The Marine Drive walkway built by the side of lake attracts lot of travellers in the evening. A walk through this walkway is energising and relaxing at the same time. The gentle breeze from the lake is cooling and one can watch beautiful sunset from the rainbow bridge, lot of people choose this as a favorite selfie spot. Sitting in the bench and watching the small boats passing through the lake is truly relaxing. Street vendors here gives you an opportunity to experience the local tastes and buy souvenirs. ABAD Group owns and operates Bay Pride Mall at Marine drive where you can find a food court which serves multi cuisine food. The Marine Drive Kochi is hardly 2 Km from the city hotels like ABAD Plaza, ABAD Atrium ,ABAD Metro and a 5 minutes travel in auto rickshaw can take you there.
The Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, located in Kochi, Kerala, in South India. Constructed in 1567, it is one of seven synagogues of the Malabar Yehudan or Yehudan Mappila people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. Paradesi is a word used in several Indian languages, and the literal meaning of the term is “foreigners”, applied to the synagogue because it was built by Sephardic or Spanish-speaking Jews, some of them from families exiled in Aleppo, Safed and other West Asian localities. It is also referred to as the Cochin Jewish Synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue.
Chinese fishing nets are a type of stationary lift net in India. They are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for fishing. While commonly known as “Chinese fishing nets” in India, the more formal name for such nets is “shore operated lift nets”. The nets may have been introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He. The Chinese fishing nets have become a very popular tourist attraction. Their size and elegant construction is photogenic and the slow rhythm of their operation is quite hypnotic. In addition, catches can be purchased individually and need be taken only a short distance to a street entrepreneur who will cook it.
St. Francis Church, in Fort Kochi, Kochi, originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India.
The Hill Palace was earlier the summer palace of the Kochi Maharaja’s, the rulers of the old State of Kochi. Now it is converted to Museum with a good collection of royal antiques and is open to visitors now. It is the largest archeological museum in Kerala spreaded in 54 acres of land and 49 buildings in typical Kerala architecture. Timings are 9am-noon and 3-6pm everyday except mondays. It is located 14km away from the city hotels and a taxi drive of 40 minutes can take you there.
The Chottanikkara (correction of Jyotiannakkara) Devi Temple is a famous temple of mother goddess Saraswati Devi known as Sree Bhagavathi. Saraswati is believed to be residing in Chottanikkara along with Lord Vishnu. The temple is located at Chottanikkara, a southern suburb of the city of Kochi in the state of Kerala, India and is one of the most popular temples in the state. In terms of temple architecture, Chottanikkara temple stands out to be an ultimate testimonial for the ancient vishwakarma sthapathis (wooden sculpture) along with Sabarimala temple. Sree Mahamaya Bhagawati (Aadiparashakthi), the goddess of power, is one of the most popular deities in Kerala and the supreme mother goddess in Hinduism. Chottanikkara Devi is worshipped at the temple, in three different forms: as Maha Saraswati (mother of knowledge) in the morning, draped in white; Maha Lakshmi (mother of wealth) at noon, draped in crimson; and as Maha Kali (mother of power) in the evening, decked in blue. Supreme lord Shiva, Ganesh & Lord Dharmasastha (Ayyappa) is also worshiped at the temple. People suffering from mental illnesses & commonly visit the temple, as Chottanikkara devi is said to cure her devotees. One should not miss the ‘Guruthi Pooja’ in the ‘Keezhkkaavu’ temple at Chottanikkara. Goddess ‘keezhkkaavu devi’ is believed to be ‘Bhadrakali'(Mahakali), in her fierce form or ugra form. Bhadrakali, is a form of mother Kali, supposed to be born from the third eye of lord Shiva, to kill the demon king ‘Daruka’. Guruthi pooja is a ritual done at late evening to invoke goddess Mahakali. Earlier ‘Guruthi Pooja’ was done only on Fridays. But nowadays, it is performed every day.