Marine Drive is one of Kochi's most unique and fascinating hangout locations. A walkway, the place boasts numerous shopping malls, restaurants, and cafes, alluring thousands of visitors from all parts of the world. In addition, the area is famed as an essential hub of economic activity in Kochi.
Facing the backwaters of Kochi, the northern part of the walkway holds public ground where important exhibitions are hosted. However, the place's main attraction is the marine walkway, which offers an enchanting view of the scenic backwaters and Kochi harbor. The pathway starts from the high court junction to Rajendra Maidan.
Evenings are the best time to be at this great place, when you can enjoy the prettiness of the tranquil sea and the setting sun. However, the location seems more captivating during the night too. In addition, you can also visit the two major attractions of the place- Rainbow Bridge and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge. There is also the availability of a ferry that takes you to other tourist spots, namely Oil Tanker Birth, Cochin Shipyard, and Bolgatty Palace.
Things to explore in Marine Drive
- Boating on Marine Drive: The locals love to spend their leisurely nights on Marine Drive, admiring the beautiful splendor of the Vembanattu Kayal and its gentle breeze. However, Marine Drive has a variety of interesting and enjoyable activities for visitors, with Marine Drive boating being the most popular. There are numerous privately and publicly owned boats as well as small cruise services. A few boats arrive for a casual meal as the city lights are reflected in the lovely lake. The late evenings and nights are without a doubt the ideal times for sailing on Marine Drive.
- Rainbow Bridge: For tourists, the Rainbow Bridge is yet another Marine Drive highlight. A beautiful night time sight is created by the rainbow-colored lights that highlight the arch-shaped bridge. There are numerous seating options close to the bridge so that guests can take in this splendor.
- GCDA shopping complex: Tourists can find a variety of stores close to the Marine Drive boardwalk at the GCDA retail center. Visitors should visit the GCDA shopping complex if they want a hassle-free shopping experience. Numerous restaurants in this area serve meals ranging from conventional Kerala cuisine to international fare.
Entry Fee- There is no entrance fee.
Timings- Monday to Sunday- 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
Nearest railway station: Ernakulam, about 3 km.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 29 km away.
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