Marine Drive Kochi
Marine Drive Kochi is a picturesque promenade in Kochi, Kerala, India. It is built facing the backwaters. Ironic to its name, no vehicles are allowed on the walkway. Marine Drive is also an economically thriving part of the city of Kochi. With several shopping malls it is as an important centre of shopping activity in Kochi.
Marine Drive Walkway – Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Marg
Marine Drive walkway at Kochi is also known as Dr. A P J Abdul kalam Marg. Its known in the name of Dr. A P J Abdul kalam, former (11th President) president of India. The view of the setting and rising sun over the sea mouth, and the gentle breeze from the Vembanad Lake has made Marine Drive an important tourist destination in Kochi. Hundreds of people (both natives, and tourists) throng the walkway during the evenings.
The walkway starts from the High Court Junction and continues until the Rajendra Maidan. There are many street venders on the walkway, selling fancy products and toys. Food carts selling juice, fruits and sliced fruits with spices here on the side of the walkway.
Marine Drive Boating
There are also several boat jetties along the walkway. There are various boat services from Marine Drive to take you to tourist spots like the oil tanker berth, the Cochin shipyard, the Bolgatty Palace, Mattanchery Jewish synagogue, Jew Street, Vallarpadom Terminal and so on.
Marine Drive in Kochi, is a popular hangout and this scenic stretch offers a spectacular view of the backwaters and the Kochi Harbor. Shopping malls, cinema halls, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets line the drive. The Rainbow Bridge and the International Tourism Boat Jetty Complex are other attractions here.
It is situated along the edge of backwaters that begins behind the Children’s Park ending at the Shanmugham Road. It is surfaced with black-dotted, red-carpet ultra-tiles. Wooden benches, cast-ironed, weather-proof seating on ash grey tiles offers utmost relaxation.