Cochin (Kochi), India

Cochin (Kochi) is an important port city and the center of spice trading on the south west coast of India. It is a part of Kerala state. In was the first European colony in India. There are a lot of tourist attractions, museums, parks, nature sites in and around Kochi

Climate

Kochi has a tropical monsoon climate. This type of climate ensures little seasonal changes in temperature. The average temperature is between 23 and 31 °C (73 and 88 °F). It rains heavily from June to September. Than during October to December it rains a lot, but less than during the previous months. There are some 120 rainy days every year. The bets time to visit Kochin is from August to February. During March and April tourists can experience really harsh Indian summer. Currently Kochi concentrates on the development of tourism, IT and the port trading.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air

Cochin International Airport (CIAL) is the main airport located about 28 km north from Kochi (Nedumbassery). It hosts both international and domestic airlines. It is the fourth busiest airport in India. In connects the city with Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Sharjah, Kuala Lumpur, Jeddah, Dubai-International, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Muscat, Salalah, Sharjah,Trivandrum, Agatti, Bahrain, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Doha, Dubai-International, Muscat, SharjahColombo, Singapore, Malé, Visakhapatnam and some other cities. People can get to the city using local bus services. They go to various spots of the city. Also one can take a taxi, using Cochin Airport Taxi Society (CATS) counters. In these counters one book and prepay a taxi. The counters are located at the arrivals sections of the airport. CATS also provides half day and full-day trips in Kochi.

Train

Cochin is well-connected with other part of India by train. North Station (Ernakulam Town Station) and South Station (Ernakulam Junction Station) are main train stations inside of the city. The majority of the long distance Kelaran trains pass through South Station. While North Station is used by Inter City trains.

Bus

Kochi has scheduled bus connections with Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Madurai, Ooty, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Salem, and Trichy. There are both government and state buses there.

Car

Cochin is connected with other cities by 3 national highways. It has a way to Malabar, Mangalore, Goa and Mumbay (NH 66). NH 544 leads to Palakkad. And NH 49 connects Cochin with Ramaeswaram.

Ferry

Kochi is one of the safest harbors in the Indian Ocean. Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation operates boat services. There are passenger ships to Colombo and Lakshadweep.