Kochi, also known as Cochin is a port city 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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.