Dynamic and enchanting Kochi is one of India's largest and oldest port cities, imbued with disparate cultures. The striking Kerala entryway is located on the country's southwestern coast. A collection of islands, peninsulas, and villages. Kochi offers atmospheric, historical towns and vibrant, fast-paced metropolitan centres.
When to enjoy the seasons and holidays
Kochi has a tropical climate with daytime temperatures ranging from 30°-35°C. Monsoon season is from mid-May until September. From September through February cool winds and light, intermittent showers prevail. Kochi summers are from February to May, with March and April having the highest humidity. Peak travel season is from August-February, with December considered the busiest month.
Kochi holidays and festivals attract many visitors. The Onam Harvest Festival lasts for 10 days from mid-August until mid-September. Multi-ethnic festivals and holidays include Holi and Diwali (changing dates). Christmas (December 25th) and Easter (March/April, dates vary). Islamic festivals celebrated in Kochi include Eid ul-Fitr, Milad-e-sherif (dates vary). The National Cochin Festival occurs in the last week of December until New Year's Day. Parades and traditional dancing highlight the colourful celebration.
Facts to know before travelling
Kochi's low cost of living reflects in the price of a full meal out of around 50 rupees. Nevertheless, accommodation prices are high compared to some other Indian cities.
Kochi transport and hotel options
Cochin Airport is situated about 30 km from central Kochi. KSRT-operated and air-conditioned bus transport takes an hour and forty minutes to get to the city centre and costs ₹80 or so, while taxis cost about ₹1200.
Hostel prices are at around 800 Rs. Medium-price hotels cost about 2,000 rupees. Guests will find a range of hotel types and prices in different areas. The Fort Cochin area is quiet with numerous boutique hotels. Willingdon Island has more upmarket accommodation offerings. Ernakulam City caters to all accommodation budgets.
Ferry transport cost varies e.g. between Fort Kochi and the mainland the costs are about 4 rupees from Park Jetty to Fort Kochi. For travellers opting to use city buses, the fares are around four rupees for the first kilometre. Taxi transport in Kochi costs approximately 50 rupees for the first three kilometres. Auto rickshaw transport fares are around 10 rupees for the first 1.25 kilometre. Scooter hire is available from about ₹300 per day. Cycling is also a good alternative in Fort Kochi.