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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Kochi?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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If you can make a proper plan for your trip in Kochi, you can enjoy to the fullest. Well, now Kochi is not a very big city, even if there are many places on your list to visit here you can cover them all in a maximum of two days. Are you ready, read on!

Day 1

  • On the first when you arrive, after checking in to your hotel and having a nice and fulfilling breakfast, head to Fort Kochi. Fort Kochi is a historical part of the city that is situated on the Mattancherry peninsula. It is home to many famous tourist attractions in the city including the Mattancherry Palace and the Santa Cruz Basilica. The beach in Fort Kochi is something that you must visit once in Kochi. One notable thing in the here is the huge Chinese fishing nets, called Cheenavala by the locals. It is something that is absolutely unique to the city. Legends have it that the famous ruler of China, Kublai Khan was the one who introduced these fishing nets in here. And it’s funny how these are found only in Kochi other than in China! A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets. You will not see such a thing in anywhere else in India, so, you cannot really afford to miss this once in Kochi.

    Moreover, a stroll in the evening on the sandy beach of Fort Kochi is just a splendid experience. You can spot many European style bungalows on the shoreline and also the coastal stretch is dotted with little food stalls, where they cook you on demand traditional style food with freshly caught fishes from the sea.

  • Fort Kochi has some great restaurants where you can have your lunch. Recommended one is Oceanos Restaurant. It is one of the finest restaurants in Kochi. It is a multi-speciality seafood joint in Fort Kochi that specializes in Mediterranean Seafood delicacies. The seefood joint is a proud feature of the Elphinstone Residency hotel.

    Here at Oceanos restaurant you can make your own menu! Make your pick from the range of
    fresh fish, lobster, tiger prawns and other rich seafood from the day's catch, at the seafood counter and ask the chef to cook you a delicacy you’d like the most. You can also try the chef special and sit back for the surprise!
    Also, do try out the
    Kerala fish fry once you are there, to be blown off by the amazing taste of it.

    Shopaholics will have the time of their life in Kochi. An unending spree of cost effective shopping items is available to the visitors in the city. Local handicrafts, sandalwood articles, coir shells, jewellery boxes, Kathakali masks and many more enticing items are found in the shops of Kochi.

  • After lunch you can head for a fantastic shopping spree in Kochi. Shopaholics will have the time of their life in Kochi. An unending spree of cost effective shopping items is available to the visitors in the city. Local handicrafts, sandalwood articles, coir shells, jewellery boxes, Kathakali masks and many more enticing items are found in the shops of Kochi. Fort Kochi is a nice area for Shopping. You can pick up trinkets and small knick knacks as souvenir from here.

  • A visit to the Santa Cruz Basilica is a must on your trip to Kochi. And since it is nearby Fort Kochi, you can visit the place in the evening. This 500 year old church in Kochi is one of the eight Basilicas in the country. It is the oldest church in India and one of the significant heritage edifices in Kerala. It is built in gothic style with artistic and architectural brilliance.

    Pope John Paul IV has endowed the Santa Cruz Basilica in Kochi the status of being a cathedral. This chronicled church was built by the Portuguese, who invaded India in the 15th century. Later when the Dutch conquerors started demolishing all the catholic churches in Kochi, this one was fortunately spared by them. This fascinating church has been preserved over the years and is today a monument that has witnessed centuries of history of the state.

    Timings: 7am to 8pm daily.

  • After a tiring day spent in Fort Kochi, get some relaxing sleep after a fulfilling dinner and get recharged for the next day.

DAY 2   

  • On the second day start your day’s tour with the Jew Town. Here you can see the Jewish Synagogue. Built in 1568 AD, this fabulous Jewish Synagogue or the Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest synagogues in the Commonwealth of Nations located in Kochi. The Malabar Yehudan people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin, has built this marvel of a synagogue that speaks volume about the Jewish influence India had in the 15th century.

    The architecture of this Jewish Synagogue in Kochi is another thing that makes it stand out. It is wrapped with painted Chinese tiles of which none resembles the other. In the mid-18th century, the huge clock tower that you can see today was attached to the main building of the synagogue. The interior is adorned with Belgian chandeliers and exquisite lightings.  

    The synagogue has sustained some old copper plates that have souvenirs and records of the privileges bestowed upon the
    Rajahs of Kochi along with rolls of the Old Testament. You will also see beautifully carved silver and golden crowns here.
    This place is a heaven for people interested in history and even if you are not this place will not fail in getting your appreciation anyway.

    Sunday to Friday, open for all visitors from 10am to 5pm. Saturday only open to Jews.

  • The Jew Street is a mesmerising area. Built around the ruins of the days of antiquity, the street houses many antique shops and has a charm that is unique to the place. You can spend your time shopping and exploring around the Jew town.

  • After lunch head to the Athirappilly Falls. The Athirappilly Falls is located in a small place called Athirappilly in the Thrissur district of Kerala. It is a majestic waterfall that is that is 78 km from Kochi. It is set at the entrance of the Sholayar ranges and is often nicknamed as the Niagara Falls of India. It is part of the Chalakudy River that originates in the Anamudi mountains of the Weastern Ghats.

    The very sight of this waterfall refreshes and rejuvenates an onlooker’s body and soul. Flowing through the
    Vazhachal Forest toward the Arabian Sea the waterfall cascades along offering the most bewitching sights you have ever seen in your lifetime. Combined with the greenery, it infuses freshness into any tired soul. The falls finally join the Chalakkudy river after crashing down from an altitude of 80 feet high.

  • Spend your night at the Rainforest Resort near the Athirapally Falls, because going back to Kochi again would be a hassle.

So, without further ado, head to amazing Kochi. And now that you have a plan there shouldn't be anything to stop you!

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