Home » Travel Guide» Kochi travel guide

Kochi Tourism & City Guide

"If China is where you make your money, then Cochin surely is the place to spend it."- Nicolai Conti, Italian Traveller (Middle Ages) 

This adage best describes the port city of Kochi. Kochi formally Cochin is the commercial capital of Kerala, glories in the title of “QUEEN OF THE ARABIAN SEA”. Kochi has been luring wanderers and traders for over 600 years and remains a living homage to its varied colonial past:. Giant fishing nets influenced by Chinese merchants, 16th century synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses built half a millennium ago make Kochi a favoured tourist destination. 

Kochi is a perfect place to spend time, soaked in history, perusing art galleries and stay in some of the finest heritage accommodations. This port city on the Malabar Coast has a blend of medieval Portugal, Dutch and an English country village. Welcome to Kochi Travel Guide. A guide to Kerala`s most cosmopolitan city, Kochi City Guide fuels your dream to a perfect holiday in Cochin. The all-inclusive-trip-planner, the guide has well-crafted-exhaustive sections on how to reach, round trip, eating and many more. Additional sections on important numbers of Cochin and useful facts, come handy for travellers and fills the bill to a complete traveller-friendly-site.
Welcome to the Gateway of Kerala—Kochi/Cochin

How to Reach

How to Reach Kochi

Cochin / Kochi, being an important centre for both trade and tourism in Kerala, is well connected by air, rail and road. The increasing number of domestic and international tourist traveling to Kochi every year is a proof that Kochi is easily accessible and stress-free. 

Important Distances from Kochi
Place Distance
Thiruvanthapuram 220 km
Kozhkode 225 km
Bangalore 510 km
Kumarakom 100 km
Alappuzha 71 km
Munnar 150 km
Kottayam 75 km
Thrissur 80 km
Kollam 147 km
Palakkad 150 km
Chennai 731 km

One can reach Kochi by any of the three modes mentioned here. 

How to Reach Kochi by Airways: A number of domestic and international flights operate for Cochin / Kochi International Airport which is located at Nedumbassery. The airport connects the city with the other major cities not only within India, but also across the world. Due to the facilities provided to passengers at the Airport, it is reckoned amongst the best airports in India. More... 

How to Reach Kochi by Road: Kochi is situated at a distance of approximately 540 km from Bangalore, 195 km from Coimbatore, 684 km from Chennai, 397 km from Mysore and 300 km form Ooty. Kochi`s outstanding road connectivity makes it easily accessible from the rest of the southern states. The National highway 47 passes through the city. More... 

How to Reach Kochi by Railways: There are 3 railway stations in Kochi, namely Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town and Cochin Harbor Terminus, which connect it to all small and big towns and cities of Kerala and other parts of India. More...


Kochi Attractions & Sightseeing

Kochi important distances

There are several places worth seeing in Kochi. Kochi is a gaggle of several small islands so a leisurely walk through the city could be a good option to discover historic Fort Kochi. The colorful and eventful town of Kochi is believed to be an incomprehensible fishing village that became the first European township in India.
The port city is believed to be built by the Portuguese, the Dutch and later the British. The result of these cultural influences can be seen and observed by seeing the several Indo European architectural structures.
Cochin is a must see destinations amongst most of the tourists visiting Southern India. It is also preferred amongst the tourists as it provides them with abundant excursion options. You can visit ancient palaces, temples and churches Cochin, like Fort Cochin and St Francis Church. Chinese Fishing Nets etc is another prime attraction. Most of the places in the city are well connected by road or boat jetties.

The tourist interest in Kochi can be primarily classified into three categories 

Beaches in Kochi

The two beaches of Kochi, Cherai beach and the fort Kochi beach are famous amongst the tourist for the relaxed ambience and clean sandy atmosphere. The beaches of Cochin are shallow and are ideal for swimming. >>>More 

Kochi Religious Places

Kochi is a city where people of all religions and culture live together in peace and harmony. The various places of worship Poornathrayeesa Temple of Hindus, St. Mary`s Church and Santa Cruz Cathedral of Christians and Jewish Synagogue of Jews are worth a visit. Apart from there are some other religious places that are worth witnessing. >>>More 

Other Attractions in Kochi

Apart from the religious places and the beaches there are several other places in Kochi, which are worth a visit. The Chinese fishing nets represent a unique way of fishing, the Fort Kochi and the Bolgatty palace speak of the history and the museum of Kerala recounts the history of the land are some of the destinations of interest in Kochi.>>>More

Driving Direction

Driving Directions Kochi

The Kochi is one of the most popular cities in Kerala, South India abounded by the lush green trees. This city is also one of the best commercial hub where the people can find various manufacturing industries. Archaeological museum, Bolgatty Palace, Fort Kochi, Jewish Synagogue, Kaladi and Mattancherry Palace are the well known attractions of the region. September to April are the best months to visit Kochi. Nedumbassery International Airport is just 23 Km from the Kochi. The National Highways and State highways connects the major parts of the cities with various parts of India. The bus and taxi services are also available for the travelers who want to travel by road respectively.

Kiomoi Must Dos

Kochi - Kiomoi Must Dos

If you are in Kochi then the following should be in top of your must do list.

  • Learn Kathakali - At Kerala Kathakali center you can view a Kathakali performance and can even learn some lessons in Kathakali dance, music and make up.
  • Shopping – you can shop here for handicrafts, spices and clothes along M.G. road, Broadway, Jew town.
  • Ayurvedic Treatments - Take a course of relaxing Ayurvedic treatments and massages at the ayurvedic hospitals or centers.
  • Sailing – Sailing along the scenic backwaters of Kochi can be done. The boat ride is known as the Kettuvallom.
  • Swimming - Cherai beach is famous for swimming as it has a long stretch of shallow waters. Or you can just lay in the soft sand lapping up the sun.
  • Dawn at the Fishing Nets - A visit to the fishing nets at the Cherai beach is worth witnessing. The dawn and sun set is very beautiful at the beach
  • Visit Amusement Park - A visit to the south India’s largest amusement park- Veega land. Children will love this place.
  • Elephant Safari – It can be done at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The surrounding jungle scenery is a breathtaking experience.
  • Puppet Shows - One can enjoy the Yakshagana Bombeyattu puppet shows everywhere across Kochi. The puppet shows are performed almost on a daily basis.
  • Take a Walk: A walk around the port city of Kochi is bound to be rewarding. During the daytime the city streets are full of new adventures that one can enjoy. The several hilly backdrops of the port city are home to many picturesque waterfalls. These are the ideal places for a fun family day out.
  • Enjoy Water Sports - Along the beaches of Kochi the tourists can enjoy the water sports like, wind surfing and power boating.
  • Mud Therapy- It is one of the most energizing natural experiences, which, brings a glow to your skin and relaxes your mind. The mud therapy treatments are available at the Kavil Bhavan Yoga and Cultural Centre within the city.
  • Healing Baths – They can be taken at the waters of the Nelliyampathy forests and the mineral springs of Varkala.
  • Bird Watching – Bird watching can be done as the bird sanctuary at Kochi is home to hundreds of bird species. Also you can get to spot several migratory birds, which make their way to western India each year.
  • Canoeing - The best ways to see the backwaters of Kochi and the life of the locals living here is Canoeing.
  • Paragliding – Paragliding can be done around the city of Kochi. You can have the panoramic views of the diverse landscapes around Kochi.
Related Packages
Starting City
Kochi → Munnar → Thekkady → Alleppey → Kovalam → Kanyakumari → Thiruvananthapuram
(User Rating)

Per person, Taxes extra

-15% off

Limited Period offer


Per person, Taxes extra

Ex- Kochi
Kochi → Munnar → Thekkady...
Starting City
Pollachi → Palani → Theni → Kodaikanal → Coimbatore
(User Rating)

Per person, Taxes extra

41% off

Limited Period offer


Per person, Taxes extra

Ex- Coimbatore
Pollachi → Palani → Theni...
Starting City
Kumarakom → Alleppey → Kollam → Varkala → Kovalam
(User Rating)

Per person, Taxes extra

41% off

Limited Period offer


Per person, Taxes extra

Ex- Kochi
Kumarakom → Alleppey → Ko...
Starting City
Kochi → Athirapally → Munnar → Thekkady
(User Rating)

Per person, Taxes extra

50% off

Limited Period offer


Per person, Taxes extra

Ex- Kochi
Kochi → Athirapally → Mun...
All Packages

Accommodations at Kochi

Cochin is an alluring tourist destination as well as a major trading centre of India. The city is visited by a number of tourists and business travelers both domestic and international tourists every year. Both the high-end tourists, who like traveling lavishly, and those who travel on a shoestring budget visit the city on regular basis. In order to cater to needs of both the categories, all kinds of accommodation facilities are available in the region. A choice is available ranging between 5 Star, 4 Star, guesthouses, budget hotels and so on. One can easily find suitable accommodation in Kochi. 

Guest Houses

Apart from hotels there are other places to stay in Kochi, which includes numerous guesthouses. The guesthouses offer travelers with good lodging facilities at a nominal price. The food available here is also reasonable. 


There are several options to stay in Cochin when we talk in terms of staying in a hotel. A choice can be made between five or four star hotels and on the other hand staying in a budget hotel. Most of the budget hotels offer travelers with all the basic facilities. 

Eat n Dine

Kochi - Eat n Dine

Cochin cuisines comprise an impressive assortment of mouth-watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies, having a distinct taste and flavor. There are many good restaurants in Kochi serving these. Try out "pachadi" `thoran` or "kaalan", while eating out in Cochin. As bananas are found in abundance here, it happens to be a very crucial ingredient in the majority of Cochin cuisines. Kallappams or Vellayappams are traditional rice flour pancakes eaten during meals in Cochin.

Being a port city, Cochin also offers a variety of rich non-vegetarian cuisine comprising of an impressive range of seafood delights like `Meen vevichathu`. There`s also a host of dishes made of chicken, lamb and fish. The rich base of coconut makes Cochin cuisine very delicious and gives it a special flavor of its own. Apart from these, there are also many fast food eating joints in Kochi like Pizza Hut, Chic King, Hot Breads et al. Or you can also try out the multi cuisine restaurants, where they also serve continental, Thai and Chinese. 

Try Local Cuisines Here

  • Sri Krishna Cafe (Gujerati road, Mattanchery) - Stuffed Parotta & Vegetable Masala Dosa.
  • Art Cafe - Banana and Chocolate cakes.
  • Arya Bhavan - Basic Tamil food
  • Palms Restaurant (Metropolitan) - Local cuisine.
  • Pandhal (MG road) – Multi cuisine
  • Renaissance (MG road) - Continental, Chinese and Thai food, and Indian dishes.
  • Tharavad (Willingdon Island) - Variety of cuisines
  • Some other good restaurants in Kochi are Salt N Pepper, Solar Cafe, Fort House Restaurant and Kashi Art Cafe

Shopping at Kochi

As Kochi is well known for its handicrafts you can find exclusive collection of items like figurines, colorful bead jewelry, mats, bangles and other goods made up of coir, wood, bamboo, shells, brass, ivory and sandalwood.
You won`t find many shopping malls in the city but still; there are a number of places where you can find branded goods and garments. If you have a planned to buy a specific item then its better to ask from a local person. If you are running short of time and want to shop for some sovereigns then you can visit MG Road. Here you will every thing ranging from textiles, readymade garments, jewelry, toys, home furnishing, handicrafts, decorative items etc.
Wood carved items and the brass diyas (standing upto waist level or even higher) can be seen at every shop and are tmust buy. Kerala`s mirrors are famous around the globe, they are beautifully decorated with shells. Snacks like jackfruit chips and banana chips are must also buy items.
You can find several beautiful handicrafts displayed in the shops, most of which have been simply crafted from things grown locally, such as coconut, bamboo, cane and so on. 

What to Buy

  • Ethnic textiles woven by hand
  • Metal ware
  • Camel-bone carvings
  • Wood carvings
  • Articles made of coconut shells, bamboo cane
  • Embroidered screw pine mats
  • Spices
  • Brass diyas
  • Mirrors orkannady
  • Snacks like jackfruit and banana chips

Stop And Shop Here

  • M.G.Road
  • Broadway
  • Marine Drive
  • Coir Board Showroom on Mullasherry Canal Road. 

Government Emporiums:-

  • Kerala State Handicraft Apex Society, M.G.Road
  • Kerala State Handicrafts Development Corporation (Kairali) M.G.Road
  • Khadi Gramaudyog Bhavan, M.G.Road, Eranakulam -Surabhi, the State Handicraft Society Emporium
  • Eranakulam Market - Spices Board

Book Shops:

  • D.C. Books, Kurian Towers, Banerji Road
  • Current Books, Press club Road
  • Higginbothems, Iyyattil Jn. Chittor Road. 


  • Shops open at 10 a.m. and close around 8 p.m.
  • Generally all shops remain close on Sundays.

Festivals in Kochi

Cochin Carnival Indira Gandhi Boat Race
Malayatoor Perunal Festival Attachamayam

Cochin Carnival

Center of Activity: Fort Kochi

Time: Last week of December

USP: A massive procession of caparisoned elephants, games and partying
Cochin Carnival which is held in the last week of December is long awaited by the residents of Kochi. The Village of Fort Cochi is decorated up like a bride. The tourists from all over the globe get together at Fort Kochi to celebrate the fair.
During the ten daylong carnival several games, fairs and parties are organized. The highlight of the carnival is the immense procession on the New Year`s Day. People of every age group participate in the procession wearing fancy dresses. Beautifully decorated elephants accompanied by drums and music lead the procession.
During the 10 days of festival, the city is mostly decorated with white color decoratives. Several unplanned competitions taking place on the streets of the village is a common site. Kalam Vara (Rangoli, floor drawing), tug-of-war, bicycle race, swimming in the sea, beach volleyball are some the competitions which take place during the festival. The celebrations continue till midnight of December 31st ending up with fireworks marking the grand finale. 

Indira Gandhi Boat Race

Center of Activity: Cochin Backwaters

Time: Last week of December

USP: Boat race

Indira Gandhi Boat Race is a water sport-cum-festival held every year. Not only Indian tourist but also the tourist from all over the world collect here to witness and cheer the participants. Apart from the tourists the media crew from all over the country come to do coverage.

The streamlines shaped boats are used in the race, which makes them run fast. However, the boats used in the Indira Gandhi Boat Race are known as the Vallam Kali. The term Vallam Kali or Vallamkali means `Boat Game` in Malayalam. The festival is conducted not only because of a tradition but also to boost tourism in the state of Kerala.

Usually, a boat used in the race is operated by four helmsmen, 25 singers and 100 to 125 oarsmen, who row in harmony to the fast rhythm of the song of the boatman. 

Malayatoor Perunal Festival

Center of Activity: Malayatoor

Time: March / April

The festival is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Easter. The festival is organized at the Catholic Church at Malayatoor, which is situated near Cochin. The church is dedicated to the follower of Jesus Christ, St Thomas and the festival is celebrated to remember his visit at the church.

Malayatoor Perunnal is one of the major festivals of Kochi and the devotees from around the globe flock here to attend the festival. Tourists and locals attend the festival to have spiritual happiness and satisfaction 


Center of Activity: Tripunithura, near Kochi

Time: August/ September

The festival is celebrated in remembrance of the renowned victory of the Raja of Kochi. The festival of Attachamayam is celebrated on the eighth day of the Malayalam month of Chingam (August or September). The festival is celebrated through out the port city where as the main attraction is at the historical town of Tripunithura, near Kochi. A grand procession that is full of pomp and show is taken out during the festival. Various folk dance and music competitions are organized in the colorfully decorated town.
The festival is also known as Athagosham and is celebrated for a week. The festival attracts many tourists from India and abroad.

Useful Facts

Useful Facts of Kochi

Location – Ernakulam District

State – Kerala

Area – 95 sq. km.

Climate – Hot and humid climate.
Heavy rain during June to September
Drizzle from October to December

Temperature - 20°C-35°C

Languages – Malayalam, Tamil, English, Hindi (people understand it but cant speak)

Best Time to Visit – October and April

Main Festivals – Kochi Carnival, Jewish Festival,

Attractions – Chinese fishing, Matancherry, Willingdon Island, Cherai Beach, Hill Palace Museum, Vasco House.

Clothing -Light cotton clothes

Language – Malayalam, Tamil, English, Hindi (people understand it but can’ speak)

Nearest Airport – Nedumbassery airport Kochi

Nearest Railway station – Ernakulam

STD Code – 0484

Pin Code – 682001

Tips to Remember

  • Don’t forget to carry an umbrella as the city is near the equator and the sunrays are direct.
  • Carry mosquito net and mosquito repellents.
  • Don’t try swimming in the sea if you do not know swimming.
  • Avoid excessive luggage
  • Take care of your belongings
  • Keep important numbers handy.
  • ATM - almost all Private/ Public sector bank atms.
  • Avoid - Guides and touts.
  • Beware of practitioners of black magic around the religious places.
  • Always carry your purse close to your body, or your wallet in an inside front pocket or wear a money pouch as there are several incidences of snatching.
  • Fix a fare with the autos and taxis in advance as they can charge you more then normal.
  • If traveling by boat jetties then confirm the timings.
Tourist Offices

Tourist Offices in Kochi

Name Address Telephone No.
KTDC Tourist Reception Centre Shanmugham Road Cochin -682011 0484-353234
Kerala Tourism Information Counter Nedumbassery Airport, Kochi 0484-2611308//2611309
Kerala Tourism Information Office Kamalkkadavu, Fort Kochi  
Dist Tourism Promotion Council Old Collectorate Building Park Avenue Road Kochi-11 0484-2367334/2383988
Tourist Information Counter Department of Tourism Government of Kerala Government Guest House Near St Theresa College Shanmugham Road, Ernakulam 0484-2360502
India Tourism Govt. of India Tourist Office Willingdon Island, Cochin 0484-2340352
Tourist Information Counter Kochi International Airport Angamaly 0484-2610115
Department of Tourism Tourism Complex 2, Wallajah Road, Chennai 044-25369789
KTDC Tourist Reception Centre TTDC Complex 2, Wallajah Road, Chennai 044-25388639
Sports Lakshwadeep Tourism Administrative Office, Willingdon Island, Cochin 0484- 2668387
Local Holidays

Local Holidays in Kochi

Public holidays in Kerala for the year 2009
Date Festivals
07-01-2009 Muharram*
26-01-2009 Republic Day
23-02-2009 Shiva Rathri
09-03-2009 Milad-I-Sherif
09-04-2009 Maundy Thursday
10-04-2009 Good Friday
14-04-2009 Vishu
01-05-2009 May Day
21-07-2009 Karkkadakavavu
15-08-2009 Independence Day
01-09-2009 First Onam
02-09-2009 Thiruvonam
03-09-2009 Third Onam
04-09-2009 Fourth Onam
11-09-2009 Sree Krishna Jayanthi
21-09-2009 Sree Narayan Guru Samadhi
28-09-2009 Vijaydashmi
02-10-2009 Gandhi Jayanthi
17-10-2009 Deepavali
27-11-2009 *ID Ul Zuha
25-12-2009 Christmas

The calendar is provided for the purpose of information and Kiomoi doesn’t stand responsible in-case of any discrepancy. Please verify with other sources. *Exact date for Muslim Holidays depends upon the moon.


Bank & ATM in Kochi

State Bank of India

KOCHI, KERALA - 682001

KOCHI, KERALA - 682001

PB NO 587,
KOCHI, KERALA – 682003 


HDFC House,
M G Road,
Cochin 682 015 


Pulikkal Estate,
M. G. Road,
Kochi - 682 016 


BPCL Pump,
Opp Apollo Type Factory,
Kalamassery P.O.,

Ground Floor,
Opp. Edapally Church,
Ernakulam, Kochi

HPCL Outlet,
Bank Junction,
Opp Canara Bank,
Alwaye, Kochi – 683101

Ground Floor,
Tranquil Towers,
Kochi - 682030.

Holiday Checklist

Kochi Holiday Checklist

Those Backwaters, rivers, beaches, forts, pilgrimages send tempting vibes!!! While you have made up your mind on these holidays, set aside all your temptations and quickly take a fleeting glance at the things-you-do prior to your travel date. Here is the list. 

Before leaving your house

  • Empty your letter box
  • Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after
  • Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it
  • Ask your newspaper vendor and milkman to stop supply
  • Clear out the fridge.
  • Switch off the electric appliances
  • Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area
  • Lock doors and windows
  • Recharge your mobile or carry coupons
  • Carry traveller’s cheque or ATM cards
  • Pay all due bills
  • Turn off gas/water/
  • Call up the taxi driver/railway station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm
  • Rail Tickets and travel documents should be checked twice 

Packing your luggage

  • Woollen/cotton clothing
  • Extra towels
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Night wears
  • Raincoats
  • Wrappers
  • Bath robes
  • Jumper and track suits 


  • Battery Charger
  • Camera
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Charger
  • Torch/Emergency Light
  • Headphones 


  • Brochures or holiday book
  • Sunglasses
  • Sewing kit
  • Important stationary(scissors, tape and glue)
  • Film rolls and digital chargers
  • Ear Plugs
  • Watch
  • Umbrellas
  • Address Book
  • Shoulder bags/ Safety pins
  • Important Telephone Addresses/Travel Consultant
  • Few non perishable eatables
  • Medicines
  • Books / magazines to read
  • Binocular 

Essential Documents

  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Diving License
  • Maps/ directions(when in car)
  • Itinerary/Directions
  • Photocopies of documents
  • Traveller’s Cheque
  • Passport/Visas (For travelling abroad)
  • ID Cards 


  • Small First Aid kit
  • Sickness Pill
  • Mosquito and insect repellent
  • Vitamin and medications
  • Pain Killers/Balm
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Anti-infection lotion
  • Toiletries