Where to eat, play and shop in the charming coastal city of Kochi in a day. Reimagine your happiness today with SilkAir!
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START YOUR MORNING, KERALA STYLE
Awaken your senses with a hearty vegetarian breakfast. Give your morning a boost, as you partake in quintessentially Keralan dishes like Puttu and Kadala Curry. You cannot go wrong with this steamed rice cake and black chickpea curry combo. Other breakfast staples include the Iddiyappam, or steamed string hopper and Appam, or fried pancakes; eaten with Egg Roast, a dry spicy egg curry. Wash your breakfast down with a steaming cup of full-bodied, filter coffee and you are set for the day. You can savour such authentic and healthy breakfast offerings at Springs Restaurant, Hotel Annapoorna, or Alakapuri Hotel.
SOAK IN THE HISTORY OF KOCHI
Next, head to Mattancherry Palace, where art and history collide. Marvel at murals that date back several hundred years, depicting Indian epic stories like the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and Hindu gods like Lord Krishna. Originally built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, it was a gift to the then ruler of Kochi. The monument was later renovated by the Dutch, and became known as the Dutch Palace. Used by royal families for important ceremonies, including the coronation of the Rajas or Kings back then, the two-storey building houses ancient artefact including ceremonial garb, stamps and other royal paraphernalia now. The Palace is known for its typical Kerala style architecture with its long and spacious halls, a quaint central courtyard and the amazing woodwork on its rosewood ceiling and teak floors.
ENJOY A MID-DAY BEACH BREAK
Escape the midday heat and dive into the cool waters of Cherai Beach, situated just 30 kilometres from the city of Kochi. One of Kerala’s most visited beaches, with its unique and picturesque combination of both sea and backwaters, its 15-kilometre coastline offers plenty of space for sunbathers and swimmers alike. If you are into some high-octane water activities, speedboats and water scooters are available for hire. A family-friendly destination, you may even spot a dolphin or two when you are at the Cherai Beach. Best of all, an array of eateries dot the beach, so you can grab a bite whenever hunger strikes.
TAKE A PEEK INTO THE LOCAL ARTS SCENE
You can visit the Kerala Folklore Museum next, to learn about Indian art and culture. The museum is an architectural marvel, built on reconstructions of some 25 traditional, heritage buildings from different parts of Kerala. The three-storey tall museum is packed with over 6,000 historical artefacts, each giving you a peek into the country’s heritage. Show some love to the many up-and-coming artists and pick up a traditional painting, or some exquisite handmade textiles for a piece of Kerala to bring home with you. If time permits, stay for the old classical Kerala dance of Kathakali Performance.
DO A SPOT OF SHOPPING
There is no better place for shopping than at the bustling Princess Street, one of the oldest streets in Fort Kochi. Dotted with houses built on the architectural styles of the British, Dutch, French, and Portuguese, the area is full of life and colour and is a melting pot of cultures. The street may be small in size, but it is big on great bargains. You can shop for just about anything here, including knickknacks, antiques, cigars, souvenirs, and even spices. If you need a quick cuppa, several cafes like Kashi Art and Loafers Corner line Princess Street. A popular haunt for the artsy types, Fort Kochi also boasts stunning street art murals, and plays host to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, South Asia’s largest contemporary art, film and music festival, that brings together artists from all over the world.
CATCH THE SUNSET THROUGH THE CHINESE FISHING NETS
No trip to Kochi is complete without a visit to the iconic Chinese fishing nets at River Road. This recognisable landmark is often visited by tourists for the fascinating backdrop it provides against the sunset. Believed to have been brought in by Chinese traders during the reign of Kublai Khan in the 13th century, the 10-metre high and 20-metre wide nets are set up on bamboo and teak poles, and held horizontally by sophisticated mechanisms. They are mostly for show these days, but you can try to operate them. As the sun sets, take a walk to popular eatery Dal Roti to end your fun-filled day with a sumptuous North Indian dinner.
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