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What You Should Know More About Kochi

  • Q. About the Destination

    Kochi also known as Cochin, is a coastal city in Kerala. Known for its magnificent beauty and scenic landscape view, it is also called the ‘Gateway of Kerala.’ A port city where you will find bungalows constructed in colonial style and diverse ethnicities. Encompassed by Western Ghats and lush green vegetation, Kochi is set to enamor you with its exquisite beauty and serenity. It has an agreeable climate throughout the year. Kochi has a magnificent history, as it has been ruled by many foreign rulers over centuries. You will find forts, palaces, sanctuaries, museums, and beaches to keep your recreational activities on a high when you visit this sea town.

    Visit the elephant camp, get a view of beautiful waterfalls, go on boat rides and sightseeing when you visit Kochi. In Malayalam Kochi means ‘Sea Town’. Backwaters of Kochi are as popular as other places in Kerala, and one of the best tours taken on holidays. It is flanked with Arabian Sea on the west. It also has a rich Christian culture. You can visit churches, basilicas, synagogues, and promenades in Kochi. Spreads across this coastline city are many historical places of diverse religions. You will also find art galleries and wax museum that has wax models of political leaders and celebrities.

  • Q. Travel tips

    • You can visit Kochi by air, bus, and train from most of the metropolitan cities in India.

    • Take sunscreen lotions, shades, and hats along with you when you visit Kochi.

    • Pack lightweight clothing when travelling here. Also, pack waterproofing clothes if you are travelling to Kochi during monsoon.

    • Keep your cameras charged and get enough storage space for clicked photographs.

    • Get camping and hiking gear, clothes, and accessories along with you, as Kochi has some wonderful sites for hiking and treks.

    • You can also opt to stay in home stays, mid range hotels, and resorts when you visit Kochi.

    • Don’t expect a vibrant nightlife in Kochi. It is also considered a safe place to travel.

    • Take taxis instead of buses if you want to travel within the city. Private buses are susceptible to road accidents.

    • Avoid going out in the night, as it is not safe to wander after 7pm in Kochi.

  • Q. Drinking Laws

    It is illegal to drink in public areas. You must adhere to strict local laws pertaining to drinking and buying liquor.

  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Beaches and Islands

    Fort Kochi beach is popular for its offbeat Chinese fishing nets. Cherai beach has paddy fields and coconut groves. This is a beauteous beach with rich vegetation on the Vypeen Island near Kochi. Veega land has watersports, ferry rides, boat rides, theme parks and many amusement places for kids and family. It is 14 kilometers away from Kochi. Willingdon Island is a manmade island near Kochi. You can enjoy the boat rides and tour around nearby places such as, backwaters of Alleppey, Kalady, and Munnar.

    Forts, museums, and palaces

    Kochi has a rich history and you will find many museums and palaces spread across Kochi. The Vasco house in Kochi is built in Portuguese style. You can also visit the Santa Cruz Basilica built in the 15th century. The Dutch Palace and the Bolghatty Palace depict the foreign invasion over centuries. These palaces have collection of paintings and murals. You can also visit the Jewish Synagogue that has scrolls of Old Testament and Belgian chandeliers. You can also take a look at Museum of Kerala History and view the articles and lifestyle of Kings who had once ruled Kerala.

    Eco tourism

    Enjoy the boat rides amidst the mangrove forests. This is an island called Kumbalangi that is 15 kilometers away from Kochi. You can also visit the Mallipuram village and take a swim in the private beach, fish for crabs, shrimps, and fishes, and enjoy the sunset at this beach.

    Temples, mosques, churches, and cathedrals

    This is one of the most ideal multi ethnic cities in Kerala. You will find temples for Hindus, Jains, and mosques for muslims, and Churches for Christians. The St. George Cathedral is known to be the largest cathedrals built in India. You can also visit the Jain temple, the Thrikkakara temple where onam festival is celebrated, and visit many other places of religion scattered across Kochi.

    Wildlife and wellness

    You can also take a peek at the wildlife at places near to Kochi. You can enjoy the bird watching and wildlife at the Kumarakom, Thekkady, and Kodanad. You can also take a course on Ayurvedic massages and yoga at many centers available in Kochi. Almost every hotel in Kochi has a wellness and a spa service available. For those who binge on adventure, this is one of the best places to visit.

  • Q. What you will like there?

    Amusement options and recreational activities

    There are umpteen options for amusement activities in and around Kochi. You can enjoy outdoor sports activities, take a course in horseback riding and golf, enjoy the boat rides, and elephant safaris near the beaches, islands, and sanctuaries. Kochi is not a haven for shopping; however, there are umpteen tourists’ places that you can visit.

    Food and dining

    Kerala cuisine has distinct taste. Their staple food is fish. You can enjoy many delicacies made with fish and even vegetarian dishes made in coconut oil. Do not miss the Kerala platter served on the banana leaf, as this is atypical way people in Kerala enjoy their food.

    History and heritage

    Kochi is a unique cusp where history meets cosmopolitan culture, and there are many things to do and places to see in and around Kochi. Architecture of palaces and buildings is made in Portuguese and Dutch style. You can take a tour of palaces and forts spread across Kochi and look at the artifacts and items of historical significance contained in them.

    Boat rides and cruises

    You can take boat rides and spend holidays at the places nearby in Kochi. You can also take mini cruises to reach different cities and towns in Kerala from Kochi. Kochi has popular backwater activities that are not to be missed. There are many eco friendly tours conducted in mangrove forests near Kochi.

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    Santa and the Scribes: The Making of Fort Kochi by E. P. Unny