Situated on India’s beautiful Malabar Coast, Kochi over the centuries has been of a major port and strategic maritime centre of trade in the Indian Ocean. Today, Kochi is a commercial capital of Kerala and The Cochin International Airport is literally the gateway to destinations of Kerala.
The allure of Kochi’s unique geography – islands, backwaters, peninsulas, and a harbour – is hard to resist. Flanked by the Western Ghats mountain range on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, its proximity to the equator, sea, and mountains, make it a unique destination. Kochi today comprises 5 Islands and some backwater areas flanking the mainland Ernakulam. Islands and backwater villages are connected by inter-island ferries and Ro-Ro boats. Kochi seamlessly blends the modern city with the rural outskirts, offering an international traveller with a prospect of getting glimpse of Kerala right near the commercial capital of Kerala.
Chinese Fishing Nets, backwater lifestyle, harbour views, heritage homes, 15th and 16th Century Churches and some very charming heritage hotels / homestays, makes Kochi a compelling option. Walk or cycle through Fort Kochi to experience its heritage: Manuel Kotta or Fort Kochi, St. Francis Church, Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), Jewish Synagogue (Paradesi Synagogue), Santa Cruz Basilica, Vasco House, and elegant colonial bungalows. Browse through Jew Town’s colourful old lanes famed for their spice markets and, antique and curio shops. Visit old museums and splendid art galleries. Eat delicious coastal food.
Kerala is one for traditional Art forms and there are cultural centres in Kochi that offer travellers that experience. A Kathakali performance, a traditional art form of Kerala is definitely an experience for every traveller. There are martial art performances, coir craft and culinary demonstrations, all offering a complete cultural experience.
Holxo Tours in Kochi