The infinite Arabian Sea touching the shores with its perennial waves; the mighty mountain ranges of the Western Ghats rising majestically; and in the midst of it all a brilliant mesh of color and culture that stands out in the form of a city – Kochi. It is only here that you will find traces of diverse cultures from around the world mingling together. Add to this a natural harbor, and you have Kerala's focal point of commercial activity, with all the customary bustle and blare. With its heady mix of history, heritage, nature and commerce, Kochi is every traveler's delight.
For centuries, Kochi has fascinated travelers and traders alike from all over the world. A major port, it is known as India’s ancient trading hub with the Arabs, the Chinese as well as with several European nations. The ethnic influences of each trade partner can be seen throughout the city. Nature too has played its part to embellish the city with a picturesque location. Whether you lose yourself in its scenic charms or discover the depths of its prosperous culture, Kochi will never disappoint you.
Known as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', Kochi is every bit worth the name. Every street and every corner has a unique experience hidden for you to discover and enjoy. Scattered across the city are the marks of the numerous cultures that have influenced the city over time, such as the Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Fort Kochi, and Hill Palace Museum. Kochi is at its delightful best during the numerous festivals that are celebrated here. The city is at its festive best during the ten-day festival of Onam celebrating the onset of the harvest season. Colorful floral carpets in various different patterns are seen adorning every house, adding to its beauty. The Cochin Carnival held at the end of every year, welcoming the New Year is a celebration of the city itself and a sight to behold.
There so much to explore when it comes to shopping in Kochi. The local handicrafts are great souvenirs to take home and remember your stay in this beautiful city. You can find handicrafts made from coir, wood, sandalwood, sea shells and brass at all the major markets in the city. Even in ancient times, Kochi attracted many traders for the supreme quality spices that can be found here. Spices like pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clover, and so on can be bought in Kochi. You can also buy some fine quality dry fruits and nuts from the city.
Auto-rickshaws and taxis are among the common modes of transport within the city. There are also a few ferries available to travel to the islands of Kochi. Buses are the most preferred way of getting around in the city. The standard Green Bus is the public bus service. But for a more comfortable experience you can travel in the private Red Bus services or the air-conditioned Orange Buses.
On a daily basis there are approximately 14 flights that operate at Kchi Ryma Airport.Japan Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and خطوط فوجي دريم الجوية are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Kochi through train.Ernakulam Town, Eranakulam Jnare some of the most popular train stations in Kochi.On an average about 200+ trains pass through Kochi on a daily basis.Thrissur to Kochi, Aluva to Kochi, Kollam to Kochiare some of the most popular routes to Kochi with 292, 233, 186 trains weekly respectively.
By road Kochi is surrounded by Maradu, Ernakulam, Cherthala which are 2.73 km, 3.1 km, 19.19 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.
Kochi has a total of 340 hotels.There are 340 hotels in Kochi with the popular ones being Saj Homestay, Vivanta By Taj Malabar, Old Harbour Hotel, Trident, Cochin, Hotel Arches, The Taj Gateway Hotel Marine Drive Ernakulam etc.
'Originally built in the 16th century by the Portuguese, the Mattancherry Palace is one of the most valued historic monuments in the city. The Portuguese handed over the palace to the then king of ...Know More →