird watching and go for fishing in the mist laden Munnar.

Periyar Wild life Sanctuary- Thekkady (191 km from Kochi)

Periyar Wild life Sanctuary- Thekkady (191 km from Kochi)

This wildlife sanctuary in the Idukki district of Kerala is set around the Periyar Lake-an artificial lake created by a dam on the Periyar River. Originally the royal hunting ground of the Maharajas of Travancore, Periyar is now a protected National Park. Tourists often take a boat cruise along the lake, to get a glimpse of the animals that might come to the waters edge to quench their thirst.

Wayanad (300 km from Kochi)

Wayanad (300 km from Kochi)

Wayanad district was formed in Nov-01-1980 as the 12th district of Kerala, carving out regions from Kannur and Kozhikode districts, located on the north-east of Kerala. This stands high on southern tip of Deccan plateau. The striking element is the majestic rugged terrain of western ghats. It is a land totally encompassed by dense thick forest, and deep valleys. This is revenue earning district for the state as lots of condiments like vanilla, tea, coffee, pepper, cardamon are grown here. very cool cliamate throughout except April, May. For trekking enthusiasts it's a place unmatched. During monsoon, through fog it's really majestic to see Wayanad. Wayanad is marvellous at that time of the year.

Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach, a picturesque beach, located on the north-end of the Vypeen Island is ideal for swimming. Lined with luscious green coconut groves and paddy fields, this sandy beach is a unique combination of the sea and the backwaters, studded with seashells of various hues and shapes. Dolphines are occasionally seen here. Thick coconut groves and Chinese fishing nets on the waterfront are added attractions.

Getting there Nearest railway station:

Ernakulam Junction, about one km from the main boat jetty Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 20 km

Hill Palace museum

Hill Palace museum

The Hill Palace, Kerala's first heritage museum noted for royal collections of the erstwhile Maharaja of Kochi, is today the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. Built in 1865, the palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style of Kerala, sprawled over 52 acres of beautifully landscaped terraced land which houses a deer park and facilities for horse riding. Numerous species of flora including rare medicinal plants grow here. On display in the full-fledged Ethno-archaeological museum are oil-paintings, murals, sculptures in stone and manuscripts, inscriptions, coins, belongings of the Kochi royal family and royal furniture including the simhasana (throne).

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

Mangalavanam is an ecologically sensitive area situated at the centre of the Indian city of Kochi. It is situated behind the Kerala High Court building. It is a nesting ground for a large variety of migratory birds and supports many types of mangroves. The Managalavanam is often regarded as the "green lung of Kochi", considering its role in keeping the city's air pollution under check. The area is a roosting place for many kinds of resident and migratory birds. The administrative control of the sanctuary is with the Assistant Conservator of Forest and Wildlife Warden Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary of Nature Study Centre Kalady and then to the Range Officer Research Range Kodanad.

Mattanchery Palace

Mattanchery Palace

Dutch Palace, also known as Mattanchery Palace, was originally built by the Portuguese in 1557 and they presented it to the King, Veera Kerala Varma (1537-65), to please him. It got the name Dutch Palace after Dutch revamped the palace in the 17th century. The palace was built in the traditional Nalukettu style prevalent in Kerala with a courtyard in the middle. The palace is now famous for its rich collection of mural paintings depicting the scenes from Indian epics.

Pallipuram Fort

Pallipuram Fort

Pallippuram Fort is a fort in Pallippuram, Vyppin, Ernakulam district of Kerala, south India. It was built by the Portuguese in 1503 and is the oldest existing European fort in India. The Dutch captured the fort in 1661 and sold it to the Kingdom of Travancore in 1789. This fort is situated in the northern extremity of the Vypeen island. This fort is in a hexagonal shape and popularly known as ayikkotta or Alikotta.

Paradesi Synagogue

Paradesi Synagogue

Paradesi Synagogue, popularly known as Mattanchery Synagogue, was built in 1568 by Cochin Jewish community. This is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. The Synagogue was originally used by Jews from Cranganore, the Middle East, and European exiles, hence the name Paradesi (meaning foreigner in Latin languages). It is situated near Mattanchery Palace.

Santa Cruz Basilica

Santa Cruz Basilica

The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica at Fort Kochi is one of the eight Basilicas in India. Counted as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala, this church is one of the finest and most impressive churches in India and visited by tourists the whole year round. 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 serves as the Cathedral church of the Diocese of Cochin.

It was built originally by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558, was spared by the Dutch conquerors who destroyed many Catholic buildings. Later the British demolished the structure and Bishop D. João Gomes Ferreira commissioned a new building in 1887. Consecrated in 1905, Santa Cruz was proclaimed a Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1984.

St. Francis CSI Church

St. Francis CSI Church

St. Francis CSI Church holds great historical significance as the oldest European Church in India. The church was built in 1503 by Portuguese and it also gets prominence as the original burial place of Vasco Da Gama, the European Explorer. While on his third visit, Vasco Da Gama fell ill and died in Kochi in 1524. He was buried here for 14 years before his remains were taken to Lisbon.

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