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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

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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Gita Madhu

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  • Lives in Pune
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  • 20 Reviews
  •  55 helpful votes
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"Chilled Out And Fairly Fab In A Traditional Sort Of Way" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kochi is a cosy mix of tradition and funkiness. With a fairly youthful profile, it's open hearted and trendy in many ways: Malls full of youngsters of both genders, just hanging out, all togged out in fun and cool outfits. With the islands like Mattancherry, a fine cosmopolitan experience is not out of budget or reach. The ferry can cost just Rs. 4!
Balance this with all the Ayurveda and the Amrita experience and you have, on the other side, an aura of spirituality that is not only Hindu but very comfortably Muslim - an Amrita School sits shoulder to shoulder with a Madrassa; a Jew Town and elegant churches ...
As for F&B, this is where you can feast on seafood of all kinds at such diverse budgets and, perhaps, still not be out of pocket.
Just a drive down some road is itself bliss with the sea or backwaters on either side, Kerala's dramatic skies and, of course, the famous Chinese nets.
Shop, eat, drink and get healed at some fine and restorative spas too. Besides the Amrita Hospital and Punarnava there are a host of options with comfortable access to eateries and shops and malls and some fine getaways all just a bus or auto ride away.
To top it all there exist some nice air conditioned buses at a very reasonable cost.
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Praveen as

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  • 4 Reviews
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"Good city" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
COchin is a business capital of Kerala. Heavily congested with the metro work in progress too. Lots os business and leisure hotels are the. You ll find a huge number of restaurents but non veg is more. Connwctivity is gooti any part of Kerala with rail bus and flight. Airport is little far from city so plan your trip early.
Lots of religious places beaches and unique places can be explored.
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Naga nathan

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  • 2 Reviews
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"Gods own country - My view"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I thing Kochi going for an upgradation.
Most of the buildings are under renovation. Everywhere I can see jewellery shops and textiles. Clearly shows that investment are made by the persons who worked in abroad and settling here having a own business. No enthusiasm among the people. City is full of dust. Lethargic workers all over from buses to businesses. Poor cleanliness. Heavy mosquitoes. Completely depending on tourism. Everywhere lotteries as it looks like states own business. What to say, Cochin losing its charismatic. The city on 1990 looked as 18 years old girl abd now in 2016 it looks like 65 years old lady. Good bye Kochi !!!
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Chitra Mohan

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  • Chitra Mohan
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Temple visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We visited vaikam, chothanikara, ethumannur. You get great vibrations when you enter these temples. All the temples to be visited at one go. We also visited one Shiva and muruganathan temple at the backside of woodlands hotel. Next day morning left to Guruvayur and stayed in Sri anandan residency, which is like service apartment. Very good atmosphere and value for money. Too good place to enjoy the nature.
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Srinivasa reddy kuppili

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"One of the best place in south india"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We were 6 men traveled to cochin by flight for 6 days.
1st day- ethereally & charpa Falls both were awesome approximate distance & time from airport was 70 Km & 2:30 hrs. Stayed at Kandamkulathy Ayursoukhyam ayurvedic Resort, Ethereally which was located at best river location. It is a ayurvedic center.
2nd day- left to Munnar at 9am and reached to Green ridge hotel by 8:00pm. We had site seeing, spice garden visit, 3 water falls in between, kuchupudi dance, martial arts. The hotel was good but food was just OK.
3rd day - left to Kendal dam & mettupady dam for speed boating & pedal boating. Going further to Kendal dam the top hill view point. Which was a difficult task to come back as we have climb the big steps. But experience was awesome. There will be to connectivity for Mobile signal except the bsnl network immediately starting from Munnar towards this places. We reached back to The edge hotel the location and view are good. There was a chocolate factory the taste was good we all purchased 500gm each fruit & dry fruit chocolate.
4th day- Kumarakom for house boat day cruise which was awesome with the slow moving and good food enjoying the nature. The lake is asia second largest lake. Stayed at Alleppey prince hotel this was a good hotel with big swimming pool, which closes at 6pm but we requested and stayed till 8pm in swimming pool.
5th day- near alleppey & marari beach which are also good. Stayed at times square hotel the rooms are good but small tty to find some other option.
6th day - we did shopping purchased some Kerala sarees & Kerala dress. Visited fort, church, temple etc in erranakulam area also visited cherai beach and returned to Atlas Airport apartment hotel they provided us free airport drop.
Total spent in trip was Rs 18, 000 per person along with to and fro flight from Hyderabad to cochin
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Pinkee singha

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"Place of nice people"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
As soon as we arrived at cochin airport we wanted to book a cab to reach our hotel but unfortunately Mobile data was not working so asked a ground staff about WiFi connections. In spite of having language barrier he managed make me understand the entire procedure of using free WiFi for half an hour which was more than enough for us. Our cab driver came within 5-6 minutes and drooped us to our hotel safely and as quick as possible. Hotel guys also helped us a lot with check-in even after having trouble in online payment for the stay and told us to take rest as it was too late in the night and told they will take care of it after our breakfast. As by that time restaurant was close the boy brought us food from a nearby foodjoint for our dinner. Next morning they guided us about the sightseeing and best time for the same. While going we left our important documents to a tea stall and after an hour we figured out that those papers are not with us. While returning we went to the same shop were the papers were lying as it is without his information and not a single person from a huge no. Of customers had even moved it from its place which was really touched our heart.
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Pinkee singha

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"Dream destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Cochin was my favourite place and I alwayz wanted to visit it ... Tried so many times to go but due to some or other reason I was not able to go ... Was so happy when this time I got a chance to go there ... It was more beautiful then I thought of ... Weather was 24 degrees and it was raining as well so dint use AC nor the fan at the hotel but still was using blankets to sleep ... Went to marine drive and took a ferry to go to fort Kochi ... It was such a nice experience to visit the churches, temples, castles, beaches etc ... Had so tasty food even like raw mango and apam etc ... Can never forget those days I spent there as I met lovely friends as welll ... Would love to go some more time to visit the entire backwater ...
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   binu raman

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  • Lives in Kannur
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"A city with all facilities, but with lesser pollution"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Cochin, is a beautiful city for people who come for sight-seeing, especially with some portions of the city made by connecting different islands via bridges. Every portion is very much accessible, and it's a great place for enjoying your holidays. You can find any kind of food or shopping destinations, and at the same time, the cost of living in this city is much cheaper compared to any other metro cities in India. Also the traffic and pollution in this city is much lesser when compare to other cities. Only that the roads in the city are damaged in different areas due to the Metro rail work that's under progress. If you're here, you should surely make a visit to the Marine drive park, and if possible should surely take a boat ride in the sea. Also you should surely make a visit to places like the Willingdon Island, Fort Kochi, the Bolgatty Palace (now a hotel) at Bolgatty Island, etc. Which are very much inside the city itself. If you like roaming around and doing shopping in malls, then Lulu mall at Appall is a place you should never miss.
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Subrato roy

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"Nice place for a vacation"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I suppose this is a good destination for a vacation. I came to the city for work and did not have time much time to go around seeing places but whatever I could see was breathtaking - greenery & water fronts. There is a fabulous shopping mall that I went to, called Lulu mall - experience was awesome.
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Anisha Annamala

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  • Lives in Coimbatore
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"Magical Kochi"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kochi is a magical city. The experience is different for everyone. It houses every type of leisure place that caters to every type of personality.
From the old Kerala, Dutch and Portuguese Heritage, Temples and Churches, art galleries, beautiful streets which depict a mix of Kerala and foreign architecture, the beaches, theme parks, a close look at the Naval Ships, Old Palaces that still preserve the old heritage, shopping marts, spas, crafts to cuisine; Kochi is The Holiday Destination.
My favourite past time in Kochi is to roam around the streets of Fort Kochi and Mattanchery, bracing the warm and cool sea breeze. The best dining spot is Kayees Biriyani Shop, locally known as 'Kayekka the Kada' followed by a long walk through the marine drive walkway after getting down at the Ernakulam Boat Jetty.
Cherai Beach, about 20 kms from Kochi, is the most blissful place I find to rest my mind and soul.
Another good place to dine is 'Ifthar' hotels at edapally.
I would definitely recommend everyone who passes by Kochi to spend at least a day in this beautiful city.
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