Kochi is regarded as the gateway to Kerala as it is connected to all the major cities in India. Kochi has been of strategic importance to India as it is a major port city on the south west coast of India by the Laccadive sea. It is known as the “Queen of Arabian Sea” as it was an important trade center for spices on the western coast of India from the 14th century. Kochi also has the headquarters of Southern naval Command and that of the Indian Coast Guard with an attached air squadron.
Kochi is a vibrant city which proudly boasts of the Western Ghats on the East and Arabian sea on the west. Kochi is undoubtedly the most suitable point to start traversing into the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala. It is rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler’s ’50 greatest places of a lifetime’.
The city can be admired for its natural beauty but I wouldn’t suggest spending more than one day here.
Fort Kochi : Fort Kochi is situated about 13 km from Ernakulam and is famous for Chinese fishing nets, picturesque beaches and architectural style of the buildings. The special thing about Chinese fishing nets is their elegant construction mixed with their historic value. European style is clearly evident and that makes this small town stands apart from other towns in Kerala.
Jew Synagogue: Jew synagogue (Paradesi Synagogue) is built in 1568 and is one of the oldest active synagogues. This synagogue is located in the old part of Mattenchery Town in Kochi known as Jew Town. You can visit this for the breathtaking architecture.
Marine Drive: For a breathtaking sunset with a view of the fishing nets you should visit marine drive. A peaceful evening watching the sunset with an ice cream or two would set the mood.
Cherai Beach : Though this beach is 25 km away from the Kochi city, it is a peaceful beach along the Arabian sea coast. Away from the crowds you can relax here and dream with open eyes 😉
- Air: The Cochin International Airport has connectivity to all the major cities in India.
- Train: Kochi Railway Station is linked by rail to all the cities like Trivandrum, Cochin, Coimbatore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
- Road: Kochi being the gateway to Kerala is well connected by roads to all the cities in Kerala.
Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum the land of Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy, is the capital city of Kerala. The city is surrounded by Tamil Nadu in the east whereas by Arabian Sea in the west.
Munnar is a famous hill station in Kerala known for its breathtaking panoramic views of hills laden with tea plantations under blankets
Thekkady houses one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in India – The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar is a Tiger Reserve with Bengal tigers
Kerala tourism is incomplete without the stay in a houseboat in the backwaters of Alleppey. Kerala is famous for its beautiful backwaters
- State: Kerala
- District: Ernakulam
- Famous for/as: Ports
- Languages: Malayalam, English
- Best time to visit: October to April
- Weather: Summers 25 to 40°C, Winter 10 to 20°C
- Pincode: 682002
- STD code: 0484
- State Govt. tourism website: http://www.cochin.org/tourism.htm