Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a major port city on the south-west coast of India bordering the Laccadive Sea. Called the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi has been ranked the sixth best tourist destination in India according to a survey conducted by the Nielsen Company on behalf of the Outlook Traveler magazine and is known as the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala

Local attractions

Chinese Fishing Nets
A majestic sight, these nets were erected along Kochi’s backwaters between 1350 AD and 1450 AD by the traders from the court of Kublai Khan.

Santa Cruz Basilica
The historic church built by the Portuguese and elevated to a cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. In 1984 Pope John Paul II declared it as a basilica.

Mattancherry Palace
Built by the Portuguese and gifted to the king of Cochin in 1555. Today, it is a portrait gallery of the Cochin Rajas and notable for some of the best mythological murals in India.

Bolgatty Palace
A beautiful historical Dutch mansion that was built in 1744 during colonial rule.

Jew Town
Discover the exotic aromas of the finest ginger, cloves, cardamom, turmeric, and pepper, emanating from the spice warehouses lining the streets of Jew Town.

Ernakulam Shiva Temple
One of the major temples of Kerala, located in the heart of Ernakulam. Also known as Ernakulathappan Temple.

Lulu Mall
The largest shopping mall in Kerala contains more than 215 outlets including food courts, restaurants, family entertainment zones, a multiplex, an ice-skating rink, and a bowling alley.

Kerala Kathakali Centre
Enjoy a Kathakali show or performances of the martial art of kalarippayat, traditional music and classical dance.

Kochi-muziris biennale - 2018
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art held in Kochi, Kerala. It was the first Biennale of its kind that was held in India. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an initiative of the Kochi-Biennale Foundation with support from the Government of Kerala . The exhibition is set in spaces across Kochi, Muziris and surrounding islands with shows being held in existing galleries, halls, and site-specific installations in public spaces, heritage buildings and disused structures. The 4th edition of biennale is planned in early December 2018.