Cultural capital of Kerala, Trichur is a daylong trip from Cochin. The cultural traditions of Kerala are revealed in the museums, art schools, and institutes of Trichur. Vadakkunathan Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is another must visit in Trichur. Pallippuram fort amongst the oldest existing European monuments in India is another place to see around Cochin. The museum of Kerala history in Edapally is another excursion option from Cochin. Chennamangalam near Cochin is an important handloom weaving and coir-manufacturing centre where you may visit the famous Vaipinkotta Seminary and an old Syrian Catholic Church. Close to Cochin is Kanjiramattom where the mosque attracts pilgrims and tourists alike. The mosque was built on the mortal remains of Sheikh Parid.
The Kodikuthu festival takes place at the mosque in December-January. For the fun seekers Cochin the beautiful Cherai Beach is an ideal retreat. Swimming is the best thing to do and there are chances of you spotting dolphins here too. Near by is a classic village of Kerala with paddy fields and coconut groves. The birthplace of Adi Shankaracharya, Kalady is another excursion option from Cochin. Two shrines made in memory of Shankaracharya are must visit sacred sites here. The annual festival in the Shiva temple of Cochin is the best time to visit Cochin. Make your holidays at Cochin more enjoyable by seeing these nearby places. These places not only enhance tourism potential in Cochin but also are worth seeing holiday spots themselves.