Location- Ernakulum district, Kerala
Languages- Malayalam, Hindi and English
Main tourist’s attraction- panoramic beaches, backwater
The striking port city Cochin is a great nature’s delight for tourists who visit the city from the different parts of world. . Coconut trees, lush mangroves replicated in the lucid waters of backwaters, cathedrals, ancient churches, gives attire sabbatical satisfaction and feel of completely break from their hectic routine. The city is blessed by the Western Ghats on the east and Arabian Sea in the west, the strategic location of the city makes it more popular tourist destination. The extended metropolitan city boasts a world-class port connects to the major important cities of the world. The traditional and beautiful place offers enchanting experience which you cannot miss to offer.
St.Francis Church, cochin
Major tourist’s attractions
Bolgatty palace The marvelous Bolghatty Palace is located on the Bolghatty Islands, and is just a short boat ride from the mainland. This Dutch palace has a tiny golf course which offers panoramic views of the harbor.
St. Francis Church St. Francis is one of the oldest churches built in 1503 by Europeans and it is also said that Vasco da Gama fell ill in Kochi and died and then buried in the this church.
Pareekshith Thampuran Museum This is very attractive museum and is considered as the best by archeological department. The place is located on the Durbar Hall Road near the Shiva Temple at Ernakulam. You can see very good collection of ancient coins and monuments, 19th century paintings, murals and even the memorabilia which belongs to royal families of Cochin. This contemporary art gallery is taken over by the Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy, all the display items of the museum has been shifted to the Hill Palace museum.
Cochin Backwaters One of the most enchanting and enthralling sight is Cochin backwaters which spread along the coconut trees lining the pellucid lake waters. Apart from the various ancient monuments like Mattancherry palace, Jewish Synagogue, the backwaters in Cochin of Kerala are just another reason to flock the hundreds of tourists to this stunning port throughout the year. Enjoying houseboats in the backwaters gives attire joy and sharp tasty food will be part of your sweet memories of Kerala holidays.
Willingdon Island Willingdon Island is man-made place created under the direction of Sir Robert Bristow by sand scoured while deeping the backwaters for the Cochin port in 1933. Earlier sea port, airport and railway terminus were situated on this place, then later the airport moved to Nedumbassery which 30 kms from north-east of Cochin. Almost all the trains now terminate at Ernakulam Junction instead of Cochin Harbour Terminus.
The hot and humid temperature of Cochin makes the place perfect suitable for the tourist especially from October to March. The temperature in winter will be usually fluctuates from 17°C to 33°C, so during that time one could see lot of honeymoon newly married couples on the various beaches. The summer in Cochin will be dry and hot weather, so during that time it will be little difficult for the tourist to enjoy outdoor activities. The monsoon in Cochin will have heavy rainfall, one can taste the real beauty of nature during this season in Cochin.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Cochin is between Octobers to February which is ideal for outdoor explorations, backwaters explorations, even suited for honeymoon couples and also for houseboat vacations. Tourist can also choose monsoon season but there will be interruption for outdoor activities, however they can enjoy scenic beauty of Kerala.
How to reach
By train Cochin has three important railheads, namely, Ernakulam town, Harbour Terminus on Willingdon Island, and Ernakulam Junction. All major cities of India are well connected to Ernakulam junction, you can also avail the frequent rail services available from Harbour terminus to this Ernakulam junction.
By air Nedumbassery International airport is just 20 km away from Cochin, you can cover the distance with the help of taxis and these taxis generally charge around Rs. 300. This airport is well connected to Singapore, gulf countries and almost all the major Indian city airports.
By road The city has excellent bus service and KSRTC has provided buses from many cities in Tamilnadu as well as Karnataka. Deluxe Volvo bus facility is available which connects to Chennai, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Hyderabad and Mumbai from Kochi.