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Things to do in Kochi

Best attractions to visit in Kochi

11. St. Francis Church - Kochi

St Francis Church

The St. Francis Church, well-known for its beautiful architecture and ambience, is believed to be one of the oldest churches built by the Europeans in India. The church has a lofty structure with a gabled timber framed roof covered with tiles. A stepped pinnacle is constructed on both sides of the façade, which is very impressive and retains the old world charm. The famous explorer Vasco da Gama, the first Portuguese sailor to reach the shores of Kerala, died in 1524 during his third visit to Kochi.

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12. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary - Kochi

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

Thattekad (also Thattekkad) was long associated with late Dr. Salim Ali, the pioneer ornithologist nicknamed as the birdman of India. Later this sanctuary was officially named as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, who was a keen observer familiar with the woods of Thattekkad. Thattekkad came to public view because of his writings. Salim Ali rated this as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India, as good as eastern Himalayas. It is one of the top tourist destination in Kerela.

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13. Vembanad Lake - Kochi

Vembanad Lake

Kottayam is a vast network of canals which empty into the great expanse of water called the Vembanad Lake. The lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. The serene lake comes alive during Onam with a spectacular water regatta - the snake boat races. It is indeed amazing to watch oarsmen, at least a hundred in one boat, slice their way through the waters to the fast rhythm of their own full throated singing.

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