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About Kochi

  • AttractionsChinese Fishing Nets

  • Best SeasonSeptember - March

  • Ideal Duration3

  • LanguagesMalayalam, English

Cochin has many unique and interesting tourism destinations that attract visitors and tourists for holidays and tour packages. The port city is blessed with innumerable tourists places which are of interest related to history, nature, luxury, or adventure you cannot miss during your Kochi tourism. There are a plethora of Kochi tourist places that attract a large number of visitors every year mainly because of their unspoiled natural beauty.
 
The attractions in Cochin include Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Bolghatty Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, Cherai Beach, Hill Palace Museum, Kodanad Elephant Training Centre, and Malayattoor Church. The best place to stay is Fort Cochin which still keeps alive its ancient Jewish traditions, the Santa Cruz basilica, Mattancherry Palace, St: Francis Church, and much more. The Jews Street and Chinese fishing nets are a must see.
 
Cochin is the starting point of most of our tours and the best time to visit Cochin is from September to March.
 

Kochi Tourist Places

Spread over a series of islands and crisscrossed by the sea and backwaters, Kochi tourism has forever been on every traveler’s wishlist and brought people from faraway lands to its shores.

Cochin tourist places offer a lovely blend of colonialism and local flavor to their visitors.

Beautiful churches, 500 plus years old fishing nets, impressive museums, fascinating synagogues, and more. It is difficult to choose just a few from the many attractions in Kochi.

Fort Kochi: A historic town in the port city that has retained many remains of the bygone era tops the list of Kochi places to visit. 

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary: Known as the ‘Green Lung of Kochi’, this ecologically sensitive area located in the Mangrove forests is one of the best places to visit in Cochin.

Cherai Beach: A combination of both backwaters and the sea, Cherai Beach is one of the most visit Kochi tourist places that is a swimmer’s paradise. 

Mattancherry Dutch Palace: One of the finest attractions in Kochi of Kerala style of architecture interspersed with colonial influences.

St. Francis Church: Known for its beautiful architecture and ambiance, St. Francis Church is believed to be one of the oldest churches built by Europeans in India which is a must-visit during your Kerala tourism.

Chinese Fishing Nets: A common sight in the backwaters of Kerala especially around Fort Kochi, Chinese fishing nets are one of the must-visit attractions in Kerala. 

There are many places to visit in Cochin to admire and experience the ambiance of Kerala. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions - 

What are the top attractions to visit in Kochi (Cochin)?

Fort Kochi, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Cherai Beach, Mattancherry Bird Sanctuary, St. Francis Church, and Chinese Fishing Nets are few captivating attractions to visit in Kochi that will take your breath away.

What is the best time to visit Kochi?

Kochi has a different charm in different seasons. Though it can be visited all around the year, the Monsoon season is a great time to visit Kochi and admire the city in its rain-washed splendor.

What are some of the best places to visit in Cochin for families with kids?

Wonderla Amusement Park, Kerala Kathakali Centre, Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Kashi Art Gallery, and Kerala Folklore Museum are some of the best places to visit in Cochin for families with kids.

What are the top activities in Kochi?

Exploring the beautiful Marine Drive, enjoying the magnificent view of Chinese Fishing Nets, taking a ferry ride, being a part of Kathakali performance, and taking a walking tour at Fort Kochi are some of the top activities in Kochi.

Best time to visit Kochi

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
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The best time to visit Cochin is just after monsoons, from October to March when everything in the city is Green. Covered in a carpet of green, Cochin comes alive during the rains making it the best time for Kochi tourism. However Kochi is an all season destination and you can see tourists from all over the world in Fort Kochi, which is the most popular tourist place in Kochi.

ALSO SEE - Is Kochi and Cochin the same?

 

The temperature varies from 19 °C to 31 °C (63 °F to 91 °F) making the temperature suitable for a holiday in Kochi.  When you visit Kochi, expect occasional rains and carry comfortable casual clothes.

Kochi tourism during the monsoon is a must for those who want to witness the perfect blend of an old-world charm and electrifying beauty of the modern-day world.

How to Reach Kochi

Kochi is well connected to major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai , Bengaluru and Kolkata through road, train and flights . Kochi also has an international airport and is well connected to middle east, USA, UK and all major countries in the world . Koch is the gateway to major tourist places in Kerala like Munnar, Alleppey, Kumarakom and Thekkady.

  Distance By Air By Road By Train
Alleppey to Kochi 80 KM 45 Minutes 45 Minutes 75 Minutes
Bangalore to Kochi 525 KM 11 Hours 11 Hours 13 Hours
Trivandrum to Kochi 206 KM 6 Hours 6 Hours 7 Hours
Munnar to Kochi 145 KM NA NA 4 Hours
  • By Flight

    Cochin International Airport (IATA: COK, ICAO: VOCI) is the largest airport in Kerala and one of major gateways to India from other countries. It is also India's 4th busiest International Airport where domestic and international flights ply. Cochin has regular flights to almost all the cities in Middle East and few destinations in Southeast Asia

  • By Train

    Kochi is well connected by train from all parts of India. Most Kerala-bound trains have a major stop here. There are two major rail terminals inside the city limits. Two Major stations are Ernakulam Town Station (North Station), (IR Code : ERN) and Ernakulam Junction Station (South Station), (IR Code : ERS)

  • By Bus

    Kochi is accessible from all southern parts of the country as well as other parts of the state, through the extensive state run Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus services and services of neighboring state transport corporations.

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Asked by Raj from, India, July 21, 2021 11:55: AM

Interested in upto 14 day Kerala Tour

Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kochi, Alappuzha, Calicut, Wayanad, Coorg, Kovalam, Kanyakumari, Mararikulam, Athirapally Arriving 13th Jan Departing 26th Jan. Please advise good itinerary and price.

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), July 21, 2021

Thanks for letting us know your interest to travel in a 14 days Kerala tour with Iris Holidays. Please have a look at the page https://irisholidays.com/kerala-holidays/14nights-15days-kerala-tour-packages where we have shared multiple packages for 14 days holidays

Asked by Michala Vestergaard from, USA, April 30, 2021 21:40: PM

What kind of Houseboat is being offered in this package?

WIll the houseboat experience include all meals and cruise from which destination?

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), April 30, 2021

We offer Premium or Deluxe Houseboat in this Package

Asked by Enrica Paltrinieri from, Italy, March 13, 2021 05:03: AM

Jungle Camp in Thekkady

How is the jungle camp in Thekkady? What all does it include?

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), March 13, 2021

Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling jungle camp at Thekkady. You can opt for the night camp programme of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and experience the dense forest around. The programme offers comfortable tents for visitors in the middle of evergreen dense forests. The camping takes place in the midst of Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills; where one can experience trekking and even taste the tribal cuisine prepared by the local tribe (Urali). You can even get to interact with the local tribal people and get to spot some rare species of wildlife.

Asked by Lena Foo from, Singapore, March 5, 2021 16:43: PM

What is the difference between Premium and Deluxe Houseboats?

The rates quoted by Premium and Deluxe Houseboats is very different in Kerala. What is the difference between Premium and Deluxe Houseboats

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), March 5, 2021

There are multiple differences with respect to interiors and service. Premium house boats is similar to 4 star resorts and will be having better interiors and furnishing, food menu with more options and cruise time will be slightly more. However deluxe houseboat will be similar to 3 star resorts and will have standard interiors and furnishing. In deluxe house boats, AC will be usually operated only at night from 9 PM to 6 AM , whereas in premium houseboats AC will be operated for 24 hours . The cost difference is there , however if you are not on a show string budget, then we recommend premium houseboats

Asked by Kathy Savitt from, UK, March 5, 2021 04:42: AM

Varkala beach for swimming

Is Varkala a good option for swimming lovers?

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), September 29, 2019

Yes Varkala is a great place to swim in non monsoon seasons . It is a Cliff Beach and cleaner than Kovalam

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