Kochi – A city born in storm, nurtured in rivalry, and established as battling ground for European Empires.
Formerly known as Cochin, Kochi is a cosmopolitan city in Kerala. The city features a bustling commercial port and is also the financial capital of Kerala. It is the biggest agglomeration in the state and also one of the major tourist destinations in India.
Flights to Kochi
Kochi is well connected to other parts of India through air. Located 29kms away from the city, the Cochin International Airport is one of the major gateways to India and also the 4th busiest international Airport. It serves operational flights to some international destinations, including most of the cities in Middle East, specifically Dubai, and few destinations in Southeast Asia.
Regular chartered services from Europe and the USA also operate during the tourist season.
There are plenty of places to stay on Kochi. These range from luxury hotels to lavish resorts. One can also book a stay in heritage hotels to enjoy old world charm. Backpackers can stay in mid range and budget hotels in Kochi.
Activities and Sightseeing
The key attractions around Kochi are:
- The Parishnath Thampuram Museum
- The Hill Palace Museum
- The St. Francis Church
- The Mattancherry Palace
- Wilingdon Island
- The Mattancherry Synagogue
- Santa Cruz Basilica
After all the sightseeing, one can enjoy shopping at the popular MG Road. The most interesting shopping options in Kochi include art and antiques. Antiques and handicrafts are available at emporiums as well as in the Jewish Quarter of Fort Cochin. Don’t forget to buy some spices at Fort Kochi around the synagogue area.
Pack a swimsuit if your hotel provides private beach facility. Otherwise also, pack along beachwear. Open toed sandals and light cottons would suffice the weather of this coastal tourist destination.