Things to do in Cochin

Cochin (also known as Kochi, it’s newer name), is a major city located in Kerala. Cochin is a combination of Ernakulam, Fort Cochin and Mattancherry. The most popular tourist attractions lie in Fort Cochin. There are plenty of things to do in Cochin and we take a look at some of the things you won’t want to miss!

The town has some unique festivals like the Kochi Carnival, which is held in early January and involves costumed processions and masked dances. In February, temple festivals hold processions of up to 100 elephants. Seeing a festival is one of the most enchanting things to do in Cochin.

Cochin Elephants

In Fort Cochin, there are many old Portuguese churches. Amongst the most famous churches in Fort Cochin are the St Francis’ Church where Vasco de Gama was buried and the Santa Cruz Basillica. The Dutch cemetary is located close to the St Francis’ Church.


Kerala’s iconic Chinese fishing nets are found in fort Cochin. They line the crowded beachside of the area. In the evening, a makeshift flea market of sorts appears and many visitors rate a visit to.


In Jew Town you can find the beautiful and ancient The Paradesi Synagogue. It is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth Nations and was built in 1568 by the Malabar Yehudan people. Its history is depicted through murals on its walls. And so, it serves not just as a place of worship but a preserver of their legacies as well.


The best place to see Kathakali dance recital is at the Kerala Kathakalli Centre in Fort Cochin. Kalaripayattu, one of the world’s oldest and hardest martial arts, can also be seen here.


This was the residence of the legendary explorer, Vasco da Gama. It was built in the early 16th century and is one of the oldest Portuguese residences in Fort Cochin.

Built in 1506, this complex served as the home of the then Portuguese Governor. The architecture is gothic in style with large gothic arches covering the facade.

Bishop's house

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