Kochi: India’s southern regions are known for their greenery and breath-taking beaches. Kochi is one of the favorite tourist spots that receive millions of footfalls every year. The historic city has several charming spots that draw people in. Shree Krishna temple located in Guruvayoor, Dharmanath Jain Temple, Ernakulam Shiva Temple, Thrikkakara Temple, Chottanikkara Temple, Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis Church, and Cherai Beach are some of the prime locations to visit in Kochi.
Kochi port was built back in 1341 and has been an important trade hub since the 14th century. Here are some prime spots that will take you transport you to the ancient times.
Built in 1555 by the Portuguese as a gift for the king of Kochi, Mattancherry Palace is also known as the Dutch Palace. Dutch had carried out extensions and renovations for the palace. The palace is beautifully decorated with mythological murals of Hindu temple and the kings of Kochi.
Operating Hours: 9:45AM–1PM, 2–4:45PM, Closed on Friday and Saturday
Hill Palace Museum
Crowned as the largest archaeological museum in Kerala, Hill Palace Museum was built in 1865 and converted into a museum in 1986. The museum spreads in an area of 54 acres and has rich exhibits of paintings, sculptures, weapons, inscriptions, and coins. The palace also has a deer park, a pre-historic park and a children’s park .
Operating Hours: 9:30AM–12:30PM, 2–4:30PM, Closed on Mondays
The Portuguese left an inevitable mark on Kochi’s history. Kochi’s culture showcases a blend of Portuguese and Indian influence. The Indo-Portuguese Museum is situated in Fort Kochi and tries to encapsulate this bond. , The museum was established in 1910 at Dr Joseph Kureethra’s house compound – he was the Bishop of Kochi. There are five exhibitions – Altar, Treasure, Procession, Civil Life and Cathedral. It is a must visit for all the history lovers.
Operating Hours: 9AM–1PM, 2–6PM, Closed on Monday
Kerala Folklore Museum
Kerala Folklore Museum manifests architecture, life, and culture of the locals. Divided into four main sections, Kerala Folklore Museum presents a mix of arts and antiques. It has an art gallery as well.
Operating Hours: 9AM-6PM
Fort Kochi encapsulates the fusion of different cultures that found shelter in the city. The city too manifests the conflict of colonial powers — British, Dutch, and Portuguese. Dutch Cemetery, old gigantic steam boilers, Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica and Fort Emmanuel speak tons about the various cultural influences on Kochi.