Kochi Travel Guide

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Kochi Highlights

  • Pro
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     Old city's languorous pace, modern city's surprises 

  • Con
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     Humidity and heat during March when we visited 

  • In a nutshell
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     A Fascinating place, A melting pot of cultures! 

Kochi Things to Do

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  • Chinese Fishing Nets

    This is the most awesome sight in Fort Kochi. Just a leisurely 5 minute walk from Saj Homestay and there they were! Its amazing to see something so fundamental and ancient still in use today. These fishing nets are made from bamboo and work using ropes weighted by rocks. The net is lowered by a fisherman walking on the bamboo pole and left in the...

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  • St Francis Church

    St. Francis Church is India's earliest European church. Built by the Portuguese in the early 1500's, this wooden church with its simple whitewashed facade became the model for later churches. It was dedicated to St. Anthony. It was originally surrounded by the Portuguese fort which gave the town its name (Fort Cochin. A stone church soon replaced...

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  • Mattancherry Palace

    Not being much into churches and temples I did want to give the Dutch Palace a squiz and enjoyed it. It is really cheap to enter and I liked the big rooms and high ceilings as well as the lovely big pictures of the Rajas that inhabited it. Check the link below for the full history. I would recommend a visit here. The drive to the Palace through...

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  • Kathakali

    As explained on my opening page, this traditional dance show was amazing. We saw the performers putting on their colourful face paint and then went into the theatre for the show. The show was a mixture of facial expressions using the eyes and facial muscles and various forms of traditional Kathkali dance. There is no dialogue - the whole show...

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  • Backwater

    KTDC charge 400/- half day(4 hrs) 650/-full day(7hrs) back water tour.. but some private companies.. charge only 450/- full day tour (7hrs) include lunch.. arround 20 peoples on the very good boat.. with guide.. and staff.. ...When i were checking tips before i travel to kerala.. no one wrote the prices of back water .. and no one even reply the...

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  • Fish Market

    Near Vasco de Gama Square and the Chinese Fishing Nets is a small fish market. The freshest seafood -fish, prawns, lobsters - can be purchased and cooked for you (made to order) in one of the stalls. Coconuts and other snacks are available nearby. The area comes to life at night with locals and foreigners. A great place for photos.

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Kochi Restaurants

  • Cheap Local Food

    We came here twice too. Guess why?... ;o)This restaurant has a better write up than Cochin Fort Restaurant on Trip Adviser however I would recommend the latter for food. Still, the staff were nice, food was cheap and came out quickly and hubby was able to watch the cricket on TV whilst I played with my camera as you can see from the photos :o)The...

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  • Cochin Fort Restaurant Kochi by...

    We ate here twice. It wasn't because the food was fantastic.... it was mainly because we could get a cold beer here! If you didn't know.... you know now.... Not all places sell beer in Kerala. However the staff were very friendly and the wash rooms were clean. The food was cheap.I ordered duck the first time around and it was a bit bony. Second...

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  • Authentic Indo-Chinese fusion food at...

    Freshly prepared tasty Indian-Chinese fusion food has a home in Kochi - and its called China Mirch. Located at the Deshabhimani junction, close to the stadium, this restaurant adds meaningful choice for the foodies in Kochi. Several new dishes, like the Chinese Biryani, Thai Pataka and Lettuce Wraps seduce customers with taste and rich texture. The...

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Kochi Nightlife

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    Steet - Kochi

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    This bar has several areas. There is the more 'upmarket' area, where mostly Westeners are seen, and then the side entrance leads to another bar where you can meet local people. It is a nice place to visit as it is very centrally located in Fort Kochi.

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Kochi Transportation

  • Local Fort Kochi Tuk Tuk Driver Anas

    Anas our local Tuk Tuk driver for 2 days was awesome! :o) It is so cheap to hire the Tuk Tuk's .... why would you want to walk in the heat, when you can have the breeze on your face sitting in the back seat of the Tuk Tuk in comfort whilst you watch the colourful sights of Fort Kochi pass by :o)Anas took such good care of us and at the end we...

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  • To Kochi & From The Airport

    Cochin (COK) airport is an international airport but the terminal is small and manageable. Kochi is well connected to major cities in India. Some of the airlines that fly into Kochi include: SpiceJet, Indigo, Go Air, Air India, Jet Airways, and JetKonnect. You can check makemytrip.com or cleartrip.com to compare flight schedules and fares, but I'd...

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  • Motorcycles, Scooters, & Bicycles

    In Fort Kochi you can rent a bicycle, scooter, or motorcycle to get around. In almost all Indian cities, I would never recommend doing so (even in Goa, it can be a little rough!), But in Fort Kochi I think it's a great way to get around. The atmosphere is so casual and relaxing and the traffic is light - and not so crazy as in other places!Rates...

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Kochi Shopping

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  • From Bargain Hunting to Expensive...

    From bargain hunting to expensive shopping. Yes we got sucked in :o)This is a ploy of the local tuk tuk drivers when they take you sight seeing. We ended up spending more than what we wanted to, but still got a bargain compared to buying jewellery with precious gems back in Australia. Remember before saying no to your friendly tuk tuk driver,...

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  • Market Stalls Fort Kochi by aussirose

    Being a big fan of batik hippy pants, I couldn't wait to go shopping for a bargain. The markets along the foreshore at the Chinese Fishing Nets were a great place to start. These markets are great for bargain shoppers like me :o)The 3rd photo is of more batik pants shops around the corner from the Vasco De Gama House.4th and 5th photos are of a...

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  • Beautiful Kashmiri Arts & Crafts in Fort...

    When I was Fort Cochin this year I randomly entered Sofi Arts & Crafts, a small shop on Quiros Street. I ended up staying and talking to the owner a long time and I bought some beautiful scarves. The owner, Sofi, is a 28 year old Kashmiri. He surprised me with his honesty and the different (not pushy!) way in which he worked. This was certainly a...

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Kochi Local Customs

  • Kerala Special Tea

    Special Tea - Beer!Not all restaurants in Kerala have a beer and wine licence. To make it worse we just happened to visit during election time. A few days before the election the existing licences are removed from ALL restaurants that have them... which means you can't buy a cold beer anywhere! (31 March to around 2 April). That is when they need...

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  • Street Food

    One of my very favorite things about India is the variety of (very inexpensive) street foods. There are literally thousands of street vendors selling everything from grilled veg sandwiches to pani puri to corn on the cob. Take heed of the usual warnings - don't eat anything raw (fruits should have skin that can be peeled), don't patronize vendors...

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  • Mundu - the South Indian 'Dhoti'

    Closely related to the dhoti or lungi, the men's mundu is a garment worn around the waist in Kerala. The floor-length mundu can have enough material to wrap around your body a couple of times. It is normally woven in cotton, which is cooler in the heat. The mundu comes in a white or cream color depending if the material has been bleached or not.A...

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Kochi Warnings and Dangers

  • Mosquitoes

    Out of all the towns and cities that I have visited in India, we had the worst time with mosquitoes in Kochi. Be sure to have some repellent and wear generously. Odomos is available in most general stores and all medical stores. For your room, you might want to get an electric repellent that plugs into the wall socket. If you're eating outdoors -...

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  • Be Safe, Stay Healthy

    It is as important to be aware of the possible dangers and scams as it is to be culturally aware and sensitive. I've put together a comprehensive list that should cover most of the situations you encounter.The tips are separated as such:Travel Within IndiaWomen TravelersTaking PhotosHealth & EatingRespect & Common CourtesiesSafety/PoliceMischevious...

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  • Le tourister travel agency

    We booked our tour packet with Le tourister ,contacting all time through e-mail with Remesh Chandran Leisure Consultant. We sent also 50% of full amount ,as prepaimant, after arriving in Kochi we meet with Remesh in his office and paid to him rest of payment, hi gave us receipt,and we drove to our tour. Next day we were in Munnar, visiting very...

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Kochi Tourist Traps

  • Princess Street the Tourist Ghetto

    PRINCESS STREET THE TOURIST GHETTOThe word ghetto could truly be applied to Princess Street, a street lined with guest houses, western oriented restaurants, kashmiri peddlers selling rajasthani goods and the invariable Internet Café.The experience here is un authentic, is similar to the many tourist ghettos of HoChiMinh City, Hanoi, Bangkok and...

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  • Trade in stolen SD Cards

    Stolen may not be the right word, but things the tourists forget in tourist buses or where they go to. in the end it is in the market and the sellers usually dont know the price and would be happy to get a few rupees for it. I was very suspicious of it when an SD card was offered for a small price, when i put the SD card there were many pictures of...

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  • Local Brand of Jinateros

    Jinateros is the term we use in Cuba for young men, who try to make a living befriending tourists. They know few words of English or French or italian , duping you to believe that you can communicate with them.Usually they are to be found in and around cheap hotels or guest houses of Fort Cochin or at the casual restaurants of the bayshore near the...

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Kochi What to Pack

  • Light weight travel

    Travel light....it can be hot and humid! Even a light bag will feel heavy!A day sack for carrying camera , water, sunscreen etc Loose light weight clothingSlip on shoes for doing the sights....Jewish synagogue, Dutch palace etc, you need to remove your shoes before entering, but if using the ferries, beware that you sometimes have to jump between...

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  • A few tips

    Travel light, as you have a lot of shopping oppurtunities! It is much better to wear cotton shirts, as T-shirts become clingy, soggy and does not "breathe" well. Mosquito repellent comes in very handy.

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  • Digital Photo storage

    How are you going to store thousands of high resolution pictures when you're on a photo safari trip? The answer is get yourself a digital photo storage that capable of synchronize you picture whenever your CF/SD/MS is full at your own timing.You can even forget about looking for cyber cafe to transfer & burn pictures into CDs. Try to imagine...

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Kochi Off The Beaten Path

  • Athirappilly Waterfalls Kerala by...

    If you like waterfalls and nice mountain scenery, then hire an air-con taxi for the day and visit Athirappilly Waterfalls. We went there on a round about trip on the way to the airport as our flight was late at night and we had a day to kill.Even a bit of rain did not hinder us from getting these nice pictures. Our driver found a lovely restaurant...

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  • Alleppey for Golden Sand Beaches

    Alleppey south of Kochi has lovely Golden Sand Beaches. Having said that, in Australia we are spoilt for beaches and I was faced with a dilemma when choosing accommodation. As you already know, I ended up booking us into a resort in Kumerakom and I am glad that we stayed there instead of Alleppey.So I gave up accommodation near a beach in Alleppey....

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  • Visit the Backwaters and Famous Rice...

    The gorgeous backwaters of Kerala is the reason why we came to India. Our trip consisted of a few days in Fort Kochi and a few days in Kumerakom. Kumerakom is the home of the backwaters so that is where we took this boat ride.If you cannot make it to spend a few days in Kumerakom, then you will be able to organise a trip from your accommodation in...

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Kochi Favorites

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  • Education, Health and Social Sevices

    My working life was spent in public service so I was interested when our guide, Joseph, spoke about the high standard of services provided in Kerala and specially in Kochi.We noticed several schools, and schoolchildren in uniform - one schoolgirl group I spotted were dressed in brown and blue, almost exactly the same as the uniform I wore in early...

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  • Good South Indian Food

    People who have travelled to India and especially the southern cone of it, know very well that the Indian Restaurants in the west usually represent a very narrow aspect of the cuisine of this much varied cuisined country.For some reason or other, I prefer the cuisine of South India: Idlis and dosais for breakfast; Lunch Meals with multiple...

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  • Good South Indian Food

    People who have travelled to India and especially the southern cone of it, know very well that the Indian Restaurants in the west usually represent a very narrow aspect of the cuisine of this much varied cuisined country.For some reason or other, I prefer the cuisine of South India: Idlis and dosais for breakfast; Lunch Meals with multiple...

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