Kochi, The Queen of Arabian Sea and a leading Spice Trading Center, is in the Western Coast of India in the ‘Gods Own Country’, Kerala. This city is also known as Cochin.
Cochin, the Queen of Arabian Sea, is regarded as one of the best tourist destinations in India. It is also a major spice trading center from the 14th century on-wards and is known for its mouth-watering spicy foods.
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, Cochin 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.
Cochin is the commercial capital of the state of Kerala. Kochi was the first princely state of India, 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.
Ernakulam 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, on the outskirts of Cochin, which was previously known as Veegaland, is one of the most popular theme parks in South India.
How Do I Go to Kochi alias Cochin or Ernakulam?
Cochin is well connected by air, road and railway network (and by boat and ship services 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 at 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.
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 Theater , Savitha Theater and Sangeetha Theater is another leading theater complex at the heart of the city in Banerji Road, Ernakulam,Cochin.
Shenoys Theater complex is another good theater complex in the heart of the city, at M.G. Road, Ernakulam. Padma Theater is also a good theater in the heart of the city.
Hotel and Theaters in Lulu Mall at Kochi – The Queen of Arabian Sea
The new Lulu Mall hypermarket is at the Edapally Junction. 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
Bus Services at 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.
Major Railway Stations at Kochi
Ernakulam North railway station (Ernakulam Town station) and Ernakulam South railway station (Ernakulam Junction) offers railway connectivity to other major cites.
Boat Services at Kochi
There is regular public transport boat services by the state government boats to different islands of Kochi. Kochi to Alappuzha boat services are not available, even though there is a strong demand for this from tourists.
Kochi Metro Railway
Kochi and its suburbs are excited after the inauguration of part of the Kochi metro railway network line from Aluva to Palarivattom, in June 2017. Palarivattom to M.G. road line was opened to public, in September 2017.
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. Cochin is the first Tier-II city in India to go for a metro railway network.
Work is going on in other parts of the city. The metro line will connect Aluva to Petta. The stations in-between Aluva and 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.
Museum of Kerala History at Edapally, Kochi
There is a history museum at Edapally near the National highway bye-pass road. It’s objective is to make awareness about the rich cultural and historical heritage of Kerala.
Cochin Luxury Vessel Cruise Packages
Sagara rani is a Luxury cruise vessel with a capacity to accommodate 100 persons. This vessel offers different Sea cruses at affordable rates. Individual as well as groups can book the tickets for the cruise. Their group cruise packages are for a minimum of 50 persons.
Snacks, tea, water,etc, are provided free of cost. They play recorded songs (mostly old Malayalam film songs) on the deck. Tourists can also sing on their own. Dancing is also allowed.
This vessel is owned by Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation Ltd, a Kerala state government undertaking. They themselves operate the vessel and the cruise package tours.
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