Kerala, God’s own country, entices tourists from near and far for its splendid natural beauty. And one such beautiful destination that shines out in the list of tourist places in Kerala is Marine Drive - Kochi. Marine Drive is the beautiful stretch that overlooks the serene and tranquil backwaters of Kerala and makes it a must-visit destination in Kerala. In fact, a stroll through the Marine Drive area, and one can easily spot people milling around the lane, making it one of the most popular hangout spots. This promenade in Kochi gives the impression of a scene picked from a picture book with the most beautiful paintings. This 3 kilometers long drive is one place where vehicles are not allowed. This comes as a surprise to many as the name Marine Drive suggests the complete opposite.
If you are in Kerala, spending some time, strolling through this 3-km long walkway would be a great way to capture the scenic backwaters of Kerala in the lens of your eyes. The Boulevard of Marine Drive, as many people popularly call in today, is a long stretch from the Ernakulam Boat Jetty in the south to the Jankar Jetty in the north. There are a number of places near Marine Drive in Kochi where people can spend their time if they place to visit this walkway. Some of the most popular places near Marine Drive are The Houseboat Bridge, The Rainbow Bridge, The China Net Bridge, The Marine Walkway, and the high-end GCDA Shopping Complex.
You can certainly experience the true feel of Kochi when you visit Marine Drive. It is a true amalgamation of modern development on the edge of the natural beauty of the backwaters of Kerala. There are a number of skyscrapers and shopping centers in the region along with many important buildings and corporate offices. Those who love shopping would be spoilt for choices when they come to Marine Drive. There are a number of international brands alongside the local businesses thriving in this region. Shoppers love to spend their time at the Marine Drive and later devour on the sumptuous dishes served at the restaurants lined here.
How to Reach
Reaching the Marine Drive in Kochi is also very easy and convenient. As Kochi is one of the prominent cities in Kerala, one can very easily find public transports to the city. You can reach Kochi through bus or your own vehicle and once you reach the city, there are many rickshaws and autos and taxis to take you to the Marine Drive. Apart from that, the Boat Jetty is also located nearby the Marine Drive. If you wish to take a ferry, it can quickly take you to this beautiful part of the city. People even come to Marine Drive to take boat rides to Oil Tanker Berth, Sulfer Berth, Container Berth, Harbour, Mattancherry, etc., to enjoy the waters.
If you are confused about the best time to visit Marine Drive in Kochi, it is probably during the evening. The sunset from the Marine Drive, overlooking the backwaters is totally a delight to the eyes.
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