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Kochi is a city of the Indian State of Kerala. The city derived its name from Malayalam word koch azhi, meaning 'small lagoon'. The Kingdom of Kochi came into existence in 1102. Since 14th century, Kochi became an important spice-trading center on the Arabian Sea coast. The Portuguese ruled the city from 1503 to 1663. Till 1530 it remained the capital of Portuguese. Later its capital was shifted to Goa. Dutch, Mysore and the British later occupied the city and it became the first princely state to join the Indian Union, when India gained independence in 1947. In 1866, Fort Kochi was made a municipality. The city was transformed into a safest harbor under the direction of Lord Wellington. In 1949, Travancore-Cochin state came into existence and on 1 November 1967 the corporation of Cochin was formed. It is now one of the principal seaports of the country.

Kochi has a rich traditional as well as cultural history, which is reflected in the various places of interest in the city. The city also bears many colonial remnants, as Kochi had been dominated by several invaders in old times.

Some of the most important tourist attractions in Kochi are as follows:
  1. Willington Island - One of the most popular attractions at Kochi, the Willington Island is a place that has many plush hotels. The Kochi Harbor can also be accessed easily from the Island. The Island is also well-connected to Ernakulam. There is also an artificial lake that is the prime attraction of the place.

  2. Chinese Fishing Nets - This is one of the unique attractions at Kochi. There are large fishing nets along the entire coastline of Kochi. Till date many fishermen use these nets for fishing in the Arabian Sea.

  3. Mattancherry - Located at a distance of 10 kilometers from Kochi, Mattancherry has a beautiful Dutch Palace that is the prime attraction of the place. There are large numbers of mural paintings that are decorated on the walls of the palace.

  4. Cherai Beach - Not all beaches in Kochi are safe for swimming, but Cherai Beach at the northern fringe of the Vypeen Island is a swimmers paradise. There are long stretches for of coconut trees along the coast.

  5. St Francis Church - The St Francis Church, in Fort Cochin is one of the oldest churches in India. Dating back to the colonial times from the 15th century, this church was the first European church that was constructed in India.

  6. Cheeyappara Waterfalls - A great place for trekking in Kochi, the Cheeyappara Waterfalls is a favorite destination for adventure tourists. It is located amidst Neriamangalam and Adimali by the Kochi-Madurai Highway.

  7. Paradesi Synagogue - It is a synagogue that was built in the mid-16th century and is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth. The structure has wonderful paintings and hanging lamps. Visited by innumerable tourists annually, this is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Kochi.

Hotel Accommodations in Kochi : 
A pulsating city of natural appeal, historic significance and trading diversity, Kochi is visited by huge number of tourists round the year. The various hotels of the city provide best of the hospitality services to these tourists to make their stay memorable and comfortable.

Some of the most preferred Kochi hotels are:
  • 5 Star and 4 star Hotels in Kochi
  • Taj Malabar
  • Taj Residency
  • Casino Hotel
  • Le Meridien Resort and Convention Center
  • The Malabar House Residency
  • The Renaissance Cochin
  • Best Western Avenue Regent
  • Hotel Presidency
  • The International Hotel
  • Quality Inn Presidency

3 Star Hotels in Kochi
  • The Brunton Boatyard
  • Ats Willingdon Hotel
  • The Woods Manor
  • The Trident
  • The International Hotel Kochi
  • Mermaid Hotel
  • Sealord Hotel
  • The Surya
  • Hotel Yuvarani Residency
  • The Metropolitan
  • Abad Airport Hotel
  • Grand Hotel
  • Quality Airport Hotel
  • Hotel Abad
  • Abad Atrium Hotel
  • Hotel Abad Plaza

Resorts and Health Resorts in Kochi
Kochi has many resorts and health resorts with wonderful spa and massage facilities. Tourists have the opportunity of surrendering themselves to the various treatments that are offered at these resorts. These help in rejuvenating the mind and the body of the tourists.

Some of the popular resorts in Kochi are as follows:
  • Kamyakam Haven Resort
  • Cherai Beach Resorts
  • Riverdale Resorts and Holiday Homes
  • Tharakans Kayal Tharavadu Edakkatt House
  • Hilltop Resorts
  • Royal Village-Heritage Village Resort
  • Spice Springs Home Stay

Budget and Cheap Hotels in Kochi
Kochi is frequented by various types of tourists. There are also many tourists, who do not want to indulge much in hotel stay and prefer to stay at the cheap and budget hotels of Kochi. The facilities and amenities that are provided in the various cheap hotels at Kochi help the tourists to stay comfortably.

Some of the well-known hotels in this category in Kochi are as follows:
  • Hotel Excellency
  • Bolgatty Palace
  • Paulson Park Hotel
  • Gaanam Hotels
  • Hotel Mercy
  • Hotel President
  • Hotel Seaking
  • Park Avenue
  • Hotel Udupi Ananda Bhavan
  • Royal Grace
  • Hotel Megha
  • Plazza Lodge
  • Star Tourist Home
  • Blue Diamond Hotel
  • Maruthi Tourist Home
  • Cochin Tourist Home

Transportation: Cochin International Airport, also known as Nedumbassery Airport is the main gateway to the city from other parts of the world.

The two stations in the city - Ernakulam North and Ernakulam South - handle the trains that link the city with other parts of India. Cochin Port Trust that handles cargos and passenger ships connects the city with other regions across the sea. Boats, ferries, buses both transport and private, taxis and auto rickshaws are the public transportation in the city.

Located at the southern fringes of the Peninsula, Kochi has a coastline that stretches up to a length of about 48 kilometers. There are many rivers and estuaries in Kochi that are important water bodies of the city. There are also many islands that are an integral part of the geography of Kochi. The sizes of the islands vary from a square kilometer to several square kilometers.

Some of the important islands are as follows:
  • Ramanthuruthu
  • Cheranelloor
  • Kumbalam
  • Willingdon Island
  • Vallarpadam
  • Bolghatty Island
  • Vypeen Island
  • Cherai

The city has a tropical climate, which is typical of all the South Indian states of India. The summers are extremely hot and humid. The summers are at its peak from March to May. June to September is the south-west monsoon season in the city, while the retreating monsoons are in the months of October and November. Though there is nothing called winter season in Kochi, the climate during December to February remains cool and dry. This is the best time to visit Kochi in India. Abundant seasonal rainfall is the specialty of this place.

Due to abundant rainfall and tropical climate, Kochi is rich in various types of flora and fauna. The quality of soil is very good and is extensively used for vegetation. There are tidal mangrove formations that are special features of Kochi flora. The backwaters of Kochi provide ample scopes for various species of animals and birds to thrive and sustain themselves. Various species of reptiles are also found in the area. The Arabian Sea along with the backwaters is home to many marine species.

Facts Table:
  • Time Zone - Indian standard time
  • Airport code - IATA (ICAO, COK), VOCC
  • Currency - Rupee
  • Ideal time to visit - October to March
  • Ambulance - 101
  • Police - 100
  • Main festival - Onam
  • Shopping Centers - Surabhi, Kairali Handicraft Emporium at MG road
  • Area code - 0484
  • Religions - Sikhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Jewism, Islam
  • Temperature - 20°C-35°C
  • Rainfall - 350 cm annually

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