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Overview of Kochi

Famous as an important port in south India, Kochi is an important city in the state of Kerala in terms of sea trading and naval base. Also called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’ since 14th century, the port has served as an important spice trading centre. Similar to Goa, Kochi was also occupied by Portuguese in 15th century and became the first European colony in Colonial India. Kochi is on the top list of Kerala where international and domestic tourist arrives in Kerala. Besides, it is the sixth best tourist destination in India as ranked by Outlook travel Magazine.

Since the city has been an important Portuguese port during 15th century onwards, you can witness the influences on the architecture of the city. Kochi Fort, colonial bungalows, catholic churches and other structures boasts the Portugal architecture and colonial settlement. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.

Some of the major attractions in Kochi include St. Francis Church, original site of Vasco Da Gama’s burial when he died in 1524, Santa Cruz Basilica, famous for its mute interiors, and Paradesi Synogogue, that features Chinese blue-and-white ceramic floor tiles. Another attraction Mattancherry Palace built in 16th century by the Portuguese and later renovated by the Dutch, showcases vivid Hindu murals.

Places of attractions

Kochi Fort/ Fort Kochi

Location: Kochi, Kerala, India

Fort Kochi is an entire region in the city of Kochi where you can find many attractions to visit including the Parade Ground, Kochi Walkway, St. Francis Church, Steam Boilers and others.

Things to do at Kochi Fort/ Fort Kochi: Visting The Place

Mattancherry Palace

Location: Kochi, Kerala, India

The Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry, Kochi, which features Kerala murals depicting portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi.

Things to do at Mattancherry Palace: Visting The Place

Cherai Beach

Location: Kochi, Kerala, India

Cherai Beach is located in Cherai, a suburb of Kochi. One of the most visited beaches in the state; it is situated at around 25 km from downtown Kochi and 20 km from Cochin International Airport. It is a beautiful pristine beach which is not much crowded.

Things to do at Cherai Beach : Visting The Place

Paradesi Synagogue

Location: Kochi, Kerala, India

Adjacent to Mattancherry Palace temple, Paradesi Synagogue is a complex of four buildings and has separate seating sections for men and women. The synagogue is open for a fee to visitors as a historic attraction.  The Synagogue house the Scrolls of the Law, gold crowns, beautiful Belgian glass chandeliers and brass-railed pulpit.

Things to do at Paradesi Synagogue: Visting The Place

Willingdon Island

Location: Kochi, Kerala, India

The Island is the largest artificial Island in India. The Island is man-made Island formed by dredging soild around a previously existing natural Island which was relatively tinier than the present one. Kochi is home to Central Institute of Fisheries Technology.

Things to do at Willingdon Island: Visting The Place

Marine Drive

Location: Kochi, Kerala, India

Like in Mumbai, Kochi also houses the famous Marine Drive which is a striking promenade. The huge walk way faces the backwaters and serves as a social meeting point for the locals and tourists of Kochi. Ironic to its name, no vehicles are allowed on the walkway.

Things to do at Marine Drive: Visting The Place

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

Location: Kochi, Kerala, India

The bird century nestles a huge variety of migratory birds and is a home to mangroves. It is an ecologically balanced area located in the centre of the city while helping in keeping the city’s sir pollution under check. It is spread across 2.74 hectares.

Things to do at Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary: Visting The Place

Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

Location: Kochi, Kerala, India

St.Cruz Cathedral Basilica is situated at Fort Kochi and is one of the eight Basilicas in Kerala. St.Cruz is heritage site in Kerala and built in most finesse and impressive style. It is a place of devotion as well as a center of historic significance, endowed with architectural and artistic grandeur and colours of the gothic style.

Things to do at Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica: Visting The Place

Vembanad

Location: Vembanad Lake, Kochi, Kerala

Vembanad Lake is a famous attraction in Allepey and it is the longest Lake in India and largest in Kerala. Spanning several districts in the state of Kerala, it is known as vembanadu Lake in Kottayam Punnamada Lake in Kuttanad, Kochi Lake in Kochi.

Things to do at Vembanad: Visting The Place

Weather in Kochi

Being a coastal region, the climate is humid and mercury rise high in summers. The maximum goes till 32 degree Celsius and minimum up to 24 degrees Celsius.

Best Time to Visit

Best time is between October and February: Winters are by far the best time to visit Cochin as the weather is very pleasant.

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How to Reach

By Air

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.

By Train

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.

By Road

The city is well connected from major highways in the country. You can either hire a taxi to reach there or a private bus if available from your city.

Places to visit in Kochi :
Kochi Fort/ Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace, Cherai Beach , Paradesi Synagogue, Willingdon Island, Marine Drive, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Vembanad
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4 Days Kerala Backwater Tour in Alleppey

Duration: 3 Nights / 4 Days

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Duration: 4 Nights / 5 Days

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Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

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Duration: 4 Nights / 5 Days

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Beautiful Kerala Tour

Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days

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Best of Kerala with Tree house

Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days

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Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

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Captivating Kerala

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

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Coast to Mountain Tour

Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days

Mumbai - Trivandrum - Kovalam - Cape Comorin - Varkala - Thekkady - Munnar - Cochin

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Cochin Holiday Tour

Duration: 4 Nights / 5 Days

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Discover Kerala

Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days

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Enchanting Kerala Tour

Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days

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Essence of Kerala

Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days

Cochin - Munnar - Alleppey - Kovalam - Thiruvananthpuram

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Exotic Kerala Tour

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey

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Experience Kerala

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Trivandrum - Kovalam - Kollam - Alleppey - Periyar - Cochin

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Explore Kerala

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakon - Alleppey

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Extended Kerala Tour

Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days

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Kerala Backwaters Tour

Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days

Kochi - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivandrum

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Kerala Honeymoon Tour

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

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Magical Athirapally With Munnar

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

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Ooty Kumarakom Tour

Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days

Ooty - Coonoor - Kodaikanal - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Kochi

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Romantic Kerala Tour

Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days

Cochin - Munnar - Alleppey - Kovalam - Thiruvananthpuram

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Scenic Kerala Tour

Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days

Kochi - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kovalam - Thiruvananthapuram

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