Kochi (Cochin) Tourism

Kochi (Cochin) Tourism

Kochi (Cochin) Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • Pincode: 682001
  • District: Ernakulam
  • Language: Malayalam
  • STD code: 0484
  • Weather: Summer 24 to 38°C, Winter 23 to 37°C

History of Kochi

Kochi is a well-established commercial port having a long history rooted back to the 13th century. It has been attracting traders and travellers from as long as 600 years. Famous for giant fishnets, Portuguese houses and ancient mosques. It came into being after its separation from the Kulashekhara Empire. Between the Arabian sea and the Western Ghats in the Ernakulum District of God's own country Kerala, it has been ruled by a number of rulers including Portuguese and the British.

People and Culture of Kochi

The South Indian culture is totally reflected in the city formerly called Cochin. The port is busy with a number of fishermen and traders. The majority of the people here talk in Malayalam, however, there is a complete mix of Hindus, Christians, Muslims who live here. The art and literature are deeply rooted in this culturally rich city. The famous Mollywood cinema has also its base in this city.

Things to Do in Kochi

There are a number of places to visit in Kochi. The historical Kochi Attractions include the Fort Kochi which itself is a hub of various Kochi tourist places like palaces and famous churches. Also, during the Kochi tour, you will be able to confront a number of Museums showcasing art galleries. The sightseeing in Kochi can be enthralling with a visit to the Backwaters of Kochi and Fort Kochi beach. The lakes and lagoons are fascinating. One can also enjoy the ride and stay in their beautiful houseboats. Also, one of the best places to visit in Kochi is the Marine Drive where one can relax near the Vembanad Lake and witness the picturesque sunset and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge. This place is like a picnic spot in Kochi. The people who like sports like Football and Cricket can also visit the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The list of places to see in Kochi are many, but many people prefer spending idle time watching the serene lakes and lagoons on this beautiful island.

Food and Shopping in Kochi

The delightful aroma of South Indian Dishes served in the traditional manner will definitely mesmerize the tourists after a long day Kochi sightseeing. Every mall has a food court, hence every shopper can definitely hang out there and try some delicacies and desserts which are special in Kochi. There are a number of fashion stores for the people to shop outfits. Besides Kochi being a spice hub, there are special streets which sell these commodities each spice market is marked with a very pleasant aroma of these spices. The spices act like best souvenirs to carry back home. Shopping for spices is one of the best things to do in Kochi.

Accommodation in Kochi

There are a number of hotels, villas and resorts available near Kochi places to visit, which have all the facilities required for the tourist’s convenience. Some of the good ranking hotels include Vivanta by Taj, which delights the customers with an awesome view of the Cochin Harbour. Besides, even there are many budget hotels for lodging purposes. For travellers wondering how to reach Kochi, transport options like bus, train and flight can be chosen.

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Jinu gill

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  • Jinu gill
  • 4 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  2087 readers

"OK OK" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Beaches are normal as others, as such nothing to see, palace is not even look like palace specially if had visited Rajasthan, meuseum is not at all good, yes fee is also very minimal so it doesn't hurt. Road near palace id very good to visit as it jas lots of shops of antics and lots of decorative items.
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Chandrasekaran Chittibabu

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  • Chandrasekaran Chittibabu
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews
  •  78 readers

"Trip of cochin"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Expected a different climate but due to early onset of monsoon the weather was beautiful ... Enjoyed a lot in Cherai beach and the Shopping in lulu mall was good but costly preferably visit hyper market in lulu mall. Have local boat travel by Kerala water transport department.
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Ravi Mittal

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  • Ravi Mittal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 14 photos
  • 99 Reviews
  •  58 helpful votes
  •  118302 readers

"Beautiful city with everything you need"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kochi is the busiest city in Kerala and has the airport with the best flight connections.
The city serves as a connecting hub for places like Kumarakom, Allepey, Munnar, Thekkady etc which are all within 3-4 hours drive at max.
The city itself has been developing at good pace, many international fashion and food brands have their presence in Kochi.
Lulu mall is one of the largest in the country and houses many brands and can be a decent shopping option.
There are many good hotels to stay and restaurants to dine across Kochi.
Roads are a bit narrow, but traffic is not terrible.
There are many sights to see in areas such as fort Kochi, vypin island, and across ernakulam too. Lots of greenery once you get on the outskirts and interspersed by waterways and streams too.
Lot of culture and tradition merges well with modernity to make it the best city in Kerala, one that I love.
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Vinit Singh

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  • Vinit Singh
  • Lives in Gumla
  • 180 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  5256 readers

"Can relax in tge sea beach but not so happening"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Decent place to sit and relax having view of Arabian sea. Ships moving around in the sea and then disappear. Sun seems to dropping inside the sea in the evening. But not much this to do other than relaxing and views. Church doesn't attracts you if you don't Know the history of it. I missed a guide inside the church who could have explained me everything around the church.
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  • Basanth
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 7 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  2094 readers

"Nice City"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
City is clean. October to December is the best time to visit. Climate is not so good because of humidity. We have visited Marine drive and fort Kochi. We stayed for a night there near North Ernakullam railway station. Over all it was a good experience.
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  • Murali
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 5 Reviews
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"Cochin a new look"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2017
Been to Cochin just two days with family. City is mostly clean, better roads, plenty of high grade restaurants, uber and ola services with new cars are best choices for reaching distances with nominal rates. Auto fares are low compared to other cities for a budget traveler. Don't miss Marine drive and walk down Broadway for anything you want at Wholesale prices. 30 min drive to famous Bagavathi temple at Chottanikkara.
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  • Shyam
  • 1 photo
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1764 readers

"Overall good"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 20, 2017
Kochi is a wonderful area, nice places are there, first plane the trip and booked in advance. Kochi toure is completed after staying one night in a boathouse at alleppey. But be aware about taxi and tempo driver. And special cheater was ola cabs. This ola cabs are very good service in town but when you go to near by area they will drop you but don't go to receive you even after booking in ola cabs.
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Jay  Tom

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  • Jay Tom
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 2 photos
  • 9 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  9594 readers

"Largest city in Kerala"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 7, 2017
It's not only largest but Kochi offers some fantastic places to visit. There are few very famous tourist places like jewish synagogue, fort Kochi beach, Mattancherry, Marine drive etc. I went there for the bi annual art display by prominent artists from all over the world. That is also an attraction. Overall any traveller will enjoy this cool city. Kochi has some good hotels and nice restaurants.
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Umang Kardani

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  • Umang Kardani
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 37 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"Nice city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2017
Loved the city I visited Kochi fort and place.
And two beaches of the city.
Also seen some part of Ernakulam city.
Boat ferry from Kochi to Ernakulam was awesome you can see Kochi port and some other better places, also you can see Indian Navy Base.
There is very good beach in Kochi that I loved.
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  • Mani Km
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 5 Reviews
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"Hotel Review"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 1, 2017
Nice hotel and good service. Location is apt to travel any place in city. Food is good and cheap at the restaurants out side the hotel campus. Swimming pool also neat and clean. My family really enjoyed the stay. Once metro is complete we can travel any place in front of the hotel
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