Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple : Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this ancient temple is believed to have been rebuilt by Marthanda Varma in 1733 A.D.With intricate carvings in granite, the temple is a splendid example of South Indian architecture. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.
Napier Museum : The museum contains a wonderful array of stone sculptures, bronzes and wood carvings, ancient musical instruments and a reconstructed Nair joint family dwelling.
Bolgatty Island : It is the most beautiful of the islands forming Cochin. The Bolgatty Palace, built by the Dutch in 1744 and later used by British, is now a hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.
Dutch Palace : It was built by the Portuguese in 1557 A.D and presented to the Cochin Raja, Veera Kerala Verma, as a gesture of goodwill. The palace acquired the present name after 1663 A.D when the Dutch renovated it.
Fort Cochin : One can always see merchant ships anchored in the sea off Fort Cochin awaiting berth.
Jewish Synagogue : It was built in 1567 A.D. The Jewish community in Cochin has its roots going back to St. Thomas the Apostle's voyage to India in 52 A.D. They first came to settle down in Cranganore, north of Cochin. Over the years they moved to Cochin and picked up trade in the Malabar Coast. Scrolls of Old Testament are preserved in the Synagogue. Also kept here are copper plates inscribed in tiny ancient Hebrew script, recording the grant of the village Anjuvannam and its revenue to a Jewish merchant by king Bhaskara Ravi Verma-I. Chinese hand-painted tiles are eye-catching.
St. Francis Church : Built in 1510 A.D. by the Portuguese, is said to be the first church built by Europeans in India. Vasco da Gama, the first European to reach India sailing around Africa, died in Cochin in 1524 A.D. His body was buried in this church. His gravestone is still there, although his remains were taken back to Portugal in 1538 A.D. The church reflects the colonial struggle in India. It was a Dutch Reformed Church from 1664 to 1804, an Anglican Church from 1804 to 1947, and has since been part of the Church of South India.
Kaladi : This piligrim town, 45 km from Ernakulam, is on the banks of the river Periyar. It is birthplace of Adi Sankara, the great religious reformer of the 8th century. There are two shrines in memory of Adi Sankara - one dedicated to him and the other to Goddess Saradambal.
Kalamandalam : This premier school of dancing was founded in 1930 by the late Mahakavi Vallathol Narayana Menon, poet-laureate of Kerala.
Kottayam : It is a big commercial center and a busy base for Christian missionaries. The city boasts a number of old churches, including its famous Syrian Church.
Cranganore : Now known as Kodungalloor, the town is known for its temple of Devi Bhagavathi. The heritage of Cranganore's history also includes a Portuguese port and India's first mosque, similar in appearance to a temple. At Kottappuram nearby there is a church dedicated to St. Thomas the Apostle, who is said to have landed here in 52 A.D.
Cannanore : This is another harbour which has seen the flags of the ancient world's maritime powers. Until 1887 it was the military headquarters of the alien rulers. It was the capital of the Kolathiri Raja, the main rival of the Zamorin Raja in Malabar. It has also an old fort built by Portuguese.