picture-postcard port city of Cochin has earned the sobriquet the
'Queen of the Arabian Sea'. A visit to the city lets one rediscover the
imprints that the ancient mariners from Arabia, China, Holland, Britain and
Portugal have left here. One of the finest natural harbours in the world,
the city is also the commercial and industrial hub of the state of Kerala.
Here, tourists have myriad sights to feast their eyes upon from the
most picturesque to the very historical.
Climate & Best Time
Owing to its seaside location, Cochin experiences a moderately hot and
humid climate round the year. The southwest monsoons cause to bring heavy
showers between the months of June and September. The northwest monsoon also
causes rainfall during October-December. During summers, temperature records
a high of 35 degrees centigrade whereas the winter temperature hovers around
25 degrees. Visitors can plan a trip between September and March which is
the most ideal time.
Places to Visit
Plenty of attractions await your arrival here. Get ready to soak up the
spectacular scenery and explore the historical reminders that dot Cochin's
» Bolghatty Palace
The palace is the most ancient Dutch palace, outside Holland. The setting
and the architecture of the palace is sure to inspire awe in the visitors.
Today, it stands as one of the finest heritage hotels at Kochi.
» Dutch Palace
imposing palace was originally erected by the Portuguese in the mid 16th
century. It was offered as a present to the Maharaja of Cochin in 1555 AD.
Later, the Dutch carried out reconstruction work on it.
» Jewish Synagogue
A major draw for visitors to Cochin, it is the oldest synagogue in the
country. It was erected in 1586 AD by a flourishing Jewish community.
» St Francis Church
Another big attraction for tourists at Cochin is this church. Built in 1503
by Francisan Friars, it has the eminence of being the oldest European church
Cochin welcomes its travellers with a multitude of hotels including deluxe,
economy and heritage. Hotel Taj Malabar and Le Meridien are popular five
star deluxe hotels. Hotel Gokulam Park, Hotel Quality Inn Presidency and
Hotel Best Western Avenue Regent fall into the category of four stars.
Cochin has an international airport operating flights to the major
destinations of the world and the country. The airport has regular flights
to places like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Goa and Bangalore. The rail routes of
the city are also well-established. Through road routes, Cochin has
connections with Bangalore (565 km), Coimbatore (223 km), Goa (848 km),
Mysore (470 km), Ooty (312 km), Chennai (694 km) etc.