Cochin

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Destination Theme
Cultural & Heritage Centers, Ayurvedic Centers, Museums & Historical Places, Cities & Urban Areas, Culinary Centers, Beaches,
Best Suited For
Family vacation, Foreign travellers and Business holidays.
Recommended Duration
Two to three days.

Quick Info

Cochin also known as Kochi, is a major port city in Kerala situated by the Arabian Sea. The city of Cochin is called "Queen of the Arabian Sea" since it was an important spice trading centre in times past. It was among the first few European Colonies of colonial India. Cochin International Airport is about 28 kilometres away from the main city area.

Rankings & Ratings

Rightly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea!

Editor's Rankings

#4 in 33 Destinations in & around Kerala
#1 in 9 Cities & Urban Areas in & around Kerala
#1 in 4 Cultural & Heritage Centers in & around Kerala
#9 in 13 Beaches in & around Kerala
#1 in 7 Culinary Centers in & around Kerala

Editor's Review

The warm and welcoming city of Cochin does complete justice to the name "Queen of Arabian Sea" offering tourists top-class accommodation facilities and restaurants. The structures and tourist sites of Cochin give you ideal glimpses of Colonial India. The city kick-starts your journey through Kerala.

PROS

  • Well-connected by air, rail and road.
  • Both luxury and budget travellers can find great accommodation.
  • Great place for shopping.
  • There are some world-class restaurants in the city. 

CONS

  • The weather is quite warm throughout the year.
  • The tourist sites have lots of people in peak season.
  • Communication can be a problem since new tourism recruits speak only local language.
  • The city may not be very clean.

Itinerary Tips

  • Handicraft and Clothes Shopping can be done on MG Road, Broadway or Jew Town.
  • Veega land, an amusement park is fun both for children and adults.
  • Cochin is home to some amazing must-visit historic sites like Jew Town, Jewish synagogue, St. Francis church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Vasco House, and Dutch Palace.
  • View a Kathakali performance.
  • Take Ayurvedic massages in your hotel if available and boat rides in the backwaters.
  • You could swim at Cherai beach or visit museums and art galleries.

Detailed Info

Cochin is the industrial and commercial capital of Kerala. The sparkling city of Cochin situated by the south-west coast of India has some indelible impressions left by the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese. Flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, Cochin has a world-class seaport and an International Airport. Cochin was initially a small town, but eventually it has grown and has now become a general name given to adjacent towns that include Fort Kochi, Mattanchery and Ernakulam.

Cochin can rightly be called the perfect starting point for your journey through the splendid, peaceful and scenic state of Kerala. Some of the many tourist attractions in Cochin are Chinese fishing nets, Vasco House, Jewish Town, Dutch Palace and Museum of Kerala history. Apart from these, there is a large amusement park called Veega land, a bird sanctuary and a few more recreational sites.

 

Altitude

The city of Cochin is at mean sea level.

Weather

The weather is usually on the warmer side throughout the year but the winters are quite pleasant.

Best Time to Visit?

Between the months of October and February.

How to Get There?

By Air

Cochin has an International Airport well-connected to most of the major cities in the world. The main town area is 28 kilometres away from the airport. You can take buses or taxis to reach your preferred destination.

By Train

Cochin has two railway stations- Ernakulam Town station and Ernakulam Junction station. The station is well-connected to the major cities in India. From the station, taxis or autos can be picked to reach your preferred location.

 By Bus

To reach Cochin, air-conditioned deluxe bus services are available from cities such as Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum. All major cities in Kerala and some cities of  Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are also connected to Cochin by bus services.

Local Cuisines

Pepper Tuna best eaten with appams – a fluffy fermented rice pancake,  Kathi rolls– a rolled flatbread bursting with spicy grilled meat, raw onions and moist chutney, tiger prawns and soft-shelled crabs with tartar sauce are some of the most sought after-dishes in Cochin.