Silhouette of coconut trees along with chinese fishing nets in kumbalangi, a suburb of kochi during sunset.

Best places to visit in Kochi, Kerala for landscape photography

Kochi, also known as Cochin is a port city in Kerala and lies in between the Arabian sea and Vembanad lake. The city is divided by countless water ways and canals and therefore it has got some excellent scenic spots or places, which makes it ideal for landscape photography. I will mention few of the spots below along with photographs to give you a better understanding of the place.

Marine drive:

Marine drive is a picturesque spot facing the backwaters in kochi. It is visited by locals and tourists due to the majestic view of the Vembanad lake. There is a long walkway and it is perfect to enjoy an evening walk as the cool breeze from the lake rejuvenates both the body and mind. There are several boat jetties and it is one of the best spots to see sunset. Marine drive walkway has got some important landmarks like Rainbow bridge, Chinese Fishing Net Bridge and House Boat Bridge. Marine drive is located is located very close Ernakulam boat jetty and can be reached easily by boat or bus. There government ferry is very cheap, departs at an interval of 20 minutes and charges only Rupees 4 to Fort Kochi and Rupees 7 to Mattancherry.  

A boat parked in a jetty in Vembanad Lake in Marine Drive, Kochi during sunset.
A boat parked in a jetty in Vembanad Lake in Marine Drive, Kochi during sunset.


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A boat parked in a jetty in Vembanad Lake in Marine Drive, Kochi during sunset
A boat parked in a jetty in Vembanad Lake in Marine Drive, Kochi during sunset

Queen’s Walkway:

Queen’s Walkway is often overlooked by tourists, but it is frequented by locals. It has a long walkway overlooking the bay with Chinese fishing nets and fishing boats. It is very close to marine drive, around 1.5 kms. There are plenty of seating arrangements and is less crowded than marine drive. There are also a few carts selling ice cream for refreshment.

Sunset over Kochi backwaters with chinese fishing net in the background
Sunset over Kochi backwaters with chinese fishing net in the background
A boat carrying people sailing in vembanad lake during sunset.
A boat carrying people sailing in vembanad lake during sunset.

Chinese fishing net in Fort Kochi:

One of the best spots to see Chinese fishing net is fort kochi. It is located at a prime location and can be easily reached by bus, ferry or tuk-tuk. One can witness the traditional method of catching fish and even try your hand in order to catch some fish, albeit at a price. I do not know how much they charge as I did not try it. The place is very good for photography as you can get wide variety of subjects, but at the same time extremely dirty and filthy. Best time to visit is during sunset where you can see the sun setting behind the nets.

Silhouette of chinese fishing nets in fort kochi during sunset.
Silhouette of chinese fishing nets in fort kochi during sunset.

Silhouette of chinese fishing nets in fort kochi during sunset.
Silhouette of chinese fishing nets in fort kochi during sunset

Kallencherry island in Kumbalangi:

Kallencherry island in Kumbalangi is a very underrated tourist destination. It lies in the midst of nature, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city as it is 15 kms from Fort Cochin. It has few homestays and very few people actually visit this place. It is surrounded by coconut trees and has numerous chinese fishing nets. It is a very small island, about 900m in length. I did not stay for long and only visited it during evening. Buses do not go direct to this place from fort kochi. You have to get down at Thoppumpady and take another bus or you can simply take an auto rickshaw, which will be expensive. Also, if you are coming by bus, you have to get down in the main road and then walk for 2 kms or hire a tuk-tuk. If you are solo and visit it during evening, do not stay long after dark as you won’t find any transportation in that area and you will have to walk and reach the main road.

A country boat parked on the banks of Kochi backwaters in Kumbalangi
A country boat parked on the banks of Kochi backwaters in Kumbalangi
Silhouette of coconut trees along with chinese fishing nets in kumbalangi, a suburb of kochi during sunset.
Silhouette of coconut trees along with chinese fishing nets in kumbalangi, a suburb of kochi during sunset

Getting around:

Kochi has excellent bus and rail connectivity. Going to nearby places like ernakulam or vypin should not be a problem as buses and government ferries regularly ply from fort kochi to these places and vice versa. To check boat schedules visit this link https://www.swtd.kerala.gov.in/pages-en-IN/bsfromernakulam.php.

When to visit:

Kochi becomes extremely hot during summer, therefore it is advised to visit during October to March. 

If you’re interested in using my photography or article please contact me as I am available for freelance work. 

If you are interested in knowing more about Kerala, visit my other blogs on Alleppey landscape photography, Alleppey backwaters sightseeingKovalamVarkala and Kerala sea beaches.

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38 Comments

  1. I have to admit- Amazing photography! As an aggregator of Bed and Breakfast accommodations, I have been to kochi and loved the place. I stayed in a houseboat and totally loved the experience!

  2. I´ve never been to Kochi but your photos make it look super amazing. I love the hues of pink/orange/red. Taking photos is easy for me but taking GOOD photos is a different story altogether. Love it!

    1. Thanks, for taking good photos you have to wait for the right moment. I am sure you can do it.

  3. When India is mentioned, all I think about is the Taj Mahal and Agra. Nice to know there are more incredible places to visit. You well-taken pictures is a very good introduction of Kochi to someone who is a complete stranger to it.

  4. I love that orange red shade in the sky in the Chinese fishing net photos. I wonder if you might stamp your photography differently in future, so that more of the full beauty of it can be seen.

  5. Well, this is a very good spot to get away from a busy life. I love taking photographs, could you share some tips on how you did have such amazing ones like those?

    1. If you want to take pictures like this, you have to wait till sunset. Also, you have to go that particular spot multiple times and learn photo editing. You can find a lot of You tube videos on that. Taking images with a DSLR or mirrorless camera is much better, than taking with a mobile.

  6. Loved the pictures more than the information. Can you provide more content on things to do in kochi for kids? Would love to go there someday.

    1. For kids, maybe you can take them on a tour around the backwaters or take a walk on the streets of Fort Kochi. But remember, Kochi is extremely hot, so whatever you do, do it early in the mornings or late in the evenings.

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