Kochi is famed as a large city in the state of the Kerala, presently, known as Cochin. It is referred to as 'God's Country' dotting with so many catch phrases associated with this one city that catches the attention of the tourists.
Through all the history, the Arabs, the Chinese, the British, the Dutch, and the Portuguese have all left marks. This city was widely acclaimed as a first European colonial settlement in all of India. Since many years, Cochin has come up in the field of industry and commerce can be nominated as the second most important city on the Indian west coast.
This beautiful city is located near the equator from the Western Ghats to the east and the Arabian Sea to the west. Kochi now also includes Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, Ernakulum and many others nearby towns and villages.
Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church, Kaladi, Chinese Fishing Nets, Santa Cruz Basilica are the most attractive spots in this town.
Most popular Destinations in this region: Chottanikkara, Chendamangalam
Cochin remained incomplete in terms of success till the arrival of the Portuguese. It is believed that the Cochin district came into existence in the year 1102 AD after the break up of the Khulasekhara Empire.
There are several stories regarding the origin of the name of the city.
Kochi was considered the first place in India to have European settlement. The Portugese came to Cochin in 1503 and stayed till 1663. During it, they worked closely with the king of Cochin with treaty of peace. The grave of Vasco Da Gama, the popular traveler who discovered India, is also here.
After the Portuguese, the Dutch attacked Cochin, as per the order of Mysorean king, Hyder ali. After getting independence in the year 1947, Cochin was officially assigned as part of Kerala and today it comes one of the biggest business in the major city in the west coast of India. Kochi was the first city to join the Indian Union when it gained independence in 1947.
Travel within city
Travelling within the city is quite easy and comfortable and not so much expensive as several modes of commute are available in the town. You can opt for buses, auto rickshaws, taxis, and cabs while traveling in Kochi.
While travelling within the city, the priority is given to buses which are easy to available and cheap to buy. For example: the charges of Volvo buses of Rs 10 for the first five kilometers and Rs 2 for every additional kilometer.
Auto rickshaws are also the most preferred modes to commute from one to other destination. The best part of this mode is that one are free to travel anywhere at the night, however, no charges are imposed at night.
The next option is taxi as a mode of travelling which is easy accessible and easy to available in the city. Night charges are applicable with taxis and they charge 20% extra.
Kochi is not left behind from the other cities, brimming with restaurants catering to tourists of all budgets and tastes. Here, o ne can enjoy vegetarian options, tourists can go to New Anada Bhavan in Fort Kochi and Pai Dosa on M.G. Road in Ernakulam. Caza Maria on Boat Jetty Road is also famous for Chinese and Continental and sumptuous French dishes.
Kochi has flooded with a wide variety options for tourists to choose from. Today, it becomes a major shopping destination in Kerala especially for spices, clothes and other local items. Kairali, on MG Road is the most trusted place offering high-quality individual designer clothes. Broadway in Ernakulam is the best option for those who want to get excellent handicraft items the government emporium.