Attractions

Top Choice Synagogue in Kochi (Cochin)

Pardesi Synagogue

Originally built in 1568, this synagogue was partially destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662, and rebuilt two years later when the Dutch took Kochi. It features an ornate gold pulpit and elaborate hand-painted, willow…
Top Choice Museum in Kochi (Cochin)

Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace was a generous gift presented to the Raja of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma (1537–61), as a gesture of goodwill by the Portuguese in 1555. The Dutch renovated the palace in 1663, hence its alternative…
Landmark in Kochi (Cochin)

Chinese Fishing Nets

The unofficial emblems of Kerala’s backwaters, and perhaps the most photographed, are the half dozen or so giant cantilevered Chinese fishing nets on Fort Cochin's northeastern shore. A legacy of traders from the AD…
Museum in Kochi (Cochin)

Kerala Folklore Museum

Created in Keralan style from ancient temples and beautiful old houses collected by its owner, an antique dealer, this museum includes over 4000 artefacts and covers three architectural styles: Malabar on the ground…
Museum in Kochi (Cochin)

Hill Palace Museum

This Museum at Tripunithura, 14km southeast of Ernakulam, was formerly the residence of the Kochi royal family and is an impressive 49-building palace complex. It now houses the collections of the royal families, as…
Museum in Kochi (Cochin)

Indo-Portuguese Museum

This museum in the garden of the Bishop’s House preserves the heritage of one of India’s earliest Catholic communities, including vestments, silver processional crosses and altarpieces from the Cochin diocese. The b…
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 edifice that stands here today was built in the mid-16th century to replace the original wooden s…
Museum in Kochi (Cochin)

Maritime Museum

In a pair of former bomb shelters, this museum traces the history of the Indian navy, as well as maritime trade dating back to the Portuguese and Dutch, through a series of rather dry relief murals and information p…
Church in Kochi (Cochin)

Santa Cruz Basilica

The imposing Catholic basilica was originally built on this site in 1506, though the current building dates to 1902. Inside you’ll find artefacts from the different eras in Kochi and a striking pastel-coloured inter…
Cemetery in Kochi (Cochin)

Dutch Cemetery

Consecrated in 1724, this cemetery near Kochi beach contains the worn and dilapidated graves of Dutch traders and soldiers. Its gates are normally locked but a caretaker might let you in, or ask at St Francis Church…