Kochi is a cosmopolitan city in Kerala
with a bustling commercial port. Kochi is the financial capital of Kerala. Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'.
Accommodations, vacation rentals and condo rentals range from the luxurious to traditionally affordable.
Kochi has a cosmopolitan culture, highly influenced by historical trading partners. Generally, Kochinites are modern and fashionable.
The city has a modern attitude, but some basic social modesty still prevails, especially in villages and rural areas. Before you leave your accommodation, vacation rental or condo rental for a day of exploring, make sure you are dressed appropriately.
The tourist season is normally from August to February. December being the most tourist rush month as the city hosts many festival and special events. Onam season (mid Aug-mid Sept) is also a busy tourist season considering traditional line up of various festivities. Accommodations, vacation rentals and condo rentals are booked out well in advance during these busy times. Make sure secure your lodging to avoid disappointment.
Kochi is well connected by air, road, rail and ferry
from others parts of India
, and to some international destinations. Kochi has an excellent system of cheap inter-island ferries. The Ro-Ro (roll on-roll off) ferry service called Junkar between Fort Kochi and Vypeen is very popular. Kochi is traditionally not a pedestrian friendly city, considering the humid tropical climate, poor state of pedestrian walkways and reckless traffic. Fort Kochi is one of the better places to walk, with elaborate colonial-style stone pavements.
There are many attractions in Fort Kochi which you can walk between with accommodation and vacation rental options in the area.
Hill Palace Museum Kochi Maharaja's palace
, now converted to a large museum along with a small zoo. It has paintings and epigraphy from the collections of the Travancore & Kochi royal families. The biggest highlight of Hill Palace is the display of Royal Crown, crafted in pure gold weighting 1.75 kg with 95 diamonds and 2,000 other precious stones. International Pepper Exchange is Kochi's answer to New York's Wall Street
, but instead of money, it’s all about pepper trading. This is the world's only pepper exchange.
Kochi caters for kids too; the town features the Children's Park with children's rides, a musical fountain and a small boating lake. The Indira Renewable Energy Park
has unique rides and gadgets which run on renewable energy. The Beach Children's Park is well maintained for evening strolls.
Don’t miss the narrow strip sandwiched between Marine Drive and MG Rd that houses the celebrated Broadway Market which is one of the Kochi's oldest shopping corners
where you can buy anything from safety pins to motor scooters. A spice market operates inside, offering the best of Kerala's spices, saffron and various oils. There is also a cloth market, a jewellery market, a fancy items market, a vegetable and fruit market and an electronic and watch market.