Kochi Tourism

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Ideal Duration : 1-2 days Best Time : Jul-Apr
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"Queen of Arabian Sea" Kochi Tourism Situated on the south-west coast of India, Kochi or Cochin is a bustling commercial port city with a trading history that dates back to at least 600 years. Called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. The city is marked by influences of Arabs, Dutch, Phoenicians, Portuguese, Chinese and the British city as well as that of the Indian rule of Chera Dynasty followed by rule of the Feudal Lords. A gaggle of islands inter-connected by ferries, this cosmopolitan town has upmarket stores, art galleries and some of the finest heritage accommodations. In a true vintage-meets-future fashion, pubs, restaurants, shopping hubs and futuristic stores crowd Ernakulum,Jew TownandFort Kochiwhile palaces, beaches, temples and heritage sites marking their presence too. Download Kochi PDF Guide > What's Great? A coastal delight. Well connected by all means possible. What's not so Great? Politically volatile. For Whom Ideal for the coast lovers. Suitable for backwater lovers from Kozhikode, Trivandrum etc.

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History Of Cochin Strategically located between the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian sea on the west, the city of Cochin has been an important commercial trading centre since ancient times. It was called the spice trade centre of India, and entertained a wide network of trading with the Arabs. Kochi was also the first of the European colonies in India, with the Portuguese invasion in 1503. The city was later ruled by both Dutch and British forces. After India?s independence and the slew of economic reforms that followed in the 1990s, Kochi grew in commercial significance with the boom of the service sector. The growth of port activities and the establishment of the IT sector contributed to Kochi becoming the commercial centre of the state of Kerala. Culture Of Kochi Kochi has a mix of both traditional and cosmopolitan culture, being the capital city of the state of Kerala. It has a widely diverse crowd including people from all over the country, and it also has a large Jewish community - the Malabar Yehuden, who form an important part of Kochi?s business circles. Kochi also has a strong foothold in both Jacobite Syrian Orthodxy and Roman Catholicism, with many churches devoted to them spread across the city. The city was a hub of cultural intellectualism in yesteryears, home to many famous writers of Malayalam literature as well as social activists like Sahodaran Ayyappan. Cochin - The Queen of the Arabian Sea Known as the Queen of Arabian Sea, Cochin, now Kochi is a principal port in the state of Kerala. Well connected by all means possible, this coastal city is both a popular tourist hotspot and an active naval base, being officially the home to the Southern Command of the Indian Navy and an air squadron of Indian Navy. Besides the above, Kochi has its own unique blend of Indian and western culture.Despite being colonised by more than one country, the essence of Indianness has never eroded from Kochi, while at the same time preserving some of the colonial heritage as it was. Very few people know that one of the largest shopping malls in India, as well in Asia, Lulu Shopping Mall, is also in India. Soon to have the distinction of having the first water based metro transport system in India, Kochi is a coastal beauty you should never miss in your life, at all. 

Itinerary Day 1 -Reach Kochi, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go to the main market squares, or take a stroll in the biggest mall in India, Lulu Shopping Mall. Day 2 -If you're in for Kochi, the 2nd day is when you should ideally take off for your trip. 6 minutes from the main city is the Chhotanikkara Bhagavathy Temple in Kochi, which is a popular tourist spot, especially for the Hindu devotees. Then, you can proceed towards the Kashi Art Gallery, which houses some of the most exquisite collections of art and craft from almost all over India, or if you choose otherwise, the glorious Kerala Folklore Museum, which is a 26-minute drive from the temple.  Day 3 -This day should be reserved for the beautiful Vypin Islands, especially the Cherai, which is one of the cleanest beaches in the world. You can also visit the Matsya Fish Dam nearby, where the fishermen use the medieval Chineses trawling nets even today.Day 4 -The final day can be reserved for some backwater tourism in Kochi, which is well served by ferries, cruisers, and hydrofoils. Besides the cruise, you can also opt to visit sites like Paradesi Synagogue, or the church of Santa Cruz Basilica.

Jul-Apris the best time to visit Kochi Kochi, being on the coasts of Kerala, is open for tourism throughout the year. The best time to visit the city is in the winters, where the coastal city offers respite from the chilling winds of the North, especially in the months of December and January. Summers and monsoon, although a tad difficult due to the extremes, are equally attractive in Kochi, especially for the budget travellers. Weather in Kochi Loading... Kochi in Summer (March - June) This is the time when temperatures begin to rise in Kochi. The average range of temperature is between 20 to 37 degrees Celcius. Since the city is not crowded, this is a great time to visit Kochi, and you can get good deals on hotel tariffs. For precautions, do take the light cotton wear and some strong sunscreen lotions along.  Kochi in Monsoon (July - September) Even though this is not the peak season, monsoon season is also an ideal one, especially for budget travellers, to visit Kochi. The lush greenery that Kochi is soaked in during the monsoons is speechless, to say the least.  Kochi in Winter (October - February) This is the best time to visit Kochi, as the climate is pleasant and the ambience nice. Coincidentally, this is also the peak season of the travellers. For all sorts of tourists, this is an ideal season for a visit, as the temperatures range between 17 to 33 degrees Celcius.    Monthly Weather in Kochi Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C) January 22 32 February 22 33 March 25 34 April 26 35 May 25 34 June 24 31 July 24 31 August 24 31 September 24 31 October 24 32 November 23 32 December 22 31

Events in Kochi Onam Feast, Thrikkakara Vamanamoorthy Temple August - September If you want to witness harmony at its best, be sure to attend the Onam feast at Thrikkakara temple which cuts across all religious barriers. Celebrated over 10 days, the temple is considered the centre of onam celebrations all over the world. Each day has its own special significance and rites are performed in accordance with that.