Kochi is known as the “Gateway to Kerala”. Kochi is a charming city that has had an eclectic influence. The British, Dutch, and Portuguese have all left their mark there. The architecture and historical sites in Fort Kochi attract most of the visitors to the area. If you have children.
1.Santa Cruz Basilica
Kochi is one of the oldest and major attractions in the tourist places. Santa Cruz Basilica was built by the Portuguese in 1505. And it is one of the eight basilicas of India. The Gothic architecture of the church is over 500 years old. It has a certain grandeur due to its pastel colored interior and paintings of historical. A painting you should definitely see. It is Mosheni’s copy of Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’. A sight that you will never forget after watching it.
- Entry fee: Free
- Timings: 7 AM to 6.30 PM from Monday to Saturday | 8 AM to 6.30 PM on Sundays
It is one of the most visited beaches in Kochi. Cherai Beach is a serene place stretching for a length of 10 km. The water body is separated from the backwater by a narrow strip of land. And it is the perfect place to relax and watch Chinese fishing nets or chenna wala. Golden sands, seashells, calm waters and fishing boats create a beautiful landscape. It is best visited during sunrise and sunset. Fresh coconut water and food are available at nearby hotels. If you are lucky, you can even spot dolphins in the area.
- Entry fee: None
- Timings: Open 24 x 7
Veernapuzha beach is a typical Malabar beach. In which there are strange waters, fishermen’s settlements and sandy beaches. As you watch the sunset sipping refreshing coconut water. So it seems like time has stopped. It is an ideal place to visit. It is a fishing village. And visiting here you will be able to see their lifestyle up close. Here life moves at a slow pace. And there is a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of life.
- Entry Fee: NA
- Timings: Open 24 x 7
4.Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary
One of the largest training centers in Kerala, Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary is a perfect place for your family. Elephants are an integral part of auspicious festivals in Kerala. And this is where they are loved, groomed with utmost care and respect. Being close to gentle giants can be a unique experience. It is Especially for children. You can also bathe elephants under professional supervision. In addition, there are several paths along the river that can be reached by boats.
- Entry fee: Adults – Rs. 10 | Children up to 12 years – Rs. 5 | Foreigners – Rs 25
- Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM, closed on Sundays
Located close to Mattancherry, Fort Kochi is one such place. Where shops, locals and roads have their own pace. This is a place where you can really relax. There is a small fishing village in Fort Kochi. Which is also known as Old or West Kochi. There is also an Indo-Portuguese museum at this place. The Thakur House here is a popular symbol of colonial era architecture and St. Francis Church (built in 1503). Where Vasco da Gama was originally buried. And it is the oldest European church in India.
- Entry fee: Adults – Rs. 20 | Children between 5-12 years – Rs. 7
- Timings: 9 AM – 12:30 PM, 2 PM – 4:30 PM, closed on Mondays
Also Read: THINGS TO DO IN KERALA– PLACES TO VISIT IN INDIA.