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Kochi is a cornucopia of culture and cuisine. Some of the most prominent landmarks include the 16th century Mattancherry Palace and the gorgeous Cherai Beach. To discover Kerela's backwaters and diverse neighborhoods rent a car in Kochi without a driver. It will allow you to explore the entire city hassle-free on your own terms.
Rent a car at Kochi Airport from Avis and set out to discover the rich experiences Kochi has to offer.
Places to visit in Kochi
St. Francis Church:
St Francis Church holds a popular place in History. It is the place where the famous Dutch explorer, Vasco-da-Gama was originally buried. Its well known and admirable structural design and ambiance give a feel of deep Dutch and Portuguese influences. St. Francis Church is an architectural marvel in itself. Gift yourself a joyful ride towards St. Francis Church as your Avis self-drive car travels in Kochi.
The Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace is interspersed with colonial influences making it one of the finest examples of the Kerala style of architecture. The Dutch Palace is a double storied palace with a mesmerizing collection of murals depicting some of the great Indian epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. It also holds murals of revered Gods of the Hindu faith like Lord Krishna of Guruvayur Temple. It is home to the deity of the royal family, Pazhayannur Bhagavathy (the Deity of Pazhayannur).
Pareekshith Thampuran Museum:
Pareekshith Thampuran Museum will take you on a journey back to the history of the 19th century with its paintings and its archaeological artefacts. This museum is also home to paintings of ancient monuments, scriptures, and coins made of stone and plaster of Paris. Most of these historical items and objects belong to the Royal family of Kochi.
Pallipuram Fort was erected by the Portuguese in 1503, making it one of the oldest European forts of India which houses a rich cultural heritage. It is situated in the extreme northern part of the Vypeen Islands and heralds a glorious past within the territory of Kochi.
Santa Cruz Basilica:
A church designed by the Portuguese, Santa Cruz Basilica in Kochi is one of the eight Basilicas in India. It is located close to the famous St. Francis Church. It is a heritage building in Kerala and also one of the finest cathedrals in India. It serves as the cathedral church of the Diocese of Kochi.
Bolgatty Island is located near Fort Kochi in Ernakulam district and it is famous for its picturesque surrounds along with its growing cosmopolitan hub. The Bolgatty Palace was originally built by the Dutch 1744 but it was eventually acquired by the British.
Gundu Island is the smallest in the Kochi region spreading over five acres of land. It is accessible only by boat from Vypeen. This island was declared to be a part of Kochi in 1967. Its idyllic ambiance call out to a swarm of visitors who soak in its gentle breeze and pristine surroundings. The island is a charming combination of seeping waves, incredible scenery, and a peaceful atmosphere.