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Malayalam, English

1 Days

October to February

Cochin International Airport
25℃ to 29℃

Kochi Tourism

An exciting blend of medieval Europe with native Kerala, Kochi is truly an off-beat destination to explore. What was once a thriving port that played a pivotal role in trade is now flourishing metropolis that is still growing. It is sure to please your traveler's palette with places that are not only visually appealing but stand as a testament to the historical background that the city has grown from. Fort Kochi forms the older part of the city where you will find traces of Dutch and Portuguese. It is home to mixed elements of cultural backgrounds with even many Gujaratis and Konkanis, who had traveled here way back during its time as a bustling port city. It is adorned with a spice market which is one of the major attractions of Fort Kochi. Also fondly known as the Bazaar road, this street is lined with warehouses standing in a rustic poise and it is here that you can find the traditional native Indian spices which are famous across the world. 

The fairly new part of the city, commonly known as the Ernakulam city, is where you can find the flourishing aspect of a metropolitan. With the recently started Kochi metro, the urban form is layered to ease the commute and access across the various parts of the city. Even within the expanding urban language, you will be pleasantly surprised with quaint little architectural beauties in the form of palaces, temples, and even beaches. You can delve into a normal city life here and explore the hidden treasures that lay beneath the view.

 

 

Attractions

Jew Town

1.Jew Town

3 kilometres from city centre

The romantic aura that the city fizzles is attributed to colonial architecture churches of Fort Kochi, but at the crux of it lies the merchants of ...

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Marine Drive

2.Marine Drive

6 kilometres from city centre

A cherished spot among the locals, the Marine drive sits graciously on a picturesque setting. It is the promenade facade of the city that is strate...

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Fort Kochi

3.Fort Kochi

5 kilometres from city centre

Fort Kochi is the heart of the city, with an energy that matches the austere simplicity. It is the colonial edifice that was built by the early tra...

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Thirikkakara Vamanamoorthy Temple

4.Thirikkakara Vamanamoorthy Temple

13 kilometres from city centre

This temple marks the onset of Onam, a traditional festival of Kerala. It is one of the few temples dedicated to Lord Vamana, the incarnation of Lo...

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Santhanagopala-Krishnaswamy Temple

5.Santhanagopala-Krishnaswamy Temple

11 kilometres from city centre

This temple is believed to be one of India's ancient temples. It houses inscriptions that date back to 974 AD when the temple was believed to have ...

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Kerala Kathakali Centre

6.Kerala Kathakali Centre

5 kilometres from city centre

Kerala has a well known for the traditional inclination that is imbibed across varied art forms and cultures. Kathakali is one such art form of dan...

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Santa Cruz Basilica

7.Santa Cruz Basilica

5 kilometres from city centre

One of the eight Basilicas in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica is an embodiment of one of the finest cultural cathedral. It is located in Fort Kochi ...

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Hill Palace

8.Hill Palace

11 kilometres from city centre

The very first heritage museum of Kerala, the Hill palace is located at Tripunithara slightly away from the Kochi city. This 52 acre of land is not...

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St Francis Church

9.St Francis Church

5 kilometres from city centre

If you are in Kochi, it would not be a wise decision to miss an opportunity to visit the St. Francis Church in Fort Kochi. This is also the place w...

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Cherai Beach

10.Cherai Beach

25 kilometres from city centre

Cherai beach, one of the go-to getaways for every travel soul is a scenic location that lies about 30 km from the city. Its location is an interest...

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Folklore Museum

11.Folklore Museum

3 kilometres from city centre

Showcasing a wide variety of cultural antiques from South India, the Folklore museum is located at Thevara Ferry. It was the brainchild of Annie Ge...

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Bolgatty Palace

12.Bolgatty Palace

6 kilometres from city centre

Located across the Kochi mainland, the Bolgatty island lies in the vicinity to the Vallarpadam and the Vypin islands. It is one of the ancient Dutc...

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Jewish Synagogue

13.Jewish Synagogue

3 kilometres from city centre

The access to the Jewish Synagogue is from the Jew street in Fort Kochi. The street is a welcoming sight lined with colorful shops selling artifact...

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Mattancherry Palace

14.Mattancherry Palace

3 kilometres from city centre

Also popularly known as the Dutch Palace, the Mattancherry Palace is one of the prime tourist spots in Kochi. It is believed that this palace was g...

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Willingdon Island

15.Willingdon Island

2 kilometres from city centre

This is the largest man-made island of India named after Lord Willingdon, the British viceroy. The island is surrounded by the teal shade of the ba...

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Exploring the old world charm

If the pictures of the traditional Chinese fishing nets have lured you into exploring this off-beat yet charming, you are not wrong to do so. The city has a lot more to offer to you than what a few words can speak. The city is bound to captivate you with an aura that you won't forget and will long to come back to. It constitutes a magical mix of an old-world charm infused into the cosmopolitan lifestyle of today. Be it the gently poised gems that you will find along the heritage walks in Fort Kochi or the upmarket stores that you are bound to enjoy in Panampilly, this city has something to offer for every traveller. 

The city prides itself for being associated with some of the finest art forms of India ranging from Kathakali, Kalaripaitu, Mohiniattam, and some soulful Carnatic tunes. Kochi also hosts the famous Muziris Biennale once in two years which alone attracts a major footfall of tourists and artists from around the world. If you are looking for a place to fizzle out the stress of work and hoping to indulge in some refreshing experiences, Kochi is the place to be!

How to reach

Cochin International Airport (COK) is well connected to all major cities in India and abroad. Bus services are available from Cochin to cities such as Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum. Major railway stations are Ernakulam Town Station and Ernakulam Junction Station.

How to Reach by Flight

The Cochin International Airport is well connected to major cities all across India and the world. From the airport, the main city centre is about 29 kilometres away. Buses, taxis, cabs, and trains can be used for the purpose of reaching the requisite destination from the airport.

How to Reach by Train

Cochin is well connected to all the major railway stations in India. Most of the Kerala bound trains have a stop at either of the two railway stations in Cochin – Ernakulam Town Station and Ernakulam Junction Station. From the railway station, one can board a bus, a taxi or a cab to reach the required destination in Cochin.

How to Reach by Bus

Cochin has a strong network of Kerala State Run Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus services that connects it to all the major cities in Kerala and with some of the major cities in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Air-conditioned deluxe Volvo bus services are available from Cochin to cities such as Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum.

How to Reach by Road

There are regular KSRTC buses that travel to and fro Kochi on a regular basis. An easier option would be to hire a taxi that can take you to the city faster.

How to travel within

Kochi is one of the cities where you can find waterways transportation still running in many parts. There is an inter-island ferry that is fun and faster to travel within the city. You will also find both state-run as well as private buses frequently on all stops.

Cab services like Ola and Uber also run efficiently other than autos that may prove to be slightly expensive.

The currently running metro rail services are also very convenient. Though it does not connect the routes of the entire city, it will take you to major nodes of the city.

Cafes and Restaurants

If you are in it for the food, you won't be disappointed. It is the hub for sea-food and crunchy banana chips. There are plenty of cafes and eateries where you can enjoy the taste of the cuisine.

  • Kashi art Cafe, Fort Kochi
  • Downtown Cafe, Panampilly Nagar
  • Qissa Cafe, Fort Kochi
  • Dhe Puttu- authentic Kerala food
  • Brindhavan - recommended for vegetarians

Accommodation

There are a number of options available for accommodations ranging from simple homestays to luxury hotels

  • The Pod Cochin Homestay
  • Breathe Inn Homestay
  • Casa Feliz
  • Homsted Homestay Fort Kochi
  • Brinton Boatyard CGH earth
  • Radisson Blu Kochi
  • Cochin Palace
  • Trident Hotel Cochin
  • Avenue Centre

 

Kochi Itinerary

Day 1:

  • Reach Ernakulam City
  • Take a ferry to Fort Kochi
  • Visit Mattancherry Palace and Jewish Synagogue.
  • Cherish some scrumptious seafood.
  • Take an evening stroll on Fort Kochi beach

Day 2:

  • Visit the Museum of Kerala History 

 

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