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Cochin / Kochi

The island city of Cochin, in the Kerala state, has everything you could want in a Venetian town, except the Doge's Palace … and that it's in India. 

And that's why it's so interesting to visit. It is actually a loose agglomeration of townships connected by waterways. Its natural situation among the waterways and backwaters is quite lovely, and along with the Indian buildings are many remnants of the three colonial occupations (Portuguese, Dutch, English) that it has undergone. As it has one of the best natural harbors on the Arabian Sea coast, Cochin has been a nexus of trade, and is now Kerala's commercial center. It's also quite a tourist attraction and knows how to make a visitor feel at home.

Cochin is one of the largest ports of India. The older parts are Fort Cochin and Mattencherry. The modern hotels are situated in the mainland Ernakulam. St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica and Chinese fishing nets are attractions in Fort area. The palace of the Raja and the Jewish Synagogue are situated In Mattencherry.


Cochin, the commercial hub of Kerala, is a town of great historical importance. It has a fine natural harbour around which the city has grown. The Fort Cochin area, where the Portuguese settled in the 16th century, has been declared as Heritage Zone. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Temperature (°C): Summer Max 35 Min 22, Winter Max 32 Min 20 
  • Rainfall: 254 cm (June to October) 
  • Season: Octomber to March

    HOW TO GET THERE?

    Air:
    Cochin is connected by Indian Airlines to Delhi, Bombay, Madras, Goa, Bangalore and Trivandrum. 

    Rail:
    Cochin/Ernakulam is connected by rail to all the major cities in India. 

    Road:
    Cochin is connected with Alleppey 64 km, Bangalore 565 km, Kanniyakumari 309 km, Kodaikanal 444 km, Madras 694 km, Madurai 324 km, Thekkady 190 km and Trivandrum 223 km. 

    Sea
    : (A) The Kerala Inland Water Transport Corporation operates regular back- water boat services to Alleppey (7 hrs) and Quilon (8 hrs). (B) SPORTS-Cochin operates tours to Lakshadweep Islands from Mid-Sept. to Mid-May. 
    Bus Service: Cochin is connected by regular bus services with all major cities in South India.

 

Places of interest 
  • Dutch Palace 
  • Jewish Synagogue
  • St.Francis Church
  • Bolghatty
  • Gunda and Willingdon Islands 
  • Kerala History Museum
  • Hill Palace Museum
  • Parishath Taamburan Museum 
  • Chinese Fishing Nets
  • Santacruz Cathedral (Basilica)

 

Excursions 
  • Alwaye 21 km 
  • Kalady 45 km 
  • Alleppey 64 km 
  • Trichur 80 km 
  • Kottayam 76 km
  • Guruvayur 109 km
  • Munnar 136 km 
  • Idikki 138 km 
  • Palghat 163 km 
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (Thekkady) 190 km 
  • Sabarimala 209 km
  • Calicut (Kozhikode) 218 km
 

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