Kochi

Kochi is said to be the cosmopolitan hub of Kerala, also a major Port City in India. It is a fast moving city with a fusion of people, belonging to different cultures and different parts of the country who made Kochi their home. At present more than 2 million people reside at Kochi. It has developed into a major tourism hotspot for those who visit India. Kochi was previously known by the names Cochin and Ernakulam, which the people still use.

Until Early 14th century AD, Kodungallur Port was the preferred trade center for the local traders as well as the foreign traders from China, Middle East and Russia. It was during 1341, when Kodungallur Port was wiped out following a flood and the traders moved to Kochi resulting in the emergence of one of the leading Port Cities in India. The Portuguese were the first to establish their base at Kochi, from when the colonization of India started following the Dutch, who ruled for decades until 1814 when the British took control as a result of the Dutch treaty.

Fort Kochi, which comes under Kochi Municipal Corporation is the historical center in Kochi. One who walks by the streets of Fort Kochi will feel as if he/she had travelled back to an ancient European city of the 16th century. Mattancherry is another neighboring historical town which offers a lot to its visitor’s. The locals say, long before the chery [street] was full of lined butcher shops selling mutton, and hence the name “Mattancherry”. There are a lot of activities for the visitors at Mattancherry and Fort Kochi.

At present, the merger of municipalities Kochi city [formerly Ernakulam], Fort Kochi and Mattancherry together is known as “Kochi”.

Sight Seeing Places
Other activities in and around Kochi
Climate

Kochi has a moderate climate with day time temperatures averaging 30?c to 35?c and 24?c during nighttime. The summer starts by the month of February which is not recommended for tourists to visit Kochi. The temperature is not too high, averaging below 40?c, but the high humidity makes it harsh for some. However by the end of May, the monsoon season is active starting by the mid of May, when it begins with a mere sprinkle of rain leading to drizzle and finally showering upon the land of Cochin, inviting visitors from all around the planet. Also the temperature would drop ranging 25?c to 30?c during the monsoon.

The most suitable time to visit Kerala would be September to March, when the weather is fine and cool with a little bit of rainfall in between. For People who love to experience the monsoon, could visit during months of June to September.

How to reach Kochi

By Road - Kochi can be accessed by various routes by road. Its neighboring cities are Alleppey, Kottayam and Thrissur which are 55, 70, 85 kms away on road. There are Kerala State Corporation bus services to Kochi, available from almost all parts of South India. Taxis, Autorickshaws and city buses are available for transport within the city and also for long distance.

By Air - The international airport of Kochi is at Nedumbassery , which is 35 kms from Kochi city. There are taxi services and Kerala State Corporation buses from the airport available 24/7 to all parts of Kochi as well as whole Kerala.

By Rail - The Central Railway Station is the Ernakulam junction Railway Station and the other is North Railway Station. Both Stations are situated at the busy areas inside the Kochi city, therefore is well connected.

 

If all you want is to travel, and do wish to explore the “God’s own country” Kerala, which is rated as the top 10 destinations in the World, Kochi is where to start with. It is therefore rightfully called as a “Gateway to the land of coconuts”. There is a lot you can do at Kochi. Starting from the Chinese Fishing Nets to the Dutch palace, the sun lit beaches to the historical and educational museums, sea food to a spicy Kerala “Sadya” served on a banana leaf, Kochi has everything to satisfy different tastes of various winged visitors from all around the planet. The climate is so welcoming that you could visit Kochi likely any time throughout the year. Also being one of the major cities in India, and the commercial center of Kerala state, it is well connected by road, rail, and air which makes it easier for travelers from any part of the World reach Kochi and experience its charm and elegance.

 

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