A Perfect Kochi 2-day Itinerary for Exploring and Savoring

Are you planning a short getaway to Cochin, the charming coastal city in Kerala? With its rich history, stunning landscapes and delectable cuisine, Cochin has much to offer in just two days. This Kochi itinerary will help you make the most of your visit, guiding you through must-visit places and mouthwatering dishes you cannot miss.

a Chinese finishing net being hung on the boardwalk with the evening sky in the background

Day 1: Exploring Cochin's Heritage

Morning: Fort Kochi - Dive into History
Start your Cochin adventure by exploring the historic Fort Kochi. Begin with the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets, an ancient fishing technique introduced by Chinese traders. Stroll along the Fort Kochi Beach and soak in the serene views of the Arabian Sea. Nearby, you can visit St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, and the Indo-Portuguese Museum to glimpse the city's multicultural heritage.

Afternoon: Explore the Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue
Visit the Dutch Palace, also known as Mattancherry Palace, which showcases exquisite Kerala murals and the history of the Cochin royal family. A short walk away is the Jewish Synagogue, an architectural marvel, adorned with lovely hand-painted Chinese tiles.

Evening: Kathakali Performance
Experience the vibrant culture of Kerala by attending a Kathakali performance. This traditional dance-drama is known for its intricate makeup, colourful costumes, and expressive storytelling. Check the local schedules for performances in the area.

A house boat travelling on the kochi lake with clear skies in the background

Day 2: Backwaters and Island Hopping

Morning: Backwater Cruise
Embark on an enchanting backwater cruise along the serene backwaters. Marvel at the lush green paddy fields, coconut groves and traditional Kerala villages. Depending on your preference, you can opt for a houseboat ride or a canoe tour.

Afternoon: Island Hopping
Explore the beautiful islands near Cochin. Take a ferry to Willingdon Island, home to the Kochi Naval Base, and see the grand Rajendra Maidan. Visit Bolgatty Island, which hosts the Bolgatty Palace, a Dutch-era mansion turned into a heritage hotel. Later, head to Vypeen Island for a relaxing beach experience.

Evening: Shopping and Souvenirs
Return to Fort Kochi and indulge in some souvenir shopping. Visit Princess Street and Jew Town for exquisite handcrafted items, spices and clothing.

Cochin, with its blend of history, culture and cuisine, is a destination that leaves an indelible mark on travellers. While this 2-day Cochin itinerary covers the city's highlights, remember that Cochin has much more to offer, so consider extending your stay if possible. Happy travels and culinary exploration in Cochin!

If you have not decided on a place to stay during your Kochi tour, think about staying at The Tower House - 17th Century, Cochin. This heritage hotel has several rooms that are fit for royalty, and their in-house restaurant will leave your taste buds wanting more!