Attractions to explore near St. Thomas Shrine
The first Christian church of India, and the resting place for many saints.
A cluster of small islands spread in backwaters and filled with paddy fields and fishing nets. The area is famous for fish farms and a kayak through the waters treats you with great views. This area is devoid of all the noice and hustle of Cochin city, one truely hidden gem which is very easily reachable for people in Cochin. The place is especiallly beautiful during sunrise and sunsets.
Vallarpadam Basilica (National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, Vallarpadam) is a major Christian pilgrim center of India. Around one million people visit the Basilica every year, it is the most important Marian Shrine in India. The picture of Mary and Infant Jesus at the top of the main altar was brought by Portuguese merchants under the leadership of Vasco Da Gama in 1524. The two towers has viewing decks that is open to visitors as well.
One of the oldest shopping streets in Kochi. The market sells anything from jewelerries, clothes, vegetables, household items, and most other things you can imagine. The street is a car free pedestrian road, characterized by narrow roads lined with shops. There are more than a thousand shops in broadway, all in a two kilometer radius.
Traditional arts center presenting masked Kathakali dance shows classical musical nights & martial arts. They have daily Kathakali shows in the evening, the show takes around two hours. The show is usually followed by differnt kinds of art form presentations in alternating days.