Cochin Sightseeing

Prime Attractions:

Santa Cruz Basilica:
This monumental church boasting of superb paintings on its ceilings date back to 1558.

St. Francis Church:
India’s oldest European church, it was built in 1503 by Portuguese Francisan Friars. Protestant Sdutch renovated it in 1779 and British made it an Anglican Church in 1795. It houses the tomb of Vasco da Gama, the famous seafarer who discovered sea route to India.

Mattancherry Palace:
Built by the Portuguese in 1557 as a present to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi and renovated by Dutch in 1663, it is also known as Dutch Palace. The highlights here are beautiful murals depicting scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, and other Hindu mythology.

Cherai Beach:
This lovely beach bordering Vypeen Island is an ideal place for swimming and watching dolphins. There is a typical Kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves nearby.

Pareekshith Thampuran Museum:
Also known as Durbar Hall, the museum is built in traditional Kerala style of architecture and exhibits 19th century oil paintings, a collection of old coins, sculptures and Mughal paintings.

Fort Kochi:
The first European fort of India, it houses several monuments and churches. However, the most popular of its highlights Chinese fishing nets brought here by traders from the court of Kublai Khan that are still in use here, Vasco da Gama’s square, Bolghatty Palace, colonial bungalows and Jewish Synagogue constructed in 1568, which is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth. It displays beautiful mid-18th century hand printed, willow pattern floor tiles from Canton in China.

Willington Island:
Surrounded by beautiful backwaters of Kerala, this manmade island is named after Lord Willingdon and is home of the city’s best hotels, customs and trading centres, the port trust and the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command.