Cochin Guide gives you a quick overview of the city and its whereabouts. Cochin (Kochi) is the second largest city in Kerala. I think it is going to be the largest soon.
Cochin is the anglicized name of Kochi. Ernakualm is on the mainland and is the very heart of the city.
Kochi and other places around are either islands or length of land jutted out in to the sea and backwaters.
Kochi is the major port and commercial hub of Kerala. It is smaller than Truivandrum but holds more big-city feel than the capital.
The city has high-rise tower blocks in the waterfront, constant maritime traffic through the port and a modern Ernakulam in the mainland.
Cochin Guide to Arrival and Local Transport
Kochi's modern, efficient international airport is at Nedumbassery, near Alwaye (Aluva), some 30 km north of Ernakulam.
You can take a pre-paid taxi from the airport to the city. Modern, comfortable air conditioned Volvo buses also cover the route hourly.
There are two main railway stations in the city. Ernakualam Junction is popularly known as South Railway Station. The second one is Ernakulam Town two km further north popularly known as North Railway Station.
No trains run to the Fort Cochin or Mattancherry.
The local buses are the cheapest option available. But they tend to get crowded, especially during the peak hours. If you are new to the city, it is best to avoid it.
The KSRTC central bus stand is for state run long-distance services.
From Kaloor private bus stand you get bus to the almost all destinations inside and around the city.
High court bus stand has long distance private buses to Hi-range and north to Thrissur, Guruvayaoor and Kodungallur.
Auto-rickshaws are plentiful and reliable in Ernakulalm.
Kochi's excellent ferry system provides a relaxing way to get around. Two main jetties are used by the ferries in Ernakulam.
The main jetty is near the South Railway Station, Oh I mean Ernakulam Junction. The other one is near the High court.
Bicycles can be rented from many of hotels and guesthouses in Fort Cochin.
Cochin Guide to Information, Tours and Harbour Cruises
State Department of Tourism Offices
Airport Information Counter
Tourist Information Officer
Boat Jetty (Main)
Tourist Information Centre
KTDC (Kerala Tourism Development Corporation)
Tourist Reception Centre
District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC)
DTPC Tourist Information Centre
Old Collectorate Bldg.
Govt. of India
Govt. of India Tourist Office
Cochin Guide to Things to See and Do.
The richest sightseeing is in the heritage quarter of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry.
Spend the evenings in Ernakulam's shops and cafes. Be sure to take a ferry ride to islands in the backwaters like Kothad to the north or Kumbalanghi to the south.
The distance between the interesting places in Fort Kochi is short.
You can get everywhere comfortably by foot. This is the best way to experience this quarter.
There is history at every second step here.
Chinese Fishing Nets
The huge, elegant Chinese fishing nets line the northern shore of Fort Cochin.
The most familiar photographic image of Kerala, the Chinese nets add grace to the waterfront view.
Traders from the court of Kublai Khan are said to have introduced them to the Malabar Coast.
St. Francis Church
It is the oldest European church in India. Its name and form changed with every new coloniser who claimed the land as theirs.
Santa Cruz Basilica
The church constructed on the site of a much older Portuguese church in 1887. The British demolished the older one.
Locally know as Dutch Palace. The two-storey building was actually built by the Portuguese, as a gift to the Raja of Cochin.
It was originally built in 1524. The synagogue was rebuilt in 1664 after the attack of the Portuguese.
Ernakulam is the modern face of Kerala. Durbar Hall Art Gallery and Folklore Museum are worth the visit.
In M G Road you will find some of the largest textile stores, jewellery shops and hotels.
Prime leisure destinations for the city's middle class are the massive shopping malls in NH By-pass.
Cochin Guide to where to Eat
Fort Cochin and Willingdon Island
Fort House Hotel
David Hall Gallery
Kashi Art Cafe
Malabar House Hotel
The Old Courtyard
Peter Celli Street
Where to Eat in Ernakulam
M G Road
Bharath Tourist Home
Cochin Guide to Where to Stay
Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
Le Meridien Kochi
The Gateway Hotel
The Wyte Fort
The Avenue Regent
The Gokulam Park
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The Renai Cochin
(Formerly The Renaissance Cochin)
The Old Harbour
The Old Lighthouse Bristow
The Tower House
Hotel Le Colonial
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