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Things to do in Kochi in 2 days

Kochi – earlier known as Cochin is a city near the Arabian sea in Kerala. It has been a port since 1341 and many Europeans, Arabs, and Chinese have used this port for business in the earlier days.

It is the Goa that I had always imagined, less crowded, more connection with the sea, and a pinch of tradional touch to the entire quaint town!

I do not compare places ever, this is just my expectation of one place met in another. Kochi is love, comforting, calm, windy, green, with an aroma of the sea!

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Reaching Kochi

Bangalore to Kochi takes 10 hours to travel. So I left Bangalore on Friday evening to reach Kochi on a Saturday morning around 8:30.

I was planning to take an auto from bus stand to Zostel Kochi but they were charging INR 500, so decided against it, and boarded a local bus.

The local bus stand was right opposite where I got down (Opp Lulu Mall). In just INR 27, I reached the area of Fort Kochi by changing 2 buses with the help of locals (smile and charades work wonders when your malayalam fails!)

I had kept Google Maps on and got down at the nearest spot to Zostel.

At spice market in Kochi

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The best time to explore Kochi

October to February is a tolerable and pleasant climate to ttravel. There is intense monsoon/heat during the other months.

I wrote this blog after my 2nd solo trip to Kochi in May, 2019 (with temprature and humidity rising as high as 32°C!) Didn’t know I’m kind of a daredevil in these matters? 😛

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A few things to do in Kochi in 2 days:

Here are some tentative things that you can see and do which are a stone throw away from Zostel.

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DAY 1

I reached Zostel at 10 am and the check-in is at 12 noon.

With amazing policies viz. they let you hang around their beautiful property before check in and after check out, they let you have free filtered water, and you can read while chilling there!

I took a shower in a common bathroom and got ready to explore the town!

Kashi Art Cafe

A cafe famous for art and photography took my heart away with its eccentric interiors! With vegan options on the table, there is nothing that is amiss in this cafe!

Eccentric interiors in Kashi Art Cafe – my brunch spot.

I strolled along the windy roads of Kochi surrounded with gigantic trees along the coastal line. I bumped into numerous murals and breathtaking aesthetic shops.

Just one of Kochi’s stunning murals.

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St Francis Church

St. Franchis Church was built by Portuguese traders in 1503 and is one of the oldest churches in India. In 1663, the ownership was given to the Dutch to captured Kochi, followed by the Britishers in 1795.

The traditional charm is still maintained by the church which can be seen by the olden form of fans still used. It is now a protected monument since 1923.

A tomb in a church
Vasco Da Gama’s tomb. He was buried in 1524. His son re buried the coffin in Lisbon 14 years later because Portugal was Vasco’s motherland.

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fans with ropes in a church
Centuries old functional fans. The mechanism is such that these ropes on top of the fans are pulled by someone which pushes the fans from left to right, resulting in generating light breeze for the congregants.

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Kerala Kathakali Centre

Lonely Planet recommended Kerala Kathakali Centre was just 350 meters away from Zostel. I booked the tickets for the performance from Zostel in the morning itself because the cost was the same (INR 350) and I would get better seats (book the tickets asap for amazing seats – I would recommend first or second row).

I reached the auditorium at 5 and I was handed over a paper with the story of that day’s performance.

Kathakali show started at 6 with them explaining about natural ingredients of makeup, mudras, etc. The beautiful cultural show ended at 7:30 pm.

Makeup application on stage from 5-6pm. It was done on stage so the entire audience could see the process step by step.

I went to Loafer’s Corner Café for dinner post performance and had delicious Sprouts salad and hot milk (INR 280)!

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Read – Places to eat in Kochi.

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Day 2

Our day 2 of things to do in Kochi in 2 days started with a brunch in Pepper House (feature image)

After a sumptuous brunch and spending amazing time, we left for Jewish Synagogue.

Jewish/ Mattancherry/ Paradesi Synagogue

We learned about its rich history by eavesdropping a guide. I couldn’t see any options for a guide. But if you do, please hire one!. It is shut on Saturdays so plan accordingly. Entry fee is INR 5. The history of the synagogue is displayed at the entrance.

Time taken here – 15 mins.

Jew Town

We aimlessly wandered around the streets of Jew Town, shopped a little around Kochi Fishing Nets shopping market, saw a lot of sellers selling cloths, books, home decor, souvenirs, and ogled all aesthetic cafes in the entire market.

Read: A guide to Instagrammable Cafes in Kochi

A little ahead of Synagogue, we purchased spices and perfumes from a shop named IRS perfumes where we saw incense sticks in the making with fragrances, powder, sticks in display

Shopping in Jew Town
Apparatus for making perfumes at I.R.S. shop. I would highly recommend purchasing the fragrances (attar) Opium and Jasmine.

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More places to explore:

I could not explore the following places under things to do in Kochi in 2 days since I was short on time.

Mattancherry / Dutch Palace

This Palace was built by the Dutch and gifted to Raja of Kochi in 1555 as a token of appreciation and hence also known as Dutch Palace.

This place has interior designs of Kerala temples and architectural style of the dutch.

It is an art gallery these days with murals from Ramayana, rich and in-depth history of Kerala. A place is a must visit if you love learning.

Time taken here – 1 hour

Wellington Island

This is a man made island with a residential place in old style building. There are guides available here. If not, the locals will also help in getting you the information required about the history of this place etc.

With just 3km from Ernakulam railway station, visiting time is from 5 am to 10pm. Time taken here – 2-3 hours.

Fishing nets

I would suggest visiting these nets early in the morning when they are fishing and/or in the evening for a gorgeous view of the sunset. You will also see the mechanism of these machines of how they catch fishes.

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Where to stay in Kochi?

There are several other hostel and homestay options in Kochi. If you have not made any prior bookings, you can ALWAYS get rooms in the vicinity of Kashi Art Cafe, there are homestays behind Zostel, just wander there and you’ll find them.

You will also find options around Kashi Art Cafe- Fort Bridge View, Bell house etc.

I booked my stay in Zostel (022 4896 2270)

In Zostel’s common room.

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Costs for things to do in Kochi in 2 days

Stay – INR 500 (1 night in Zostel ). Other local home-stays and hostels range between 300 – 600 per night with all the facilities.

Food – An average meal in a cafe will cost you ~INR 250 and street side food even lesser.

Transport – 1 ) I booked buses to and fro from Bangalore to Kochi with Goibibo for INR 1500 for a return journey. You can get it for much cheaper also if you book in advance.

Inside Kochi, I walked it up everywhere since many places were just in the vicinity. I took an auto at some places which cost me ~INR 50-100.

You can also rent (INR 350 per day without fuel) a scooter from Zostel/ your accommodation.

Totaling up-to ~INR 4000.

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I hope you have enjoyed this blog of ‘Things to do in Kochi in 2 days’ and I hope it makes you plan your trip better.

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Other blogs you might enjoy reading:
  • Pondicherry- things to do in 3 days. Read here.
  • 5 days in Kerala under INR 12000/-. Read here.
  • Experiencing Kerela’s oldest rituals- Theyyam. Read here.

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