Kochi is a beautiful city that will spark the cultural thirst in you and it’s beautiful colonial styled streets and buildings will make you feel like you have transported back a few centuries. You have amazing beaches here to chill at and many beautiful forts and churches to admire. And I am so glad that I included it in my Kerala itinerary as there was so much to see and explore here.
So, are you excited to visit Kochi? With the help of this guide, you can plan a perfect trip to this place and enjoy the most out of it!
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How to reach Kochi
There are a few ways to reach Kochi. We have covered all the modes of transport for you so that you can choose the best one for yourself!
Cost: 2000 – 6000 INR
If you are coming from a bit far, then this is the most convenient and fastest way to reach Kochi. You can find many amazing flight deals also if you plan ahead of time. Kochi has an International airport named so you can take a flight from your city to this place. Ideally, a return flight ticket from anywhere inside India shouldn’t cost you more than 2000-6000 INR.
If you aren’t interested in paying a high price to reach Kochi and have enough time with you, then you can take a train to the Ernakulam Railway Station. This station is well connected to several other major cities’ railway stations like Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad. However, it takes a lot of time to reach by train so plan accordingly. You can easily travel via train in just 1000 INR if you aren’t looking for too much luxury.
If you are a daredevil like me and really don’t care about comfort, then you can also choose to go to a sleeper or in a general coach. A general coach will cost you just 185 INR from Bangalore.
Cost: Public Bus – 600 INR, Private Bus – 1200 INR
Another way to reach Kochi is by bus or taking your own car. The road is pretty good and smooth so you can easily drive here with your car else you can just book a bus. You will find a lot of buses connected Ernakulum to Bengaluru, Chennai, etc. You will find many public and private buses to reach here. A public bus will cost you around 500-600 INR for the journey while a private bus will cost you around 900-1500 INR.
Top Things to do in Kochi
Explore Fort Kochi on foot
Fort Kochi is small and amazing and is filled with a lot of amazing street arts and architectures to look at. I had an amazing time exploring my surroundings while walking. So, make sure that you walk around this place because you will surely come across a lot of amazing things which you might have otherwise missed if you had traveled by a rickshaw or an auto.
Chill at the Fort Kochi Beach
You can also sit down at the Kochi Fort beach and enjoy a beautiful sunset or just watch the Chinese finishing nets at work. You can also go for a walk on this beach road at night and just look out at the sea and chill. Trust me, it is really peaceful to hang out here and you just might get to witness a storm too.
Visit the Various Monuments and Architectures
You will find many amazing monuments like the Jewish Synagogue, St. Mary’s Cathedral, fort, and so on to visit and learn about. You can also shop and eat at the Jew road and stroll around for some time. Mattunchery Palace is one amazing place to check out where you will learn the history of Kochi and how it has evolved over there years and the Jew Street is the perfect place to shop for interesting unique items to take home as souvenirs for your friends and family.
Visit beaches in Ernakulam
Apart from Fort Kochi, Ernakulam has many amazing beaches and beachside places that one can hang out at. You can walk on the Marine Drive and eat ice cream while looking at the sea. Trust me, it’s the best combination ever!! You can also check out other beaches in Ernakulum like Cherai beach, Aniyal beach, Ambedkar beach, and so on.
Drink Kalukki Sharbat at a local stall
One special recommendation would be to try the Kalukki Sharbat here which is a little tangy in flavor and provides a great way to refresh yourself. You will find it in most local stalls around Ernakulum and it is quite fascinating to watch how it is made too. So, make sure you do not miss out on this amazing local drink!!
Go to Athirapally waterfalls
Although this place doesn’t lie inside oh Kochi and is actually situated a couple of km outside it, it is one place that you shouldn’t miss out on. This place is not crowded with tourists and offers a great getaway for anyone who wants to enjoy some alone time with nature. I didn’t have enough time or means to reach this waterfall myself but if you do, please don’t miss out on these beautiful waterfalls.
Where to Eat in Kochi
Cost: 100-200 INR
In Fort Kochi, you have a lot of beautiful and well-maintained restaurants but they won’t be cheap. You can also eat at the stalls which you can find throughout the city. They sell a variety of snacks which are cheap and delicious. A typical meal in a decent restaurant will set you back by 200 – 300 INR per person.
However, there are many home eatery places here too which offer you a decent lunch in just 80-100 INR.
In Munnar, you will find a lot of eating joints in the main city and the market area but not many outside the city. So, if you are living a little far off from the city, you would need to eat your dinner timely. You will find here restaurants supporting all range of budgets and tastes.
I particularly enjoyed having lunch at a local shop when visiting the Top Station View Point. Our lunch cost around 120 bucks which included Rice, vegetable curry, sambhar, another curry, and fish and could easily be eaten by two people. You could also take a second serving and the food was really delicious.
You can also try Surya Somao if you are interested in Non-Vegetarian food. A nice meal here would cost you around 100-150 INR per person.
Also, you would find here many amazing bakeries to try out so don’t miss out on those.
Where to Stay in Kochi
Cost: 200 – 300 INR per night
In Kochi, you would find a lot of hostels and hotels to stay at, both luxurious and budget based.
You are likely to find more hostels in the Fort Kochi area and trust me, that is the area to stay in. I stayed in a hostel named Santa Maria in a 6-bed A.C dorm which cost around 300 for me per night. The hostel was amazing and provided you with free breakfast and had many books and games to interest you in.
How to Travel in Kochi
Traveling around in Kerala is pretty easy and cheap. It is well connected with buses so you are most likely to find a bus to every corner of the city.
You can easily travel around Kochi using buses which are both well-connected and cheap. You will find many buses covering the Fort Kochi and Ernakulam bus station routes.
If not buses, then you can use Uber or taxis here for traveling around. You can also take a ferry from Fort Kochi to Ernakulum boat point to reach quickly.
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