Kochi also known as Cochin, is a major port city on the west coast of India by the Arabian Sea and is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala. Popularly known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin (Kochi) is bordered by the Arabian Sea in the west and urbanised region in the east. It is comprised of a group of islands scattered along the Vembanad Lake.
Kochi was formed as an ancient port city after the Great Floods of the Periyar River. It was the centre of the Indian spice trade and was immigrated by the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese for trade purposes. Historically rich in culture, the city has witnessed settlements ranging from the Portuguese to the Chinese.
Kochi attracts tourists from around the world, Fort Kochi, Bolghatty Palace and the backwaters are major highlights of the city. Kochi Fort was built in 1503 and reinforced in 1538. here you can see vestiges of Dutch, English and Portuguese colonial rule even today. Kaladi, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Chendamangalam, Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Chottanikkara, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Nets are the other famous places to visit.
Kochi serves as the gateway to the hill stations of Munnar and Vagamon in Idukki and the wildlife hotspots of Eravikulam National Park and Periyar National Park.
Best time to visit Kochi:
October to March is the best time to visit Kochi
How to reach Kochi
Kochi by Air
Nedumbassery International airport is an international airport which is situated at a distance of about 20 km from Kochi. Taxis as well as buses facilities are also available from and to the main city. There are regular flights from and to several other cities in India and also many cities in abroad, including gulf countries and Singapore.
Kochi by railways
Cochin Harbour Terminus on Willingdon Island, Ernakulum town and Ernakulum Junction are three important railheads in the region. There are frequent rail services from the railway station to various other major cities of the country.
Kochi by road
Cochin is well connected to all important cities in India through a wide network of Highways and roads. NH 17 and NH 47 passes through the city. KSRTC and private buses ply to different parts of the state and to other major cities in South India.