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Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, which means 'a small lagoon', is an important and captivating port of Kerala located in the district of Ernakulam. The city boasts of a world-class port connecting it to many famous cities over the world.

Kochi attracts travelers from all over the world to its shores. Tourism acts as a big draw for Kochi offering several places that are a must-see. Blessed with endless ancient churches and a coastline of 48 kms, the port city has beaches like Cherai, Fort Kochi which are crowded by international and national tourists.

Kochi is a sparkling, green port city in Kerala, which stands dotted with a number of sites and monuments of historical significance.

Reaching Cochin from any airport in UK is now possible with our cheap travel offers, low cost airlines, cheap car hire and other special discounts. Book your flights and car hire with us to save on some cash. Your city tour begins from the Cochin International Airport (COK) in your rented cab and drops you to your desired destination or hotel. Book early with Crystal Travel to avail such exciting offers!


Keeping in mind the overall infrastructure that this region provides to the swarming tourists, you can plan a trip to Kochi nearly anytime of the year. However, the peak season to travel to Kochi is between October and April, when hot and dry climate creeps in, along with a lot of water sports.



Apart from lush mangroves, coconut trees and the translucent backwaters, Kochi occupies significant and attractive tourist destinations of good reputation. Fort Kochi is one gigantic timeless structure that transports you to another world and time. The striking Bolgatty Palace is the oldest existing structure that draws many crowds towards its beauty. The Chinese fishing nets are fixed land installments, which are unique and an unusual method of fishing.

Another charming place is the Mattancherry Palace, built by the Dutch. Who can forget the popular and the beautiful Marine Drive promenade facing the backwaters of Kochi? It’s one of the most talked about hangout place for tourists. Other noteworthy places include St. Francis church, Willingdon Island, Pareekshith Thampuran Museum, the Jewish Synagogue and many more.


Cochin cuisine comprises of an impressive assortment of mouth-watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, having a distinctive taste and flavour. There are amazing restaurants in Kochi serving these delicacies. Try out thoran, pachadi or kaalan while eating anywhere in Cochin.

Since bananas are found in abundance here, it happens to be a very vital ingredient of South Indian cuisine. Kallappams or Vellayappams are traditional rice flour pancakes eaten during meals in Cochin.

Being a port city, Cochin also offers a variety of rich non-vegetarian cuisine comprising of an impressive range of seafood delights like 'Meen vevichathu' (fish curry). There's also a host of dishes prepared with chicken, lamb orfish. The rich base of coconut makes Cochin cuisine very delicious and gives it a special flavor of its own.







If you are baffled about what to buy as a gift or a souvenir, visit the little magical curio shops that sell beautiful knick-knacks that depict the traditional characteristics of the South. Kochi is also well-known for its handicrafts, unique and colorful bead jewelry, mat, bangles made of coir and bamboo.

The concept of shopping malls is quite new, and yet, there are a number of places where you can grab the best branded apparels and attires.

At Marine Drive you can shop for watches, bags, perfumes, suitcases and CD's. The Penta Menaka complex has several duty-free shops selling electronic items and gadgets. To avoid excess traveling, head to the famous MG Road to get readymade garments, textiles, home furnishing, handicrafts and home-decor items.



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