Kochi (formerly Cochin) is a cosmopolitan city in Kerala, which was an ancient port city. This place had been influenced by historical trading partners such as Dutch, Portuguese, Arab, Japanese and Chinese and they have contributed in making serene Cochin’s culture cosmopolitan. The Kochinites are trendy and city has a modern attitude. The place offers some of the finest home-stays in India. If are willing to splurge a bit more, do avail a heritage accommodation. Travelers have preferred visiting Cochin during the Onam season to enjoy the place, its flavours and colours of festivity. This city beholds a captivating combination of 400 years old synagogue, Portuguese houses, relics of British rule in India and the worth-watching giant fishing nets from China. Globetrotters have also preferred visiting Fort Cochin, Mattancherry and the Willingdon & Vypeen Islands. Kumbalangi Integrated Eco-Tourism Village and Mastyafed Milky-Way Aqua-Tourist Village facilitates tourists to explore & enjoy the authentic rural culture, fish farming, boating etc. And not to forget, Ayurvedic pleasure treatments are also widely available.
By road: Kerala can be easily accessed by road. There are bus services to major towns and cities in Kerala. One can also board the several luxury buses that operate from Kerala during the night time that are available from places like Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulum, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur.
By rail: Cochin is also well connected with all the major places in Kerala and India by Rail network. Cochin has three main railway stations, namely, Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulum Town and Harbour Terminus on Willingdon Island.
By air: The airport is Kochi (COK), which is connected by excellent air network to all major cities in India. Cochin also has an international terminal.
Location - Kerala, South India
Places of Interest - Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Sant Cruz Baslica Church, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing Nets, Bolghatty Palace
Best time to visit - October to April
Language - Hindi, English, Malayalam
Festivals - Cochin Carnival, Boat Race, Jewish Festival, Onam,
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