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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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Vivek Bhatnagar

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  • Vivek Bhatnagar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 5 Reviews
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"Beautiful city surrounded by Beaches and Churches" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Cochin or Kochi is a very beautiful city surrounded by Beaches and Churches. One must thoroughly explore Kochi. Experience the age old Chinese Fishing nets, walk alongside the beaches, experience. Please check the review of the hotel before check-in. South Indian food of the city is excellent. Please try to book your hotel near airport if you are travelling by flight.
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Prasanna Rs

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"Gateway to Kerala, must visit place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Cochin or Kochi is a very beautiful city surrounded by Beaches and Churches. One must thoroughly explore Kochi. Experience the age old Chinese Fishing nets, walk alongside the beaches, experience the beautiful city with many Malls and Supermarket. City is very clean and neat.

Kochi is well-connected by Rail, Road and Air. It is served by Ernakulam North and Ernakulam South Railway stations. Kochi airport is one of the tabletop airport, located away from the city.

Visit Fort Kochi beach, walk on the shore of marine drive. Get yourself lost in the Jew Town for antique shopping. Wonder the Marvel of Chinese fishing net, experience the beautiful sunset on the beaches of Kochi.

Visit Hill Palace museum. Cochin King Palace is now converted to Museum. There is a beautiful man made island William Island. Enjoy the beauty of Human art.

Give a visit of St. Francis Church, Jain temple, and many other Hindu temple located within the City. All are worth spending time.
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Raj Varma

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  • Raj Varma
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  • 35 Reviews
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"A lovely city with a variety of attractions" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The city is full of lovely places to discover. The food joints are great serving authentic traditional cuisines from North to South. Places for shopping like malls offer great rescue from having to hunt around for your needs. Nearby is fort kochi and the splendid backwater and sunset cruise run by the government itself.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A trip to coastal Kochi" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I had been to Cochin by train in February 2016. Cochin is the gateway to modern-day Kerala. The must-visit attractions in and around Cochin include the Chinese fishing nets, Jew Town, Mattancherry and St Francis church. The Chinese fishing nets are in existence since the 14th century. The jew town is the center of current-day spice trade in Kerala, the only exception being that traditional jews are replaced by Kashmiris who have set up shop here. Mattancherry is full of colonial buildings and the main attraction here is the Mattancherry Dutch Palace which was renovated in 1663. St Francis Church is the oldest European-built church in India. It is well-known that this was the place where Explorer Vasco Da Gama died in Kochi in 1524 and was buried here, his remains later taken back to Portugal.
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Ragotham singh manohar

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  • Ragotham singh manohar
  • 4 Reviews
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"A must visit for every Indian" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The best thing about the "God's own country" is the nature by itself. The fresh air, which is very unique in India, the incredible infrastructure (including skyscrapers) and the friendly nature of the people (that includes their traditional value) makes it as one of the best places in India. A must visit for every Indian.
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Saravana Prakash

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  • Saravana Prakash
  • Lives in Chennai
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"A nice place to enjoy" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Cochin was the place where you can enjoy the boating beautifully where you can visit the island and port from the boat. And the cost of boating is also cheap. Also the places you can visit is wonder la theme park and lulu mall. The both places are fantastic to enjoy in Cochin.
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Rajesh nair

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  • Rajesh nair
  • 3 Reviews
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"Awesome place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
One of the best cities of kerala where the modern blends in well with the old traditional kerala. CommercialIsation and development is on its way, all one can hope is it doesn't take away from the picturesque locales. But still Nammalude kochi is nammude kochi.
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K.mahesh dutt

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"Very cost effective"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kochi is a nice place. Has great beaches, super malls. Very cost effective. Also you can book a car and travel to backwaters like Alleppey, Kumarakom. You can also visit temples like Guruvayoor, Kalady, Thruster etc. You have plenty of hotels to dine. Particularly my road has lot of shops. Also you can buy clothes from many shops in almost any area.
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Mayank Meenketan

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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 7 Reviews
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"Enjoyable trip"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited Kochi for a business trip a few days back. It is fast-developing city with longs stretches witnessing metro rail construction. The city has some very good restaurants and malls. We had our lunch at the Malabar Hotel near the airport. The food is decent, especially their chicken biryani and fish fry.
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Ajeet Singhaniya

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"Beautiful City To Enjoy"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kerala, a state situated in South of India, popularly known as "God's Own Land". It contains a beautiful city Kochi. City is very well situated and surrounded by Kochi Beach. City is extremely connected to waterways, city have all the facilities and well connected to all means of Transport. During day time it's hot and humid but evening it's really awesome weather. It is just 10Km from Ernakulam Town. Speciality of food is Dosa, idli and awesome Kerala meal. Ideal time to visit is Feb-March, overall a nice city to enjoy.
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