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State rank: 16 out of 40 Places To Visit In Kerala


Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best time: Jul-Apr (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Kochi (Check Flights)

Upcoming: Kochi Muziris Biennale (Read More)


"Queen of Arabian Sea"

Kochi Tourism

Situated on the south-west coast of India, Kochi or Cochin is a bustling commercial port city with a trading history that dates back to at least 600 years. Called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala.

The city is marked by influences of Arabs, Dutch, Phoenicians, Portuguese, Chinese and the British city as well as that of the Indian rule of Chera Dynasty followed by rule of the Feudal Lords. A gaggle of islands inter-connected by ferries, this cosmopolitan town has upmarket stores, art galleries and some of the finest heritage accommodations. In a true vintage-meets-future fashion, pubs, restaurants, shopping hubs and futuristic stores crowd Ernakulum, Jew Town and Fort Kochi while palaces, beaches, temples and heritage sites marking their presence too.


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Strategically located between the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian sea on the west, the city of Cochin has been an important commercial trading centre since ancient times. It was called the spice trade centre of India, and entertained a wide network of trading with the Arabs. Kochi was also the first of the European colonies in India, with the Portuguese invasion in 1503. The city was later ruled by both Dutch and British forces. After India’s independence and the slew of economic reforms that followed in the 1990s, Kochi grew in commercial significance with the boom of the service sector. The growth of port activities and the establishment of the IT sector contributed to Kochi becoming the commercial centre of the state of Kerala.

Kochi has a mix of both traditional and cosmopolitan culture, being the capital city of the state of Kerala. It has a widely diverse crowd including people from all over the country, and it also has a large Jewish community - the Malabar Yehuden, who form an important part of Kochi’s business circles. Kochi also has a strong foothold in both Jacobite Syrian Orthodxy and Roman Catholicism, with many churches devoted to them spread across the city. The city was a hub of cultural intellectualism in yesteryears, home to many famous writers of Malayalam literature as well as social activists like Sahodaran Ayyappan.

Known as the Queen of Arabian Sea, Cochin, now Kochi is a principal port in the state of Kerala. Well connected by all means possible, this coastal city is both a popular tourist hotspot and an active naval base, being officially the home to the Southern Command of the Indian Navy and an air squadron of Indian Navy. Besides the above, Kochi has its own unique blend of Indian and western culture.
Despite being colonised by more than one country, the essence of Indianness has never eroded from Kochi, while at the same time preserving some of the colonial heritage as it was. Very few people know that one of the largest shopping malls in India, as well in Asia, Lulu Shopping Mall, is also in India. Soon to have the distinction of having the first water based metro transport system in India, Kochi is a coastal beauty you should never miss in your life, at all. 

Kochi's cuisine, though has little that stands out, manages to foster the primary elements of a typical Keralan cuisine, and does so in the most splendid way possible. Essentials such as Appam and Stew and delicacies such as Fish Molly, Fish Peera and more are found here.
Some of the dishes that one must try in Kochi are Thoran, Banana Chips, Kaalan, Paachadi and Pootu, which is made from bananas and rice flour. Also, seafood is widespread and exquisite, like in most areas of the state.

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Day 1 - Reach Kochi, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go to the main market squares, or take a stroll in the biggest mall in India, Lulu Shopping Mall. 
Day 2 - If you're in for Kochi, the 2nd day is when you should ideally take off for your trip. 6 minutes from the main city is the Chhotanikkara Bhagavathy Temple in Kochi, which is a popular tourist spot, especially for the Hindu devotees. Then, you can proceed towards the Kashi Art Gallery, which houses some of the most exquisite collections of art and craft from almost all over India, or if you choose otherwise, the glorious Kerala Folklore Museum, which is a 26-minute drive from the temple.
 Day 3 - This day should be reserved for the beautiful Vypin Islands, especially the Cherai, which is one of the cleanest beaches in the world. You can also visit the Matsya Fish Dam nearby, where the fishermen use the medieval Chineses trawling nets even today.
Day 4 - The final day can be reserved for some backwater tourism in Kochi, which is well served by ferries, cruisers, and hydrofoils. Besides the cruise, you can also opt to visit sites like Paradesi Synagogue, or the church of Santa Cruz Basilica.

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Kochi Reviews

5 months ago by Rutvi Saxena

Something a lot of people don’t appreciate about the coastal city-it’s Churches! The Jewish synagogue, the Santa Cruz basilica and dozens of other churches offer some beautiful paintings and frescoes to admire-visiting during Christmas season is quite the experience.The boating and Fort Kochi need no introduction. The language barrier can be quite a struggle, but still manageable in Kochi as it’s one of the more commercialized cities of South India ( Naval Command, Fort Kochi, NLU Kochi, etc).The beaches within the city and it’s access to nearby backwaters such as Alleppey and Munnar make this city a must for the sea-lover.

5 months ago by Arka Das

Just find a net and stay with them. The way they catch fuses using these nets are really things to see. The fishing nets are still present for last 8 generations. At Fort Kochi out of 12, only 4 are operational as on July 2016. And to reach Fort Kochi, best way to take a boat from Ernakulam Boat Jetty, costs only INR 4/-

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5 months ago by Nehad Zein

Fort Kochi is the one of the coziest places in India. Its contemporary architecture and low skyline is a signature in itself. There are numerous highly comfortable inns and many more personalised cafes which give really great food at attractive prices. The St.Basilica Cathedral is one of the three basilicas in the country and a very glorious one at that. Fort Kochi is very walkable with its concrete paved streets and small alleyways. A must explore area if you're visiting Kochi.

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5 months ago by Nehad Zein

The Jewish Synagogue located in Mattancherry costs just Rs.5 per head for a five minute session that explains the architecture and history of the synagogue apart from the tour. Photography is charged additional. The pulpit in the middle of the hall signifies the rich heritage of a not so long ago established prayer centre. The building's interior has been done using imported and hand-crafted material most if which are extinct today. The best part is that the synagogue is still run by Jews and not the government authorities. This has helped to a great extent in maintaining the authenticity of the synagogue.

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5 months ago by Anup VC

Good place to visit

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  What's Great?

A coastal delight. Well connected by all means possible.

  What's not so Great?

Politically volatile.

For Whom

Ideal for the coast lovers. Suitable for backwater lovers from Kozhikode, Trivandrum etc.

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Kochi has its own airport with regular flights connecting major cities. Trains are a cheap and easy mode of travel. Major South Indian cities have buses plying to Kochi. You can also drive to Kochi... (Read More)

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Answer: You might want to go to tandav which is sort of a bar cum nightclub. Or relax at the Subhash Bose Park or eat some really good chicken and chill with friends at Chick King. There are a lot of places you could go to in the city depending on your needs.

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