OT Travel Itinerary: Your 2-Day Guide To Kochi, Kerala

Explore the metropolitan side of God’s own country through this 2 day guide to the financial and commercial capital of Kerala
Things to do in Kochi
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Located on the South Western coast of India, Kochi is one of the most popular port cities and a top tourist destination in India. Apart from being the commercial hub of the state, it has historically held an important place in India’s fortunes, being the centre of the spice trade. Today, it attracts travellers owing to the wide variety of influences that make up the landscape of the city, whether it is in the Dutch and Portuguese architectural elements, temples that testify to the rich heritage of Kerala or the Chinese fishing nets that are famous all over the country. Here is guide to the top things to do in Kerala.

Day 1:

Morning: Fort Kochi

Located in the south western part of Kochi, the old world colonial side of Cochin comes out in Fort Kochi. The Chinese fishing nets operate early morning around 7:30 to 9:30, so if you wish to catch a glimpse of the fishermen creating magic, go the beaches to catch the sunset and witness it. Rest for a bit and catch some breakfast and coffee.

Afternoon: After breakfast, head out to explore the city. Visit the St. Francis Church, where Vasco Da Gama was buried after his death in 1524. The church is considered to be one of the marvels of Portuguese architecture and was built in the 15th century by Portuguese traders. It is also one of the oldest European churches in India. Inside the church, there is just a cross and the pulpit is conserved, with gravestones on the Northern and Southern walls.

The fishing nets/India.com

Evening: Explore the cultural aspect of Kerala by attending a Kathakali performance. This dance-drama form is known for colourful costumes, expressive makeup as well as focused on storytelling. Check the local schedules for performances in the area you are in. Catch a traditional dinner in one of the restaurants in the city.

Day 2:

Morning: Cruise the backwaters

No trip to Kerala can be complete without exploring the enchanting backwaters of Kerala. Schedule a boat cruise with a local operator and explore lush green landscapes, paddy fields, coconut groves and traditional Kerala homes. You can choose either a houseboat or a canoe tour based on your preferences

Backwaters in Kerala/ Getty Images

Afternoon: Island Hopping

Kochi is surrounded by small islands and it is a fruitful way to explore the surrounding areas of the city. Visit Willingdon Island, which houses the Kochi Naval Base and see the Rajendra Maidan. Visit Bolgatty Island, and the Dutch era mansion that is Bogatty Palace. Explore the beaches and spend a slow day for a relaxing experience

Evening: Shopping and Souvenirs

Spend your last day in the city with a nice walk around the markets to do some souvenir shopping for your loved ones. Look specifically for spices, handcrafted items, clothing items and silks. Indulge in a lavish dinner with your loved ones and end your trip

Shopping in the evening/ Google Images

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