Kochi or Cochin, the commercial capital of Kerala, is also the greenest port city in the state of Kerala. Kochi is the perfect blend of the modern India and the diversity of the colonial past and is a tourist’s paradise. It is known as the “Gateway of Kerala”. Cochin is not only the most attractive tourist destination, but people worship this place for its beauty and wonderful balanced climate. It is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the royal looking Arabian Sea in the west. Since time immemorial, it justifies a very strategic place and is a noteworthy trading zone.
Abundant mangroves, coconut trees, primeval cathedrals, churches and forts offer beautiful sightseeing opportunities to the tourists. Cochin is also known as the commercial capital of India is a magnificent maritime city which is also described as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea".
Places to Visit
Kochi serves as an important tourist destination and below are the major sightseeing places while on a tour to Kochi-
Fort Kochi, Chinese Fishing Nets
This is the most unique to Kochi. It is a source of livelihood for the fishermen who use these Chinese nets as a method of catching fish.
It was built in 1568 and is situated in the old part of the Mattancherry town. This place is adorned with Belgian chandeliers and the Chinese tiles.
Mattancherry- The Dutch Palace
The Dutch Palace was modified and presented before the Raja of Kochi located at Mattancherry. Most of the coronations were held in this palace at that time. It is decorated with the mural paintings depicting some of the Hindu epics such as Mahabharata and Ramayana.
St Francis Church
This Church has been built by the Europeans in India. Vasco Da Gama, the Portuguese trader when came to India, he died in Kochi and was buried in this church. Although later his remains were taken back by the Portuguese, but his burial place is clearly marked inside the church.
Besides these Kochi has abundant beaches, backwater spots, many pristine spots, water sport clubs and many more, to attract tourists. Being the commercial capital of Kerala, it’s a shopper’s paradise.
How to Reach
As Cochin is a very important destination for tourism and trade, it is very closely linked by air, rail and road. This exotic place is bombarded by many national and international tourists each year; this proves that reaching Cochin is not a very time consuming process.
When to Visit
The perfect time to visit this clean and green city is from the months of August to February. The months of June and July experience heavy monsoons here, and March to May is the peak summer time.Enquire Now
Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery is located about 37 kms from the heart of the city. Many national and intercontinental flights operate from here. These connect the exotic city with the numerous other key tourism destinations in India and abroad. The tourists are provided with the world class services available at the Kochi International Airport.
Kochi serves as the major tourist destination because of its proximity and superior road connectivity. It is well linked with major tourist attractions such as Chennai, Goa, and Bangalore etc.
From Kochi, trains run from the 2 railway stations - Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town. These connect all the major cities with Kochi and make it feasible to travel.