Kochi represents different things to different people. To many, it is an emerging cosmopolitan city with bustling life in the streets, the cinema halls, the shopping malls, and the skyscrapers; the commercial capital of the state, with a style statement different from the rest of the State – whether in clothes or lifestyle. To some others, Kochi is a place with deep roots in history and its streets exude an old-world charm; a place with beautiful monuments and a variety of linguistic and ethnic communities including Jews, Konkinis, Gujaratis and so on.
Yet another group looks at Kochi as a thriving, expanding market, providing opportunities for growth and prosperity to all who knock at her doors. In short, Kochi offers a cocktail of modernity, old-world charm and a global outlook that, at the same time, facilitates continuity and change. For centuries, Kochi had been a main port city, not only of Kerala, but also of the Indian Peninsula. Since the 14th century, Kochi, known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, has had ships from Asian and European countries visiting her port. The traders and travellered from across the globe were welcomed with open arms and minds.
This greatly helped in its growth into a cosmopolitan city. Kochi’s growth owes a lot to its strategic position on the northern end of the peninsula that has proximity to the Arabian Sea on the west, and the estuaries and the Western Ghats on the east. As for its geography, it is an indiscriminate mix of hilly areas, estuaries and backwaters, small islands, coastal cities like Fort Kochi and Mattancherry and plain terrain like that of the city of Ernakulam.With its interesting monuments, geographic peculiarities, and emerging cosmopolitan nature, Kochi can keep a tourist engrossed for days.
No matter whether you are here in Cochin to explore the charm of the bygone era, savour the tantalizing seafood delicacies, explore the culture heritage and art forms or just to break free from the daily grinds, Cochin will be a good choice. There are many popular tourist attractions around including Bolgatty Island, where the Bolghatty palace, built by the Dutch in 1744 stands. The man made island of Willington Island is another must see spot in Cochin. It was made by filling the dredged soil around a tiny natural island that existed previously.
Fort Kochi beach is an ideal place to have a tryst with sun and sand and to spend a quiet evening. There are many seafood restaurants and eateries along the beach that serve fresh fish delicacies and grubs at easy prices. Cochin tourism is a diverse experience on its own that is beyond words. Come and experience the magical charm of this friendly city that is one of the favorite tourist destinations ever!
Cherai beach is at a distance of only 30 kms from the city of Cochin. Situated on the northern end of the Vypin Island, Cherai beach, which is fondly called the “The Princess of the Arabian sea” extends to over 10 kilometers. The clean sandy beach that is comparatively uncrowded makes it a popular picnic spot for honey moon couples and families alike. Cherai beach is famous for dolphin watching as well.
Reach By Road – Easy access to Roads
Reach By Rail – Ernakulam Town & Ernakulam Junction Railway Station (8 Km)
Reach by Air – Cochin International Airport (22 Km)