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Kochi

Coconut palms and seafood, Dutch churches and Jewish synagogues, spices and culture, Kochi is so much more than just another city here in Gods Own Country. Right from the time of the great flood of 1340 AD, when the Periyar river destroyed the great trading port at Kodungallur to create a natural harbour a few kilometres away, there's been no looking back for Kochi. Each owner from the Portuguese and Dutch to the British has left his unique mark on the land here, spectacular post-colonial legacy evident in Fort Kochi and Mattancherry.

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Things to do

Kumbalangi Tour and Sunset Cruise - The romance of the backwaters at sunset past a fascinating 'model' village is what makes Kerala so special.A half-hour ride from the heart of Kochi takes you to one of the most remarkable model villages in Kerala. Through narrow tarmac, flanked by coconut trees and houses beside serene backwaters, we reach Kumbalanghi. Hop onto a fascinating local village boat with ably-built 'punters' as you set sail past Chinese fishing nets that line the backwater shores.

Cycling and Canoe - This bicycle trip is a good way to experience the remnants of an urban-village life by the enthralling backwaters of Kochi. Paddy fields and shrimp/fish farms dot the shoreline here as you make your way to the canoes.

Lulu Shopping Mall - What's not to love about carousels and bumpy car rides? Complete with a gaming arcade and rock (wall) climbing, Sparky's at Lulu Mall has enough to keep the whole family entertained. Certainly not limited to children alone, there is also a 5D cinema and bowling alley - all set up with international standards. A perfectly well-maintained ice skating rink adds to the fun as well, ideally placed next to the food court.

Related Trips

  • Kalaripayattu, Kathakali and Mohiniyattam, the culture scene of Kochi is predominantly Keralan at first look. But the essence of Kochi is the Cochin Carnival and the Kochi-Muziris-Biennale, an International exhibition of contemporary art. And the palaces of Kochi document the Dutch, the Portuguese and the Native royal family's abodes.

    5 Days | INR 18,500 per person
  • Speeding on water skiis, jets and scooters sends your pulses racing. Try the beaches at Fort Kochi and Cherai, on the outskirts of the city, for surfing, water-skiing and good old swimming. Thrill rides on the Go-karting circuit at the Cochin International Airport are also popular, especially if you have your young thrill-seekers with you.

    5 Days | INR 16,667 per person
  • Stroll along the scenic Marine Drive facing the backwaters and watch the sun go down. Ride a ferry around the winding waterways connecting the new world and the old. Pamper yourself on a houseboat along the backwaters, and explore the greenery. Rejuvenate your body and soul with the best of massages from the ancient system of Ayurveda.

    5 Days | INR 24,393 per person
  • Kochi is a fascinating amalgam of the old and the new. Rich heritage, with the oldest synagogue, Portuguese buildings, British colonial relics, and the Chinese fishing nets; complimented by a bustling metropolis across the backwaters. Add the best of Kerala arts and culture, that's Kochi for you.

    5 Days | INR 21,488 per person
  • Mangalavanam, right in the midst of the city, is Kochi's green lung and home to numerous species of butterflies, fishes, and furred and feathered friends as also the migratory birds. The Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, quite away from the city centre, is known for its numerous cuckoo species, the mountain hawk eagles, as well as the diverse species of forest and water birds.

    3 Days | INR 8,382 per person

Best time to visit September to March

For clearer skies, opt for a slot between the early September to the end of March. The beaches look their best early November through to March.

Mid-October and November does see a fair amount of rain with the North-West monsoons.

Sultry summers set in by April to the end of May with fairly high outdoor temperatures.

Monsoons arrive by the first week of June right through to the end of August. Cool temperatures with overcast skies and green all around make this a visit like none other.

How to reach

Air

  • Cochin International Airport (CIA) lies in Kochi . Cab facilities are available at Cochin International Airport to reach Kochi. Bus services are also available from Kochi Airport to reach city centre. Cochin International Airport is well connected to domestic as well as international destinations.

Rail

  • The Kochi Railway Station lies 4 km out of main city. You can take rickshaw or cab to reach main city. You will find many trains connecting Kochi from major cities like Trivandrum, Cochin, Mumbai, Delhi and many more.

Road

  • You can take National Highway 47 which connect Kochi to major destination like Alleppey, Thiruvananthapuram, Kanniyakumari, Coitambore and many more. Kochi has a good road connectivity making it accessible from any major destination.

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