Central Kerala attractions

Top Choice Synagogue in Kochi (Cochin)

Pardesi Synagogue

Originally built in 1568, Mattancherry's synagogue was partially destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662, and rebuilt two years later when the Dutch took Kochi. It features an ornate brass bimah, elegant wooden benches,…
Top Choice Museum in Kochi (Cochin)

Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace was a generous gift presented to the Raja of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma (1537–65), as a gesture of goodwill by the Portuguese in 1555. The Dutch renovated it in 1663, hence the alternative name, t…
Landmark in Kochi (Cochin)

Chinese Fishing Nets

The unofficial emblems of Kerala’s backwaters, and perhaps the most photographed, are the half-dozen giant cantilevered Chinese fishing nets on Fort Cochin's northeastern shore, known locally as cheena vala. A legac…
Museum in Kochi (Cochin)

Kerala Folklore Museum

Created in Kerala style from ancient temples and beautiful old houses collected by its owner, an antique dealer, the family-run folklore museum houses a priceless collection of over 5000 artefacts and covers three a…
Museum in Kochi (Cochin)

Hill Palace Museum

Around 13km east of Ernakulam, this impressive 49-building palace complex was formerly the residence of the Kochi royal family. It now houses the collections of the royal families, as well as 19th-century oil painti…
Church in Kochi (Cochin)

St Francis Church

Constructed in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars, this is believed to be India’s oldest European-built church. The faded-yellow edifice that stands here today was built in the mid-16th century to replace the orig…
Gallery in Kochi (Cochin)

David Hall

Opposite the parade ground, this beautiful restored bungalow is all that remains of three 17th-century Dutch-era houses built using materials from demolished Portuguese churches. It's now an arts-and-culture centre,…
Museum in Kochi (Cochin)

Indo-Portuguese Museum

The heritage of one of India’s earliest Catholic communities – including vestments, silver processional crosses, altarpieces from the Kochi diocese and 19th-century sketches of Santa Cruz Basilica – is on show at th…
Gallery in Kochi (Cochin)

Kashi Art Gallery

The pioneer of Fort Cochin’s art revival, Kashi displays changing exhibitions of local artists in a creatively restored Dutch heritage house, attached to one of Kerala's most fabulous cafes.
Synagogue in North Paravur & Chennamangalam

Chennamangalam Synagogue

Around 5km northeast of North Paravur, this beautifully restored synagogue is one of Kerala's most ancient, established in 1420 (though rebuilt in 1614 following a fire). The interior is awash with door and ceiling …