Marine DriveMarine Drive is a beautiful landmark in the city of Kochi. It faces the backwaters and there are long walkways for people to spend time. Here vehicles are not allowed but it’s a popular hangout place for tourists as well as natives.
History of Marine Drive
After the successful completion of Mumbai Marine Drive, the Kochi Marine Drive was initiated in 1980’s.It is governed and managed by the Greater Cochin Development Authority of India (GCDA). For the construction purpose a part of Kochi Lake, west of Shanmugham road, was taken over. As per the plans a road was to be constructed for vehicles to drive in but due to Coastal Protection laws this idea was dropped. Instead a walkway of around 3 km was built. But since the project had already initiated it still named as the Marine Drive even though there is no drive way.
Highlights of Marine Drive
The lush green environment and the calm atmosphere make this an apt location to spend time alone or with your friends or family. As you walk along the pathway you can enjoy gentle breeze from the Vembanad Lake and watch the sunset or sunrise. At night you can see ships and boats anchored back. Seating arrangements have also been provided and the whole place has been well maintained in terms of cleanliness.
The Marine Drive has turned out to be a popular shopping destination. Since this place attracts huge crowd many restaurants and shopping malls have opened up nearby. Some of the famous food joints here include Marrybrown, DiMark and Coffee Bar. There are many corporate offices located here and apartments in this area are also much in demand. Ferry services to different islands are also available here. Some popular sites one can go for boat rides include Bolgatty Palace, Mattanchery, Jewish Synagogue, Jew Street and Cochin shipyard.
Marine Drive starts from the Subash Chandra Bose Park and stretches up to the KSINC Boat Jetty. As you walk along the pathway you can spot the Rainbow Bridge which looks stunning especially at night. Another landmark in this place is the China Net Bridge. Some of the popular sites here are Federal Bank Building, Hotel Taj Gateway, Abad Bay Pride Mall, the GCDA Shopping Complex, the Kerala Trade Center, Pioneer Towers and the India Priyadarshini Children's Park. The northern area of this Marine Drive also has a small public ground where exhibitions and even political meetings are organized.
Marine Drive Kochi Address: MG Road, Kochi.