Kochi (Cochin) Tourism
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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
Formerly known as Cochin, Kochi is located along the Arabian Sea, on the south-west coast of India. Kochi is one of the seven taluks of Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala. Straddled by the backwaters, it is bordered by the Arabian Sea in the west and urbanised region in the east. The major part of the city lies at sea level along the coastline of around 48 km. Spread over an area of 94.88 sq km, Kochi is the second largest city of Kerala. Inhabited by 601,574 people, the city of Kochi is a part of an extended metropolitan region.

Comprising Kakkanad in the north-east, Tripunithura in the south-east and mainland Ernakulam, Kochi is a part of the Greater Cochin region. Areas like Old Kochi, Kadavanthra, the suburbs of Edapally, the exurbia of Kalamassery and some islands of the Vembanad Lake, are also included in Kochi. It also encompasses areas like Mattancherry, Fort Kochi, Palluruthy and Thoppumpady.

History of Kochi

According to legend, Kochi was the centre of the Indian spice trade and was immigrated by the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese for trade purposes. During this period, the city was referred to as Cochym, Cochin, Cochi and even Cocym.

The city of Kochi gained importance as a port in 1341 AD, when the port at Kodungallur was ruined by flooding of the Periyar River. In the 15th century, this port city began prospering, as the Portuguese penetrated the Indian Ocean. The first Portuguese factory was established by Vasco da Gama, while the first European fort in India was built by the Portuguese Viceroy, Afonso de Albuquerque. In 1635, the British settled in Kochi; however, the Dutch forced them out in 1663.

Under the Dutch rule, Kochi developed as an important trade centre. Haidar Ali, the militant prince of Mysore, took over the city in 1776. However, his son Tipu Sultan surrendered to the British in 1791.

After the Anglo-Dutch Treaty in 1814, Kochi came under the administration of the British. Under the command of Sir Robert Bistrow, the forts built across the city were destroyed and Kochi was developed into a major Indian harbour.

Willingdon Island, which now houses the Naval Airport, Cochin Port and Southern Naval Command headquarters, was built during the British rule in Kochi. In 1866, Fort Kochi was converted into a municipality and its first Municipal Council election was conducted in 1883. Later, when India gained independence in 1947, Kochi became the first princely state to join the Indian Union willingly. In 1956, the state of Kerala was formed by the merger of Travancore, Malabar and Kochi.

People & Culture of Kochi

Eleven years later, the Corporation of Kochi was formed by the unification of Fort Kochi, Mattancherry and Ernakulam along with some nearby villages. From then on, Kochi became a major commercial and industrial centre of India.

Over the course of time, successive waves of migration of Malayalis, Konkanis, Gujaratis, Punjabis, Tamilians and Jews have made Kochi a cultural melting pot. Home to the Cochin Stock Exchange, Cochin Special Economic Zone and Infopark and International Container Transshipment Terminal, Kochi is referred to as the commercial capital of Kerala. Renowned as one of the fastest growing second-tier metros in India, Kochi is a booming centre of information technology, tourism and international trade.

Things to do in Kochi

The city has also emerged as a tourist hub of South India and is commonly referred to as the ‘Gateway to Kerala’. Attracting tourists from around the world, Fort Kochi, Bolghatty Palace and the backwaters are major highlights of the city. The city also has a strong inclination towards the arts and tourists visiting Kochi can visit places like the Kerala Folklore Theatre where people can watch plays or even spend time at the museum. Also know for its Ayurvedic centres, tourists can also indulge in some treatments at the many Ayurvedic spas in the city. A wholesome experience of Kochi and its sights and sounds can also be taken by opting for attractive Kochi holiday packages.

Food & Shopping in Kochi

The best way to get around in Kochi is by local transport. Buses and auto rickshaws are good options. As for food, Kochi is a haven for sea food lovers. Local restaurants serve dishes like fish fry- also known as fish molly locally - calamari, dosas, appams, tapioca fry and curries among other South Indian delicacies. Kochi also enjoys a vibrant nightlife with many lounge bars and discos located in and around M.G. Road. Shopping in Kochi too can be a pleasant experience for tourists. Travellers can try the market in Jew Town, M.G. Road or the government shop called Kairali where local handicrafts and textiles are sold.  

Travelling to Kochi

Tourists can reach Kochi by air, rail and road. The international airport of Kochi is located at Nedumbassery, 20 km away from the city centre. It connects Kochi to major cities in India as well as international destinations. Travellers can also reach Kochi by road. It is well connected to Bangalore (565 km), Coimbatore (223 km) and Chennai (470 km) among other cities. Kochi’s railway stations – one in Ernakulam and the other near the harbor – have trains connecting this port to major cities across India.

Accommodation options in Kochi

Kochi has a range of staying options and they cater to all kind of travellers. Popular hotels in Kochi are located in areas like Fort Kochi and the main city of Ernakulam as well as places like the Willingdon Island. They range from budget options, homestays to luxury and boutique hotels.

The best time to visit Kochi is from October through March.

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Ashish

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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
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"Best place to visit in India" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Well the total atmosphere of the city is superb considering Christmas is celebrated in much better enthusiasm in Kerala as compared to other parts of India. The total activity level at this time of year is very nice. Best time to visit Munnar from Kochi as the winter just enter the right phase and it becomes a hot spot destination of tourist at this time.
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Rahul Kumar

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  • Rahul Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
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"Ultimate destination" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Just a great way to begin a vacation en route to Kumarkom. Kochi is a great city with a number of different places to see from Lulu mall to fort to beach very where with good people hotels and much more. Weather is also perfect for the visitors rain i s almost everyday.
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Ashima Gupta

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  • Ashima Gupta
  • Lives in Jammu
  • 4 Reviews
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"Excellent place to hangout!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Its a beautiful and most amazing place to go in India. If you ever planning to go to a holiday in India. Must visit kerala. God's own country. Its beautiful and peaceful atmosphere will make you crazy. Its best place for honeymoon couples and for family too. I visited this place with my family and my experience with this place is amazing. I will wanted to go to this place in future also.
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Sindhu Motamarri

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  • Sindhu Motamarri
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
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"Very good trip & enjoyed the place!" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is a very special place. Everyone should visit Kerala even at once in their lifetime. Cochin, Trivandrum, are some good places to visit. Beaches and temples are special highlights. Tea plantations is also a good place to visit. These all places we shouldn't miss at all. This destination by kerala is a one day journey from my home place on train but we enjoyed well with all my family. It is a great journey. Had a lot of fun. The hotel in Cochin also is so good. Beautiful place.
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Neel Bhavsar

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  • Neel Bhavsar
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Overall had an awesome experience" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I have visited Cochin for sales purpose. It is a awesome city of India awesome atmosphere, nice peoples, and lots of good places you have to visit once in your life. Metro railway, ports and many more things I visited in Cochin. Overall its a awesome city.
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Mukesh Singh

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  • Lives in Bokaro Steel City
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"Spend a day roaming around"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Most of the travellers will suggest to directly move to Munnar or some other places immediately after landing. I strongly recommend that one should spent a day or two in Cochin and enjoy some of the local sightseeing which the city has to offer. One can also visit the adjoining places while staying in the city.
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S.m.bega  Raaj

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"Classic Cochin, a must go place!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Cochin is the financial capital of Kerala, and it's the biggest city with lots of Skyscrapers (High raised buildings) Cochin Airport is the first airport in India which runs fully in Solar power, has lots and lots of entertainment activities and fabulous Scenic places for tourist of all ages to enjoy, that's why Kerala is called as 'God's own Country'.

Only drawback I noticed is, Pollution is High in Marine drive walkway area, sea water smelling very bad, and due to Metro rail work in progress, traffic is heavy, other than this everything is OK. Cochin can be reached by all means of transport, and has lots of hotels to accommodate all category of people, budget hotels starting from Rs. 300/-night to more than Rs. 30, 000/-night. Must visit for all age groups when we are in Kerala, please experience this experience for the experience sake and enjoy.
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Rakesh Gowda

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  • Rakesh Gowda
  • Lives in Bidar
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice experience, a must go place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I have been to Cochin about thrice, and really loved it. When I was there for the first time, I thought, God, what the hell will I eat out there. Because, I thought I would hardly get any north Indian food, and if at all I get, it will be prepared in coconut oil. I was surprised when I had food at Dwarkas. Did you ever have food out there? Its yummy! And yeah, this time I went for fast food at a new outlet called breadworld. Man, what good pizzas & Black Forest pastry do they have.
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Hariharan

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"Fantastic & fun filled destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was indeed a great way to begin a vacation en route to Kumarkom. Kochi is a great city with a number of must see places. Visited Fort Kochi, Synagogue, Dutch Palace and also the sea face. Lulu Mall is a must visit place for shopping. Visit to Chottanikara and Tripunitara temple was memorable. Not to say the least the Seafood options are indeed enjoyable.
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Moideen Kutty

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"Awesome experience at Kochi"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited the famous places in kochi by friends and family. It was a nice journey in my life. Because, I enjoyed with my friends and family from our tour to kochi. One of the place that visited in tour is Marian drive and boating through river. It was a joyful journey by boat named sagarrani. The boat is designed for enjoying fulltime and dancing in boat. We also visited the parliament and learnt about the processing of law in parliamentary system in Kerala.
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