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live in Cochin

by shipman

After a posting of two years in Africa/Djibouti, next one will be Cochin.

What should I expect and what is the social/leasure life. I hear a lot of good general comments, but some tips are welcome.

Look really forward to this move, after desert like Djibouti.

Re: live in Cochin

by radz

Cochin is Nice place one of the main city in Kerala.Cant say happening city :)).But one of the main Tourist place in India.Good food,seafood.Place is clean comparing to other part of India.
If you like beaches ,backwaters then this is place
for you.You can explore full of Kerala .


Re: live in Cochin

by lady2byrd

Cochin is the major city in Kerala. a business capital, a major port, a major gateway to the south, a cultural and tourist center.
Like all business capitals, folks from all parts and diverse walks of life converge and bring a vibrancy to the city. Though it's not a mega city like Mumbai , Bangalore etc it still offers city attractions with old world charm.
Social/ leisure life -Loads of clubs and associations
Some major function or the other happening in Cochin.
People are friendly and helpful Will go out of the way to help
Great getaways close to Cochin -
The backwaters (Allepey) is only an hours and a half drive away So also Kumarakom
The great mountain ghats ( Munnar- Hill station) is but 03 hrs away
Thekkady Wildlife sanctuary is again but 03 hrs away
One thing for sure, it will sure make a whale of a difference after two years in Africa. Need more info /help drop a line at

Re: Re: live in Cochin

by shipman

Thanks introduction.

Also see that you are right now in Vizak.
Have to go there first.

Vizak and Cochin are two ports that Dubai are running, so before taking over the latter, have to go check out progress first in the other.

In the past visited Mumbai a lot and that is too much for me, but sounds like I will pretty much settle easily in the South - as you said, espcially after two years of not just Africa, but Djibouti.

Enjoy your trip.


Travel Tips for Kochi

Indian Railways to Ernakulam

by cochinjew

I look forward to the day when Air France will start flying to Cochin from Paris, until then I will Air France from Paris to Bangalore and then take the train ( I really dont wish to fly cheap airlines domestically, such as Air Deccan!) The other pleasant alternative is the one I will do today.
At 9 pm today, I have a reserved ticket on a 2A sleeper class to Ernakulam. the fare is now under 1000 inr ( about 20 usd or 16 euros ). One is able to stretch out and sleep and until Kerala, the train speeds through the sleepy Tamil Nadu. Once the sun breaks the horizon, the train slows down and it is time to enjoy the verdant scenery of Kerala, while the train passes through stations with magical names..
Tea is to be had while the train stops, occasionally one gets idli wrapped in banana leaves. by 11 am, one reaches Ernakulam and I expect to be invited to the buffet, sumptious by any standards, very good Kerala food, my favourite indian food, at the Metropolitan Hotel.
Hag Sameach to all Chaverim Tovim e am israel.. Tomorrow night begins Pesach.

Lunch at Metropolitan Hotel ..full of techies

by cochinjew about The Restaurant

A buffet dinner..
excellent curries from kerala and a smattering of north indian food but the food is Kerala Spice.. and you would be surprised to know that the chef is from Nepal.. he told me that most of the chefs in this part of the world are from Nepal.. I remember seeing Nepali people cooking at the Fort Cochin area as well.
Suresh took me and Sunil to Lunch. A sumptous lunch, cost us less than 8 usd for three... great value..

Jewish graveyard

by MikeAtSea

Behind the synagogue one can find various tomb stones of citizens of the Jewish community that was buried here. Some of those tomb stones are more than 150 years old. Since the community has become smaller and smaller it is doubtfull if many more will use this graveyard in the years to come.

IDIOM Bookstore

by cochinjew

There are two in Cochin, one here near the Dutch Palace and another near the Princess Street. The selection of books including some in translation into French are varied. The owner is an Englishman with love for India and also literature. The offerings on very Indian oriented, with large section on writers from India. The office manager has been there for a while, and I have dealt with him before.
Todays purchase to which he added a 10 per cent discount
Patrick French The world is what it is: the authorized biography of VS Naipaul 595 INR
Amitav Ghosh Sea of Poppies 599 inr
Paul Scott the Jewel in the Crown 470 inr
Chakoral Radhakrishnan fragments d’ombre
Kamala Das L’Histoire de ma Vie
Highly recommended.

The lady there was very helpful and the selection is rather good and moreover she was able to find out whether the books we enquired were available or not and order them for us
I asked her about Richard Zimlers book The guardian of the Dawn, sure enough they had a copy not in the store but could get one for me..
Quite impressed, a good range of Indian literature and also the usual tea table books of pictures about India and its culture.
She also said she will find out about
Tim Parks
Dreams of Rivers and Seas
Two books recommended to me:
Arvind Adiga White Tiger and Kiran Nagarkar Reven and Eddie
I am very satisfied with my BOOK buying experience in Cochin.

Smart Cohin

by emiljohns

Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.

This lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. Its proximity to the equator, the sea and the mountains provide a rich experience of a moderate equatorial climate.

Strictly speaking, Cochin is a small town. But, Cochin has outgrown its original bounds and is now the general name given to much of the region adjoining the original town, which now includes Cochin, Fort Kochi, Mattanchery, Ernakulam and many other nearby towns and villages. Cochin is situated in Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala. Ernakulam is also the name of a town - the administrative capital of Ernakulam district - but, for all practical purposes Ernakulam and Cochin, generally, refer to the same place.

Kochi is the arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala, rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler's '50 greatest places of a lifetime'.

This page is an attempt to capture the beauty and vigour of this city and provide as much information as possible to people who wish to know more or visit Cochin. This page will use Cochin and Kochi interchangeably since they refer to the same place. Kochi is the original name of the city, while Cochin is the colonial name.


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