Kochi Ouick Information
Queen of Arabian sea; Kerala's commercial capital
Best time to visit (High & peak months) :
October to March
Tropical beaches & backwaters, music & dance, temples & churches
City calling code :
Recommended no. of days for a tourist :
Best buys :
Spices, prawn & mutton pickles, contemporary art from Kashi art gallery
Essentials to be carried along :
Cotton outfits, sun glasses, sun blocks, hats etc
All about the city :
Referred to as the 'Queen of Arabian Sea', Kochi is the most cosmopolitan and modern city of Kerala.It comprises of Ernakulum (the mainland) and a group of islands on lake Vembanad- Kerala's USP. Main tourist attraction here is visiting these islands on local ferries.
Kochi was the capital of the erstwhile princely state of the same name. It was also dominated by the Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese and the British at some point of time, all of whom have left indelible marks. The existence of Jewish Synagogue, Christian and Portuguese churches, temples and mosques, Chinese fishing nets all at one place portray Kochi as the melting pot of various cultures. It is this variety that makes Kochi popular with tourists of different religious background.
Besides the monuments Kochi has many exciting things to offer. The tourists can enjoy thrilling boat races, spellbinding Kathakali dance performances, apart from surfing the beaches and going on lively cruises. Thus Kochi is a hot spot for tourists round the year with a wide variety of dining options to suit your pocket and palate and also comfortable hotels to help you unwind and relax in tranquil environment near amazing sea coasts. (interesting read: Beauty of Doing Nothing! )
So, if you are in Kochi you can muse in museums, munch on crispy snacks, marvel at the Chinese fishing nets, choose your pick from fishermen's net, cheer boat races, see Kathakali performances and shop for souvenirs to make your visit memorable.