Alleppey (Alapuzha) :
Situated 63 kms south of Cochin along the
coast, Alleppey is connected to Kochi by rail
and road. It is called the Venice of the East
due to the extensive canal network here. Every
year the famous snake boat race is held here.
Chennamangalam Synagogue :
Chennamangalam, situated 40kms north of
Cochin near North Paravur, is home to a
synagogue that is based on traditional Kerala
architecture. The major attractions of this
synagogue are the intricate artwork and the
majestic altar. This 175 year old synagogue was
recently renovated to its old glory. The oldes
Hebrew inscription in India, dated 1269, can be
found on a tombstone near the synagogue.
Chennamangalam is also a village that splendidly
displays religious tolerance with a church,
synagogue, temple and mosque located close to
Cheruthuruthy is about 110 kms away from
Kochi. It is the base of the Kerala Kalamandalam-the
world famous art and dance academy where
training in various traditional forms like
Kathakali, Mohiniyattam etc are imparted.
Situated 48 kms north-east of Kochi, on the
banks of river Periyar (Poorna). Kalady is the
birthplace of Sri Adi Sankaracharya, the
monotheist Hindu philosopher. He lived in the
8th century AD and died at the early age of 32
years. He traveled throughout India, on foot,
debating with scholars and spreading his theory
of Advaita or monotheism. The Adi Sankara shrine
and the 8-storey painted Adi Sankara Keerthi
Sthambam are a must-see for any visitor here.
Kallil Temple :
Located 50kms north-east of Kochi, near
Perumbavoor, this temple is carved out of a
single rocked reached by climbing 120 steps. The
Hindu godess Durga is the main deity, while
Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are also worshipped.
The interesting feature of this temple is its
also a Jain temple with a statue of Mahavira.
Kodanad is 30 kms north-east of Kochi
situated on the lower ranges of the Western
Ghats on the banks of river Periyar. The
wildlife reserve is famous for the elephants and
the largest elephant training centre is situated
here. The reserve also features a mini zoo.
Kodanad is close to St. Thomas church in
Kodungalloor (Cranganore) :
Kodungalloor is 35 kms north of Kochi. The
world famous port here was destroyed by a flood
which led to the formation of Kochi harbour. St.
Thomas, the apostle, is believed to have landed
here in 52 AD. Cheraman mosque, the first mosque
in India, built in the form of a Hindu temple,
is situated here.
About 140 kms on NH49, Munnar is a hill
resort ideal for a relaxing holiday away from
the tropical lowlands. The tea gardens and
cardamom plantations give Munnar a beautiful
look. Anai Mudi, the highest peak in South India
is in these hills. The Munnar - Kodaikanal
(another hill resort) road is believed to be the
steepest road in South-East Asia.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thekkady :
Elephants, bisons, antelopes, samburs,
monkeys and bears can be found in their natural
habitat in this world famous wild life
sanctuary, situated 190kms east of Cochin. A
boat ride through the man-made lake in the heart
of the sanctuary provides a unique opportunity
to observe these animals in their natural
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary :
60kms east of Cochin near Kothamangalam.
Thattekad is located on the northern bank of
river Periyar is a tropical evergreen forest in
the foothills of the Western Ghats. Spread over
25 sq kms, this bird sanctuary was once regarded
as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India.
In spite of recent developments and
deforestation, this sanctuary is still home to a
large number of rare and exotic bird species.
220-440 kms off the coast of Kochi.
Lakshadweep is an archipelago consisting of 12
atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks. Only 10
islands are inhabited while 17 are uninhabited
islands with a total geographical area of 32 sq.
kms. It is connected to the mainland by air and
sea links to Cochin. Miles and miles of sandy
beaches, coral reefs and coconut groves will
leave anyone mesmerised.