Things to do in Kochi
In spite of being a prosperous port city of western coast line, Kochi is still very much successful in keeping its tranquillity and old world charm intact. European styled bungalows with manicured gardens lining beside the streets of Kochi radiates its colonial history. This city offers many chances to a traveller to explore the art of living in harmony with the nature. From here, you can access any part of Kerala to discover the unfathomed landscapes of mountains, rivers, backwaters and sea.
Take a Boat Ride: Kerala is the land famous for its mesmerizing web of backwaters. Kochi also features long stretches of backwaters which separate Fort Kochi and Mattanchery from Ernakulam. These backwaters surrounding the Kochi are dotted with many small and tiny islands. To take a view of these small islands and to experience the unmatched beauty of Kochi from backwaters, take a boat ride. It is indeed an unforgettable journey that offers enchanting view of the city and its beautiful backdrop. From Fort Kochi you can hire a boat easily for a ride through the backwaters. You can also have a marvellous backwater house-boat cruise experience at Alleppey which is just 63 kilometres from Kochi.
A Trip to Kalady: Kalady is small town located on the banks of Periyar River. This town is blessed with beautiful climate and lovely people. Kalady is just 48 kilometres away from Kochi and it is on the north east side of this port city. Kalady earned its name and fame as the birthplace of Sri Adi Shankaracharya. This monotheist Hindu philosopher showed us the true meaning of Advaita through the experiences and answers he gained from his quest for monotheism. Sri Adi Shankaracharya lives in the 8th centurt AD and died only at the age of 32 years. In fond memory of Sri Adi Shankaracharya, a shrine and an 8-storied painted Adi Shankara Keerthi Sthambam have been erected here. Once you are in Kochi, you must visit this place to complete your Kochi trip.
Watch the Colourful Kathakali Performance: Kerala is the land of art and culture. The most prominent art from of Kerala is Kathakali dance style. In this traditional dance forms, performers have to wear vibrant and massive head gears along with elaborated make-up. This looks dramatic and once they start the performance, we are certainly going to behold one of the most indigenous dancing forms of India with hundreds of colour and thousands of facial expressions. Kathakali performance also allows the photographers to click some of the best shots reflecting celebration of life and colour.