Economic One Day Trip Idea Around Kochi

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The Best One-Day Trip in and around Kochi

 

If you are a resident of Kochi and a good driver, and you are looking for a tour around Kochi in one day, then you may go through this article to plan your trip. Here most of the tourist attractions of Kochi are discussed that are possible for a tourist to cover in one day. The best way to start this journey is to start from the heart of the city and therefore, ask the car rental company to deliver a rent a car in Kochi. Let’s say that you are starting your journey from Fluxy footwear market, a popular location near the heart of the city on a Saturday to visit some of the important tourist spots of Kochi. Let us see how you will tour and all those locations that you can cover maximum in one day.

Marine Drive

This place is almost 300 met away from your starting point. This place is a very popular place of hangout among the young generation. This marine drive was built following the model of the Mumbai marine drive which is also very popular among the tourists. In fact, in both the cities, it is better to start your journey from the marine drives. This place is very close. There is no entry fee. You have to pay the car parking charges though. You can walk along the backwaters and watch the serene beauty. There are shopping complexes, boat rides, restaurants, and other facilities available in the marine drive. You start very early in the morning. You don’t need to take food with you as here itself you will get a lot of restaurants. Although you can keep some snacks to satisfy sudden hunger pangs. Let’s say you spend 40 minutes here.

 

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Mangalvanam bird sanctuary

Now the next destination is almost 1 km away from the marine drive, which is Mangalavanam bird sanctuary. This is a wide bird sanctuary of an area of 2.74 hectares. This sanctuary consists of mangrove forests and more than 30 species of birds. Generally, it is not possible to visit the interiors of the sanctuary in a car. You need to park your car at the respective place and then walk around the sanctuary with your family. You will see a lot of varieties of plants here. If you don’t have a local guide with you, you will not be able to recognize those trees and plants.

 

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Jew Town

Although the next option after this place could have been the Cherai beach, but it is around 25 kilometers away from this bird sanctuary. You would require at least 25 minutes visiting the bird sanctuary. So by now, the lunch time would be approaching. So, a suggestion here would be to come back to Marine drive and see some beautiful places on the other side of the Marine Drive. Choose the next stop to be Jew town which is nearly half an hour ride from the marine drive, if you take Mahatma Gandhi Road. This is a place of antiques and artefacts. You will get some nice antique showpieces to take away for your friends and relatives. There is a lot of metallic artware that can also be bought from here at moderate prices. Here, you can look around for another half an hour and then go to a nearby restaurant to have lunch. If you are not hungry enough, then you can pack your lunch from a restaurant here and move to the next location, which is Fort Kochi.

 

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Fort Kochi

This is a historical place that is filled with the relics of Dutch and Portuguese colonies. You can see the remains of the forts that were used to save the soldiers during wars. You will get to see real a lot of churches and synagogues in that place. To enter the synagogue, you need to come there before 1 pm. However, this seems to very unlikely, if you plan your trip to Kochi as the way mentioned here. Nonetheless, you can enjoy your lunch and watch the Dutch and Portuguese architectural styles together. Adjacent to Fort Kochi is the Mattancherry palace.

 

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Mattancherry Palace

This palace was built by the Portuguese and gifted to the King of Cochin in the year 1555. This area contains the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth, called the Paradesi Synagogue. You can visit this synagogue right after you finish lunch as this synagogue opens at 3 pm and remains open till 5 in the afternoon. What you can do is, tour around Fort Kochi and when it is 3 pm, rush to the ticket counters of Paradesi Synagogue. One good thing is that there is no charge for children under 15. In fact, if you have completed the visit of Fort Kochi, well before 3 pm, then it is better to come and visit the museum as it will close at 5 pm. After spending 40-50 minutes here, you can head for the Paradesi Synagogue. There you can spend half an hour and now buy some snacks from the nearby shops and head for home. If you want to gift buy some antiques for your friends, then there are good antique and stationary shops that you can take a look around.


Finally, you will be dog tired at around 6-6:30 pm. You will now have to sit inside the car and rush back to your hotel. If you are a resident of Kochi, then you can drive back to your home. If your pick up and drop locations are going to be different, then you should inform that to the car rental company beforehand. Say, for example, you took the car from the heart or the center of Kochi city and while returning, you wish to drive all the way to home, then you should specify both the locations on the contract very clearly. The time assessed to visit the places in Kochi are roughly around 12 hours. Now, depending on the everyday traffic, this time span may vary. You need to keep some extra minutes in hand than the normally required time and inform the car rental company.