Kerala, popularly known and believed as God's Own Country, is an ideal destination for business traveler as well as holidaymaker. One of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia , Kerala is India's only tropical paradise. The state is blessed with myriad features like dense tropical forests, beautiful beaches, cliffs, rocky coasts, an intricate maze of backwaters, still bays and astounding 44 radiant rivers. One such mesmerizing place in Kerala is Kochi , the most Cosmopolitan City of the state.
Previously known as Cochin , Kochi is the Commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. Famous as Queen of Arabian Sea , Kochi is situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea in central Kerala, a city with milange of several exotic cultures like the Portuguese, Jewish, English, French, Dutch and Chinese.
The city is host to the best harbors in the country, and has been a much visited port by British, Arab, Chinese and Dutch traders in the earlier times. A commercial hub, the city houses many buildings and modern day structures.
Modern Kochi comprises of the old port city called Old Cochin including Mattancherry, Ernakulam mainland, Fort Kochi, Edapally, Kalamassery, Thrikkakara, Kakkanad and Tripunithura.
Some of the famous tourist attractions in the city are -
Kochi, which has a moderate climate, is ideal for a visit between December to February when the weather is cool and pleasant.
How to reach
To reach Kochi, the nearest International Airport is at Nedumbassery (20 km). The main Railway Station is Kochi (Cochin) junction. An excellent road network links Kochi to all major towns and cities in India. There are two ferry stations as well.
The hotels in Kochi offer an impressive intermingle of tradition and modernity. Some of the luxury hotels in Kochi are Taj Malabar, Casino Hotel, Taj Residency, Abad Airport Hotel, etc, while The Malabar House Residency, Hotel Abad Plaza, The Metropolitan, The Trident, etc are some of the budget hotels in Kochi.