Cochin or Kochi is an enchanting city in Kerala. Also known as the “Gateway to Kerala” and “Queen of Arabian Sea”, it provides an amazing mixture of Indian, Arab, Chinese, British and Portuguese culture. Here are some of the must do things in the metropolitan city of Cochin.
Water sports at Cherai beach- a beautiful and pristine beach located on the north of the Vypeen Island is a major tourist attraction in Cochin. This beach is a unique combination of sea and backwater and is ideal for swimming and water sports. Water skis and jets scooters are available for tourists looking for some adventure.
Go Karting at the Airport- The Cochin International Airport has a short go Karting circuit which attracts both adults and kids. Regular racing completion are organized on the weekends and is a must visit place for someone looking to spend an afternoon of fun and thrill. Enjoy a heritage walk at Mattancherry Palace- Also known as the Dutch palace; it was a gift for the Raja of Kochi, in 1555 by the Portuguese. The palace now holds a collection of royal art, exhibits and wall murals depicting Hindu scriptures. Enjoy a heritage walk in the palace and live through the history again. Relax with an Ayurvedic Massage- Cochin is famous for its healing and rejuvenating massages. The massages are done with natural herb oils which heals both the mind and body. There are many authentic spas which provide you with a soothing experience.
Places To See In Cochin
Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village - Kerala is home to two ecovillages Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village and Milky Way Aqua Tourist Village and are must go for anyone visiting Cochin. Activities like canoeing, seeing the rural art work, fishing and talking to the locals will keep you occupied and give you a peek into Incredible India.
Fort cochin- Fort Cochin and Chinese fishing nets are two things that have been attracting tourists since forever. These nets have been in use for more than 500 years and are only found in Cochin. Historians believe that these nets were gifted to the Cochin King in 14th century. What makes them so unique is that unlike other nets they are fixed land installations and requires around 6 people to operate them.
St. Francis church- one of the oldest European church in india, this church is also famous for being the burial place of the famous explorer vasco-da-gama. Though his remains were shifted to Lisbon later, the original burial stone is still here. It is a must visit for history and church lovers. Guruvayoor- hailed as one of most sacred places for Hindus, Guruvayoor is home to Sri Krishna Temple and is visited by 10 million devotees every year. Also known as the “Dwaraka of South India”, it is one of the first temples to welcome every Hindu irrespective of their caste.
Food And Shopping In Cochin
The rich cuisine of Cochin is a mix of ious cultures from all across the world. Banana is an integral part of the cuisine and is featured in dishes like Pazham pori, Appam and Kurukku kaalan. Some of the other must have dishes are traditional puttu and kadala, appam and stew. Tourists and locals also swear by Kerala fried prawns at fort house restaurants and Biryani at kayees. SHOPPING
No city or country can be fully experienced without shopping. Cochin is known for metal ware, wood carvings, spices, tea and articles made of coconut shells, bamboo cane and rattan. MG road, Bazaar road, Jew town, lulu shopping mall are some of the stops which are thronged by the tourists.
How To Reach Cochin
Cochin is linked with a strong network of bus services run by the State Transport. It connects all the major cities of Kerala with that of neighboring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Private ac Volvos to and from Cochin to cities like Hyderabad and Trivandrum are also an option people can choose from. BY TAXI
Visiting Cochin by taxi or cab is a comfortable and convenient option. The roads are well built and connected to the national highways and give a peek of beautiful Kerala countryside which makes the trip soothing. There are many agencies providing cab services from nearby places like Munnar to Cochin. BY TRAIN
Being the financial capital of kerala, Cochin is linked to all the major railway stations in India. There are 2 major railways stations in cochin where all the kerala bound trains take a stop. From the railway station, one can board a bus, a taxi or a cab to reach the required destination in Cochin. BY AIR
Cochin is well connected to all the major cities of the country and world. The airport is around 25 kms away from the main city and is the busiest airport of Kerala. Buses, taxis and cabs are easily available at the airport and will help you reach your destination.
NEAREST AIRPORT- Cochin International Airport DISTANCE FROM NEARBY PLACES Cochin from Bangalore- 548 km Cochin from munnar- 130 km Cochin from Tamil nadu- 395 km Cochin from Trivandrum- 190 km Cochin from Madurai- 260 km
Currency: Rupees - INR Pincode of Cochin: 682001 Language : Malayalam,English,Hindi,Tamil Weather: Summer 25°C to 35°C Winter 18°C to 25°C