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(Kochi is also known as Cochin / Ernakulam)
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State: Kerala
District: Ernakulam
Famous for/as: Beaches
Languages: Malayalam, English
Best Season: Oct - Mar
Weather: Summer 24 to 37°C, Winter 17 to 33°C
Altitude: 0 m
Pincode: 6820xx
STD code: 0484
Kochi is one of the most popular cities in Kerela, and is often referred as the Gateway to Kerala. Located on the West Coast on India, the city flanked by the Western ghats in the East and the Arabian Sea in the west. Kochi has been rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler's '50 greatest places of a lifetime'.

Kochi is one of the most historically rich places in India as well, since the city has been under the rule of multitudinous dynasties like the Arabs, the Chinese, the British, the Dutch, and the Portuguese. This city was the first European colonial settlement in all of India. Over the years, Cochin has come up as the industrial and commercial capital of Kerala and it can be nominated as the second most important city on the Indian west coast. It is only surpassed in importance by Mumbai. Today, Kochi has world class international port and well connected railway and road network. Various hill stations like Munnar and Wayanad are well connected to Kochi, so extend you holiday by booking Munnar tour packages.

Although Kochi itself is strictly speaking a small town, the area has expanded vastly and today, resembles a large metropolis and it now also includes Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, Ernakulum and many other nearby towns and villages on Kerala packages.
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Kerala Village Festival

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Dec 07, 2011
Celebrating the Pastoral Traditions and Way of Life, the Kerala Village Fair is a 10 day festival that attracts a lot of visitors to this state in the month of January.

Ernakulam Declared as 'First Smoke-Free Tourist Destination'

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Nov 14, 2011
Ernakulam is one of the cleanest and best cities in India and now comes with the tag of being the first smoke free destinations. Here’s a peek view of how the law was implemented and what its implications are.

Wildlife in Kerala

  by Afia Ahmad  on Dec 24, 2010
The beautiful state of Kerala is blessed with exotic jungles turned into wildlife sanctuaries and national parks that foster some of the best species in the world. Plan a wildlife tour of Kerala and explore some of the great wildlife hubs

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Grand Kerala Shopping Festival from 22nd Jan to 9th February 2013

   Dec 14, 2012 11:28 AM
The Grand Kerala Shopping Festival, in partnership with Rotomac Global Private Ltd, is organizing a GKSF Global Village in Kochi from January 22, 2013 to February 9, 2013.

More Flyers: India Needs 30 More Airports in 5 Years!

   Jan 30, 2012 12:03 PM
The Planning Commission recently revealed that India is in need of 30 more airports by the end of this year. Read more on what steps are being taken on achieving this goal…

Centre to Extend Visa-On-Arrival Facility to Goa, Kochi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru Airports

   Jan 30, 2012 11:26 AM
The Indian administration is making way to extend the VoA facilities. A council meeting took place to discuss this issue on January19, 2012 and find a solution to it. Read on to know more…

History


Cochin remained an unexplored town till the advent of the Portuguese therefore, much of its history before the Portugese has not been documented. However, the city finds its mention by the ancient travellers. It is believed that the Cochin district came into existence in the year 1102 AD, after the break up of the Khulasekhara Empire.

Various stories have crept up regarding the origin of the name of the city. While some believe that the Malayalam word ‘Kochazhi’ gave the city its due name, many are of the opinion that the invasion of Kublai Khan of China is the reason behind the name.

Kochi has known to be the first place in India to have European settlement. The Portugese came to Cochin (also known as Kochi) in 1503 and stayed till 1663. They worked closely with the king of Cochin and even signed a treaty of peace. With due permission of the king, they built the Fort Manuel. The grave of Vasco Da Gama, the famous explorer who discovered India, was also here.

After the Portuguese, the Dutch invaded Cochin, followed by conquest from Mysorean king, Hyder ali. The English came to Cochin in 1814 and under the leadership of Sir Robert Bristow, Kochi became an important harbor center in India. Post independence in the year 1947, Cochin was officially designated as part of Kerala and today as become one of the most important commercial hub and major city in the west coast of India. Kochi was the first city to join the Indian Union when it gained independence in 1947.

Travel within city


Travelling around the city of Kochi is very easy and not at all expensive, as various modes of commute are available for tourists in Kochi. You can opt for buses, auto rickshaws, taxis, and cabs while traveling in Kochi.

Bus


Buses are the most preferred mode of travel, and the bus network in Kochi is well connected and well established. The major bus stands in Kochi are Kaloor, Aluva, Fort Kochi, Thoppumpaddy, Marine Drive, Vytilla and Thripunithara terminus. There are various classes of buses available in Kochi, including the Yellow Line (standard class buses), and the Orange Line (air conditioned Volvo buses). Bus fares are very cheap, and are standardized at Rs5 for the first five kilometers and Rs 0.75 for every additional kilometer. Volvo buses charge Rs 10 for the first five kilometers and Rs 2 for every additional kilometer.

Auto Rickshaw


Auto rickshaws are also a safe and convenient way to travel during the night, and the fares are around Rs 10 for the first 1.25 kilometers and Rs 6 for every additional kilometer. There are no extra night charges involved. Autos can be taken from the railway station and bus stand.

Taxi


Taxis and cabs are also available in Kochi and charges involved are Rs 50 for the first three kilometers and Rs 8 for every additional kilometer. Night charges are applicable with taxis and they charge 20% extra.

Connect Cabs – Ph: (+91) 4844 05060
Executive Cabs- Ph: (+91) 9484 237 1078

Food


The streets of Kochi are brimming with restaurants catering to tourists of all budgets and tastes. Open from 10 am till midnight, most of the restaurants serve alcohol.

For vegetarian options, tourists can go to New Anada Bhavan in Fort Kochi and Pai Dosa on M.G. Road in Ernakulam. For multi-cuisine options, tourists can head to Malabar Junction in Fort Kochi, famous for its European style menu. City Park Restaurant on Cannon Shed road, is known for offering lip smacking Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines. Caza Maria on Boat Jetty Road is a perfect place to enjoy some sumptuous French dishes.

Spices Food Joint on Cannon Shed road in Ernakulam is ideal for those who want to savour affordable meat biryanis. Rahmatulla Hotel in Mattancherry is legendary for its chicken biryani. Famous restaurant serving exceptional Kerala cuisine is Frys Village Restaurant on Veekshanam Road. For local drinks and authentic Kerala style sea food, tourists can go to the shacks behind the Chinese fishing nets.

Shopping


Kochi is a major shopping destination in Kerala offering a wide variety options for tourists to choose from. The main market areas are Jew Town area and Broadway where shops remain open from 9 am till 10 pm. For buying spices, clothes and other local items, Broadway in Ernakulam is the best option. For excellent handicraft items the government emporium, Kairali, on MG Road is the most trusted place. For high-quality individual designer clothes and homeware, one can go to Cinnamon on Post Office Road. Penta Menaka complex has many duty free shops selling electronics at a very cheap rate.

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You can find 171 hotels in Kochi under following categories:
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Two restaurants that you must check out are INCHINO, a chinese restaurant and MONSOON CAFE, a restaurant serving food from the West Coast of India. Both these restaurants are on Kaloor Road and serve stunning food for superb value.
Posted by Hari Nambiar 9 months ago
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