Formerly known as Cochin, Kochi is a charming South Indian city that holds an interesting mixture of British, Holland, Portuguese, Chinese, Arab and Jewish influences from its colonial past.
Called the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”, Kochi was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century onward, and maintained a trade network with Arab merchants from the pre-Islamic era.
Many tourists flock to Kochi for its harmonious ambience and vast open spaces. It is a land famed for its beautiful seaside, skylines and awe-inspiring landscapes, not to mention its invaluable resource to India’s overall economy.
Top Must Do’s
Take a ride on a houseboat and lay in blissful tranquillity as you glide past the many lagoons and lakes which run parallel with the Arabian Sea Coast (Malabar Coast).
Chinese Fishing Nets
Locally known as Cheena vala, the Chinese Fishing Net is an amazing technique once practiced only in China 500 years ago. It’s one of the iconic symbols of Kerala.
Munnar Hill Station
Lush green tea plantations along mountainous terrains, surrounded by graphite mountains – Munnar Hill Station is the perfect honeymoon destination.
Enjoy panoramic views with waterfalls, wildlife sanctuary and spice plantations.
A major part of the city’s history, Fort Kochi is once known as Old Kochi, where you’ll find quirky colonial houses with architectural influences from the Dutch, Portuguese and British.
Kerala Kathakali Centre
Head to Kerala Kathakali Centre for the nightly show of classical dance drama that re-enacts various Indian legends and myths.
A wonderful experience with special effects in an intimate setting.
Quick facts about Kochi
|Taxi||All day||Starts from Rs600|
|Currency||India Rupee (Rs)|
|Time zone||GMT +5.30|
|Religion||Hinduism, Christianity, Islam|
SEP – FEB
Dry season, 22°C – 33°C
Breezy evenings and comfortable weather
MAR – MAY
Hot season, 22°C – 37°C
Great time for indoor shopping to escape the heat
JUN – AUG
Monsoon season, 23°C – 33°C
Be careful of flooded areas
Need a visa to visit India? Check out High Commissione of India official website.