Areas and Localities in KochiThe vibrant and colourful Kochi has more than one place to visit and many a things to see. Each of its localities is marked by distinct features that are mostly an offshoot of its colonial reign. The archipelago has some breathtaking islands abundant with natural beauty and spices and a few moments in the island will give an instant relaxation and rejuvenation to your soul and mind. When in Kochi, always make sure to wander in the lanes and gullies of the city to experience the old charm. Here are some of the must see localities in Kochi:
Southern India is known for its spices and to enjoy an aromatic experience in Kochi, head to Jew Town. Every lanes and streets of Jew Town are filled with spice and antique shops that not only exudes the smell of fresh spices, but are equally eye-pleasing. The synagogue is also another highlight of the building’s beautiful tiles, gold pulpit and chandeliers have been exotic objects of photography for years. Nowadays, one can hardly find any Jew in Jew Town. The localities main attraction is the Kashmiri spice trade hawkers to try to lure tourists to their shop through various antics.
Mattancherry is the best place to visit in Kochi if you are looking for some really old buildings and a hint of colonial taste. Tourists who love history will surely love this place. The locality has a Dutch Palace that was built in sixteenth century by the Portuguese and was gifted to the then Raja of Kochi. The palace was later renovated by the Dutch in mid seventeenth century and henceforth was known as Dutch Palace. Pardesi synagogue and museums like International Tourism Police Museum and a Jain temple are other attractions of Mattancherry.
The Princess Street happens to the most happening tourist strip located in Fort Kochi. This resplendent and well maintained street is loaded with cafes, book stores, restaurants, art galleries, tea junctions, curio shops and even grocery shops. The evenings witness packed street with joggers and walkers. One of the favourite tourist spot in the street is the Loafer’s corner cafe where one can get a good view of the entire European styled street and houses. Loafer’s Corner is located at the meeting point of Peter Celli Street, Bastion Street and Princess Street.
Vypeen or Vypin Island offers a beautiful backwaters experience in Kochi. Just four kilometres boat ride from the main centre of Kochi, Vypeen Island gives you an exciting beach adventure at its own Cherai beach. The beach is also known to be the longest beach in Kochi. The island is also known for its numerous ayurvedic spa and massage centres that provide tourists with authentic traditional spa with Kerala oils. Other tourist attractions at the island are :
- Negungad, another smaller island nearby Vypeen Island
- Light House at Ochanthuruthu
- Pallipuram Fort
- Cruz Milagress Church
- Kuzhupilly beach
- Sree Perumpadappil Bhagavathi temple
- Njarakkal fish farm
- Elamkunapuzha temple
- Veeranpuzha, for its fishing nets
Marine Drive in Kochi faces the Vembanad Lake and is complemented by a scenic pathway. The walkway has recently constructed two new bridges namely the Chinese Fishing net bridge and the Rainbow bridge. From both these location one can get a superb view of sunset.
Willingdon Island is a man-made island in Kochi that was built by Sir Robert Bristow in 1933. The island is filled with scenic jetties and pathways. Must visit is the Embarkation Jetty.