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Beaches in Cochin

by vik77


Does anyone know if thier are any nice beaches in Cochin or surrounding areas (apart from GOA)?? if so any recommendations on accomodation??

Re: Beaches in Cochin

by travelmad478

There are plenty of nice beaches in Kerala. I liked Varkala very much, didn't care much for Kovalam.

Re: Beaches in Cochin

by ddutta


There are lots of beaches throughout KERALA, Cochin is one of them .For more details please log on to :-


Re: Beaches in Cochin

by radz

Agree with travelmad.
Varkala is better,and good.
Kovalam you have 3 beaches,"Kovalam",Eves beach is ok,swimming is not advisible here.

Near Mangalore you have good but small beaches.

Happy travelling.

Re: Re: Beaches in Cochin

by hoggard

Of course varkala is very good.You can contact my friend there who conducts a forum,
for more details on kerala and varkala.

Re: Beaches in Cochin

by india-prof

There's Cherai Beech. Take the ferry from Fort Cochin to Vypeen Island. Outside the ferry terminal on Vypeen you'll catch the Cherai Bus for Rs. 7. Every time they see a foreigner, they direct them to this bus; it leaves every 5-10 minutes. You'll go north up the island for about an hour and get down at Cherai Bus Stand. From there, catch an auto rickshaw for Rs. 50 to the beach, but it's also a nice walk of about 2-3 km. It's a lightly-developed, very nice beach with a moderate surf and a few very primitive lodges. The place wasn't even developed in 1996 when I first went there. Now a little town is springing up, but it's still very nice and clean.

There are auto rickshaws hanging out in front of the chai stands and ice cream parlors to take you home when you're done. Careful, though: no lifeguard.


Travel Tips for Kochi

Tuk-Tuk (Autorickshaw)

by PierreZA

A cheap way of getting around. A single trip never cost more than 30 Rs.
The taxi drivers are also well informed. It is sometimes difficult for them to understand that you do not want to visit any shops/emporiums - "just look", they will say.

St. Francis church

by cadzand

Beautifully located along the sea, facing the famous fishing nets, St. Francis' Church is the oldest existing European church in India built in the early 16th century by the Franciscans.

Here was the burial of Vasco da Gama in 1526, a temporary resting place, as his son took away the mortal remains of his father back to Portugal. The church began life as a wooden structure in 1503.

Along the pathway to the church you'll find loads of stalls with local craft and artworks as there are peacok feather fans (!!! you may not export them), beautifully handmade postcards, normal postcards with nice local views, casual dress, statues, local jewelry, etc. etc.

Ancient Synagogue at Chennamangalam

by cochinjew

KOCHI: A permanent exhibition on `Chennamangalam Synagogue: Jewish Community in a Kerala Village' was opened at the renovated synagogue in Chennamangalam, about 25 km from here, on Friday.
The exhibition has been put up under the aegis of the Koret Foundation, The Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, the departments of Archaeology and Tourism, Government of Kerala, and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This is a coming together of the past and the present and Israel attaches great importance to this special relationship with India, said Daniel Zohar Zonshine, Consul General, Consulate General of Israel, Mumbai.
He said that the Government of Kerala had renovated the synagogue and appreciated the gesture that brought the two people together. Mr. Zonshine was present along with a nearly 100-strong group of Jews from Kerala, especially from around Chennamangalam, who had left for Israel about half-a-century ago.
Among those who came on Friday were Kastiel J. Pnina and Yossi Oren from Chennamangalam.
This verdant village can also boast of one of its sons Bezalel Eliahu who is a prize-winning agriculturist.
Among the pieces on exhibition is a copy of the English-Malayalam-Hebrew primer, pictures depicting the Jewish lifestyle, festivals and rituals. A relief in wood over the synagogue door is a major attraction.
A tombstone outside the renovated synagogue at Chennamangalam has Hebrew inscription dating back to 1269 making it the oldest Hebrew text in India.
Jews have lived on the Malabar coast for centuries. Some believe that they were here from the time of King Solomon while others say they arrived on the coast after the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem

Breakfast at Kashi Art Cafe

by muddybok

Kashi Art Cafe is highly recommended in LP and almost sounded like THE Cafe in Fort Kochi and you can see quite a human traffic in there. This is an art gallery cum cafe place is doing so well, that customers need to queue or even share tables with others.

The whole of back section is completely build up with sugar palm wood from pillars to cross beams, tables, stove and high chairs. It give me the impression that the cafe is build to last for hundred years because of the sugar palm's termite & moth resistant quality.

The menu is some what too short and we just pick the no brainer Kashi Special.


by kentishgirl

Cochin is a small island connected to the mainland town of Ernakalum in the Kerala region of South India.
We stayed in Cochin or Kochi as it is also known for a few days after leaving Palolem.

We stayed in Ernakalum and took the ferry across to Cochin to explore the small narrow streets and areas that offer a fabulous blend of India today, Dutch and Portugeuse colonial areas and unusual for today in India - Jewtown.

Cochin is a beautiful little place, we enjoyed walking around the streets, browsing on the small market stalls, exploring churches and buildings and watching the fishermen use the maginificent Chinese fishing nets.


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