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Kochi Tourism Guide
Regarded as the industrial and commercial capital of India, Kochi (Cochin) is the gateway to several tourists visiting Kerala. Kochi tourism offers travelers a chance to explore this culturally and historically rich port city, which is one of the top five tourist destinations in India as per the World Travels and Tourism Council. In fact, it is one of the best places for one day trip in Kerala. With dazzling beaches, radiant backwaters, exquisite cuisines, and exciting festivals, Kochi tourism will surely give you one of the best experiences of your travel life. You will always remember your time in this city that reflects the true meaning of being in ‘God’s Own Country.' This Kochi travel guide will provide you with all the information, including all Kochi India points of interest, that you need to know before traveling to the city to make your journey to this place memorable. Also, remember to try out some shopping in Kochi.
History of Kochi
Kochi, a small city in the state of Kerala. The history of Cochin includes terrific devastation of Cochin when one of the ports of the city called Kodungallur was destroyed in the year 1341 by massive flooding. It has been serving as the essential commercial trade center of India and was also a center of the spice trade. Various IT firms and service sector has been set up in Cochin lately, which makes it a popular commercial hub of the state of Kerala.
Often called as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea,' Kochi is spread over a series of islands. The sea and several backwaters crisscross the city making it a paradise for nature and peace lovers. Tourism in Kochi is not just limited to its calm waters and greenery; it houses many forts and other attractions making it a rich historical city. Being ruled by dynasties of Arabs, Chinese, British, Dutch and Portuguese in the past, this city is a blend of different cultures. Being a city that has a tradition of various cultures living in harmony, Kochi has never compromised on its modernity and proudly boasts its lifestyle. For those looking to travel nearby Kochi, there are also several places to visit in Ernakulam.
Tourist Places to Visit in Cochin
Cochin Tourism offers you some beautiful tourist places like Kaladi, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Chendamangalam, Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Chottanikkara, Fort Kochi, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Nets for an incredibly unique sightseeing experience. Also, there are a number of temples that tourists visit on a regular basis. Some of the most visited temples in Kochi are Ernakulatthappan Temple, Poornathrayeesa Temple, Vamanamoorthy Temple, Ettumanoor Shiva Temple, and Kaduthuruthy Shiva Temple.
Culture of Kochi
Kochi’s culture is vibrant due to the presence of people from all over the country. It has an amalgamation of traditional and western culture. Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity religions prevail in the city and various festivals are also celebrated here. The city sells a lot of handicrafts and other antique items which also depicts its culture and traditions.
Local Food in Kochi
Kochi or Cochin has a variety of food options to savor to your taste buds. Some of the best food items to try in Kochi are Kappa, Kallummakaya, sadya, avial, Kerala fish curry, Kerala biryani, and Palada Paysam, and Kerala chicken curry.
Make your holidays in Kerala special with our detailed Kochi tourist guide. In addition to the places to visit, tourism in Cochin also gives travelers some festivals to witness that reflect the socio-cultural life of the city. The most famous festival among travelers is the Cochin Carnival held in the last seven days of the year on account of the New Year of the Portuguese at Fort Kochi. Marine Drive, a glamourous promenade, is one of the best places to visit in Kochi at night. It's a popular hangout spot for locals and tourists alike. Moreover, beaches in Kochi are famous its water sports, particularly at the Fort Kochi Beach and Cherai beach. Also, you can go for boating in the backwaters of Kochi that is pretty common for tourists flocking to the city.
Moreover, beaches in Kochi are famous its water sports, particularly at the Fort Kochi Beach and Cherai beach. Also, you can go for boating in the backwaters of Kochi that is pretty common for tourists flocking to the city.
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Places To Visit In Kochi
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Folklore Museum In Kochi
The Folklore Museum in Kochi aims at providing education and knowledge to the art lovers, researchers, and travelers from all over the world. This museum is the only museum that is built with exquisite architecture in the whole of Kerala. The wood and bronze sculptures, ancient terracotta, jewelry, paintings from the stone ...
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- Historic sightseeing
- Museum of Art History
Marine Drive In Kochi
The Marine Drive in Kochi is as picturesque and as beautifully landscaped as the Marine Drive in Mumbai. It is a cherished spot for both, the natives and the tourists. There is a chill vibe to the place which attracts people to that spot. The backwaters backdrop and the shore lined with anchored ships creates a perfect scen...
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Santa Cruz Basilica In Kochi
Santa Cruz Basilica is a Roman Catholic Church in Fort Kochi and one of the eight basilicas in India, making it an extremely special location for tourists. They visit the Basilica to admire the architectural structure. The architecture resonates with the classic Gothic architecture that can be seen in many Roman countries. ...
- Religious Tour
- Historical Sites
- Ideal for families
- Family Trip
Bolgatty Palace in Kochi
The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) operates a luxurious island resort in Kochi that is the oldest Dutch palace outside of Holland. Read more about Bolgatty Palace timings and history below.
History of Bolgatty Palace
The lavish Bolgatty Palace in Kochi on a fascinating island was constructed in 1744...
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Mattancherry Palace in Kochi
A double-storeyed structure exemplifying the blend of colonial and Kerala architectural styles faces the tranquil backwaters of Kochi in the neighbourhood of Mattancherry.
Built by the Portuguese in 1555, the Mattancherry Palace was presented to the erstwhile ruler, Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kingdom of Cochin. It was re...
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- Ideal For Family
Things To Do In Kochi
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Dolphins At Cherai Beach
The beauty of Kerala tourism and the state in general lies with the beautiful natural scenarios that can be observed here. Home to serene backwaters, lush, green forests and picture perfect beaches, Kerala is a traveller’s delight. Of all those features mentioned before, the most easily attributed one to Kochi is beaches. T...
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- Dolphin Show
- Ideal for families
Snorkeling Trip In Kochi
Snorkeling in Kochi is a must do, especially if you ar an adventure lover. Kerala is home to an abundance of lovely nature related landscapes. Nothing exemplifies this better than the beaches that can be found in places like Kovalam and Kochi. Kochi has a number of beach related activities for tourists to indulge in. Boat...
Banana Ride In Kochi
Kerala, being a popular holiday destination with serene backwaters and beaches, is a hotspot for water sports. Depending on the terrain of the location, the things to do in Kerala vary from city to city. If you want to enjoy a banana ride in Kochi, then you are in absolute luck! Thanks to the innumerable beaches here, ind...
- Water Rides
- Ideal for friends
Cochin Carnival In Kochi
The most unique aspect of tourism in Kochi that cannot be found anywhere else is the amazing Cochin carnival in Kochi that takes place in the aesthetically beautiful area of Fort Kochi every year in the last week of December. There are a lot of other reasons to visit Kochi, such as the scenic beaches, wonderful activities ...
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How To Reach Kochi
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Kochi has a fully solar-power operated International Airport which is located in Nedumbassery- at a distance of 29 km from the city center. Being a major hub for international trade and commerce, Kochi has excellent connectivity to all major cities across India and as well as the world. It is one of the busiest airports in India and the largest in Kerala.
Make sure you book your tickets well in advance as the flights flying to Kochi offer good discounts for early booking flyers. IndiGo, SpiceJet, Indian Airlines, and Vistara operate daily flights from all the metropolitan cities to Kochi. You can easily get buses, taxis and auto rickshaws from the airport to reach your destination.
Kochi is well connected by train from all parts of India. Most Kerala-bound trains have a stop at one of the two major railway stations in Kochi: Ernakulam Town Station and Ernakulam Junction Station. Kochi has many suburban railway stations where long distance trains stop, such as Aluva, Thripunithura, and Angamally. Book in advance, as trains are usually crowded. Taxis and auto rickshaws are easily available to and from both the stations.
Kochi is accessible from all southern parts of the country as well as other regions of the state, through the widespread state-run Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus services and services of neighboring state transport corporations.
Apart from government services, numerous private bus companies operate scheduled services to almost all the key cities in South India as well as Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore, etc.<readmore> Kochi is connected to the rest of India via three major national highways; NH 66 (Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram), NH 544 (Salem to Kochi) and NH 49 (Kochi to Dhanushkodi). Kochi is also well connected to other parts of Kerala through various state highways. This network of roads makes it accessible for one to self-drive to Kochi.
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Dheeraj's 4 days trip to KochiI booked my honeymoon trip to Kerala from Raisoone Travels.Everything was very well organized in short notice and our driver was very professional and always on time. Thanks for organizing candle light dinner at Alleppey house boat, it was a surprise to us and and one of the best moment. Munnar temperature was awesome.. Thanks Abhishek and Raisoone Travels for this unique experience...
Singharhima's 5 days trip to KochiVery comfortable tour, really had a great time and left with unforgettable memories, thank you very travel triangle and Raisoone Travels.... A very special thanks to our cab driver, very helpful and truly acted a guide rather driver.... Really had a great time over there... For sure I will refer my friends and relatives to experience Kerala, its truly God's Own Country... Thank you very much Ranjan (Raisoone Travels) for recommending Alleppey houseboat..... Cheers !!!
Fatema's 7 days trip to KochiThe personalized iternary was at very competitive price by agent. Overall trip was memorable. The private houseboat was perfect. The driver was very polite and gentleman. Cab was well maintained and clean. All our additional requests were accommodated with true spirit of hospitality. The hotel stays were perfect and trip turned to be memorable. Keep it up!
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Priyanka's 4 days trip to KochiThe experience at the hotel was good. However, the boat house was not up to the mark and no honeymoon arrangements were given. Which was mentioned to us as per the package but did not keep up the word. This was disappointing. And the cab driver was not so aware of the local places to suggest for good food and hotels and was also in a hurry to drop us off much before our time to depart. These few points could have been better managed. Nice views and we could cover a lot of places.
Asmahulkar's 6 days trip to KochiTour was amazing and everything was gud and well.we were enjoyed a lot. Its very gud
Parag's 6 days trip to KochiMare Blu resort in cherai Beach is not at all good. Room was very small and dirty. Boathouse at kumarakom
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Gayatri's 3 days trip to KochiVery nice. Thank you for arranging it!
Mayank's 6 days trip to KochiHotels were not good. Hotel iceberg was in jungle 18 km away from city munnar, hotel hirerange looks like dharamsala
Vikram's 3 days trip to KochiHouseboat nice and munnar and Ooty very good place Awesome
Anil's 5 days trip to KochiAt ground level things are very expensive and if we manage to get it down by sharing with others then people won't agree out there....felt frustated and this is where I felt not opt for package House boat ride and stay was good
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In Kochi, you can buy antiques, crafts and spices from Kochi and most importantly you can join the Onam Festival or the grand Kerala shopping festival if you're a shopaholic.
Start with the very artsy Kashi Art Cafe, hop over for a vegan sandwich to the Solar Cafe, try Norwegian salmon at The Rice Boat, dig into Malabar parottas at History Restaurant or savour traditional Kerala cuisine at the Malabar Junction. Food in Kochi is a delight.
The best time to visit Kochi is between November and February, when temperatures are most comfortable and the weather is dry.
Though Malayam is the most commonly spoken language in Kochi, most locals do understand both Hindi as well as English.
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