Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi is where greens caress sepia blues with monumental heritage that dot the emerald landscape. This is a bustling Indian port city, with a historic past that adds an extra appeal to this naturally stunning harbor in Kerala, South India. Travel to Kochi to enjoy the exotic Malabar Coast that enchants with its Chinese Fishing Nets and Portuguese huts; evoking images of the richest city of Kerala. With Kochi Tourism, spend your days in some of the India?s finest homestays while exploring Keralan arts, Kathakali and Kalarippayat.
What to See
Also called Dutch Palace, it was built by the Portuguese in 1557. One of the most popular tourist places in Cochin, it has an architecture that looks like a typical traditional Kerala house. Inside one will find a courtyard in the center and also temples of Lord Krishna and Shiva.
The Indo-Portuguese Museum, near Fort Kochi was built by Joseph Urethra; once Bishop of the city. The museum has 5 wings exhibiting Furniture, Treasure, Procession, Civil Life and Cathedral.
Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm and closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Fort Kochi and Fishing Nets
The beach of Fort Kochi is always busy with the process of fishing with Chinese Nets. At present there are 11 fishing nets in the shoreline. As one begins to walk from K. J. Herschel Road, they would pass through Fort Immanuel (once a Portuguese bastion), Dutch Cemetery, David Hall, Vasco House and the narrow streets. Cochin Carnival here is a popular event in Kochi.
To watch regular performances of Kathakali, visit the Kathakali Centre. See various artists wearing bright elaborate costumes and performing dances based on Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Best Time to Visit
Though, Kochi is considered an all-year-round destination; October to February is considered the best time to visit Kochi. Summers are dry and humid, whereas Monsoons bring the city a fresh shower glory.
How to Reach Kochi
By Air: Cochin International Airport, 29 km from city centre, has domestic and international flights to connect almost all part of the world.
By Rail: Kochi has two railway stations - Ernakulam Town Station and Ernakulam Junction Station.
By Road: Kerala State Run Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and private bus services connect the city with other neighbourhood cities.
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