Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is among the best destinations to visit in Kerala for business and leisure travelers. It is blessed with natural as well as heritage attractions, attracting travelers from near and far. There are a plethora of tourist attractions in Kochi which beautify the city. Renowned as the Queen of Arabian Sea, Kochi is situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea in central Kerala. The most cosmopolitan city of the state, Kochi is the Commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. Kochi is a charming mélange of many exotic cultures like the Portuguese, Jewish, English, French, Dutch and Chinese.
Following are the major tourist attractions in Kochi, Kerala, which are worth a visit on your Kochi Tour -
- St. Francis Church: The oldest existing European Church in India, this 16th century church is the main landmark in Fort Kochi and is among the top attractions in Kochi. The remnants of Vasco da Gama were buried here before being shifted to Portugal.
- Cheeyappara Waterfalls: Nestled between Neriamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi - Madurai highway, this waterfall cascades down in seven steps. This is also a great place for trekking.
- Paradesi Synagogue: Also known as Cochin Jewish Synagogue, this is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth. This synagogue was built in 1568 AD and is adorned with exquisite hand-painted, blue-and-white Chinese porcelain tiles and Belgian hanging lamps. The synagogue still has the scrolls of the Old Testament and the copper plates, which recorded the grants of privilege, bequeathed by the Kochi rulers.
- Chinese Fishing Nets: These huge cantilevered fishing nets seen in the Vasco da Gama square are a top draw among the tourists.
- Cochin Carnival: Another major tourist attraction in Kochi, this annual event is a merry-making feast celebrated in the last week of every year.