Kochi Tourism

Cochin has many unique and interesting tourism destinations that attract visitors and tourists for holidays and tour packages. The attractions in Cochin include Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Bolghatty Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, Cherai Beach, Hill Palace Museum, Kodanad Elephant Training Centre and Malayattoor Church. The best place to stay is Fort Cochin which still keeps alive its ancient Jewish traditions, the Santa Cruz basilica, Mattancherry Palace, St: Francis Church and much more. The Jews Street and Chinese fishing nets are a must see.
Cochin is the starting point of most of our tours and the best time to visit Cochin is from September to March.

Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese Fishing Nets were brought by some traders from the court of Kublai Khan in China and is an icon of Cochin Tourism. Read more

  • Entry TimingsAll Day
  • Weekly HolidayOpen all Days
  • Suitable For Families
  • Tip from Iris HolidaysYou can join Fishing with Chinese Fishing Net workers by paying a nominal fee

Cherai Beach

Cherai is a lovely beach bordering Vypeen Island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally seen here. Read more

  • Entry TimingsAll Day
  • Weekly HolidayOpen all Days
  • Suitable For All Age Groups
  • Tip from Iris HolidaysClean beach and try out multiple places to eat along the shore

Hill Palace Museum, Thripunithra

Hill Palace is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala in Tripunithura near Cochin. Built in 1865, the Palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style, spreading across in 54 acres. Read more

  • Entry Timings9:00 AM - 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Weekly HolidayMonday
  • Suitable For Everyone

Malayattoor Church

The only international shrine in Asia believed to have been visited by St. Thomas.has been designated by the Vatican as an International Shrine. It is believed that St. Thomas held prayer at this church when he landed in Kerala. The hilltop church is located 25 km away from the town of Kalady. Read more

  • Entry TimingsMass is at 9.30 AM on Week Days and 7.30 AM on Sundays
  • Weekly HolidayAll Days Open
  • Suitable For Heritage and History Lovers, Christian Pilgrims
  • Tip from Iris HolidaysThe climb is exhausting and hard through a rocky path but there are rest stops at the 14 stations of the cross where you can stop and light a candle.

Paradesi Synagogue (Cochin Jewish Synagogue )

Paradesi Synagogue is also known as Cochin Jewish Synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue.It was built in 1568 by the Malabar Yehudan people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. Paradesi is a word used in several Indian languages, and the literal meaning of the term is "foreigners", applied to the synagogue because it was historically used by "White Jews", a mixture of Jews from Cranganore, the Middle East, and European exiles. Read more

  • Entry Timings10 AM to 12 Noon; 3 PM to 5 PM
  • Weekly HolidayFridays, Saturdays and Jewish Holidays
  • Suitable For All Age Groups
  • Tip from Iris HolidaysVisitors are expected to enter the Synagogue barefoot.

St Francis Church Fort Kochi

St. Francis Church, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. Read more

  • Entry Timings7:00 am – 6:30 pm
  • Weekly HolidayAll Days Open
  • Suitable For All Age Groups
  • Tip from Iris HolidaysThe church is the most venerable relic of Portuguese power to be seen outside Europe

Bolghatty Palace

Bolghatty Palace is One of the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland, this quaint mansion, built in 1744, by Dutch traders, was later extended and lush green gardens were landscaped around it. Read more

  • Entry TimingsPreferably during the day if you are not planning to stay there.
  • Weekly HolidayAll Days Open
  • Suitable For All Age Groups
  • Tip from Iris HolidaysPose against the ancient and aristocratic walls to flaunt your royal photographs on social media.

Dutch Palace

Built by the Portuguese in 1557, the Palace was presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi (Cochin). The palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. On display here are beautiful Murals depicting scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata and some of the puranic Hindu legends. The palace also houses Dutch maps of old Kochi, royal palanquins, coronation robes of former Maharajas of Kochi as well as the furniture belonging to that period. Read more

  • Entry Timings10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Weekly HolidayFriday
  • Suitable For All Age Groups
  • Tip from Iris HolidaysEnjoy the old photos and other artifacts of the Royal Family inside the palace.

Kodanad Elephant Training Center

Kodanad elephant training centre specializes in training the stranded baby elephants from the wild. In Kerala, elephants are the most ornamental and auspicious animals and no festival or celebration is complete without an elephant procession. Kodanad is in the list of Ecotourism destination projects supported by the Government of India. Kaprikkad, a village lying 3KM adjacent to Kodanad on the river bank has been set up in 2006 for entertaining visitors in an environmental friendly way.

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  • Entry Timings8AM–5PM
  • Weekly HolidayMonday
  • Suitable For All Age Groups especially Children
  • Tip from Iris HolidaysKodanad is a every day destination for tourists who wish to touch & feel elephants at close quarters.

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