When you think of a mesmerizing soul-pleasing destination, Kerala comes to your mind almost instantly.
Such is the power of this coastal state. While every place in God’s own country carries a distinctive charm of its own, Kochi needs a special mention.
A Guide to Kochi
If you are still hesitating to book those tickets to Kochi, here are a few reasons that will make you hit the button right away.
Reasons to visit Kochi
- If Kerala is the art centre of the country, Kochi is its heart. It is the ideal place to get a taste of Kathakali and Kalaripayattu.
- One of the first British colonies during the colonial India, the city still showcases the remains of medieval Portugal, Holland and English remains, blending it as its own.
- Inheriting the title of the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the present day Kochi gives you an insight into the 14th-century trading centre that it once was.
- If that’s not tempting enough, the city was ranked the sixth best tourist destination in India by the Outlook Traveller magazine.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Kochi is from the month of October till March. Tourists who visit during this period make the most of outdoor delights as the port city experiences a pleasant climate oscillating between 23°C – 33°C.
Some Good Places in Kochi To Visit
Fort Kochi is a region in the city of Kochi in the state of Kerala, India.
This is part of a handful of water-bound regions toward the south-west of the mainland Kochi, and collectively known as Old Kochi or West Kochi. Adjacent to this is Mattancherry. In 1967, these three municipalities, along with a few adjoining areas, were amalgamated to form the Corporation of Cochin. Suhas Shivanna IAS is the subcollector and SDM of Fort Kochi.
Kerala Folklore Museum
Kerala Folklore Museum is a cultural hub to promote and preserve the culture & heritage of South India.
Kerala Folklore Museum, promoted by Mrs & Mr George Thaliath, aims to preserve culture, heritage and folk art education.
Who created this Temple of Art? Over a period of 7.5 years with 60 skilled traditional carpenters and with a huge cultural wealth of more than 4000 artefacts and architectural objects, accumulated over the past 20 years.
Aspinwall House is a large sea-facing heritage property in Fort Kochi on the way to Mattancherry.
The property was originally the business premises of Aspinwall & Company Ltd. established in 1867 by English trader John H Aspinwall. Under the guidance of Aspinwall the Company traded in coconut oil, pepper, timber, lemon grass oil, ginger, turmeric, spices, and hides and later in coir, coffee, tea and rubber.
The Vypin lighthouse or Cochin light house is situated at Puthuvype in Vypin island, Kerala.
Even though the current lighthouse started functioning only by 15 November 1979, the Cochin lighthouse has a long history. The lighthouse which was functioning in Fort Kochi from 1839 was shifted to Puthuvype in 1979.
St. Francis Church
St. Francis CSI Church, in Fort Kochi (a.k.a. Fort Cochin), originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent.
The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon.