Kochi (Cochin) Travel Guide
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- 98%History Buffs
- 93%Local Culture
- 83%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 77%Business Travelers
- 68%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (37)
- Kochi (Cochin)Member ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 18, 2013
The commercial and business center of Kerala, Kochi is smartly divided between the precincts of Ernakulam (the market district, where the rail junction is) and the quaint colonial zone of Fort Cochin across the water. Fort Cochin is the main draw for the city, and its waterside location, good restaurants and shopping, and picturesque cantilevered fishing nets are all rather lovely, even if it's a pretty serious tourist trap. There's a ton of lodging here in all price ranges. Ernakulam, on the other hand, draws fewer tourists, but it's a tiny, prosperous little town, and fun to explore when the hokey-ness of Fort Cochin starts to wear thin.
- Kochi (Cochin)Member ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersFeb 26, 2013
From the Chinese fishing nets lining the coast to the impressive Kathakali dance performances, native and foreign cultures have mixed to create a wonderful cultural hybrid in Kochi. There's even a synagogue here (in Jew Town... on Jew Street... seriously). Kochi is a lovely, relaxing spot to stay for a few days before setting off for a backwater adventure a little further south.
- Kochi (Cochin)Feb 06, 2013
Cochin (also known as Kochi) on the Keralan coast sits in the center of the state. It a very beautiful and interesting place to stay and explore. Mattancherry Peninsula is the historical part of the peninsula where picturesque allies, fishermen’s Chinese nets and the magnificent Fort Cochin and neighborhood Jewtown with its ancient synagogue and old street attract tourists from all over the world. Fort Cochin also has wonderful architecture, sophisticated guesthouses and hotels and restaurants that line the sea front. There a lot to do and see in Cochin. You can visit The Dutch Palace Museum, watch a kathakali performance (traditional Keralan theater with dance, mime, music, and costumes symbolizing the stories of Indian mythology), or simply stroll around the old town. A great place to take a walk is Manchari, on the sea front, to see the Chinese fishing nets used by fishermen in Kerala. If you arrive in the morning you can see the fishermen returning with fish and bring it to the docks.
Walking around Jew town, the city of the Jews is another great way to spend the day .It was once a lively Jewish neighborhood although today most of the Jewish community who lived here in the past no longer live there but there are still around five families from the original community that reside there. The Synagogue at the end of the street is has an impressive Spanish-style courtyard and many old tombstones written in Hebrew. Today the area feels a bit like a market place with lots of antiques and spice shops.
- Kochi (Cochin)Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Feb 05, 2013
The Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing, It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China!Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets. A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets.
- Kochi (Cochin)Member ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Nov 25, 2012
This is a beautiful little town in Kerala, famous for its giant wooden fishing nets along the coast. The historic center is great for wandering around, with a few nice cafes. There are some amazing hotels in the old town near the water.
- Kochi (Cochin)Aug 05, 2012
I did Ayurveda in Kochi, it's a pretty place, don't expect beautiful beaches because there are none. It's tropical India, lot's of palm trees, i don't think it would be what people expect of India. The people are friendly, the markets are awesome. The ride on the barge from one side of Kochi to the other is scary and fun, there are carrier ships crossing paths with tiny fishing boats and canoes. You need good shoes because the roads are bad and you do alot of walking. Bus is a good way to get around, choose your time of day, but it's nothing like Delhi or Mumbai. Lots of weird european influence, there are a few gothic churches, not that interesting.
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