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.
A gaggle of islands interconnected 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 crowds Ernakulum, Jew Town and Fort Kochi while palaces, beaches, temples and heritage sites marking their presence too. Kochi is also an important place to see Kathakali and Kalarippayattu performances and annual Biennale Festival.
Kochi’s tropical climate can see heavy monsoons throughout May to September and temperatures in the summer, from February to May, soaring to 95 degrees, which can feel hotter with the humidity. The winter months are cooler and pleasant hence proving to be the best time to visit.
Some of Kochi’s most popular attractions include Historic places like Mattachery Palace, wellingdon island, hill palace museum, Cherai Beach and Athirapilly Waterfalls..
How To Reach
Kochi is well connected to the rest of India by the railways. Regular rail services ply to and fro the city of Kochi.
Three stations serve Kochi, among which the largest and perhaps the busiest one is the Ernakulam Junction South. The other two are Ernakulam north and Kochi .
Alternatively, one can book Taxi (shared taxi is also available) or Bus from NJP to reach Darjeeling town as well. A typical ride using taxi takes around 3 to 4 hours.
Regular bus services ply to and fro the city of Kochi. They operate on a daily basis, whether day or night. You can also take shared taxis or cabs for the same route.
Cochin International Airport connects Kochi to the rest of the world by air. The airport offers both domestic and international flights on a regular basis.
What to do in Kochi
Visit the Chinese Fishing nets, the most noticeable image of Kochi.
Walk the cobbled streets of Jew Town and get up close and personal with the Jewish Synagog.
Visit the Mattancherry Palace (aka Dutch Palace).
Go bird watching in Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary.
Take a day excursion to Athirapilly Waterfalls.
Soak in the sun at Cherai Beach.
Go spiritual in the various temples dotting the landscape.
Shop to your hearts content in M G Road, Princess Street and Lulu Mall.
Typical Kochi Itinerary
Kochi mostly serves as a landing place for the other major tourist attractions of Kerala. Be it the magnificent houseboats of Allepey or the tea plantations of Munnar. Kochi however is much more than just a stop over place. You need to spend at-least 3 days here to truly appreciate the cultural hub known as Kochi (a.k.a Cochin).
Reach Kochi early in the morning, then go off to visit the Chinese Fishing nets, Dutch Palace, Jew Town, Paradesi Synoguge & Fort Kochi. In the evening you can go shopping on MG Road.
Go for the early morning excursion to Athirapilly Waterfall. On route you can stop over at Lulu Mall for shopping. After visiting the Athirapilly waterfall, you can move ahead to visit another magnificent waterfall, the Vazhachalam Waterfall.
Relax for a while at Vazhachalam and then drive to Cherai Beach. On route you will find many road side eateries and restaurants. Take lunch in one of those places. Watching the sun set on the Cherai Beach is the best experience ever.
Visit the Magalavanam bird sanctuary and Veranpuzha Lake and Backwaters.