I personally, felt the synagogue is the highlight of tourist attraction in Fort Kochi. If you are a person with great interest in hand painted tiles, colorful glass lamps etc, you can still be awed in this small space.The historical fact associated with this place and the Jewish community may interest you as well. Don't forget to enter the small...more
A surprising place to find a synagogue, but history tells that Jews came to India many centuries ago.This synagogue built in 1568 is the oldest in the Commonwealth. You can find here mid-18th century hand painted willow patterned floor tiles from Canton in China, a clock tower, Hebrew inscriptions on stone slabs, great scrolls of the Old Testament,...more
Not necessarily an impressive place, but has a historic siginificance. St.Francis was a Roman Catholic Church during the Portuguese rule from 1503 to 1663, then a Dutch Reformist Church from 1664 to 1804, and Anglican church from 1804 to 1947. Today it is governed by the Church of South India (CSI). Another important fact about the church is that...more
Also known as Mattancherry Palace, it was built in 1557 by the Portugese as a gift to Cochin Raja. Renovated by the Dutch in 1663, the palace has been converted into an art museum today. The best exhibition they have here is murals adoring the walls. The murals here are well preserved and illustrate Hindu deities and scenes from the Ramayana epic.more
The hill palace located in Thripunitra is an official residence of Cochin royal family. Built in 1865, the palace consists of more than 40 buildings splawing around 52 acres of land. The portion of complex is turned into museums today, housing belongins of royal family, pieces from wooden architecture, statues, paintings etc. The place is on...more
Just around the corner from Press Club road is this little cafe, mostly serving locals for breakfast. It's a little dim and dingy, but they did do good idli - very popular in South India for breakfast, although they have spread to the north to a certain extent.Idli are often served like this, on a leaf plate!I remember this cafe being very cheap,...more
Bimpie's have a variety of Indian food from North to South. Order anything that attracts you and you won't be disappointed. Try crispy dosai to delicious North Indian snacks like puv bhaji and bel puri. Don't forget to treat yourself with desert of Bengali sweets.more
If you're wanting to head to Goa - we took the overnight option again, leaving Ernakulam at 2pm, and arriving at Canacona (the most convenient station for Palolem) at 5.30am. You can take a tuk-tuk from there (there was one there at that ungodly hour!), or you could walk - it's only about a mile, and we managed it with fairly heavy rucksacks... by...more
We took the Alleppey Express from Chennai, which left at about 9.15pm, and got us to Ernakulam just under 12 hours later. 3rd class sleeper bunks cost us 273 INR each, and were perfectly comfortable.Onward tickets can be booked at Junction Station ticket office which is just across the road from the platforms. There are tuk-tuks around here which...more
Kodanand is known for an elephant yard - where the elephants rescued from the forest is taken in. Sad to say, there are only 7 elephants and all of tied to chains. If you expect a lovely encounter with elephants, Kodanand will make it very disappointing.
Unique Suggestions: In Kodanand, you will watch the elephants from the distance. But if you wish, they can take you for a 30min elephant ride... just on the adjacent street.
Fun Alternatives: If you must see elephants in Kerala, avoid Kodanand. The elephant yard in Trichur is much better.