Top things to do in Central Kerala

Top Choice Cafe in Kochi (Cochin)

Kashi Art Cafe

Fort Cochin's original (and best) art cafe, this fashionable, natural-light-filled space has a Zen vibe, a creeping vertical garden and stylish wood tables spreading out into a courtyard dotted with contemporary art…
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…
Top Choice International in Kochi (Cochin)

Malabar Junction

Set in an open-sided pavilion or at candle-lit poolside tables, the outstanding Malabar House restaurant is (almost) Bollywood-star glam. The ambitious East-meets-West menu creatively fuses local and European flavou…
Top Choice Indian in Kochi (Cochin)

Dal Roti

Always-busy Dal Roti is one of Fort Cochin's most-loved restaurants. Knowledgable owner Ramesh will hold your hand through his expansive North Indian menu (with its own glossary!) and help you dive into a delicious …
Top Choice South Indian in Thrissur (Trichur)

Hotel Bharath

Spotless, air-conditioned Bharath is widely regarded as the best veg restaurant in town and the place for a lunchtime thali (₹86 to ₹165), a Keralan breakfast or a spicy curry.
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…
Wine Bar in Kochi (Cochin)


Upstairs at chic heritage property Malabar House, this sleek wine bar showcases Indian wines such as Sula and Fratelli from Maharashtra and Grover Zampa from Karnataka (by the glass from ₹500). Tapas-like snacks (₹3…