Cochin also called as Kochi is located on the west coast of India in the beautiful state of Kerela. The city which is part of Ernakulam district is limited by the Arabian Sea in the west and the Western Ghats on the east and is often referred to as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Kochi is considered as the industrial and commercial capital of Kerala( the political capital being Thiruvananthapuram) and is one of the principal seaports of India. Kochi has been an important trading port since the ancient ages. European traders were tempted to this port as it offered them the gainful/money making opportunity to trade in Indian spices, which was much in demand in Europe during the 15th Century. Kochi was occupied by the Portuguese in 1503 and it became the first European Colonial settlement in India. The city was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and British until India gained independence in 1947.
For centuries, Kochi was the battleground of European powers for the control of the money making spices trade. The Portuguese were the first to arrive in Kochi and a couple of years later, the legendary traveler Vasco da Gama himself landed in Kochi. The Portuguese erected a fort for the protection of their factory which was named as Fort Manuel, after the King of Portugal. This was the first fortress constructed by the Europeans in India. Then came the Dutch and finally it was the British who gained control of Kochi until India gained independence in 1947.
Places to see in Kochi
Kochi is in God's Own Country, so no doubt there are plenty of places to see.
Fort Kochi, with its European heritage is the most prominent tourist spot in Cochin.
Santa Cruz Basilica – This structure dates back to 1505. The original cathedral which was built by the Portuguese was subsequently destroyed and re-erected by the British. It was upgraded to the status of Basilica in 1984
Fort Kochi Beach – This small beach is ideal for a stroll and the serene and peaceful atmosphere can have a relaxing effect on the body and soul. The traditional Chinese fishing nets which are still used by the local fisherman for catching fish can be seen in abundance in this area.
Jewish Churches and Dutch Palace –The Jewish Church was built in 1568. The Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers adorn this wonderful work of decorative architecture. Giant scrolls of the first section of the Christian Bible are stored here. The Dutch palace was built by the Portuguese which was later modified by the Dutch and was subsequently transferred to the rulers of Kochi.
Apart from this there are few other places you would want to go and have a look.
Thripunithura, 12 kms from Kochi has a Hill Palace Museum housing the collections of the Kochi and Travancore royal families.
Edapally, 10 km north of Ernakulam, has the Museum of Kerala History. This museum has a large collection of articles.
Cherai Beach is located in Paravur Taluk,is just 25 km from Kochi, and 30 km from Cochin International Airport.
While in Kochi you can do many things, like visiting the Jewish Streets near fort Kochi, Spice markets,Shopping, Going to India's Largest Water Theme Park called VeegaLand.
Being around in Kochi you dont wanna miss the yumm sea food,Fresh catch of the evening is beng prepared for you. You choose and tell them how you want it prepared.
Kochi has a tropical climate and moderate weather conditions exist throughout the year though the summer months (March-May) can be quite hot. It rains heavily in Kochi during monsoon season (June-August) which keeps tourists away during this period. The best time to visit Kochi is during the winter season (Nov-Feb).
Kochi has a range of accommodation options: from the expensive resorts to the budget hotels. Kerala Tourism Development Corporation has numerous guesthouses and hotels across Kerela, which are comfortable and well maintained. The peak tourist season in Kerala is from November to February, when the rates shoot up. You could always prebook your hotels online a month before you arrive.
How to reach Kochi
The Cochin International Airport is located around 30 kms north of the city and it handles both domestic and international flights. The city is connected with the major towns of India by direct flights and it is also served by flights from many Middle-east and South East Asian countries.
Kochi is well connected by rail network to rest of India. The city is served by three railway stations namely, Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town.
Kochi can be reached from other important towns by road from Bangalore, Coimbatore,Goa, Chennai,and Ooty. Taxis can be hired for traveling to other parts of Kerala and also for visiting the highly popular places like Munnar and Periyar.
Cyber Cafe and Medical facilities are available all over Kochi city.
And safety of tourist is their first priority because most of the familes live on Tourism.Cochin is one of the most safest places to travel, Solo Traveller, International Crowd or a Family Vacation.Its a place worth spending time.