The Queen of Arabian Sea
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.
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!
Top things do in Kochi
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
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
- 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
- Visit the Museum of Kerala History