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What You Should Know More About Cochin
Go fishing using the Chinese Fishing net: One of the most popular attractions in the city of Cochin is the Chinese fishing nets that are most typically used by fishermen since time immemorial. There is a majority of the population that believes that this tradition prevails from the traders of Kubla Khan while others claim that the Chinese explorer Zhang He was the one that should truly be credited for introducing this style of fishing. Whatever its historic origin maybe, this activity sure is worth it.
Go on a ferry ride from the Willingdon Islands: When you visit Cochin, you will tend to spend more time at the sea than on the land. The only reason being the water is quite beautiful. Spend an afternoon traveling by ferry with locals from Fort Kochi all the way to Willingdon or Vypeen Island for just 3 rupees. One of chief places to visit by ferry is, as mentioned above, Willingdon which is the largest man-made island in the whole of India. The view is scenic and the food available at the place is spectacular.
Pray at the St. Francis Church: The St. Francis Church located a few minutes away from Fort Kochi is among the oldest European churches in India. It is worth visiting due to its impeccable architectural establishment. The church serves as the first burial place of the Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama who died in Cochin in the 1524. This is the perfect place to visit for those who appreciate history and love churches.
Have the local masala tea: Indians are known to create the perfect cup of tea with just enough spice to make someone’s day. In fact, the local tea stalls sprawled around the city of Cochin are especially known for brewing their hot beverages with flavorful essence such as cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, black pepper and so much more. This sure is one of the must-have experience at least once before you leave Cochin.
The beauty that lies within the Fort of Cochin: Cochin is known for packing ancient European buildings. Fort Cochin is one such area that reflects European fashion. Travelers will find it extremely easy to get used to the medieval comforts of the place. Appreciate the tranquility and coolness that engulfs the beautiful region that surrounds fort of Cochin.
Discover the mean streets of Mattancherry: Mattancherry is where the daily grind of Cochin lies. Located to the eastern region of Fort Cochin, you will discover a bustling Bazaar road as well. One can eat, shop or just loiter around watching the locals of Cochin taking on life. Drop in at one of the hotels within the vicinity and enjoy the river front view as you do.
Visit Ernakulam: It is certain that you won’t get tired of appreciating the natural beauty of Cochin, however, one needs a break from everything. Visit Kerala’s biggest commercial hub – Ernakulam for an authentic experience at dealing with people. Meet the folks of Ernakulam and realize just how energetic region the place is.
Food and spice, everything nice: One of the better known things about Kerala is its fish. It is difficult to argue with a localite regarding how delicious or non-delicious the food at the place is. The menu is usually filled with variety of food that you can choose from. However, do try out the amazing variety of fish dishes while you’re in Cochin.
Government websites: Books to read: Seasoned by salt, Lonely planet – Kerala.
Books to read:
Seasoned by salt, Lonely planet – Kerala.
There are numerous sightseeing spots in Cochin, but if you are on a schedule or a tight budget, then here are a few that you must visit at all cost.
Fish and rice form the dominant dishes in the local cuisine of Cochin. Many local restaurants emphasise on the idea of eating spaces overlooking the Arabian sea. Two of the best places for such dining are;
Some other local restaurants where you can have a scrumptious thali for reasonable rates are;
If you are looking for street style or bazaar shopping, then you should head to MG Road or Bazaar Road.
The Kerala backwaters is a network of interconnected canals, rivers, islands, lakes and inlets, forming more than 900 km of waterways. Travellers find is quite exciting to live in a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala and boat through the state for sightseeing.
There are many famous houseboats to stay in in Cochin for both family and couples. The Queen Elizabeth Houseboat Trips are one of the most popular and safe trips that cruise across the Kochi marina and also provide water sports for residents. There are good facilities for washrooms and air conditioning on most houseboats and you can absorb the lifestyle of the river people, watch the bird life, fireflies in the trees at night and the sunset over the rice fields.
The only marina in India, the Kochi International Marina, houses an exciting array of watersports like Kayaking, Jet ski ride, Sofa ride and Banana ride. If you are living in a houseboat, then your package may be inclusive of water activities as well.
There are several cycling and camping tours that will take you through Cochin and to Munnar as well. Some of the best tours in the city are;
There are a number of hill stations around Cochin that very popular amongst tourists and locals alike.
Some of the most known ones are;
Travellers visiting Cochin during the summer month can escape to these hill stations for a more pleasant climate. Although, Coorg, Kodaikanal and Ooty are not in Kerala, you can always roadtrip to these places within a day.
The city has shut down all its breweries and bars that had liquor licenses, which means that the only places you can get alcohol are luxury hotels or clubs. However, there’s an 11 pm cut-off time for clubs after which no alcohol will be served, and night parties have to end at midnight, or the cops will come and bust it up. So you have only a 3-4 hour window after dusk to enjoy nightlife in Cochin. Even so, there are some nightclubs in Cochin with rocking DJs like;
Cherai and Fort Kochi are the most famous beaches in the city. Unlike Mumbai or Goa, Cochin’s beaches are known for their cleanliness and serenity.
Both beaches should be on your ‘‘must visit places’ list when travelling through South India.
Kerala-specific festivals are Onam and the Cochin Carnival – both of which are 10-day extravaganzas where locals and tourists alike have one heck of a time with feasts, fireworks and games. The Onam Festival (Aug-Sept) has its mythological roots in Kochi, and it is Kerala’s biggest festival. Official and educational institutions and state machinery are shut for most part of the week during Onam. It’s also the biggest shopping bonanza of the year – huge crowds throng to the shops and markets at MG Road and the rest of Kochi. Throw in parades, snake boat races and other games and events, and it’s fair to say that Kochi gives travellers a very different experience during Onam than any other time of the year.
During the monsoons (June to September), fishing is considered an important pastime for Kochiites. One of the best places to go fishing is the fish farm at Kerala backwaters. Not only do they have an array of fish for display at the market, they also let you try a hand at fishing. You can have a day picnic at the farm, boating through the lagoon, have a scrumptious meal of fish and rice and pick up a new skill. At the Njarakkal Aqua fish farm, you will be given fishing reels, fish food and lots of useful advice. You can also meet a few professionals and maybe garner a tip or two from them. Favored by both locals and tourists, the fish farm lets you take your catch back home where you can proudly show off your fishing exploits to others.
Entry fee: For Each Person Rs.150 which includes Food, Ice-cream and Boating.
For Children Rs.100
Timings: 9am to 6pm
Traveller Tales from Cochin
25 May 2015
My money spent on this trip was totally worth it and i strongly recommend this as a holiday point for you.Especially i liked that ride on the houseboat, which is a typical and very famous tourist attraction in Kerala and you gonna love that too.
27 November 2013
Paragliding took me to great height and i was flying without wings , moreover Everyone was looking so tiny from the top...waoooo i loved it Guys dont miss this out if you are in kerala.... nd dont forget to explore Tandem , it a superb place.
16 August 2014
Our guide was really very experienced and knowledgeable and the pilot as well. I did thi for the first time and i felt amazing. paragliding is operated on a motored structure with a a parachute attached.....A completely out of the box experience for me.
11 April 2014
It feels special to go for such an adventurous trip with your friends and family. This sanctuary lies in conjugation with Peechi-Vazhani wildlife of kerala and Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary. Very nice stay!!!
12 July 2014
We were surprised to see such an awesome views from the same point, those wild animals and the magnificent mountains will definitely steal your heart.....this place has a great variety of Flora and fauna.
12 May 2015
The enchanting of birds kept our trekking adventure fresh. Our trek started from the silent valley in Munnar which is a fabulous place.
15 March 2014
There are some point which are really difficult to embark upon in Munnar hills. Our camp point is quite near to the Munnar town. Before starting the trekking we need to book the treks in Forest department offices. Our organizers took care of all things in the journey.
11 November 2015
This trip was my anniversary gift, and last month i went there with my wife, it was such an awesome experience to spend some quality time in kerala area. Everything was just perfect from management to entertainment and all thanks to our organizers.
29 September 2014
i think the money spent on this trip was totally worth it because we got the best holiday moment ever. It was a great visit to the oldest wildlife Sanctuary that lies in the Mukundapuram district of Thrissur. Overall it was a very nice trip...
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