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Tourism in Kochi

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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.

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By Air

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.

By Train

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.

By Road

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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    r Anshad. We enjoyed our stay in Kerala . The hotels booked by Namaskaram travels were really good at our service. The houseboat experience was one of the best experiences in our lives. The beauty of Poovar mangrove forest and Golden sand beach was very pleasant. I thank Mr. Vineet and all the team of Namaskaram travels for making our journey so delightful and giving us golden memories for life. Thank you so much. I would like to give 5 stars to Namaskaram travels and recommend others to book their trips through Namaskaram travels. We had an awesome trip to Kerala with Namaskaram travels. It was an amazing journey. Kerala is beautiful and full of surprises with its fascinating nature, beautiful tea plantations on the mountains. Our journey started from Cochin airport and for next 7 days it was made easy and smooth by our driver Anshad. We enjoyed our stay in Kerala . The hotels booked by Namaskaram travels were really good at our service. The houseboat experience was one of the best experiences in our lives. The beauty of Poovar mangrove forest and Golden sand beach was very pleasant. I thank Mr. Vineet and all the team of Namaskaram travels for making our journey so delightful and giving us golden memories for life. Thank you so much. I would like to give 5 stars to Namaskaram travels and recommend others to book their trips through Namaskaram travels.
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    Moumita's 4 days trip to Kochi

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    FAQ's of Kochi

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    What to buy in Kochi?

    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.

    What and where to eat in Kochi?

    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.

    What are the languages spoken in Kochi?

    Though Malayam is the most commonly spoken language in Kochi, most locals do understand both Hindi as well as English.

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