This major port city lying on the south-west coast of India is known as the Queen of the Arabian. It is the most populous and also the largest metropolitan area in Kerala. But Kochi has a very rich history, it turned out to be the important spice trading center from the 14th century, a title it has still maintained to this day. Kochi has witnessed changes in reigns- from the Portuguese to the Dutch and then the British. Along with harboring such a vibrant history, it is also known as the commercial, financial and industrial capital of the state of Kerala.

If you want to taste a slice of this dazzling city, then hop on a plane and get here. The Cochin International Airport, located at Nedumbassery is the place for you to be at. It handles both international and domestic flights and so you will be easily able to avail Japan to Kochi flights, Hong Kong to Kochi flights, Dubai to Kochi flights and more so.

Surely, you would love to explore the city once here, so let’s make you a list of the places to visit:

Gowreeswara Temple Cherai

It is one of the major religious places you can view in the city. Located in Cherai villages, the Gowreeswara Temple is a religious place of Hindu worship. Locally, it is also known as Muruga Temple and Malyala Palani. What’s actually intriguing about this place is its architectural style which makes of its kind in India which depicts a Dravidian style of architecture with its Chaturmukha Kovil. We recommend you to visit during the last two weeks of January and the beginning two weeks of February as the elephant march takes place then.

Shiva Temple

Also known as Ernakulathappan Temple, it is situated in downtown Cochin and is considered as one of the seven Royal temples which protect the entire city. Check out the sanctum complex, the decorated gates, and the beautifully sculpted walls. Temple visits are a great day to know the local cultural life of a place and we recommend this especially for foreign travellers.

St Francis Church

Constructed by the Europeans, this is one of the oldest churches in India and is well known for its serene surroundings and stunning designs. Do pay a closer look to the finely crafted exterior structure which houses pinnacles on both sides along with the interior pinnacle. The book rests, baptism platform and more reflect the beauty and grandeur of the bygone era.

Cherai Beach

Most travelers don’t just want to visit religious places of worship throughout their stay in a place so to offer some variation, we bring you Cherai Beach. This serene and tranquil beach is lined with swaying coconut trees, sandy beaches and beach shacks that sell sea shells. It’s the perfect place to get away from the city noises and relax in the lap of cooling nature. But do explore the backwaters, fishing nets and more as you might be able to spot dolphins if you are lucky.

Kochi is a city which will require patience to navigate so we recommend taking time and keeping traveling options open as you might have to change modes of transportation by the minute in case the roads are congested. Yet, it is a city that warranties an exploration.