(Chinese Fishing nets at Queen of Arabian Sea – Kochi – Image Courtesy : Wikimedia).
Kochi, The Queen of Arabian Sea, is in the Western Coast of India, in the ‘Gods Own Country’, Kerala.
Kochi, Queen of Arabian Sea is regarded as one of the best Kerala tourist places in India. Kochi is a major spice trading center from the 14th century on-wards and is known for its mouth-watering spicy food.
Fort Kochi is a tourist enclave. There are several historical monuments, which includes Jewish Synagogue( Paradesi Synagogue or Jewish Church ), Mattancherry Palace, Dutch Palace, Museums, The Spice Market, Kochi Tirumala Devaswom Temple, Jain Temple, etc. These historical places attracts a lot of tourists.
Chinese fishing nets or ‘Cheena vala’, as it is known locally, is another major attraction among the tourists. This is a system of fixed land fishing net installation.
Kochi, or Cochin as it was known previously, is the commercial capital of the state of Kerala. Kochi was the first princely state which willingly joined the Indian Union when India got independence in 1947. Kochi is also called Ernakulam, which is the mainland part of the city.
Kochi has an International Cricket Stadium, known as Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium at Kaloor, Kochi. It is second largest cricket stadium in India with a seating capacity of 75,000 people; the largest being the one at Kolkotta, with 1 lack seating capacity.
Wonderla, situated at Kakkanad, Kochi, which was previously known as Veegaland, is one of the most popular theme parks in South India.
How Do I Go to The Queen of Arabian Sea – Kochi?
Kochi or Cochin is well connected by air, road and railway network (and by ship also) to the rest of the world.
Cochin International airport , Nedumbrassery is the nearest airport, at around one hour drive from Ernakulam city. Angamaly Railway Station, with station code ‘AFK’, is the nearest railway station to the Cochin International airport, at 4 kilometers distance.
Ernakulam South alias Ernakulam Junction, with station code ‘ERS’, is a major railway terminus which has trains to most parts of India. Ernakulam North railway station alias Ernakulam Town station, with station code’ ERN’, is another station around 1 km from the Ernkulam Junction, where almost all trains stops.
Kochi is well connected by roads to the rest of the country. NH 17 (Panavel, New Mumbai to Kochi), NH 47 (Kanyakumari to Salem) and NH 49 (Kochi to Rameswaram via Dhanushkodi) are the three National Highways which connects Cochin to other parts of India.
Kochi Port connects Kochi to outside world. Luxury cruise ships regularly visits Cochin.
Where can I Stay in The Queen of Arabian Sea – Kochi?
Taj Malabar (Viventa by Taj), is an Upper Upscale Brand, 5 star rated hotel, from the Taj group of hotels. Le Méridien Kochi, at Maradu (near Vytilla junction), is another 5 star hotel on the highway side.
The Malabar House at Mattancherry, The Renai Cochin, The Gateway Hotel in Marine drive, Dream Cochin, Beaumonde The Fern, Holiday Inn Kochi, Trident Cochin, Crown Plaza on the NH bye pass road, Abad Plaza on M.G. Road (next to Kavitha theater), Abad Atrium, The Wyte Fort at Vytilla, etc., are some of the other luxury hotels in Cochin. Ramada Resort Cochin is a good resort on the Vembanad backwater lake side. Many of these hotels have eco-friendly solar power systems to tide over any power disruptions.
“Greenest” is one of the new budget hotels in Ernakulam (Kochi) with next door supermarket, library, roof-top conference hall, etc, They offer pick up and drop facilities for guests. They also arrange car rentals and sight seeing.
Where can I Go for a Movie in Kochi city, The Queen of Arabian Sea?
Kavitha Theater, M.G. Road, Cochin, the largest single screen theater in Cochin with around 1000 seat capacity, is also a good option for cine-goers in the Cochin city. Saritha Theatre , Savitha Theatre and Sangeetha Theatre is another leading theater complex of Kochi at the heart of the city in Banerji Road, Ernakulam,Cochin.
Shenoys Theatre complex is another good theatre complex in the heart of the city, at M.G. Road, Ernakulam. Padma Theater is also a good theatre in the heart of the city.
What About the Hotel and Theaters in the New Lulu Mall in The Queen of Arabian Sea – Kochi?
The new Lulu Mall hypermarket is at the Edapally Junction, Kochi. Lulu Mall at Cochin is the second largest mall in India after the Phoenix Market City in Mumbai.
JM Marriott Hotel inside the Lulu Mall has 300 rooms, spread over a 20 storied building, inside the Lulu Mall premises.
There is a Nine Screen PVR Cinemas, inside the Lulu Mall Hypermarket complex.
Public transport facilities at the The Queen of Arabian Sea – Kochi
A new bus terminus called Vytitila Mobility Hub, offers convenient public transport bus facilities to other parts of the city and the state. Old bus terminus, off M.G. Road and Chittor Road, near to the Ambedkar stadium and the railway track between Ernakulam North and Ernakulam South railway stations, is also available to commuters using bus services. There is also a small bus station at the Boat Jetty.
Kaloor Private Bus Station serves as the main hub for private buses operating in the Kochi city.
Ernakulam North railway station (Ernakulam Town station) and Ernakulam South railway station (Ernakulam Junction) offers railway connectivity to other major cites.
There is regular public transport boat services by the state government boats to different islands of Kochi.
Upcoming Kochi Metro Rail
Kochi and its suburbs are getting ready to welcome the new metro railway network by the year 2016 (the first phase of Kochi metro railway network is expected to be ready by then). Work is going on in many parts of the city. The old railway over-bridge near the North railway station was demolished and a new wider bridge was constructed as part of the metro project. Kochi is the first Tier-II city in India to go for a metro railway network.
The metro line will connect Aluva to Petta. The stations in between Aluva to Petta are Ambattukavu, Kalamassery, Cochin University, Edapally, Palarivattom, Kaloor, Lissie Junction, M.G. Road, Ernakulam South, Kadavanthra, Vytila,
There is a proposal to extend the metro railway line to Kakkanad, the hub of IT industry in Kochi and administrative headquarters of Ernakulam District. Kochi Info Park, the second largest IT park in the state of Kerala is situated at Kakkanad.