Kochi is a major port city of South West India. It borders the Lakshadweep Sea. It is also a part of the state of Kerala and forms a part of the district of Ernakulam. With a metropolitan population of about 2.1 million, this urban agglomeration has been classified as a Tier 2 city by the Indian Government.
With such a large population, there are also parallel transport options for people wanting to travel the city, leave or even reach the city:
Cochin International Airport located at Nedumbassery is the gateway to Kochi. This airport provides direct flight connections to various international locations. Despite being in India, many foreign visitor visit Kochi every year like from Dubai or Qatar. If you too are planning to visit Kochi then booking an advance ticket can help you avail cheap flights from Dubai to Kochi or from any other place.
The Gateway to Kerala is well connected to neighboring states and cities through various points in the North-South Corridor of the Indian National Highway System. Those points are 66, 544, 966A and 966B.
With 4 major railway stations, the city is well connected to various states. There are also many local trains which provide local connectivity among various suburban areas
One of the major seaports of India, the port allows incoming facilities for passenger ships, handling cargo and more. It also allows the operation of passenger ships to nearby island nations.
Now that the methods to get in the city are sorted, here are some main attractions of the place:
- Mattancherry: The main attraction here is the Portuguese built Mattancherry Dutch Palace which was renovated by the Dutch later on. This old neighborhood is full of colonial buildings. This is a fascinating site for history buffs with not just rare art but amazing antique stores.
- Jewish Town: Located between the Pardesi Jewish Synagogue (the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth) and Mattancherry Dutch Palace is an area called Jew Town. Famous for its spicy aroma, this is the center of the spice trade in Kochi. It is recommended to stroll along and explore the various antique shops there. With all the masalas and antiques, the place draws a lot of photography buffs. If you are expecting to meet Jews then you will be sorely disappointed as most have been replaced by Kashmiri hawkers.
- St Francis Church: Believed to be the oldest European built church, this landmark is famous for the fact that it was once the burial ground of the explorer Vasco da Gama.
- Sunset Cruise: As the name says, this 2-hour sunset journey begins from the famous Marine Drive and covers various noteworthy locations like the Chinese Fishing Nets, Bolgatty Island, Cochin Shipyard and Fort Kochi along with Mattancherry.
- Princess Street: One of the oldest streets, this is Kochi’s main tourist strip. Step into it and find everything ranging from restaurants and cafes to art galleries and souvenirs.
Kochi is a glorious and must visit place for people who not only want to experience the sea and surf but also want to discover the historical curiosities of a place.