Once you fly to Cochin International Airport (COK), you are 19 miles from Kochi city center. For those going on to pilgrim destinations around the Kerala state.
A bus service offers two classes of transport, and will bring visitors to suburban Kochi bus stations Anglamay or Aluva Rajiv Gandhi Municipal, where you can catch connecting local or long distance services. Taxis are available too, just book and prepay at one of the counters in Arrivals.
The Indian port city of Kochi is a bustling hub worth a visit because its history is so global. In every direction the city shows influences taken from the countries that were Kochi's historic trading partners, namely the Dutch, Portuguese, Arabs, and Chinese, with numerous different architecture and cuisine to be found around the city.
There are plenty of landmarks to see, such as the expansive Chinese Fishing Nets, the Hill Palace, which houses the Royal Crown, and various historic places of worship such as Santacruz Basilica and Thrikkakara Temple. Kodanadu Elephant Training College proves a popular attraction, too.
Kochi has a hot, tropical climate, and monsoon season usually runs mid May to September, with September to December being the most popular time to visit, due to several festivals and celebrations.
For accommodation, Vypin Island is popular with tourists and contains quaint fishing villages and popular beaches. Willingdon Island is also a favorite among those looking for upmarket hotels.
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