Kochi (Cochin) Tourism

Kochi (Cochin) Tourism

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Kochi, land of coconut trees, banana plantations, and fried fish is one of the most popular destinations in Kerala, South India. Kochi is highly developed and you will find several international shopping brands and restaurants. What I liked most about Kochi is that most people speak and understand English and so getting around is a little easier. The most common way of commuting in Kochi is by Autos. They don’t have a mixed meter system and charge exorbitant rates to take you anywhere. But the autos are nice and comfortable and who wants to haggle when you are on holiday. It’s pretty hot throughout the year so make sure you take appropriate clothes.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: I liked these three restaurants the best. Ella, Coffee Beans and Sea Food Restaurant. Ella is situated on MG road and serves a variety of authentic Kerala dishes. The decor is classy as well as clean, service excellent, food tasty, and prices very reasonable. We had Kerala Parothas, a piece of masala fried fish covered in a banana leaf, and a portion of prawns in a coconut gravy. Great place for lunch and dinner. Coffee Beans, situated in Panampily Nagar is known for their appams and chicken stew and having sampled this I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of this trademark Kerala dish. Seafood Restaurant in Fort Kochi is another place that served delicious Kerala cuisine. Though we just has a fish curry and rice combo with a portion on prawns served in the side. It was simply fabulous.

Activities & things to do: Fort Kochi is a nice place to spend a day. Please don't go looking for a fort as you won't find one. What you will find are the Chinese Fishing nets, a well maintained Dutch Cemetery, and Dutch Palace, and some very old churches. There are a lot of shops that sell shell jewelry, cloth bags, clothes,and other nick knacks. For those who love cooking, you'll find a number of spice shops in Broadway near MG road the most popular one being the Gujarati spice shop. Bimbi's is famous for their chips, so make sure you pick up some banana or tapioca chips. They don't taste as good anywhere else. If you want to pick up some curios and handicrafts then stop at Kairali on MG road. If you are up for going on a ferry ride then, board a ferry from the Main Boat Jetty in the southern part of the city which will take you the other parts of the city. Your visit would be incomplete without visiting the Jewish Synagogue which is situated in Mattancherry.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: One can reach Kochi by air, rail, sea, and road. The airport is located at Nedumbassery, about 30 kms off Kochi . And the bus and train station is situated in Ernakulam.I traveled to Kochi by bus and it took me about 10 hrs to get there. If you want to go by bus then make sure you book a Mercedes Benz bus as its the the best way to travel.When in the city, be prepared to do a lot of traveling in autos as places are not that close. Autos don't like waiting and might charge you more if you want them to wait. You are going to be spending a lot on auto fares so keep a lot of hundreds handy. the minimum they will charge is 50 bucks.
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Surendra Kumar
  • Surendra Kumar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice place to spend few days" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
We had been to Cherai Beach and the sight of sunset was amazing. The backwaters was a treat to watch. People are friendly and you feel at home though you do not speak Malayee language. Could spot only a very few vegetarian hotels. Nice place....... More
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Nishitha K n
  • Nishitha K n
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 196 Reviews

"Beautiful City" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Kochin is a lovely place to visit. We had visited on a long weekend. It is really worth a visit, and you would love to stay here. Most of all the sightseeing places are nearby. Though these places are little crowded during weekends, but if you....... More
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Vikram Deshpande
  • Vikram Deshpande
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 2 Reviews

"Such a beautiful place!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kochi is a best holiday location because of its location, culture and nearby places of tourist attraction. You actually can plan near by trips to Munnar -hill station, Tekkady Forest, Alleppy backwaters, Guruvayur etc. The location has lots of....... More
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Amit kumar
  • Amit kumar
  • 3 Reviews

"Simply superb place to visit" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Enjoyed a lot, Fort Cochin was beautiful and scenic. Chinese net was an experience to watch, kids loved it. Aqua fare at marine drive was a bonus. St. Francis church was great, sea food was delicious, people of Kerala are very friendly. We....... More
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Mariin lucas
  • Mariin lucas
  • 3 Reviews

"Just an official trip" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Many places to see, but I was official trip, was very busy during the day but only time I got was the evening where once I went to the LULU mall it was good with so many shops at affordable prices. It was more of a work and an relaxing stay........ More
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Kochi (Cochin) Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: City
  • 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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