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This city is where vintage meets the future in the finest ways. The breathtakingly gorgeous city is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Kochi or Cochin is a golden feather in the hat of Kerala. This city is the perfect amalgamation of the vintage charm and mesmerizing beauty of modern times. Situated on the Southwest coast of India, this city has a trading history that is approx. 600 years old. Having a commercial port, this city is the commercial, financial and industrial capital of Kerala. The streets of Kochi are filled with art galleries, fancy stores, restaurants, Jew Town, and heritage accommodations. The people of Kochi have traditional attire which they wear during the festive seasons. If you want to visit Kochi make sure you plan a trip during their festive seasons to see the beautifully decorated houses and traditionally dressed people. You can even enjoy the traditional dance performances during these days. This city is the home to the Southern Command of the Indian Navy.

This Kochi travel guide on Kochi tourism will help you explore the city easily and inform you about the places to visit in Kochi, Kochi travel places, Kochi tourist places, the history and traditions of Kochi, and the best time to visit Kochi. We have also mentioned the places you should aim to visit during your Kochi trip.

History, Culture, and Traditions of Kochi:

Kochi is a religiously diverse city, you will find Hindu temples, sacred Churches, and even Jew synagogue here. The Jew synagogue is beautifully designed and filled with Chinese tiles and mesmerizing Belgian chandeliers. If you want to witness the traditional design and observe the diminutive details of architecture then make sure you visit the Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Palace. The Hill Palace Museum is the largest archaeological museum in Kochi. The best part is that in Kochi you can taste a variety of cuisines like the Portuguese- inspired cuisine, Arabic cuisine, Chinese, and even Dutch food. This city has some of the most beautiful and clean beaches.

This part of India celebrates and enjoys many festivals throughout the year and the regional celebrations are even more funfilled. During these celebrations, a lot of performances and dances are organized to make the evenings worth enjoying. Some of the local festivals organized here are the Cochin carnival, held in the last week of December. This is an event for which the people of Kochi wait impatiently. The famous Indira Gandhi Boat Race is a festival that fills the city with colors, excitement, and cheers. It is held in the backwaters of the city. Some of the festivals you can keep in mind while visiting this city are Malayatoor Prunal, Jewish Festivals, Thalapoli, Onam, and Utsavam.

The Cuisine of Kochi:

The cuisines of this city set a perfect example of how the cultural exchange between countries can leave behind a long-lasting impact. The best part is that this city has now made these cuisines a part of its own platter. Kochi has carried along everything that has ever touched it with grace and beauty. So when in Kochi wear your travel hat and explore the variety of street food it has to offer. Walk through the streets like a foodie with a mission of food hunting. Remember to try dishes like Puttu Kadala a dish which consists of steamed ground rice topped with coconut shavings and the curry is made up of black chickpeas cooked in coconut gravy. Doesn’t it sound mouth-watering? Some more dishes worth a try are Pazham Pori and Beef Curry, Thattu Dosa, Kulukki Sarbath, Kappa Boti, Parotta, and Beef Fry, Ellum Kappayum, Erachi Pidi, Meena Molagita Curry, Naadan Biriyani, Breudher bread, Appam and strew, and Kurukku Kalan.

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Language Spoken

Hindi, English

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Places to Visit Kochi


The list of Kochi travel places is too long, you should plan out and prioritize the places you want to visit in the city before coming here. Some of the places that attract the tourists in Kochi are:

1- Fort Kochi:

This fort was once known to be the hub of spice traders, from various corners of the globe traders would come here and display their spices. Filled to the brim with history this fort is among the most spectacular places to visit in Kochi. Only is walls could speak, the walls of the fort would tell tales of all the occurrences it has stood witness to. Remember to take a walk around the north side of the fort to get a view of the Chinese fishing nets. 

2- Bolghatty Palace:

The Bolghatty Palace is situated on Bolghatty Island. This ancient palace used to be a royal retreat in the golden days. Now it is a luxurious heritage hotel which can be visited only by boat. 

3- Vasco House 

Believe it or not, this is said to be the residence of the great Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. It is amongst the oldest heritage houses in India. You can also visit Saint Francis Church as it holds high historical relevance. It is built in a regal style influenced by Dutch and Portuguese architecture. This is the place where Vasco da Gama was buried. 

4- Mattancherry Palace

This place is also known as the Dutch Palace. This palace is built in a Kerla Nalukettu style and has a courtyard in the center. It was built by the Portuguese in 1557 and gifted to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi. The goddess of the Kochi Royal Family resides here. The beauty of the palace lies in the architecture and the flooring of the palace. The double-storied palace has an enormous collection of murals. The murals here depict some of the well-known Indian epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The famous works of Sanskrit poet Kalidas are also depicted here. Some more Kochi travel places are the Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, a treat for the bird watchers, Chottanikara Bhagavanthy Temple, Andhakaranazhi Beach, Athirupally Falls, Cherai Beach, Marine Drive, Malayattoor, and Veeranpuzha Beach. There are a lot of Kochi tourist places, all you have to do is wear your shoes and start the journey. 

Where to Stay in Kochi:

Kochi is a well-known tourist destination and thus it offers a plethora of options to select from when it comes to hotels. Remember to book your hotel a month prior to your trip because the hotels here are often sold out and you may not get a room in your choice of hotel.  Below are mentioned some of the hotels you can choose from. 

Luxury Hotels in Kochi:

The luxury hotels are the resorts and 5 star hotels in Kochi. These hotels provide the best of facilities to make the stay of their guests hassle-free and comfortable. These properties have an in-house restaurant, swimming pool, laundry service, room service, and their staff is ready to go out of the way to help you in any way possible. The list of some of the  luxury hotels is given below:

1- Ramada Resort by Wyndham

2- Maliekal Heritance Cherai

3-Renai Blue Waters

4-Bolgatty Island Resort (KTDC)

5-Amritara The Poovath Heritage

6-The Classik Fort

7-Indriya Sands

8- Aquatic Island by Poppys

9-  Crowne Plaza Kochi

10-Kochi Marriott Hotel

11- The Gateway Hotel Marine Drive Ernakulam

12-Holiday Inn Cochin

Mid-Range hotels

The mid-range hotels mostly consist of 4 star and 3 star hotels. The facilities provided by these hotels mostly vary from property to property. Some of the mid-range hotels in Kochi are Coral Isle, Imperial Regency, Gokulam Park Hotel And Convention Centre, Laimar Suites, PGS Vedanta, Sidra Pristine Hotel & Portico Halls, The Dunes Continental, Prayana Hotels, Hotel Burooj, Hotel Comfy Capetown, Blue bell airport hotel and Gems 9 Airport Hotel.

Budget hotels

These hotels are the best option for you if you are traveling on a tight budget and do not want to spend a lot on stays. The budget hotels help you save on the stay and also provide the best of what they can to their guests. These hotels may not provide a lot of facilities but they try their best to make your stay comfortable, hygienic, and safe. Some of the budget hotels in Kochi are Boat Jetty Bungalow, Hotel Crown Suites, Hotel Malabar House, Pleasant Inn, Thayamkery's Royal inn, Indraprastha Residency, Hala Residency, and Ebenezer Plaza. 

Best Time to Visit Kochi


The best time to visit Kochi is in winter i.e. from October to February. The city comes to life and offers great options to its visitors. If you are a traveler and love exploring then this is the time for you. From March to June, though the sun is not harsh it still isn’t a favorable time to visit the city. The monsoons make the city even more charming and add to the romantic vibe the city carries along with it. The city gets possessed by greenery making it even more gorgeous and picturesque.

Places To Visit In Kochi

Getting In Kochi

BY AIR
BY ROAD
BY RAIL

The largest airport in Kerala is Cochin International Airport itself.  The airport has good- connectivity with cities in India as well as some of the major international tourist destinations.

The KSRTC buses to and from Kochi are available at regular intervals, connecting the city with major travel destinations in Kerala. People can travel from cities like Banglore, Chennai, Mumbai, and many more to Kochi easily via roadways.

Two railway stations near Kochi are Ernakulam Town Station and Ernakulam Junction Station. Trains here are well connected to other cities in India.

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