Best Places To Visit in Kochi (Cochin) – Points of Interest & Sightseeing Options

Kochi is a major port city in the southern part of India. For years, Kochi has been a popular destination for traders and tourists alike. Kerala is famous for its rich history & heritage, spices, delicious coastal cuisines, various art forms, beaches and museums. All of this makes for a long list of best places to visit in Kochi (Cochin).

Neo Travellers’ List of Best Places to Visit in Kochi (Cochin)

Sri Chottanikkara Temple

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It is a famous temple in Kochi and is dedicated to goddess Shakthi devi or Rajarajeshwari known as Sree Bhagavathi. It is situated at a distance of approximately 20 kms from Ernakulam. This temple should be on everyone’s list of best places to visit in Kochi (Cochin). Thousands of devotees throng this temple every year to offer their prayers to Goddess Sri Bhagvathi.

The ambience and architecture of this place are amazing. It’s one of the must-visit Points of interest in Kochi for people who want to experience divinity.

Address: Chottanikkara Devaswom, Chottanikkara, Ernakulam Dist., Kerala, Pin – 682 312
Chottanikkara Bhagavathy temple Pooja Times:

Opening of Nada (Nirmalya Darsan ) 4.00 a.m.(During Mandalam and Fridays – 3.30 a.m.)
Ethruthu pooja 5.30 a.m.
Seeveli 6.00 a.m
Guruthi Nivedyam at Kizhukkavu Temple 7.30 a.m.
Pantheeradi Pooja 7.45 p.m.
Uchapooja 12.00 Noon
Uchaseeveli 12.10 p.m.
Evening Nada Opening 4.00 p.m.
Deeparadhana 6.15 p.m
Athazha pooja 7.30 p.m.
Seeveli 8.00 p.m.
Valia Guruthi at Kizhukkavu Temple 8.45 p.m.

*Timings are subject to change

Kerala Kathakali Centre

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It is one of the most popular points of interest in Kochi (Cochin). It is Kerela’s leading art school and the only authentic theatre where you can witness Kerala’s various art forms like Kathakali, music, martial arts in traditional style.

It is one of the best places to visit in Kochi (Cochin) for people who have a taste in art and culture. Be it Kathakali or Indian classical music performance, at the end of the show, you would be left mesmerized. I would highly recommend you visit this place and watch such a beautiful art form live.

Address: KB Jacob Rd, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001
Timings: 9:30AM–9PM
website: http://www.kathakalicentre.com/

Kochi Marine Drive

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Marine drive is one of the most popular points of interest in Kochi (Cochin) amongst locals and tourists alike. You can enjoy the view of sea line while taking a stroll on the walkway. You can also hire a boat to visit nearby places like Cochin Shipyard, Naval Base Area, Oil Tanker Berth, Bolgatty Palace island and more.

There are commercial establishments in the form of food joints and small shops along side the marine drive. Do some shopping or enjoy delicious local cuisines while appreciating the enthralling view of the backwaters.

It is one of the best places to visit in Kochi (Cochin) for people who want to take a break from the busy city life and want to spend some quality time amidst the peaceful ambiance of this place.

Kerala Folklore Museum

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This place definitely makes it into the top ten list of best places to visit in Kochi (Cochin). It is a popular museum of traditional local architecture, crafts, folk art and antiques.

It is a family run museum, established inside a 3-storey building. Collectors items and antiques are showcased for tourists to appreciate India’s rich culture and past. There are few shops within the premises from where you can buy souvenirs.

It is one of its kind points of interest in Kochi (Cochin) for people who have a thing for history and old world.

Address: Door No 26-2059C, Pandit Karuppan Road, Near Thevara Ferry Junction, Thevara, Kochi, Kerala 682013
Timings: 9AM–6PM
Phone: 070347 77499

Vallarpadam Church

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It is one of the most famous pilgrimage spots and an important Marian Shrine in India. It is one of the best places to visit in Kochi (Cochin) for people looking to experience tranquillity & a peaceful atmosphere. It was established in 1676 and many miracles are folklores are associated with this place.

It is one of the oldest churches in Kochi, dedicated to Mother Mary. The interiors of the church are well maintained and still preserve its ancient charm. On entering the church, you would be able to see a beautiful painting of Mother Mary with baby Jesus, on the altar.
You can also climb up to the top of the church tower to enjoy a panoramic view of the region.

Address: Vallarpadam Church Road, Vallarpadam, Ernakulam, Kerala 682504
Timings: 09:00 am – 05:00 pm

LuLu Mall

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Spread across 17 acres of land, it is the largest shopping mall in India. It is one of the most visited points of interest in Kochi (Cochin). Some of the world’s biggest and well-known brands have their outlets inside the mall. You can have a good time shopping, or you can enjoy a scrumptious meal at the food court.

The most popular section of the mall is the hyper market, where you can find almost everything at good rates. Avoid going on weekends or holidays as it’s the most crowded during those days.

It is one of the best places to visit in Kochi (Cochin) for people who want to have a good time shopping, eating & watching movies.

Address: 34/1000, N.H 47, Edapally, Kochi, Kerala 682024
Timings: 10AM–11PM

Quick Fact: LuLu International Shopping Mall is the largest shopping mall in India by size (2,500,000 sq ft (230,000 m²) gross leasable area).

Kashi Art Gallery

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It is an old Dutch house converted into a café cum art gallery and was opened in the year 1977. It is located just off Fort Kochi’s main Princess Street. Although there are a lot of art cafes in Kochi, Kashi art gallery is one of the most popular amongst all. The food served here is delicious. The menu is exhaustive, you can find good choices for breakfast & lunch/dinner options.

You can be sure to have a good, chilled out time here after a hectic day of sightseeing. It is one of the best places to visit in Kochi (Cochin) to unwind and relax. It is usually on everybody’s list of most popular points of interest in Kochi (Cochin).

Address: Dist Ernakulam, Burgar Street, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Near PS, Kochi, Kerala 682001
Timings: 8:30AM–10PM
Phone: 0484 221 5769

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