Kochi travel guide

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You're Going to Love Kochi

With its iconic Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, European colonial architecture, South Indian-flavored cuisine, and diverse population, Kochi is one of the most multicultural cities in India. Because of its historic position as a port city for trading merchants, Kochi has many interesting traditions and festivals on offer.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Kochi

1. Religious Diversity

In Kochi, all worship is welcome and you'll find everything from sacred Catholic churches to well-designed Hindu temples and even a Jewish synagogue filled with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers.

2. Colonial Architecture

Fort Kochi and the Mattancherry Palace are just two displays of traditional design. Along with these marvels, check out the Hill Palace Museum, which, along with its architecture, is the largest archaeological museum in Kochi.

3. Incredible Food

Eat your way through the entire world in just this one city: here, you'll find Portuguese-inspired cuisine, as well as Arabic, Chinese, and Dutch food.

4. Beautiful Beaches

Cherai Beach and Fort Kochi beach are two of the most serene and beautiful spots for travelers to stretch out in the sun.

5. Colorful Festivals All Year

The south of India enjoys many festivals all year long like Diwali, Holi, and many regional celebrations featuring lots of outdoor theater performances and dancers.

Where to Eat in Kochi

To grab a yummy bite, head to Indraprastha Gujarati Food Court for thalis that cost only ₹50.

When to visit Kochi

Kochi in January
Estimated hotel price
$16
1 night at 3-star hotel
Kochi in January
Estimated hotel price
$16
1 night at 3-star hotel

Kochi's tropical climate can see heavy monsoons throughout May to September and temperatures in the summer, from February to May, soaring to 95 degrees, which can feel hotter with the humidity. The winter months are cooler and pleasant.

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How to Get to Kochi

Plane

Cochin International Airport (COK) is 18 miles from the city center. Use the orange KSRTC bus service for ₹70 or a taxi, which costs ₹510 for a standard taxi and ₹650 for an air-conditioned taxi.

Train

Trains get in to the Ernakulam Town Station and come from all over the country, including Kolkata, Chandigarh, and Mumbai. Book in advance or risk paying ₹150 extra.

Car

Depending on where you're coming from, there are three major highways you can connect to. Use the NH 17 if you're coming from the north, the NH 47 or NH 29 if you're coming from the south.

Bus

The state-run KSRTC services Kochi with three services: Super Fast, Express, and Garuda Hi-Tech. Fares vary but a trip from Mumbai to Kochi, for example, costs ₹3,300.

Airports near Kochi

Airlines serving Kochi

United Airlines
Good (2,264 reviews)
KLM
Good (257 reviews)
Air France
Good (258 reviews)
British Airways
Good (710 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (825 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (426 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (555 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (170 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (109 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Excellent (16 reviews)
Gulf Air
Good (33 reviews)
Air India
Okay (497 reviews)
Oman Air
Good (3 reviews)
SriLankan Airlines
Mediocre (5 reviews)
SAUDIA
Good (95 reviews)
IndiGo
Good (46 reviews)
Kuwait Airways
Good (27 reviews)
Vistara
Good (41 reviews)
flydubai
Good (32 reviews)
Scoot
Good (17 reviews)
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Where to stay in Kochi

The beautiful Killians Boutique Hotel is the place if you want to stay in style. For a mid-range option, check in to the Ballard Bungalow, a heritage colonial building. If you're on a budget, consider Aroma Home Stay.

Popular neighbourhoods in Kochi

Aluva - this is the second-largest district in Kochi, home to many beautiful local temples and the annual Sivarathri festival, celebrated on the banks of the Periyar River.

Ernakulam - if you're coming in the last week of December, you'll catch the famous Cochin Carnival in this neighborhood. You can also check out the beautiful Cherai Beach and Kerala Museum.

Willingdon Island - a true marvel, this "island" is completely man-made; here, you'll find the impressive Kochi Port and Southern Naval Command of the country's navy.

Where to stay in popular areas of Kochi

Most booked hotels in Kochi

Kochi Marriott Hotel
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
$172+
Crowne Plaza Kochi
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
$115+
Trident Cochin
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$77+
Casino Hotel - Cgh Earth, Cochin
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$77+
Radisson Blu Kochi
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
$83+
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How to Get Around Kochi

Public Transportation

Fares for standard city buses are ₹7.50 for the first mile and ₹1 for each mile after that.

Taxi

Taxis are easy to find. The fare is a flat rate of ₹50 for the first two miles, and then ₹15 per additional mile. Expect a 10 percent surcharge for air conditioning. Fares at night are 15-20 percent higher.

Car

If you're renting a car to get around Kochi, you can find a rental for ₹1,600 for 50 miles and ₹20.5 for each mile beyond the cap.

The Cost of Living in Kochi

Shopping Streets

Check out Broadway Market, where you can find clothing, electronics, food, and furniture. If you love malls, Lulu Mall is the largest in South India.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk is ₹38 and a dozen eggs costs ₹59.

Cheap meal
$1.66
A pair of jeans
$53.17
Single public transport ticket
$0.23
Cappuccino
$1.65
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