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Informasi dan Panduan Perjalanan Kota Mumbai Panduan kota yang komprehensif untuk setiap individu, Jadilah warga kota Mumbai atau turis. Tahu, Pahami dan Rasakan bagaimana ibu kota Mumbai melalui Galeri Foto dan Video dan Bagian Lain dari situs ini. Ingat, panduan perjalanan yang kompatibel mobile juga tersedia untuk Ponsel Android yang membantu Anda membuat perjalanan Anda lancar dan mudah meskipun Anda mengunjungi pertama kali ke kota. PDF Informasi kota dan perjalanan yang dapat ditempuh seperti Jadwal Kereta Lokal, Tarif Taksi Otomatis, Kalkulator Jarak Jauh Jalan, Pin Locator, Merk dan Cabang, Atraksi Kota, Saluran Bantuan, Pilihan Hiburan seperti Film, Tempat Wisata dan Detil Wisata Lengkap tersedia. Mumbai adalah kota dengan beragam budaya di mana orang-orang dari seluruh penjuru dunia keluar. Citarasanya yang berbeda dari orang-orang yang tinggal, tempat-tempat yang ada, bersama membuat kota ini penuh warna, menyenangkan dan tempat yang mudah Anda cintai. Dalam setiap edisi Mumbai Dairy, kami akan melakukan perjalanan menyusuri jalur memori, selokan, raastas di Mumbai dan membawa kembali rasa kota yang telah memperkayanya selama bertahun-tahun dan terus menjadi inti dari Mumbai bahkan sampai hari ini. Kami akan menampilkan semua toko, perpustakaan, restoran, jalan-jalan atau tempat lain yang membawa Anda kembali ke masa lalu yang baik di Mumbai dan mewakili pesona dunia lama kota Mumbai. Sebagai pemandu wisata, turis bertanya kepada kami kapan waktu terbaik untuk mengunjungi Mumbai. Jawaban kami ada di Mumbai kapanpun tepat waktu. Setelah semua kesenangan tidak pernah ada di sini. Tapi kalau bisa ada bulan antara bulan November sampai Januari. Bukan hanya karena iklim Mumbai yang normal lembab mengambil istirahat dan mendinginkan tumitnya. Suhu berkisar antara 20 Derajat yang menyenangkan dan 18 derajat celcius. Ini juga merupakan saat Mumbai berada pada saat yang meriah. Alasan yang sangat penting untuk ini adalah bahwa tiga festival paling india Diwali, Ramzan dan Natal saling mengikuti. Hampir terasa seperti Mumbai telah keluar berpakaian dengan pakaian paling berwarna dan siap berpesta tanpa henti. Festival Teater Prithvi menjadi tontonan musim pernikahan besar India. Dari pameran hingga pameran seni. Cuaca juga berkontribusi pada perasaan bahagia secara umum, jadi masuk dan seperti yang mereka katakan di Mumbai, Aish Kar Travel Note. Sebelum memberikan rincian lebih lanjut tentang pariwisata, Kami sangat menyarankan Anda untuk mendownload Aplikasi Android Gratis kami yang memiliki segala sesuatu yang Anda lihat di situs ini. Hal yang Perlu Diketahui Kita tahu bepergian di kota baru tidaklah mudah kecuali jika Anda mendapatkan panduan yang tepat atau informasi online yang mudah sebelum Anda memulai. Kami mengetahuinya dan jadi pemandu kota Mumbai kami datang untuk membantu Anda, berikut beberapa hal yang harus Anda ketahui yang membuat perjalanan Anda mudah. Pahami bahasa dasarnya. Kenali Slangs. Jika Anda seorang migran, rujuklah dokumen penting untuk diperhatikan. Periksa beberapa rincian tentang mata uang Juga rujuk New ke Mumbai dan hal-hal yang perlu diketahui panduan untuk referensi mudah. Juga simpan catatan kantor pariwisata lainnya. Kantor Konsulat Visa. Lokasi agen perjalanan yang bijaksana dan perusahaan terkemuka ke dalam bisnis perjalanan di kota yang dapat membantu jika Anda berasal dari negara bagian India tersebut. Travel Options Mumbai memiliki 4 pilihan wisata utama dalam batas kota yang digunakan oleh komuter setiap hari dan mereka adalah Kereta Api Lokal (Called Life Line Travel Option of Mumbai) Autos (Di Area Suburban), Layanan Taksi (Termasuk layanan taksi pribadi seperti Tab Cab, Meru , Cool cab and Other) yang berjalan di luar pinggiran Bandra dan Bus Terbaik (Bus AC BRTS dan Bus Non AC). Checkout di bawah Peta untuk mendapatkan ide atau 3 area utama (lokasi) yaitu City District, Greater Mumbai (Disebut Bombay Sebelumnya) dan Suburban Locations (Western and Eastern Suburbs). Untuk convienence perjalanan lihat peta jaringan kereta api. Daftar nama stasiun kereta api untuk 3 jalur kereta api utama kota yang merupakan wilayah Barat. Tengah dan Pelabuhan. Tips Perjalanan Kereta Lokal Pertama, ketahuilah beberapa hal mendasar tentang Kereta Lokal kami. Selanjutnya jika Anda kehilangan barang bawaan Anda maka Kereta Api Barat hilang dan kereta api pusat yang sama hilang ditemukan. Selanjutnya datang perjalanan di dalam kereta lokal dan rintangan terbesar untuk dihadapi setelah keramaian adalah untuk mendapatkan tiket perjalanan setiap hari. Jika Anda seorang turis, kami sangat menyarankan untuk menggunakan kartu Smart ATVM. Lihat demo untuk memahaminya dengan lebih baik. Airport and Airlines Mumbai memiliki terminal Domestik di Santacruz (Stasiun di Rute Kereta Api Barat di Mumbai Subrub) dan Bandara Internasional di Andheri (lokasi Main Suburb hanya 2 stasiun dari Santacruz), Kedua bandara terhubung satu sama lain secara internal. Kedua bandara tersebut memiliki fauna penting yang dibutuhkan oleh turis manapun di kota. Fasilitas seperti Parkir. Ruang tunggu ATM. Forex. Kursi roda untuk fisik challanged dll sudah tersedia. Pincodes Mumbai city memiliki lebih dari 100 stasiun dan setiap stasiun memiliki berbagai lokasi, Berikut adalah lokasi Pincode (Postal Codes) yang disederhanakan yang membantu Anda mencari lokasi yang berada di bawah kode pos tertentu dan juga membantu Anda mendapatkan pincode lokasi yang dimasukkan. GOTO PINCODES SECTION Jalan Jarak Panduan kota Mumbai kami membantu Anda mendapatkan jarak jalan saat bepergian dari satu lokasi ke lokasi lain. Kalkulator jarak ini juga menghitung jarak dari kota Mumbai ke kota dan negara bagian lain di sekitar India. Dengan rincian seperti Total kilometer, Waktu Perjalanan yang ditempuh, Rute dan Maps, mudah bagi siapa saja untuk merencanakan perjalanan darat mereka. Alat ini juga sangat membantu bagi bisnis travel. Jarak Di Dalam Kota Dari Mumbai ke Kota Lain Biasanya Mumbai mengalami 3 musim di Musim Panas, Musim Dingin dan Musim Gugur, Berikut adalah beberapa ikhtisar tentang setiap dan update cuaca terbaru oleh BBC .. Musim panas. Pada tahun 2009 Anda bisa merasakan panas dan keringat musim panas di Mumbai Dari bulan Maret sampai akhir Juni karena perubahan cuaca. Cuaca panas dan lembab. Suhu maksimum dan minimum masing-masing sekitar 35C dan 25C. Monsun Musim monsun umumnya dimulai dari akhir Juni dan berlangsung hingga September. Dari beberapa tahun terakhir JULI ditemukan untuk mendapatkan yang terbaik dari Monsoon terkadang juga dengan banjir di Mumbai. Hujan sangat deras di Mumbai. Curah hujan tahunan di Mumbai sekitar 200 cm. Suhu masing-masing sekitar 30C dan 20C. Musim dingin Musim dingin dimulai dari bulan November dan berlangsung hingga Februari. Cuaca menyenangkan dan suhunya berkisar antara 15-25C. (Untuk Turis, Ini Bisa Menjadi Waktu Terbaik untuk Berkunjung ke Mumbai Karena Iklim dan Musim Festival yang Baik) Next 3 Days Weather Updates Besok: Sabtu: Cerah, Suhu Maksimum: 36C (97F) Suhu Minimum: 19C (66F) Suhu Maksimum: 36C (97F), Suhu Minimum: 19C (66F), Arah Angin: Utara Easterly, Kecepatan Angin: 4mph, Visibilitas: Sangat Baik, Tekanan: 1015mb, Kelembaban: 15, Resiko UV: 9, Sunrise: 06:31 IST, Sunset : 18:13 IST Hari Setelah: Minggu: Cerah, Suhu Maksimum: 37C (99F) Suhu Minimum: 17C (63F) Suhu Maksimum: 37C (99F), Suhu Minimum: 17C (63F), Arah Angin: Timur Utara Easterly, Wind Kecepatan: 3mph, Visibilitas: Sangat Baik, Tekanan: 1012mb, Kelembaban: 12, Resiko UV: 9, Sunrise: 06:30 IST, Sunset: 18:13 IST Hari Ketiga: Senin: Cerah, Suhu Maksimum: 36C (97F) Minimum Suhu: 17C (63F) Suhu Maksimum: 36C (97F), Suhu Minimum: 17C (63F), Arah Angin: Easterly, Kecepatan Angin: 2mph, Visibilitas: Sangat Baik, Tekanan: 1012mb, Humidit Y: 18, Resiko UV: 9, Sunrise: 06:30 IST, Sunset: 18:13 IST Mumbai hampir setiap merek terkenal memiliki gerai ritel di mal yang terkenal dan berbagai gerai di seluruh kota. Dengan ribuan bisnis lokal beroperasi di sini. BKC di Bandra, Lower Parel, Andheri, Malad Goregaon Link Road dan Nariman Point menjadi lokasi komersial yang paling diminati dengan kantor perusahaan tertinggi yang berkantor pusat di lokasi bisnis utama Mumbai ini. Untuk informasi lebih lanjut tentang lokasi dan persewaan mereka, lihat di sini. Berikut adalah merek bisnis dan alat pencarian cabang mereka yang akan membantu Anda mencapai lebih cepat. Perhatikan bahwa daftar tersebut masih diperbarui dan lebih banyak lagi gerai bisnis semacam itu akan ditambahkan. Shopping City adalah desalan hotspot untuk pecinta belanja, Anda beri nama merek dan gerai yang tersedia. Namun ketika sampai di Shopping, Mumbai memiliki spesialisasi tersendiri karena berbagai detinasi untuk membeli barang Anda. Kami Mumbaikars mengkhususkan diri dalam penawaran terbaik saat berbelanja di pinggir jalan di Fashion Street. Menghubungkan Jalan (Lihat lebih banyak gambar di sini) dan lokasi seperti pasar Bhuleshwar juga. Mereka adalah toko-toko Fashion, dan sejumlah besar mal di sekitar untuk membuat Anda sibuk sepanjang hari. Setelah pertumbuhan yang cepat selama dua dekade terakhir, Kochi sekarang adalah salah satu daerah kota yang paling padat penduduknya di India. Kota Kochi terdiri dari: Peta daerah Kochi Ernakulam Daratan City pusat jantung dan transportasi Kochi dengan tiga bagian berbeda: Kawasan Bisnis Pusat (CBD) yang memiliki Jalan Mahatma Gandhi (Jalan MG) sebagai jalan arteri utama bersama dengan Marine Drive Dan Chitoor Road Downtown dengan kawasan pemukiman kelas atas dan kawasan bisnis di SA Road and Vytilla Junction dan the Suburb with Edapally, Pachalam, Palarivattom yang memiliki banyak area bisnis dan komersial. Pulau Willingdon pulau buatan manusia besar terbuat dari pasir yang dikeruk dari backwaters untuk memperdalam Pelabuhan Kochi. Dinamai setelah Long Willingdon, maka-Viceroy yang berkuasa di India, ia membangun Pelabuhan Kochi, Markas Komando Angkatan Laut Selatan Angkatan Laut India dan banyak hotel bintang lima. Semenanjung Mattencherry dan Fort Kochi (Kochi Lama) terutama daerah kantong turis. Fort Kochi membentuk bagian atas Semenanjung dengan bangunan kolonial yang tersusun rapi, jalan beraspal yang sempit, struktur yang dipengaruhi Anglo-Belanda dan toko barang antik yang besar. Mattancherry terutama adalah kota perdagangan, terkenal dengan permukiman Gujarati yang berkembang di kota pada abad 16 dan 17 oleh perdagangan rempah-rempah. Kochi Barat Bagian bawah Mattancherry, yang terutama merupakan sabuk pengaman pertanian kota. Kawasan ini termasuk desa wisata Kumbalangi yang terkenal, dusun nelayan kecil seperti Edakochi, Kumbalam, Perumpadappu dll, semuanya terkenal dengan keindahan pemandangannya. Pulau Bolgatty pulau tempat Inggris mendirikan Royal Residency, yang kini diubah menjadi hotel bintang lima. Terkenal dengan lapangan golfnya yang besar, jalur berkuda, marina dan permadani. Pulau Vallarpadom dimana Kochi International Mega Container Terminal (ICT) baru dibuka. Pulau Vypin adalah salah satu pulau terpadat di dunia dengan banyak desa nelayan, desa wisata dan Pantai Cherai yang populer. Aluva merupakan kota terbesar kedua di Kochi UA, terkenal dengan tepi sungai Periyar. Bandara Internasional Kochi berada di dekatnya. Kota Thrikakara terkenal dengan Kuil Vamana yang besar, pusat fokal Onam, festival nasional Kerala. Juga rumah dari Universitas Cochin dan lembaga pendidikan lainnya. Thripunithura adalah ibu kota Kerajaan Kochi yang terkenal dengan berbagai istana bersejarah, museum dan kuil, dan sebagai pusat seni. Maradu di sebelah Kochi city menjadi kawasan bisnis yang akan datang dengan sejumlah hotel kelas atas. Kapan harus mengunjungi Edit Musim liburan biasanya dari bulan Agustus sampai Februari. Desember menjadi bulan buru-buru turis paling banyak memiliki banyak atraksi festival dan spesial untuk disambut bersamaan dengan Karnaval Cochin dan perayaan Natal yang terkenal. Musim Onam (pertengahan Agustus-pertengahan September) juga merupakan musim turis yang sibuk dengan mempertimbangkan rangkaian tradisional berbagai perayaan. Baru-baru ini musim hujan dipromosikan oleh dept pariwisata sebagai musim peremajaan yang juga perlahan menjadi musim yang populer untuk dikunjungi untuk mengalami hujan deras. Namun, selalu dianjurkan untuk menghindari bulan Maret dan April, mengingat musim panas yang keras, meskipun pada dasarnya adalah musim turis domestik India. Informasi Wisata Edit Informasi dan peta kota gratis tersedia di kantor Kerala Tourism Development Corp (KTDC) yang dikelola negara di: Tourist Reception office di Marine Drive, 91 484 2353534 dari tempat wisata kota KTDC dimulai. Railway Tourist Office di Ernakulam South Railway Station, 91 484 2378723. Airport Tourist Counter di aula kedatangan kedua terminal, 91 484 2611308, 91 484 2611309. Pusat Informasi Tourist City di Kolektor Tua di Park Ave, 91 484 2381743. Nomor Bebas Pulsa Pusat . 1 800 4254747 Pariwisata India juga memiliki kantor di Willingdon Island 91 484 2668352. Dewan Promosi Wisatawan Distrik (DTPC) juga membantu memberikan informasi kepada wisatawan tentang bagian lain Distrik Kochi, yang dapat dicapai di 91 484 2367334, 91 484 2383988. Masuk ke Edit Kochi terhubung dengan baik melalui udara, jalan, kereta api dan feri dari bagian lain India, dan ke beberapa tujuan internasional. Dengan pesawat Edit Bandara Internasional Cochin Bandara Internasional Cochin (IATA, COK ICAO. VOCI) 1. Jenderal tel: 91 484 305-3000, status penerbangan dan transfer antar-jemput Airline: 91 484 2610115, 91 484 2611322, 91 484 2610033. Terletak di Nedumbassery, 29 km dari pusat kota, ini adalah bandara terbesar di Kerala dan salah satu gerbang utama ke India. Bandara Internasional ini juga merupakan bandar udara Internasional paling ramai di Malaysia. Tourist Visa on Arrival tersedia untuk 11 kebangsaan sesuai Peraturan Pemerintah Imigrasi Indonesia di Biro Imigrasi VOA Counter di dalam bandara. Cochin memiliki penerbangan reguler ke hampir semua kota di Timur Tengah dan beberapa tujuan di Asia Tenggara. Maskapai penerbangan berbiaya rendah India Air India Express, memiliki hub utama di Kochi yang terhubung ke beberapa kota di Timur Tengah, Dubai yang paling menonjol. Yang sama-sama terhubung dengan baik dari sebagian besar kota di India oleh operator domestik Ada layanan charter langsung reguler dari Eropa dan Amerika Serikat selama musim liburan. Bandara yang dikenal dengan arsitektur Kerala yang unik ini memiliki dua terminal, satu untuk Domestik dan lainnya untuk internasional. Keduanya terletak berdampingan, saling terhubung melalui terminal Central Block. Pengunjung tidak bisa masuk ke terminal utama dan harus menunggu di area pengunjung luar. Namun mereka masuk ke terminal upto check in area bersama dengan penumpang pada pembelian tiket pengunjung. Bagasi tidak perlu di-rujuk untuk penumpang internasional karena terminal dilengkapi dengan pengecekan in-line. Namun seseorang perlu memindai di terminal domestik. Fasilitas di dalam dan di sekitar bandara Edit Transit dan penumpang awal dapat menggunakan Airport Guest Hotel di Central Block setiap jam dan per malam untuk Rs 750-3,500. Ini memiliki 14 kamar eksekutif ber-AC dan 2 kamar asrama. Kedua terminal memiliki pilihan belanja. Rumah terminal internasional Cochin Duty Free yang memiliki koleksi merek minuman keras premium, parfum, coklat, perhiasan, kerajinan tangan dan barang-barang lainnya dengan harga bersaing. Beberapa pilihan belanja ada di tempat-tempat hiburan internasional, termasuk Toko Buku WH Smith, Pusat Kerajinan Tangan, Elektronik dll. Terminal internasional ini memiliki restoran multi-cuisine, taman makan teras dan bar lounge dengan fasilitas BBQ yang dioperasikan oleh CGH Earth. Selain itu, Central Block memiliki 5 counter food court, terutama fast food joints. Ada banyak kafe dan sudut camilan di area tunggu. Concourse memiliki jaringan wifi gratis, pusat bisnis kecil, telepon umum gratis untuk telepon lokal dan televisi plasma besar di area tunggu. Lounge premium tersedia untuk penumpang kelas satu dan kelas bisnis. Visa-On-Arrival untuk negara-negara terpilih, akan tersedia pada akhir tahun ini. Bandara tersebut memiliki Kantor Registrasi Daerah Asing yang penuh (FRRO), yang petugas utamanya diberi wewenang untuk memberikan perpanjangan visa, keringanan biaya dan masalah terkait visa lainnya. Pusat Maskapai Penerbangan, yang terletak di sebelah terminal Internasional, menampung sebagian besar perusahaan penerbangan serta agen perjalanan terkemuka. Terminal domestik memiliki arcade belanja yang bagus yang menjual barang-barang Kerala-unik. Restoran ini memiliki restoran multi-cuisine di dalam check-in lobby dan beberapa kafe di dalam tempat keamanan. Ada pilihan yang agak lebih murah setelah keamanan. Terminal domestik memiliki tempat perbelanjaan sebelum check-in, terutama menjual souvenir Kerala. Juga memiliki pilihan belanja terbatas di concourse. Bandara ini memiliki lapangan golf 18 hole yang bagus di dekatnya. Pegolf dapat mendaftar di counter Airport Golf dan membayar biaya hijau untuk menggunakan fasilitas ini. Ada pusat rekreasi, kolam renang ukuran Olimpiade serta lounge bar di klub golf. Ada enam hotel bandara utama, semuanya terletak berlawanan dengan terminal bandara. Ini menawarkan kamar setiap jam. Ada juga banyak budget hotel dan restoran dekat terminal. Mendapatkan ke dan dari bandara Edit Dengan bus Edit Bus Orange untuk antar jemput bandara KSRTC mengoperasikan dua kelas layanan bus dari bandara: penumpang cepat (White-Blue Livery), ekspres super cepat (Green or Red Bus) (beroperasi setiap 10-20 Menit ke sebagian besar kota dan tempat terdekat.Kedua layanan bersifat dasar dan tanpa embel-embel. Semua layanan bus berhenti hanya di titik bus yang terletak di dekat Central Block (kota-kota). KSRTC juga mengoperasikan layanan premium ber-AC yang Terdiri dari armada Volvo modern, lebih dikenal dengan Orange Bus, beroperasi setiap 30-40 menit ke Kota Kochi melalui Aluva, Kalamassery, Vytilla dan berakhir di Fort Cochin. Biaya adalah 70 Rs atau kurang. Perjalanan memakan waktu 1 jam 40 menit. Adalah Bus Orange di setiap frekuensi 30 Menit dari Bandara dan dari Fort Kochi. Anda dapat menggunakan aplikasi Free Cochin Bus Finder untuk mencari waktu dan rute KSRTC dan Private bus. Aplikasi gratis dapat didownload dari Google Play play.googlestoreappsdetailsidcom .sodtech.cochin.bus.f Inder Dengan taksi prabayar Edit Semua taksi yang dioperasikan dari bandara Cochin milik Cochin Airport Taxi Society (CATS) 2 yang merupakan layanan taksi pra-bayar. Sementara taksi luar bisa menurunkan penumpang di bandara, hanya taksi CATS yang diperbolehkan untuk menjemput dan menurunkan penumpang dari bandara. CATS mengenakan tarif tetap dan proses yang sederhana. Ambil tanda terima dari loket CATS di aula pendatang dan berjalanlah ke tempat taksi prabayar untuk menemukan taksi Anda. Untuk transfer bandara, biaya standarnya adalah Rs 684 untuk taksi tanpa AC atau Rs 828 untuk taksi AC. Tarif standar untuk semua kendaraan adalah Rs 19 per Km untuk kendaraan Non Air-AC dan Rs 23 untuk kendaraan ber-AC. Tarif minimumnya adalah Rs 400 dengan jarak 22 Kms. Semua tarif tarif inklusif untuk Up amp Down. Pemesanan dapat dilakukan di 91 484 2610115 (Extn: 2242) CATS juga mengoperasikan layanan limusin serta paket khusus yang tersedia untuk perjalanan sehari penuh. Dengan Layanan Taksi Radio Edit taksi Radio juga tersedia berdasarkan pemesanan sebelumnya. Sebagian besar taksi Radio perlu dipesan melalui nomor bebas pulsa atau melalui aplikasi mobile. KochiTaxi.co.in. Perumbavoor 91 9497874030 (cokkochitaxi.co.in), 3. Keralas layanan taksi favorit di kochi. 160edit Bcabs. 0484-404-666-7. 4. Kabuk kota yang populer dengan tarif taksi tetap dengan berbagai armada. 160edit Travel Dayz. Vyttila. 0484-230-333-9 (infotraveldayz), 5. Aman, Reliable amp Layanan Taksi Taksi Afrrodable di Cochin. 160edit Perjalanan India. Perumbavoor 91 8281667203 (packagesthetripindia), 6. Taksi dengan tarif yang sesuai di kochi. 160edit Dengan Agregator Taksi Radio Edit Taksi Radio Penyedia agregat seperti Uber, Ola menyediakan layanan taksi dengan agregat berbasis platform agregat taksi lokal. Layanan ini dapat digunakan melalui aplikasi mobile khusus mereka atau melalui dukungan call center. Mereka terbilang lebih baik karena kemudahan pelacakan layanan serta dukungan teknologi yang digerakkan. Uber - Layanan Agregator Taksi terbesar di dunia tersedia di Kochi. Tidak ada fasilitas taksi untuk Uber, bukan semua pemesanan yang dilakukan melalui aplikasi mobile khusus mereka. Layanan ini sangat populer karena harga murah dan akses cepat mereka. Uber juga memperkenalkan pembayaran tunai langsung ke sistem pengemudi selain sistem E-Wallet tradisional mereka. Ola (Telepon 0484-3355335) - versi Indina dari Uber. Layanan ini tersedia melalui telepon selain dukungan berbasis aplikasi. Ola Cabs akan menampilkan stiker Ola untuk dikenali. Dengan mobil Edit Banyak perusahaan penyewaan mobil seperti mengoperasikan loket di area kedatangan kedua terminal. Banyak hotel dan agen perjalanan menyediakan layanan pick-updrop-off gratis di mobil mereka. Dengan kereta api Edit Stasiun kereta api Bandara sedang dibangun. Stasiun kereta api terdekat adalah Aluva (10 Kms selatan) atau stasiun kereta bawah tanah Angamally (6 km utara) di mana hampir semua penumpang ekspres utama kereta ke seluruh Kerala berhenti. Dengan autos Kendaraan roda tiga tidak diizinkan terbang di dalam bandara, untuk melindungi kepentingan Taksi CATS. Namun cukup mudah untuk mendapatkan mobil di luar bandara tempat yang ideal untuk anggaran sadar pelancong. Naik mobil dari bandara ke stasiun kereta terdekat seperti Angamally atau Aluva berharga kurang dari Rs 50. Bersiaplah untuk tawar menawar. Mendapatkan mobil di pagi hari dan larut malam cukup sulit. Semua autos hanya akan diizinkan naik ke Area Terminal Kargo, bukan di dalam titik drop-off bandara. Penumpang harus berjalan ke area Airline Center, untuk mendapatkan layanan Auto. Dengan helikopter Edit Chipsan Aviation dan Pawan Hans yang terletak di gerbang keberangkatan terminal domestik, mengoperasikan berbagai layanan helikopter ke hampir seluruh bagian kota dan juga negara bagian, yang memerlukan pemesanan terlebih dahulu. K-Air, Joy Jets, Aviasi Kalyan dan beberapa operator lainnya juga mengoperasikan jet udara dan taksi pribadi. Bandara Cochin baru saja memulai layanan helikopternya sendiri dengan dukungan dari Chipsan Aviation. Layanan helikopter yang terjadwal dan disewa ke pusat ziarah seperti Sabarimala. Guruvayoor dan kota-kota besar seperti Thiruvananathapuram. Kozhikode tersedia. Dengan kereta api, Kochi terhubung dengan baik dengan kereta dari seluruh penjuru India. Sebagian besar kereta yang dikuasai Kerala memiliki perhentian besar di sini. Ada dua terminal rel utama di dalam batas kota. Stasiun Kota Ernakulam (Stasiun Utara), (IR Code160: ERN), 91 484 2395198, terutama untuk kereta antar kota dan beberapa kereta jarak jauh. Stasiun Ernakulam Junction (Stasiun Selatan), (IR Code160: ERS) 91 484 2353751 (permintaan layanan 131, 133, pemesanan 132, 1361) adalah stasiun kereta api utama India. Sebagian besar kereta jarak jauh ke dan dari Kerala melewati sini. Ada pengadilan makanan yang baik, area tunggu yang luas, toko buku, toko medis dan beberapa ruang pensiun bersama dengan sebuah asrama. Kochi memiliki banyak stasiun kereta api pinggiran kota dimana kereta jarak jauh berhenti, seperti Aluva, Thripunithura dan Angamally. Pesan di muka, karena kereta biasanya ramai dikunjungi. Pemesanan tersedia dari 3 bulan sebelum tanggal perjalanan. Bergantung pada pemesanan musim dan hari dapat ditutup hingga beberapa hari sebelum keberangkatan dengan semua wisatawan yang tersisa masuk ke daftar tunggu. Anda juga bisa mencoba menggunakan Tatkal yang merupakan sistem pemesanan darurat dengan biaya Rs 150 di atas tarif normal. Pelayanan Tatkal dibuka suatu hari (tidak termasuk hari perjalanan dari stasiun kereta api) sebelum keberangkatan kereta api. Salah satu cara terbaik untuk sampai ke Kochi adalah dengan membawa kereta api Konkan dari Mumbai. Naik kereta ini terkenal dengan pemandangan yang menakjubkan dan keindahan alam medan. Kereta ini TIDAK pergi ke Kerala, tapi berakhir di Goa Dengan bus Edit Kochi dapat diakses dari semua bagian selatan negara ini dan juga bagian-bagian lain negara, melalui layanan dan layanan bus Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) yang luas. Dari perusahaan transportasi negara tetangga. KSRTC mengoperasikan 3 jenis layanan Super Fast (Tanpa embel-embel), Express (Standard non-AC) dan Garuda Hi-tech (premium Volvo). Bus negara Karnataka menjalankan layanan harian dari Bangalore. Mysore dan Mangalore dengan tiga jenis layanan yaitu Rajahamsa (layanan eksekutif, dengan kursi bersandar), Club Airavat (layanan Premium Ac, dengan kursi semi-sleeping berbaring), dan Ambaari (layanan tidur Ac). Tamil Nadu SETC mengoperasikan layanan super cepat dan eksekutif ke banyak destinasi seperti Madurai, Ooty. Coimbatore. Tirunelveli, Salem. Dan Trichy. Sebagian bus antar negara mulai dan mengakhiri perjalanan mereka dari KSRTC Central amp Stasiun Bus Antar Negara (CBS) yang terletak di jantung kota Rajaji Rd. Untuk mengurangi kemacetan di CBS, beberapa bus KSRTC rute lokal memulai layanan mereka di Jetty Boat KSRTC Stand yang terletak di Park Avenue. Terlepas dari layanan pemerintah, banyak perusahaan bus swasta mengoperasikan layanan terjadwal ke hampir semua kota besar di India Selatan serta Mumbai, Goa dll. Semua bus ini adalah layanan eksekutif atau premium yang menawarkan perjalanan ber-AC dengan fasilitas yang baik dan harga yang lebih tinggi untuk dicocokkan. Beberapa situs pemesanan bus online seperti redBus.in 7 Ticketkaran 8 RunBus 9 Raj National Express 10 KPN Travels 11 Pelanggan Needz 12 TicketGoose 13 Via 14 membantu menemukan layanan yang tepat. Dengan mobil Edit Kochi Bypass Road Kochi terhubung dengan baik melalui jalan darat dari semua bagian negara dan juga kota-kota besar lainnya. Tiga jalan raya nasional utama menghubungkan Kochi dengan bagian lain negara. NH 66, jalan raya terpanjang ke-7 di India, menghubungkan Kochi dengan Mumbai melalui sebagian besar kota besar di Malabar, Mangalore. Goa dan pergi ke Thiruvananthapuram. NH 544 yang sangat padat menghubungkan Kochi dengan Palakkad berlanjut ke Coimbatore dan Salem di Tamil Nadu dan selanjutnya ke Bangalore. NH 49 menghubungkan Kochi dengan Ramaeswaram di Tamil Nadu yang melewati Madurai melalui Munnar. Kochi terhubung dengan baik ke bagian lain negara bagian melalui berbagai jalan raya negara bagian. Nelayan di Pelabuhan Kochi Kochi International Marina Kochi dapat dicapai dengan kapal laut di kapal pesiar serta kapal pesiar dari Goa. Mumbai. Lakshadweep Colombo dan Male. Hampir semua kapal pesiar internasional terkemuka dalam pelayaran global beroperasi ke Kochi dari AS dan Eropa di Wellingdon Island Cruise Berth. Yacht dapat berlabuh di Kochi International Marina atau Yacht Club Marina. Ada layanan feri langsung antara Kochi dan Lakshadweep. Dapatkan sekitar Edit Bepergian Kochi tidak sulit. Transportasi kota tidak mahal. Orientasi Edit Jalan arteri kota utama adalah Jalan Mahatma Gandhi. Bepergian di dalam kota pada saat-saat puncak (8 AM-10AM, 1:30 PM - 30:30 5:30 PM-7:00:00) membutuhkan banyak waktu, dengan blok jalan yang sering dan kemacetan lalu lintas. Overbridges Utara dan Selatan adalah dua kemacetan utama. Pengetahuan tentang jalan samping dan persimpangan jalan sangat berguna untuk menghindari blok lalu lintas. Kochi memiliki sistem alamat khas India yang sedikit membingungkan, karena tidak ada sektor atau sistem penomoran rumah. Sebagian besar bangunan memiliki nama sendiri yang biasa digunakan bersamaan dengan nama jalan untuk alamat, misalnya: Rumah Alappatt, Diwans Road, Near Lakshmi Hospital. Beberapa area di atas pasar memiliki sistem penomoran rumah mereka sendiri. Panampally Nagar dan Giri Nagar dibagi menjadi berbagai zona dan masing-masing rumah memiliki nomor zona tersendiri diikuti dengan nomor rumah. Banyak daerah pemukiman telah membentuk asosiasi mereka sendiri dan membentuk sistem pengalamatan mereka sendiri. Di sebagian besar koloni atau daerah pemukiman, tanda peta terletak di pintu masuk. Fort Kochi memiliki sistem penomoran yang lebih bergaya barat, namun penduduk setempat menggunakan tengara terdekat untuk menangani, bukan nomor rumah. Untuk berkomunikasi dengan driver autotaxi, Anda harus tahu tengara terdekat. Dengan bus Edit TAXIO - CITY Radio Taxi Service Kerala distence map Kochi City Bus Merah Thirukochi Line- BIG4 Rute. Jalur bus pengumpan tidak ditunjukkan Kochi memiliki jaringan bus umum yang sangat baik dengan empat jenis bus yang dioperasikan oleh KSRTC dan operator swasta pemerintah. Pilihan yang paling umum adalah bus Merah yang dioperasikan secara pribadi (juga disebut sebagai bus Line) yang menyediakan perjalanan tanpa embel-embel yang murah. Menggunakan ini tidak terlalu sulit karena banyak papan tujuan memiliki huruf Inggris dalam bahasa kecil dan kebanyakan konduktor bus dapat memberikan bantuan dalam bahasa Inggris dasar, walaupun nomor rute hanya ada di atas kertas. Jam puncak pada hari kerja dapat menyebabkan bus yang padat, terutama Rute 1. Pemerintah yang mengoperasikan KSRTC juga memiliki layanan kota tanpa embel-embel serupa Thiru-Kochi yang juga beroperasi dengan rute Red-Bus yang sama. Bus Thirukochi bisa dibedakan dari bus lain dengan warna biru-putihnya. Sebagian besar bus Red dan Thirukochi beroperasi terutama di Big 4 Routes. Ini mencakup hampir semua bagian kota. Ada rute pengumpan lainnya, yang menghubungkan tempat antara Rute 4 Besar ini. Baru-baru ini layanan melingkar Vytilla-Vytilla telah diluncurkan, yang mencakup sebagian besar inti kota. Tarif untuk semua bus kota adalah Rs 4 untuk km pertama dan 55 p untuk setiap km tambahan. Waktu tunggu rata-rata adalah 1-10 menit. Selain layanan kota reguler, KSRTC di bawah pendanaan JnNURMs mengoperasikan 2 kelas layanan bus yang dapat dibedakan dari bus kota lain dengan warna khas dan logo JnNURM. Untuk layanan travelling low low Volvo berkapasitas premium yang dikenal dengan bus Orange. Menghubungkan banyak tujuan penting. Tarifnya Rs 10 untuk 5 km pertama dan Rs 2 untuk setiap km setelahnya. Waktu tunggu rata-rata adalah 10-30 menit. Bus ini berhenti di mana saja di rute, sesuai permintaan penumpang. Kochi Orange Bus Line - Layanan Low Low floor Volvo Ac Bus Untuk perjalanan standar, bus hijau. Yang merupakan layanan lantai rendah non-AC yang hampir menghubungkan semua pinggiran kota ke pusat kota. Ini sangat ideal untuk wisatawan anggaran karena terhubung dengan banyak tempat wisata yang jauh sambil mempertahankan standar yang prima. Harga adalah Rs 5 untuk 5 km pertama dan 75p untuk setiap km setelahnya. Saat ini hanya 3 baris yang dilayani, yang akan segera meningkat. Seperti Bus Orange, bus ini juga berhenti di manapun pada rute, sesuai permintaan penumpang. Jadwal untuk OrangeGreen tersedia di situs KSRTC 15. Semua layanan bus kota dimulai pada pukul 6 pagi dan berakhir pada pukul 10 malam. Sejumlah kursi tertentu dialokasikan untuk wanita di bagian depan setiap bus, dan pria harus mengosongkannya saat wanita ingin duduk di sana. Perlu dicatat bahwa berbagai tempat peristirahatan bus yang berbeda digunakan untuk jalur bus dengan rute yang berbeda. Meskipun pemberitahuan rute diletakkan sebelum pemberhentian masing-masing, akan terjadi di Malayalam. Pemberitahuan rute untuk jalur bus Orange sekarang baru saja diposting dalam bahasa Inggris juga. Permintaan dengan penduduk setempat atau konduktor bus sangat membantu. Stasiun bus kota penting dimana semua layanan disambungkan adalah: Mobilitas HubPhase 1 Vytilla Mobility Hub di Vytilla Junction, adalah stasiun bus baru, di mana hampir semua bus kota dan bus antar kota memarkir kota. Stasiun tersebut baru-baru ini dinyatakan sebagai Terminus untuk semua layanan antar kota dan antar negara oleh semua operator. Bus dari Kaloor Sebuah stasiun bis utama kota dan persimpangan untuk bus pribadi jarak jauh. Stasiun bus Aluva Rajiv Gandhi. Stasiun bus besar terdekat dengan Bandara dan persimpangan untuk layanan jarak jauh Fort Kochi Beach Road bus berdiri. Adalah terminal utama, dekat dengan sebagian besar tempat wisata bus Thoppumpaddy. Persimpangan utama untuk bus Mattencherry Marine Drive-Menaka berdiri. Jantung Ernakulam belanja dengan pasar Broadway di dekatnya. Bus sekolah South Girls High School. Terdekat dengan stasiun Kereta Api Selatan (ERS) Terminal Thripunithura Terminal bus Palarivattom-Padivattom Terminal bus sipil Kakkanad Terminal KSRTC memiliki stasiun Bus khusus dan beroperasi dari depot ini. Terminal Bus Utama Ernakulam yang terletak di Jalan Rajaji dan Terminal Bus Angamally adalah dua stasiun Bus KSRTC terkemuka yang memiliki konektivitas layanan Kota. By Radio Taxi Service Edit Radio cabs are also available on prior booking basis. Most of Radio cabs need to be booked via toll free numbers or through mobile apps. By train Edit Kochi does not have any local intra-city train service, but a subway (Kochi Metro) is under construction. However, many suburban areas are well connected via regular passenger and long distance express trains. The most used route is between Ernakulam and Aluva. Almost all regular passenger, express and intercity trains have a stop at Aluva. Regular passenger trains have 1 minute stops at Edapally, Kumbalam, Angamally, and Aroor stations. Many long distance trains operate between Thripunithura and Kochi North station. It is a good idea to take the rail during busy peak hours when buses are overcrowded. Equally good idea, to take rail to Aluva from city center which is the nearest point to Airport (12 km) from where a cab or Orange Route A bus can taken to avoid city congested traffic. By autorickshaw Edit This is a cheap method of transport between attractions. You can find an auto stand at almost every bus stop, and at important places near junctions and residential areas. Make sure you agree on a fare with the driver before the journey. The govt fixed rates starts at Rs 10 for the first 1.25 km and Rs 6 per km thereafter with a premium of 15 at night (7PM-6AM). However these rates are outdated and no more people follow though Govt hasnt changed yet. The practical rates are generally fixed ad-hoc by Auto Drivers Union, followed mostly uniformly among all city autos. The rates are generally Rs 20 as minimum fare for first 1.25 Km, with Rs 9 per km after this. The night charges changes only with increase of minimum fare to Rs 35, while per km rate remains same. However auto drivers may charge excessively, if they find you may not aware of general ad-hoc rates. Pre-paid auto stands are available only in railway stations. By auto taxis Edit The new entrant to citys transportation sector is Autotaxis, which are hybrid varieties of both Taxi and Auto. They use Tata Iris vehicles, which are 4 wheeler hatch-back vehicle, but has operating platform mostly like an auto-rickshaw. They charge only Auto fares, not the standard taxi fares. The standard rate is Rs 15 per Km, with no minimum fare or night charges. They are mostly available on call, if one knows the number of driver or can be hired from road or from Auto-Taxi stand mostly near crowded places like Railway stations or MarketsMalls etc. As they have Pan-Kerala Taxi permit, one can travel medium haul distance like a trip to nearby city or town or village using Auto-Taxi. Most of the drivers are trained and are reported friendly as well as able to speak English amp Hindi. Some of the taxis do have GPS enabled screens with Google Map support. By taxi Edit Taxis are convenient, comfortable, and safer than auto rickshaws. If you are alone or going to an unknown destination, this is a good option, even though the rates will be double that of an auto. Unlike in most western countries, regular taxis are not usually marked with signs on the top, and do not have taxi meters inside the cab. There are three type of taxi services, regular,call taxis and radio taxi. Regular taxis are normally available at designated taxi stands located at places such as railway stations, the airport, boat jetties, major bus stations and in front of important hotels. for radio taxi look above. There is no need to negotiate prices, as most of them follow fixed rates. Regular taxis have tariff cards displayed on the dashboard. Call taxis have charges fixed by their respective companies (although they are normally uniform). The standard tariffs are Rs 50 for first 3 km, and Rs 8 per km thereafter. Add 10 for a cab with AC, and 15-20 at night. Many cab companies offer full or half day services. Most of them are fixed on ad-hoc basis, based on the negotiating skills of the passenger. Typical rates are Rs 1,1001,500 for standardAC cabs for a full day and Rs 500750 for a half day. These rates are not available after 7PM. By private car Edit Unless you are into adventure seeking, self drive in Kochi is not recommended as driving discipline is almost non-existent. There are long stretches of roads passing through heavily populated areas that have no median breaks and most of them being bi-lane roads which are mostly congested. A few major roads like MG Rd, NH Bypass Rd and Marine Drive are two lane-dual carriageways with good medians. The speed limit inside city zone is 30 kmhr. Driving is on the left, and all foreign drivers need a valid International Driving Licence attested by the Road Transport Office (RTO). Driving outside the city limits is a fine experience with good scenery and far less traffic. Most of the bridges and few roads carry toll charges collected at manned toll plazas or checkpoints. Almost all tolls are uniformly charged separately for onetwo way 2 wheelers- Rs 35, 4 wheelers- Rs 510 and busminivans - Rs 1525. Almost all the toll pass is valid for unlimited travel for a period of 24 hours, though a few bridges allow one time validity. Car rental is not so popular among foreign visitors. Many car rental companies refuse to provide self-drive cars to Westerners. Normally a bank guarantee letter or security chequetravellers cheque to the value of the car or a passport are taken as security for renting the car. No security deposit is needed if the car is chauffeur-driven. Most hotels with three stars or more provide private cars for their guests at rates slightly higher than elsewhere. By ferry Edit Kochi Ferry Route Map Kochi has an excellent system of cheap (4.00rs Park Jetty to Fort Kochi) inter-island ferries. The Ro-Ro (roll on-roll off) ferry service called Junkar between Fort Kochi and Vypeen is very popular. There are regular boat services operated by KSINC and other private operators, every 20-30 minutes, from Ernakulam to Mattancherry, Fort Kochi, Vypeen and Willingdon Island which are cheaper and in many cases faster, than buses. All services operates from 4:40AM-6:30PM with an exception to Fort Kochi-Vypin Junkar service which operates from 4AM-10:30PM. The major boat jetties are Ernakulam Main Jetty (located in Marine drive near High Court), Park Jetty (in Park Avenue next to KSRTC Bus station), Customs Embarkation Jetty in Willingdon Island, Fort Kochi Jetties. Do take a look at the map provided, as some ferries do not stop at all stops along the way. A few tourist oriented private ferries service non-scheduled routes during tourist seasons connecting mainly to Kumbalangi Tourist village from Ernakulam Main Jetty as well as from Aroor. Ernakulam Main Boat Jetty Terminal By foot Edit Kochi is traditionally not a pedestrian friendly city, considering the humid tropical climate, poor state of pedestrian walkways and reckless traffic. Fort Kochi is one of the better places to walk, with elaborate colonial-style stone pavements. There are many attractions in Fort Kochi which you can walk between. By cycle Edit Fort Kochi is a perfect place for cycling with dedicated tracks and walkways. There are several tourist firms that offers cycles and bikes on hourly basis. A popular option is Vasco Information Center in Fort Kochi 91 484 2216215), which rents cycles for Rs 7 on hourly basis. You can also hire 24 speed Scott bikes from Art of Bicycle Trips 16 who organizes day bicycle tours around Fort Kochi. Govts DTPC runs Cycle tours with services of guide, for a guided city tour in cycles. However, there are no separate cycling tracks on mainland city roads. Motorbikes are becoming a popular option for tourists to take a ride in other parts of city. Take extra care while biking in Kochi roads as road users can be reckless. Landmarks Edit Chinese Fishing Nets ( Cheenavala ), Fort Kochi Beach, Beach Rd ( Next to Fort Kochi Bus stand ). Serves as the offical icon of Kochi and are a testimony of relations between Ancient Chinese Empires and the Kochi Kingdom. They were gifted by Chinese Emperor Kubalagi to Kochi King in 14th century. There were more than 100, though currently only a few remain in working condition. 160edit Cochin Royal Crown The biggest highlight of Hill Palace, is the display of Royal Crown, crafted in pure gold weighting 1.75 kg with 95 diamonds and 2,000 other precious stones. It was a gift by the Portuguese to Veera Kerala Varma on his coronation day, which was regarded too extravagant for the Kochi Rajas, who were known for their simple lifestyle. This became a famous tradition that no Kochi Maharajas ever wore this crown, only to keep it on his lap as a testimony of their humbleness and simplicity. Nearly ten golden crowns were gifted to the Rajas by various colonial powers like Dutch, English, Chinese, Arabs which were never worn by the Maharajas. Hill Palace Museum. Hill Palace Rd, Thripunithura ( 12 km southeast of Ernakulam ), 91 484 2781113. Tu-Su 10AM-12.30PM 2PM-4:30PM (Crown Gallery closes at 4PM). The erstwhile Kochi Maharajas palace, now converted to a large museum along with a small zoo. Has paintings and epigraphy from the collections of the Travancore amp Kochi royal families. This is the largest archaeological palace in South India with more than 500 artifacts divided into 16 galleries. The highlight of the Palace is the display of multi-billion worth Cochin Royal Crown and Crown Jewels. The Crown Gallery is a high security zone which has elobrate security check procedures, photography and bags are prohibited. The Palace complex is huge with several buildings inside it. There is a good Deer Park (10AM-4:30PM) along with peacocks. A small fauna garden was set up in 2003. Also the palace has more than 100 different species of trees and plants, many of which are of medical value. The palace has five large gardens and two large resting grounds of late Maharajas. Indians Rs 20, foreigners Rs 100 (including Deer Park and all attractions). 160edit Santacruz Basilica. Cathedral Grounds, Fort Kochi ( opposite Childrens Park ). Daily 7AM-8PM. The first European Church built in Asia, by the Portuguese in 1502, also the first Cathedral of Asia and seat of second Catholic Diocese in India. The British modified the structure and added oil paintings. Today, it serves as the primary seat of the Latin church of Kerala. Pope John Paul II declared it a Basilica in 1984. It houses several historical paintings, decors and artifacts. Free. 160edit St. Francis Church ( CSI Pally ), Church Rd, Fort Kochi ( Near to Fort Kochi Beach ). Daily 7AM-7PM. Constructed by the Portuguese in 1503 and the burial place of Vasco da Gama (his remains were later transferred to Lisbon). His tombstone can be seen inside the church. The church has a large cemetery which serves as resting grounds of many Portuguese army officials and soldiers. The church is the only Catholic Church not demolished by Dutch which was handed over to British to re-establish an Anglican church. A large war memorial can be seen on its backyard to honor the unknown soldiers who sacrificed their lives for World War-1 .It is an ASI protected monument. Free. 160edit St. Francis Church, Kochi VOC Gate. Fort Kochi ( opposite the Parade grounds ). The only remains of the office of Dutch East India Company is this large wooden gate with a monogram (VOC (Verenigde Oostindische Companie) emblem of Dutch East India Company). 160edit David Hall. Parade Grounds East, Fort Kochi. 91 484 2218298. Tue-Sun, 11AM-7PM. This 315 years old Dutch bungalow was the official residence of the Dutch Army commanders, the most famous being Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Draakestein who was the author of Horticus Malabaricus . Currently the complex belongs to Netherlands Govt agency CNO which recently renovated to open a large art gallery, a traditional Dutch performing arts center and large studio for young painters. The building is a classic specimen of colonial Dutch architecture with elaborate dutch gardens. For cultural performances, one need to check at the reception to know the schedule. 160edit The Dutch Palace, which was the coronation palaces of Kochi Maharaja Bastion Bungalow. Fort Kochi. Typical Indo-Dutch architecture, this bungalow was built on the site of the erstwhile Stromsburg Fort, which was demolished during the Arab raids. Currently, it serves as the official residence of the Cochin Sub-Collector and entry is restricted. 160edit Dutch Palace ( Mattancherry Kottaram ), Palace Rd, Mattencherry. Sat-Thur 10AM-5PM. Constructed by the Portuguese in 1568 as a gift to Maharaja of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma, after he granted permission to construct Fort Immanunel. During the Dutch siege of Kochi, many parts of the original palace were destroyed. However the Dutch Governor repaired the palace and renamed as Dutch Palace. The coronations of Kochi Maharajas are always held here. A large throne and coronation costumes are on display and there is an extensive collection of royal chariots, swords and other artifacts. The most interesting part is the mural room, which has the entire Ramayana and Mahabharat depicted in a single mural. Indians Rs 25, foreigners Rs 100. 160edit The Hill Palace at Tripunithara, the largest archeological palace in South India Jew Street and Paradesi Synagogue. Jew Town, Mattancherry. Synagogue Su-F 10AM-5PM, Sa only open to Jews. The synagogue was constructed in 1568 after allowing Jewish refugees from Jerusalem to settle here during the Crusades making this the Commonwealths oldest Synagogue. This is one of the very few functional synagogues in India and the structure is unique due to influence of native Hindu-Christian architecture as well as the only synagogue having two bimahs. Many Jews lived in the area until the creation of Israel, today there is only a handful. Jew Street is a heritage zone with several antiquehandicraft shops. Rs 40. 160edit Princess Street ( Loafer s Corner ), Fort Kochi. The most famous street of Fort Kochi which gives you a slice of authentic colonial European architecture. The only street that never faced any raid or demolitions in past, Princess street is a prefect destination for evening walk with numerous western styled cafes, souvenir shops, art galleries and heritage complexes. 160edit Chendamangalam Palace Fort. Chendamanalam, nr North Paravur. Historically the seat of Paliath Achan, the Prime Minister of Kochi Kingdom. Here the plans were forged for revolt against the British in the 1820s. A functional Jewish Synagogue and a large market are some of the attractions. Now, it is a major centre for handloom weaving and coir manufacturing. 160edit Pallipuram Fort. Pallipuram, Vypin Island. Built by the Portuguese in 1503, this is the oldest existing European fortification in India. It was later handed over to the Travancore Army, to become a major army base till 1903 when it was converted into a heritage museum. It has a small museum and good views of the lagoon on one side and the sea on the other. 160edit Mattamchery Koonen Kurishu Pazhaya Suriyani Palli. The church made of Mud Lobo Junction. Near kayees hotel. Mattamchery(st george indian orthodox old syrian church) Its one of the historical centres of St Thomas Christians (also known as Syrian Christians and Nazrani Christians). The famous oath against Roman Catholic Petroado policies and Portugese rule supported by Pope of Rome was taken here by the native christians by holding on to a cord tied to a cross. The cross was distroyed by the portugese. Now a beautiful church made of unbaked brick and mud is a great attraction. The uniqueness of the church is the absence of scoffoldings or concrete beams for the roof. The church was recognized with many international and national awards including NDTV National Architecture Award 2015. The koonen cross is now reinstalled in this church. the church is owned by Malankara Orthodox Church,one of the 6 oriental churches. Its a famous pilgrim centre too Pierce Leslie Bungalow. Beach Road, Fort Kochi. The only surviving bungalow built in authentic Portuguese style, it was the home and office of famous English merchant family- the Leslies. Currently it has been restored into a boutique hotel. The hotel management however allows tourists to explore the grand exteriors and public .Pradhankuriyacha Palli addressBazaar Rd. Mattencherry directions phone url hours24 hrs price lat long email faxgtA cross is built by jeevamata church with Malayalee Christians suporting Portuguese Jesuit missionaries and carmalites. It was here native Christians received the Bishop of Persia and declared their affinities to the East Syrian Church.The Malabar church late known as Syro-Malabar Church. Pilgrims suffering from mental illness frequent this church 160edit International Pepper Exchange. Jewtown, Fort Kochi. Kochis answer to New Yorks Wall Street, but instead of money, its all about pepper trading. This is the worlds only pepper exchange. Its worth to visit to see the wide range of pepper varieties as well as some of trading practices. free. 160edit Durbar Hall Ground. DH Rd, Ernakulam City. 17. The venue for many fairs during festivals and regular evening concerts and other programs. 160edit Museums and galleries Edit Museum of Kerala History. NH 47 Rd ( near Edappally Toll Gate ), 18. A good, well maintained museum with a 40 minute light and sound show (English and Malayalam) about Kerala history. Depicts the history of Kerala through life-like wax statues. Adjacent are the Museum of Dolls with nearly 1,000 dolls from various countries, and M.N.F Art and Sculpture Gallery that has many good collections of paintings and sculptures. This museum has a small, well maintained garden. Rs. 100 (30 for children). 160edit Museum of Kerala History and Art Gallery Pareekshith Thampuran Durbar Hall Art Gallery. Dubar Hall Ground, DH Rd. Contains oil paintings, old coins, sculptures, Mughal paintings plus models of temples and traditional Kerala buildings. This was the official Durbar Hall of Kochi Maharajas, now converted into a large fine arts gallery, named after last Maharaja of Kochi, who was an oil painter. A small studio is nearby promoting young artists. Free. 160edit Indian Naval Maritime Museum. INS Dronarcharya, Fort Kochi. Built by the Indian Navy. Many battle scenes are recreated with life-size models, a huge display of naval arms and ammunition, replicas of large naval ships, personalities, are some of the major highlights.(40.00rs per person) 160edit Indo-Portuguese Museum. Fort Kochi. A modern museum highlighting the start of European colonization of the Orient in the 16th century. The museum showcases the growth and decline of the Portuguese life in Kochi with focus on the growth of the Latin Church. There are also excavated ruins of the former fort wall in the basement of the museum. 160edit Kerala Folklore Museum Kochi. Folklore Junction, Thevara, Kochi. 91 484 266 5452. 19. One of the best museums in Kerala. This is a private collection of many different articfacts from around Kerala. There are frequent cultural performances at the museum, which you may be lucky to see while there and are put on when overseas tour groups are in attendance. Rs. 200. 160edit Eco-Tourist Villages Edit Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village. Kumbalangi island (15 km from city centre). Indias first eco-tourist village, this award winning initiative allows tourists to explore and enjoy the authentic rural culture with the cooperation of natives without disturbing their natural lifestyle. Tourists to this island village have chances to explore rural work styles, a specialized local paddy cultivation, canoeing in a country boat in a maze of mangrove forests or enjoying fishing or partying in rural style with locals. In order to maintain best eco-protection practices, several restrictions are placed on use of plastics, smoking or even carrying soft-drinks. 160edit Mastyafed Milky-way Aqua-Tourist Village. Malipuram Village, Vypin (12 km from city centre). 10AM-5PM. A unique concept, where a large shrimp farm of the state-run Mastyafed Organization is converted into an Aqua-tourist village with many options to fish for fresh prawns, crabs and shrimp (you can take your catch for a nominal fee), canoeing within a mangrove forest, sun-bathing, swimming at a private beach nearby and enjoying sunset picnic cruise. The breakfast and lunch, which are included in the entry cost, have a wide range of fish delicacies and fish pickles. Rs 200 per person. 160edit Places of worship Edit Hindu, Jain and Sikh Edit Sree Poornathrayesa Temple, Tripunithura, Kochi Thrikkakara Temple. Thrikkakara. The only temple in India devoted to the Hindu deity Vamana and a major centre for celebration of the Onam festival. Get here during Onam and you can catch ten days of festivities, peppered with performances of Keralas traditional arts and ending with a Onam feast. 160edit Thirumala Devaswom Temple. Mattancherry. Built on 5 acres of land by the Gowda Sarawatha Brahmins with Lord Venkateswara as the main deity. It is famous for housing the second largest brass bell in Asia. The North Gopuram is fully roofed with copper. 160edit Ernakulam Siva Temple ( Ernakulattappan Kshetram ), ( at the centre of City, near the Durbar Hall Ground ). Ernakulam Shiva Temple is considered to the Main City temple, with its presiding deity, Lord Shiva respected as Lord of the City. The temple comprises of 3 temples, the Shiva Temple, a Tamil temple for Lord Muruga and Kannadiga Temple for Hanuman. 160edit Aluva Manalpuram. Famous for the annual Shivarathri festival on the banks of the Periyar river. 160edit Chottanikara Devi Temple. ( at Thripunithura 15 km from city ). One of the 108 large Devi (Goddess) temples of India. The temple is famous for treatments of various psychic disorders like split personality syndrome as well as for its annual Makam festival (mid Feb-mid March). 160edit Poornathresya Temple. ( in the heart of Thripunithura ). Devoted to Lord Vishnu was once the royal temple of Kochi Maharajas. This temple is famous for its Panthizhuaari (Milk Dessert made of rice flakes) distributed during afternoons and grand temple festivals twice in a year. 160edit Jain Mandir, in Mattencherry Dharmanath Desar Jain Mandir. Gujarathi St, Mattencherry ( 12 km from ernakulam jn ). Popularly known as Gujarathi Mandir is one of the oldest Jain temples in India, established by the Gujarathi community who settled here more than 300 years ago. This is a major Theerth (pilgrimage) for Jains and all major North Indian festivals are celebrated in grand way. Pigeon feeding during noon, is one of the main rituals here.12 km from ernakulam jn pass via mg road-old nh road-kochi-kochangudi rd-bazaar rd 160edit Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha. ( in Perumanoor in Thevera, south end of MG Rd ). Is the lone Sikh Gurudwara of Kerala, established by the Punjabi community of Kochi in 1955. Special rites and Guru ka Langar rituals are held every Saturday and Sunday. 160edit Christian Edit The largest church in India- Edappally St.George Cathedral Malayattoor Kurisumudi. ( 26 km away ). Kurisumudi is a mountain located in Malayattoor and is a major Christian pilgrimage center believed to be the place where St. Thomas visited and prayed. Today, the major feast of Malayattoor is the Puthunjayar festival, celebrated on the Sunday that comes after Easter. 160edit St. Francis Assisi Cathedral. High Court Junction, Marine Drive ( behind Verapoly Archdiocese HQ ). Locally known as Kappalpalli (Ship Church due to its ship shaped structure). 160edit St. Marys Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam. High Court Junction, Marine Drive ( behind Verapoly Archdiocese HQ ). The Cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady of Ports. The Cathedral was built in the early twentieth century under the direction of Mar Louis Pazheparambil The church is also a prominent Marian Pilgrim Centre in India. 160edit St. Antonys Shrine. Kaloor ( Mathribhumi Junction ). At this shrine that belongs to Archdiocese of Verapoly people of different faith and culture flock together day and night seeking blessings. 160edit St.Georges Church. Edapally, NH 47 Rd. A popular church, also amongst non-Christians. Famous for its poison cure treatments. 160edit The interiors of famous Jewish Synagogue in Jew Town Muslim Edit Kanjiramattam Mosque. ( 30 km to the east ). A major Muslim pilgrimage center and venue of the Kudikkuthu Festival. It is famous for the annual Urus festival. The imams of this mosque are famous for being leading scholars, who were advisors to Kochi Rajas. 160edit Chembittapally Mosque. Fort Kochi. Famous for its large super-imposing structure having large shining copper domes (thus the name, which means Mosque having Copper Roofs ). 160edit Parks and nature Edit Subhash Park. Park Avenue. One of the largest parks in Kochi. 160edit Childrens Park. With childrens rides, a musical fountain and a small boating lake. 160edit Indira Renewable Energy Park. Has unique rides and gadgets which run on renewable energy. 160edit Beach Childrens Park. Beach Rd. A good small park, which is well maintained for evening strolls. 160edit Managalavanam. Tatapuram-Pachalam Road ( Behind High Court Complex ). A thick 80 acre mangrove forest located in the heart of Kochi and declared a flora sanctuary. More than 30 unique flora are found here and it is also a major bird sanctuary, where migratory birds feed and rest when they escape the cold northern winters. 160edit Poru. ( near Kodanadu, 14 km from city center ). An unexplored beautiful scenic river bank. The Periyar river flows here in its original pure form, without any kind of pollution. During Summer season, when the volume of river water is at its lowest, it is very easy to cross the 2 km wide river from one bank to other. Beware during rainy reason, when a large volume of river water flushes this area and it is extremely dangerous to swim. 160edit Other attractions Edit Cherai Beach. North of Vypin Island ( Take Route-3 bus from High Court stand ). Golden beaches with big sand grains, coconut palm corridors, backwaters, and historical monuments. Cherai Beach is one of the safest beaches to swim or play water sports or beach games. A very large beautiful backwaters just 250 m from beach famous for its scenic beauty and boating. Cherai Beach surpasses all with its swimming facility and coconut groves. Occasional sights of dolphins is also an added attraction. 160edit Kodanadu Elephant Training College ( Ana Thothil ). 9AM-6PM. Lies on the southern bank of the Periyar amongst the scenic beauty of the high ranges, Kodanadu is extremely famous for its unique elephant training college, elephant orphanage and a mini zoo with deer and peacocks here. Wild elephants are first tamed in special cradles and then taken to the nearby training college, where they are trained. The elephant orphanage rears baby elephants until they are ready for training college. Elephant safari is one of the most sought tourist activity here along with kids playing ball games with baby elephants. 160edit Fort Kochi Beach. Fort Kochi. A historic beach where 1st Portuguese-Dutch war broke out in the 17th century. Once a very large beach, it has reduced to a quarter in size after the Tsunami. A beautiful, small walkway is constructed recently, making ideal for evening strolls. One can find remnants of Old Portuguese Immanuel Fort along with parts of Dutch Stormberg Fort with some canons still kept intact. An obsolete boiler that once used for powering cranes of old port and a very large anchor of an old Portuguese ship are displayed on the walkway. Works for creating a new artificial beach is undergoing near to this old beach with help of Tsunami development funds. 160edit A beautiful Marine Drive walkway Festivals Edit Cochin Carnival (Dec 20-Jan 2) is the biggest carnival festival in the city. It started in 1582 as part of Portuguese New Years celebrations. A wonderful array of colourful rallies, fancy dress parades, regular competitions, bike races, beach games, sports, theme festivals, concerts and dances, fireworks and most important, the night beach parties, make it one of the largest celebrations in India. The New Years Eve party is the highlight of this festival, when a large parade carrying a huge statute of Papanai (a Santa Claus-like image) is taken to the beach, where it is set on fire on the stroke of midnight. This is followed by a grand party. The carnival ends with the Grand Parade on the afternoon of January 1st. Onam Festival (ten day festival mid-August to mid-September). The state festival of Kerala originating in Kochi. It is based on the legend of welcoming home the mythical King Mahabali, whose capital was believed to be at the current site of Thrikakkara Temple. The ten day festivities start off with an parade on Atham day called Athachamayam. It is held in Thripunithura starting from the Atham Grounds and has many tableaux, dance parades, cultural art forms ending at Thrikakkara Temple. Shiva Temple Festival (first week of January), takes place at the Shiva Temple and Durbar Hall Ground, famous for its ten elephant parade and host of cultural activities. The last day of the festival, Pakalpooram, is famous for its traditional Kerala percussion ensemble, a huge display of fireworks and a 21 gun salute by the Indian Navy and Kerala Police. Fireworks Festival of Maradu Kottaram Devi Temple (mid March - mid April), hosts Indias second largest fireworks as part of their temple festival finale. The festival takes place in the festival grounds of Maradu, which has mega fireworks display lasting for 1.5 hours for last two days. Thripunithura Vrishikolsavam (mid November - mid December) at Thripunithura Poornathresya Temple is the grandest temple festival, after Thrissur Pooram. This was once the royal festival of the Kochi Kingdom. The cultural attractions draw huge crowds with regular performances of Kathakali. Chendamangalam Matta Chanda ( 2 days prior to Vishu Festival ) near Chendamangalam Fort, is the only official barter market in the world, as reminiscent of olden market style. The recorded history of this market is nearly 300 years old, where traditional amp heritage items are sold in exchange of modern items of equal value. Matta Chanda is today a tourism attraction and a traditional ritual rather than serious shopping, hence only traditional Kerala specialties can be brought in exchange of modern and regular items like branded soaps, perfumes, clothes, hair accessories, electronic components, batteries, medicines, as agreed mutually buyer and seller. Sarojni Naga Park Sarojni Naga Park is a public park located near Fort Kochi, one of the popular tourism areas of Kochi. This park consists of a beautiful and clean circular lake in the middle area and this lake is encompassed by pathways and fields of green grass. The park is suitable for both relaxation and exercise purposes. There are many fitness machines provided for body building and great pathways for people to jog or walk peacefully. The environment is green and clean. There are many trees which provide shaded area for the visitors to protect them from the Suns heat and the overall weather is not too hot. Also, there are many trash bins which help to reduce rubbish. The facilities are clean and ready to support people in many ways. Talking of decorations, wooden tables are designed in Indian style and there are fountains around the park decorated with beautiful colors and sculptures making the overall environment look fabulous. There are drinks shops and a small first aid office to heal people from dehydration. In addition, for safety, there are security guards around the park so that people can enjoy their day without any distractions. The park is free to enter and the currency used to purchase things there is Indian Rupees (IDR). The park open daily from 8.00am to 8pm. Theme parks Edit WonderLa(formerly known as Veegaland) Amusement Park in Kakkanad, this is second largest theme park in South India. Spread over 50 acres of land with more than 50 Rides and various shows, it has well maintained gardens and five restaurants as well as small cafes. Open 9:30AM-7PM. Silverstorm Water Park . A good family theme park with 29 water and dry rides, a very large park and a Chinese village. Near Athirampally Waterfalls area, this park is located 50 km from Kochi City, 18 km from the airport. Sport Edit Kochi has got some good sporting facilities. Football is the official game here and is regularly played by locals in open areas. Cricket is extremely popular and regularly played by youngsters. Cochin International Stadium located at Kaloor, also called Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, has good open football court and a cricket court, where locals play regularly, for which no fees are required. The badminton and tennis court located next to this ground can be used on payment of prescribed fees at sports office of St.Alberts College as it belongs to them. The stadium regularly hosts international cricket matches, and has hosted Indian Soccer League matches as well including the final. Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium located at Kadavanthara, has badminton, tennis, squash, volley ball and basketball courts. Rooms for chess, caroms, table-tennis and board games are also available. For an entrance fees payable at the indoor sports office, you can play there or join with regular users. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness complex and large billiards-snooker pool inside this stadium. An Olympic-sized swimming pool is available outside. Large football and cricket pitches are available free of charge. Locals play regularly here and you can join them. Water Sports is popular in Kochi, particularly in Fort Kochi beach and Cherai beach where water skisjets and water scooters are available. Cochin Marina in Bolgatty Island, the Yacht club in Thevera and Ramada Resort in Panagad operate a wide range of water sports games. Para-gilding is not allowed in any areas, due to presence of several strategic military installations. Maharajas Stadium Grounds . located at KPCC Jn in MG Road has large athletic grounds, a state-of-the-art synthetic track, which is popular among athletic enthusiasts. Football pitches . There is a large football pitch at Parade Grounds in Fort Cochin, where locals play regularly in evening and you will likely be welcome to join in. Likewise at Maharajas Football and Cricket pitches near College Ground in MG Road, Ambedkar City Stadium near KSRTC Bus station in Rajaji Rd and at the Marine Drive ground. Cricket pitches . Palace Oval Grounds located in Tripunithara is the most popular large open cricket pitch where the Kochi Royals used to play their favourite past-time. Apart from this, there are new large pitches in Parade grounds of Fort Kochi and in Kadavanthara (near GCDA Nagar). Beach Sports . Fort Kochi Beach, Cherai Beaches are very popular among locals for playing beach volley-balls. Try a tough game of beach-football being very popular here. Water ski and biking is also popular in Fort Kochi beaches. Go Karting Aiport . A short karting circuit is located at the city side of Cochin Airport, just opposite the airline complex. Regular karting competitions are held on weekends and a few rallies are also organized. Cochin Airport Golf club Cochin Golf amp Country Club . Cochin Airport Area, 91 484 3053598. A new 18 hole golf course. Nice scenery and located very near to the airport. A country club is under construction, though the recreation center with a small bar, lounge and changing rooms is available. Cochin Golf Club . Bolgatty Island, 91 484 2750908, 91 484 2098178. Established in 1922 by the Hon. British Resident to Kingdom of Kochi and Travancore. Today it became one of the oldest golf courses in the country. It is a 10 hole course open for non-members on payment of green fees. Guests of the Bolgatty Palace Hotel can use without any extra charge.Naval Golf Course . Naval Enclave, Willingdon Island. One of the largest golf courses in the country which is not open to general public. You can play though by invitation from a naval officer. Guests of the navy and the Kochi administration have access to this large golf course.. Major private gym chains include Ernakulam Mens Gym . South Railway station road, 91 484 2378798, Destination Health . Edapally, 91 484 4014353, Bio-rhythm Wellness and Spa center 91 484 4099908, Talwalkars . 91 484 2382696 and Womens World Muti Gym Health Club . Janatha Junction, Palarivattom, 91 484 2349294). Many gyms are branded as Health, Wellness or Slimming centers to avoid the traditional association of the word gym with men only centres. Most are open 7AM-8PM. Boating Edit Boating on the Kochi backwaters. ( at Marine Drive ). Get the real feel of the Vembanadu Lake through boating. There are many cruises offered by many private players as well as the Kerala State Inland Shipping Corp. Sunset cruises are popular. Many guesthouses offer the trip and in the centre you can arrange it by yourself as well. Recently speedboats started plying the backwaters. Some premium hotels in Willingdon Island and Fort Kochi offer motorised watersports for its guests. Daily backwater tours can be organised directly through the state tourism office at Erankulam Park Jetty. They cost Rs 650 per person and must be booked at least the day before. The tour includes a stop at local small industry and food sites. In the course of your cruise you will get to observe at close quarters the daily lives of the people who live on the banks of the canals in a unique ecosystem and who have adapted every aspect of their lives to the presence of water all around them. 160edit Cinemas Edit Kochi has some good Cineplexes, featuring regular Malayalam, Tamil, English and Hindi movies. Most of the theaters have uniform movie timings with 4 shows fixed at noon, matine (afternoon), first show (evenings) and second show (late night), though modern multiplexes offers shows at multiple timings. Some of the recommended are PVR Multiplex (9 screens) Lulu Mall, Edappaly PAN Cinemas Multiplex Nucleus mall Maradu, Cinepolis Multiplex (11 screens) 6th Floor, Centre Square Mall, MG Road, Kochi-35 Cinemax Multiplex (4 screens) 4th Floor, Oberon Mall, NH bypass road - A modern multiplex, it has 4 screens offering Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil and English movies on regular basis. Q Cinemas (4 screens) 4th floor, Gold Souk Mall, Vytilla- The most luxurious multiplex in the town, it offers shows in all languages. Kavitha Theater MG Road Shenoys (2 screens) MG Road Saritha, Savitha, Sangeetha (3 screens) Banarge Road Padma Cinemas (1 screen) Padma Junction, MG Rd, 91 484 2354233. A modern, well maintained 800 seater theater in 2 class configuration. It has a good cafe and Texas Wild theme restaurant called Cafe 20. Mostly Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi movies are screened here. Sridhar Cinemas (1 Screen), Marine Drive, 91 484 2352529. A modern, well maintained 900 Seater theater equipped with 3D facilities. It has a good cafe called Sridhar Cafe. This theater regularly screens Hollywood English movies. Malayalam and Hindi movies are screened sometimes, though rare. Canoos Ravipuram Performing arts Edit There are many performing arts complexes across the city, offering a good experience of various artforms and culture. Kochi has the largest number of regular evening Kathakali theaters, offering the best insight into this traditional dance-drama artform of Kerala. Apart from Kathakali, many other events are regularly performed in Kochi. Kerala Fine Arts Complex . Foreshore Rd. This is one of the oldest centres, with regular cultural performances. Many require prior booking, as they are organized by prestigious societies and groups. There are some performances that have free entry, and the monthly cultural programs of Bank Employees Union is one such. Kalikotta . Palace Rd, Thripunithura. This is the official concert palace hall of the Kochi royal family, who are patrons of more than a dozen cultural institutions and societies. Most performances are free. The mega Kathakali festival organized prior to Temple festival of Thripunithura Poornathresya Royal temple, is one of the largest Kathakali events here. JT Pac Cultural Theater . Choice House, Choice lane, Kumbalam. One of the most modern and upscale performing arts complexes, which has regular concerts, drama festivals, dance programs and other arts and cultural activities. A 1000 seater theater, it also has a good gallery and latest visual-audio systems. Booking may be necessary to secure seats and the theater has strict dress code regulations. See India Foundation . Kalathil Parambil Crossroad, nr Valanjambalam Temple, Chitoor Rd, 91 484 2376471. An evening Kathakali theater, where daily performances take place from 6PM-8PM. This is the oldest and first evening Kathakali theater in India. The show is preceded by a detailed discourse of Kathakali history and philosophy, elaborate make-up performances and a demonstration of Kathakali techniques. Greenix Tourist Theater . Greenix Village, Kalvatty, Fort Kochi. A good cultural theater with a gallery, food court and mini museum. Kerala Folklore Theater . nr Thevara-Island bridge, Folklore Junction, Thevara. A good cultural theater with regular evening performances, a state-of-the-art museum and cultural gallery. Ayurveda Edit Ayurvedic pleasure treatments are widely available. Some of the better spas and massage centres are: Kerala Ayurvedics in South (Near Aruns Studio, Warriam Road- between MG Rd and Chitoor Rd) Punarva Spa and Ayuvedic Hospital (Edappally North, NH 17) Ayurjyothi Ayurvedic Centre (West Kunnumpuram, Near Upstairs Italian Restaurent, Fort Cochin) 919037478050,919847164199 (Ayurvedic Massage, Ayurvedic Treaments and consultation.) Birla Kerala Spa (Hotels Woodlands, Jewel Junction) Ela World Spa, (4rd floor, Oberon Mall) Yavana Spa, (Indriya Beach Resorts, Cherai) The Ayurveda Centre ( Ramada Resort, Kumabalam 0484-3011100) Brahma Prakash Ayurveda Centre (Fort Nagar, Fort Cochin 0091-9567940174, Ayurvedamassage, Ayurvedatreatments, Yogaclasses) Day-shopping is more popular than night shopping. All shopping outlets close by 8PM. During festive seasons, late night shopping (11PM-3:30AM) are organized to reduce day-time shopping congestion. The Onam Festival (mid of Aug-Sept) is one of the best shopping seasons, when you get heavy discounts ranging between 10-50 for almost all items as well as regular consumer fairs. Xmas is the next best season. The Kerala Government has started the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (15 Dec-30 Jan), to promote Kerala as a shopping destination. Kochi is the main focal center of this festival and you get heavy discounts at participating stores and regular lucky draws. The narrow strip sandwiched between Marine Drive and MG Road houses the celebrated Broadway Market which is one of the Kochis oldest shopping corners where you can buy anything from from safety pins to motor scooters. A spice market operates inside, offering the best of Keralas spices, saffron and various oils. There is also a cloth market, a jewellery market, a fancy items market, a vegetablefruit market and an electronicwatch market. Also try at Mattencherry Old Spice market, which is one of the oldest spice markets in the country. There are nearly half dozen small markets, mostly run by Gujarathi and Konakanis where you can slice of Indian market flavours. Antiquesart works Edit Jew town in Fort Cochin has numerous antique and craft stores. Most of the antique shops sell colonial era and heritage pieces, as well as Jewish items from the traditional Jewish homes of the area. You can also find many kinds of Indian sculptures, decor, interior artifacts and souvenirs. Bargains are available but be warned that many antiques were probably made in the owners backyard. Shop with care and bargain hard. Never trust touts, who get hefty commissions from unscrupulous antique dealers. Jew town, famous for its antique shopping Isidore Art Palace. Jewtown ( next to the Synagogue ), (isidorevsnl ). Will reliably ship stuff outside India. Bargain hard. 160edit Galleria Syngagogue Art Gallery Yousuf Art Gallery. Jewtown ( 776 Jew town street ), 91 484 222 1330. 20. Showcases art work from many different local artists. Prices are reasonable, and they very often have exhibitions showing some amazing art work from the region. Phone: 91-9847478882 or 91 484 222 1330 ( 9.57. 76.26 ) 160edit Cochin Crafts Antique Shop. Jewtown ( walk down from the synagogue ), 91 484 2221927. Good collection of crafts and antique shops. 160edit Crafters Exports. Jewtown ( walk down from the synagogue ), 91 484 2227652. This shop has certified large collection of artifacts and heritage pieces. Its a very popular option. 160edit Cauvery. M G Rd ( at Jos Junction ), 91 484 2351968. A government emporium well known for quality handicrafts at reasonable price. 160edit Try at state run emporiums that offer high quality certified antiquesartworks, however there is no bargain or discount. Check at Keralas state emporium showrooms, Kairali amp Surabhi and Karnatakas Cavery, all located in MG Road. Shopping malls Edit Large western style shopping malls are now common in Kochi. The largest mall in India Lulu International Mall is located in Kochi. Apart from shopping malls, there are numerous of shopping complexes in Cochin (a shopping complex in local terms is a large complex having many shops close to each other, selling mostly only one type of product). Lulu Cochin mall . Edappally Byepass, Kochi. The largest shopping mall in India with all major National and international brands present. This is also one of the largest shopping malls in Asia. This has completely changed the shopping culture of Keralites. Many brands have entered newly to Kerala through this mall including Marks amp spencer, Westside, Tommy hilfinger, Thai body spa, Shoppers stop, Wills lifestyle etc. Some of the brands entered newly in India through this mall like Rolex, CAT, Disney walt, Barbie etc.indianyatrablog.wordpress20160819a-day-out-at-lulu-international-shopping-mall Centre Square Mall . Kochis most strategically located shopping amp entertainment destination on M.G Road. Spread across 5 Lakh sq.ft, Centre Square showcases the finest in Indian amp International fashion, Hypermarket for everyday needs, 11 Screen state of art multiplex, gaming zone for entertainment, a food court with varied options, Cafs amp Restaurants amp so much more, making it a one stop destination for all age groups. Coupled with Parking space for 500 cars amp 500 two wheelers, its truly redefining your shopping experience on M.G Road. Oberon Mall . nr Padivattom Signal Junction-NH Bypass Road). The first large scale multi-format shopping mall in a western style. A typical mall, having a wide range of branded stores, a large hypermarket, an anchor store of Reliance Trends (multi brand apparel store), a bookstationery store, spa, beauty saloon, a large food court, a four screen multiplex and lots of entertainment options like Horror House, Mirror Maze and a cricket bowling center. Bay Pride Mall . Marine Drive. A small sized family mall located in heart of city with a few brand stores, a small food court, a fitness center, a gift shop and a music store. Grande Gold Souk . Vyittila Junction. One of the largest malls in South India, this is the only mall having wedding as theme, with more than 150 stores selling various jewellery brands and brandedunbranded apparel. The Mall has a large boweling alley, sports bar, gaming zone, a luxurious multiplex and good food court. Nucleus Mall . Maradu, is the latest entrant to the Kochis Mall culture. A spacious sub-urban mall, ideal for shoppers to shop in hassle free area without worries of traffic and large crowds. Apparel and fabric Edit Kochi also has many famous designer boutiques, mostly located in Convent Junction (between MG Road and Marine Drive). Panampally Nagar also houses many premium exclusive designer boutiques. MG Road (the arterial road) is lined with many premium brand stores, leading apparel shops and boutiques. The cloth bazaar in Broadway Market is one of the largest apparel market selling unbranded fabrics and apparels at lower rates. For dress and fabrics the best options are: Jayalakshmi Silks . Shenoys Junction, MG Rd. The oldest and most popular destination for bridal collections and popular throughout Kerala. It also houses a very large mens collection with many traditional and modern outfits. It is suitable for a wide range of budgets. Kalyan Silks . General Hospital Rd. One of the largest silk saree showrooms and a good place to get many kinds of Indian and western clothing, including popular western brands, at very reasonable rates. Silk Sarees are its trademark and most of them are well priced. Kasavukada . South End of Foreshore Rd near Church Landing. A good place to buy a wide range of ethnic Kerala dress like Mundu, Kasavu Mundu Neyriyattu and ethnic mens Jubas. My Kingdom . Shenoys Junction, MG Rd. An upscale apparel and accessories store. Spread over four stories, each of which is designed for different age groups and gender. Has an extensive collection of latest clothing. Also a spa, beauty saloon and baby center. Seematti . North End, MG Road. One of the posher silk and dress fashion centres and a trend setter in creating unique designs and special materials for its Sarees. Its owner - Beena Kannan - is a leading fashion designer and new designs come every six months. Most of its sarees are out-of-traditional kind, making its unique. It is comparatively more costly than other brands. The mens area is not so elaborate and has only few collections. Village Shop . Behind Sony Center, Ravipuram, MG Road, 91 484 3078472, 91 484 2361717 ( e-mail: kochivillageshop.in ). Village Shop is a Home Furnishing store in Kochi. They sell innovative and designer Handloomed soft furnishings for all rooms of a home. Travel Agents Tour Operators Edit Kochi also a hub of travel agents. Many of agencies are working here with years of services. Some of agencies are accredited with IATA, TAFI, Kerala Tourism, KTM etc. Some of the recommended are Nehan Tourism (24 Hours) LFC Road, Kaloor, Kochi-17 Safiya Travels MG Road, Ravipuram Alhind Tours and Travels MG Road Lawson Travels MG Road, Ravipuram Riya Travels MG Road Somans Travels Kaloor Akbar Travels MG Road ITL Travel World MG Road Bookshops Edit There are numerous of bookstores in Convent Junction as well as in the Fort Kochi area. Pressclub Rd in Convent Junction is a hot-spot for book lovers. Kuriens Tower. Banerjee Rd ( opposite Saritha Cinemas ). Has many good book stores within it. Some of the popular are Book-Port 91 484 2397129, 91 97 4640 1310 21 ), Hamlet, 91 484 2395389) and very large multi-lingual store of DC Books. 160edit DeeCee. Island Castle Complex, Chittoor Rd ( Opposite YMCA ), 91 484 2362796. A very large multi-lingual bookstore, famous for wide range of English fiction books. 160edit Reliance Time Out. 3rd Floor, Oberon Mall, Edappally. A popular store with books, music, entertainment, gifts and cafe option, it has a small library within it. 160edit PaiampCo. Broadway and MG Rd. The first bookstore of the city, its very popular for all kinds of reading materials. 160edit Treasure Island. MG Rd ( near Padma Junction ). An upscale bookstore with a music store and gift shop operating inside. 160edit Footwear and luggage Edit There are many shops selling footwear and luggage in all price ranges. For budget options, try the shops near both railway stations. Be aware that many of these shops offer cheap varieties which may not last a long. Sylcon Footwear . Oberon Mall. A leading Kerala footwear chain, that offers many national and international brands as well as luggage. Reliance Footprints . Oberon Mall. A national footwear chain, most famous for its inhouse brands. Footwear Bazaar . small dedicated bazaar in at the northwestern side of Broadway Market. Jewellery Edit Kochi is famous for its gold, silver, diamond and platinum jewelry. Most of the jewellers are concentrated at Jewel Junction ( Woodland Junction ), on MG Road near Hotel Woodlands. Normal gold purity in India is 22 carat. 24 carat gold ornaments ( thankam ) are not so popular, but are available. Lightweight collections in 18 carat gold have become popular among youngsters and teenagers. H. Venkatesha Naik Jewellery . Rajaji Road, Near Kavitha Junction, 91 484 4041890. Offers modern designs and lightweight collections. It also has an extensive diamond gallery and trendy collection of watches. Alapatt Gold . Jewel Junction, MG Road, 91 484 2381862.- One of the oldest jewellers with an extensive gold collection, ranging from traditional to modern. Malabar Gold . Jewel Junction, opposite Grand Hotel, MG Road. 91 484 2352916. An extensive gold, platinum and diamond collection. It has one of the largest watch gallery selling latest international premium brands like Rado, Tissot and others. Kirtilals . opposite Maharajas College Ground, MG Rd. 91 484 2372911. A grand exclusive diamond gallery, featuring more than 2,000 diamond collections and platinum jewel designs. Bhima Silver Palace . Jewel Junction, MG Rd. Large collection of silver ornaments, souvenirs and cutlery. Cosmetics Edit For cosmetics and womens accessories, Convent Junction is the haven for fair sex. Many international cosmetics and personal care brands can be bought at prices lower than in western countries. Goodwill Collections . TKM Park, Convent Junction. 91 484 2380142. One of the largest cosmetic store with collections of jewellery and bags. Le Mars . Civil Lanes, Palarivattom. 91 484 2339142, 91 484 2339152, 91 484 2339162. A very popular multi-brand womens store. Alphonsa Cosmetics Collections . Convent Junction. 91 484 2366676. A good collection of all international and national cosmetics brands. Electronics Edit You can buy electronic gadgets at comparatively low rates, than most of other regions in India. For the latest technology, Kochi hosts many large consumer electronics fairs and every new technology gadget gets into store very fast. The Electronics Street (opposite Medical Trust Hospital in Pallimukku) and Kadavanthara are the prefect place to buy most of electronics gadegets. Penta Menaka and GCDA Mall are famous for mobile phones. Atlantis Junction and Ravipuram are well known for various computerlaptop hardware shopping. Supermarkets Edit Food shopping is mainly done at supermarkets and bakeries. Bakeries normally sell bread and branded food products, while most supermarkets sell household provisions and packaged food items. Varkeys is the most popular supermarket chain in Kochi. It is a locally-owned chain with many branches elsewhere. Has a good in-house bakery. Reliance has many branches in Kochi, in 2 formats, Fresh (offers a wide range of fresh vegetables and fruits with limited other grocery items), Super (large supermarket, offering groceries and vegetablesfruits). Reliance is a pure vegetarian supermarket chain but outside the supermarket, they operate a small store called DeLite that offers non-vegetarian items, including fresh meat. Spencers daily, Mitra, Food Bazaar, Big Bazaar Express, Nine-Ten and Triveni are other popular supermarkets Govt run Supplyco . operates an extensive chain of small stores branded Maveli and regular supermarkets branded as Supplyco throughout the city. They also have a medical pharmacy attached to the supermarkets, offering English medicines at a 30 discount. KR Bakes . Anns bakery . Bake My Days . Breadworld and Best Bakery are the most popular local bakery chains, with many locations. Banks, ATMs and changing money Edit Almost all national banks operate in Kochi and most have branches in MG Road, as do a few international banks such as HSBC, Citibank, Standard Chartered and Oman Bank. ATMs are uniformly spread across the city and most major shopping places have an adjacent ATM. Most of the nationalized banks are authorised to carry out Forex activities. Western Union and Moneygram have many franchises in the city. American Express Foreign Exchange Services Pvt Ltd 391728, Tharakan House, MG Rd. 91 484 2375839 Muthoot Exchange Co (P) Ltd G.F.13, Muthoot Chambers, Kurian Towers, Opp. Saritha Theatre, Banerji Rd. 91 484 2395345 Pheroze Framroze amp Co (P) Ltd Behind Woodland Hotel, Layam Rd. 91 484 2367943 Thomas Cook (India) Ltd Palai Towers, 1st Floor, Right Wing, M G Rd. 91 484 2369729 UAE Exchange Opp Maharajas College Ground, M G Rd. 91 484 2360037 Wall Street Finance Ltd G 42, Pioneer Tower, Marine Drive. 91 485 2372149 Cuisine Edit For the past 600 years, Kochi has catered to many vistors from around the world including Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, French, English, Dutch, Russians and Japanese. This has made the city a melting pot of various cultures, and this diversity is evident in the cuisine. Being a coastal city, plenty of fresh seafood is the local speciality. With the backwaters, freshwater fish is also popular here. Prawns, squids and shrimps are easily available and cooked in many styles. The most famous of Kochis specialty dishes is Meen Molagitta Curry (smoked freshwater fish with chilly and coconut milk). The English popularized smoked fish with steamed bread and mashed potatoes. One of Kochis traditional vegetarian specialties is Kurukku Kalan (a thick yogurt curry with toasted banana and hot rice). Packed Kurukku Kalan as well as Palada (a sweet dessert with rice flakes and milk) are sold in many supermarkets and food stalls, especially during festive times. At Fort Kochi beach you can buy fresh fish and have it cooked at the nearby food stalls. Fishmongers will sell you a kilo of tiger prawns for around Rs 300 and a kilo of squid for around Rs 250. Food stalls will charge you Rs 40-50 per person to cook your fish (grilled, curry, whatever) and provide you with a serve of chips and salad. Conditions are reasonably hygienic. Fried fish . Fish molly (a coconut milk sauce based curry almost like stew), Alleppey fish curry (traditional curry with tomato sauce and fish tamarind) and Fish Peera (chunks of fish toasted with grated coconuts with fish tamarind sauce), Varatharacha Kozhi curry (semi-fried chicken toasted with coconut and chilly) are the favorites, usually taken with rice or steamed tapioca (cassava). Also worth trying are the traditional rice based breakfast snacks, puttu and kadala, appam and stew. This guide uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one . including soft drink: Restaurants Edit Budget Edit Kochi has a variety of cheap restaurants all over the city. A full meal should cost less than Rs 50. Thattukadas are streetside food hawkers, where you can get hot, fresh-cooked delicious food, costing a maximum of Rs 50 for a good filling meal. Most offer set meal combinations served from portable cooking trolleys with a few benches or chairs nearby. The most famous delicacies are stuffed or plain thattu dosas (thick dosas almost like pizza bread), hot Kerala porottas (flat bread of milled wheat), Kerala roast beef with chappatti and kanzhi (rice porridge). The main concern is the lack of hygiene and constant reuse of oil for frying. Kochi has some home-grown fast food chains: KR Hot Chicken, 61 Pai Dosas, Luciyas Food Court, Potpurri, The Oven, Krispy Chicken, Arabian Treat, Papa Milanos and Breadworld Broasted Chicken have a presence in most parts of town. Foreign franchises such as KFC, Chicking, Noodle Kings, US Pizzas, Marrybrown, Pizza Hut and Dominos also have a presence here. Indian Edit Aruvi Restaurant . for non-toxic beverages, Nature lunch etc. Tea, coffee etc. are not available. Instead Jappi an ayurvedic herbal drink is ordered by the visitors. Aruvi is located at I. S. Press Road (9496044519), Kacherippady (9496044519), and Chambakkara at Vyttiila (9496044517). Aruvi Restaurant has a board that indicates the philosophy of natural food. Arya Nivas. Chitoor Rd ( opposite South Bus Stand ). A chain of vegetarian restaurants run by Tamilians, famous for typical south Indian foods. 160edit Bimbis Foodcourt. Jos Junction, MG Rd. Famous among backpackers and budget tourists, it has a wide range of veg options from North Indian, South Indian, Continental and Chinese food courts. 160edit Hotel Thali. ( opposite Little Flower Church, near Kadavanthra ). Very good Kerala style cusine. 160edit Hotel Unnikrishnan. Pallimukku ( opposite Medical Trust Hospital ). Famous for Kerala style fish fries and set meals. 160edit Indraprastha Gujarati Food Court. MG Rd ( Ground floor, DD Food Court, near Shenoys Theatre ). Famous for its unlimited North Indian thalis and various sweets. A full plate thali with five dishes, Roti and rice costs Rs 50. 160edit Krishna Kripa Seafood Restaurant. Fort Kochi ( opposite SantaCruz Basilica Church ). Good Kerala-style food, low prices and a great location. 160edit Mughal Restaurant. South Railway Station Rd. Has a good range of north Indian foods and a good juice bar. 160edit Sree Krishna Cafe. Gujarathi St, Mattencherry. Gujarati restaurant famous for its stuffed parathas and vegetarian curries. 160edit Kayees or Kaikkas Biriyani. there are two restaurant,one at Mattencherry amp opps.darbar ground south ekm. open from early morning briyani avail from noon only and most of the time finish by 2pm. kayees is very famous for the briyani dont leave kochi,without tasting the kayees mutton biriyani,very trusted name in this field for many decades,hygienic at reasonable pricing too. 140 rs. 160edit Other Edit There are many street side Arabic restaurants offering shawarma and grilled chicken. Popular options are Real Arabia . Arabia Dreams and Grill Arabia . which are dotted all over the city. Most supermarkets and bakeries have a Shawarma Corner outside, which is a cheap, yet filling sandwich. most budget Arabic restaurants are open from 5PM-midnight. Royal Food Court. ( Near North Railway Station ). Good food with Arabic-Lebanese delicacies around the clock. 160edit Street Menu. ( Opposite SBT Bank, Padma Junction, MG Rd ). Offers a lot of grilled options at low prices. 160edit Street Menu. ( Opposite SBT Bank, Padma Junction, MG Rd ). Offers a lot of grilled options at low prices. 160edit Mid-range Edit Most of the restaurants in Kochi are mid-range and there are lots of them. Indian Edit Banana Leaf. Jos Junction, MG Rd ( near Jos Collections ), 91 484 4022334. noon-3PM. Good traditional Kerala food with non veg and veg options. Rs 60. 160edit Dal Roti. Lily St, Fort Cochin. Authentic North Indian tastes. 160edit Delhi Durbar. Pallimukku, MG Rd. A good, small North Indian restaurant. 160edit Fort House Restaurant and Hotel. 26A Calvathy Rd ( next to Coast Guard ), 91 484 2217103. 22. At the water front offering good Kerala food and great views. 160edit The Grand Pavilion. Grand Hotel, Jewel Junction, MG Rd. Popular especially during evenings for its seafood, particularly karimeen pollichathu (smoked pearlspot fish) and alleppey fish curry. 160edit Kadaloram. Abad Plaza. Good typical Kerala buffet at about Rs 300 per head. 160edit Khyber Pass. First floor, Bimbis Restaurants, Jos Junction, MG Rd. A North IndianAfghan food outlet with a wide range of tikkas and kebabs. 160edit Mirch Masalas. TD Rd ( near to Temple ). Vegetarian Punjabi restaurant with good ambiance. 160edit Sharmas Restaurant. Broadway, Marine Drive ( Just behind Penta Menaka ). Good North Indian food at low prices. 160edit Raju dhaba. Falcon truck terminal, Kalamassery. 11AM-11PM. Authentic north Indian dhaba food. Rs 100. 160edit Thakkaaram. thakkaaram. Very special, authentic Malabar cuisine. Two locations, both off the beaten tourist track, clean and modern. 160edit Other Edit Ceylon Bake House. Opp. Avenue Regent, South area, MG Rd. Ceylon parathas and Sri-Lankan styled chicken dishes. 160edit Chinese Garden. Dwaraka Junction, MG Rd and Kadavanthara, SA Rd. A good restaurant, serving lots of Indianised Chinese dishes. 160edit The Chyang Shek. Providence Church Rd, Banerjee Rd ( adjacent to PNVM hospital, opposite erstwhile Oman International Bank ). One of the oldest Chinese restaurants. 160edit 14Avenue Restaurant. 14 Cross Rd, Main Avenue, Panampilly Nagar. Italian and continental cuisines, including lasagna, pies, pastas and steaks. 160edit Upstairs Italian. K.B. Jacob Rd, Fort Kochi ( opposite Santa Cruz Basilica ). Run by an Italian family, classic traditional Italian cuisines. 160edit South Star. Bimbis Menaka ( near Penta Menaka, Marine Drive ). Well maintained, nice interiors. Food styles from North Indian, South Indian, Chinese and Arabic and a wide range of Biriyanis. 160edit Thai BBQ House. Kunnumpuram Road, Njaliparambu Junction, Fort Kochi. Thai cuisine, with grilled squid tempuras and coconut prawns. 160edit Splurge Edit Most of the upscale restaurants are located inside hotels with 3 stars or more. Indian Edit BTH Kempu. BTH Hotel, BTH Junction, Durbar Hall Rd. A classic hotel which dates back at least 100 years. Its restaurant, Kempa, is popular among high end vegetarian travellers. Serves North Indian, South Indian and Kannadiga-Udupi dishes. 160edit Chillis Andhra. Layam Rd. Very tasty, as well as fiery food, particularly the chicken options. Few vegetarian options. 160edit Hotel Dwaraka. Dwaraka Junction, MG Rd. Was the first star hotel in Kochi and it remains a popular option for Indian vegetarian food. 160edit Ila. Marine Drive ( near Hakkoba Lodge ). 11AM-11PM. Tasty Travancore food, with both Southern Travancore veg options and Central Travancore Syrian Christian non veg specialities. 160edit S36. Mills St, Foreshore Rd ( within BatampBall Inn ), 91 484 645 9495. 11AM-11PM. Traditional North Indian cuisine, particularly Mughal specialty foods. 160edit Sreekrishna Inn. Warriam Rd, Durbar Hall Rd. This restaurant is famous for its classic look and theme, and offers a large range of Indian vegetarian dishes. The dosas are most famous, along with its elaborate thalis. 160edit Tandoor. Layam Rd ( near Hotel Woodlands, Woodland Junction, MG Rd ). 11AM-11PM. Tasty North Indian, particularly Punjabi, food. The Kadai chicken and ginger chicken is truly world class, and no other place in Kochi can offer their unique taste. The peas masala is also really superb. Their trademarks are romali roti and stuffed bread options. A full Kadai chicken serves at least 4-5 people. Caution, it is very spicy. 160edit Restaurant Lily Grace. Post box 22. River Rd. Fort Kochi ( near Hotel Killians - Fort Kochi Vypeen Ferry Terminal ), 91 484 2217245 (relaxhotelkillians ), 23. 11AM-11PM. 160edit Other Edit Arctic Circle. ( next to Hokkoba Lodge, Marine Drive, near to Coffee Beanz ). 11AM-11PM. Steak, more than 14 sizzlers, such as an American styled sizzler with Texas mashed potatoes with mushroom sauce. 20 European dishes, along with a few continental salads. 160edit Ayela amp Keshai ( Part of Dreams Hotel ), near Elamkulam Lake, SA Rd. A very good seafood restaurant with four theme courts, Kochi, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese. It has a fresh seafood selection court, with the fish cooked in front of the guests. A multi-cuisine restaurant also operates at the site. 160edit 24 Carat. 3rd floor, Gold Souk Mall, Vytilla. 11AM-11PM. A popular upscale multi-cuisine restaurant, themed around weddings, it is ideal for candle-light romantic dinners and high power lunches. 160edit Cornucopia. Mills St, Foreshore Rd. 91 484 6459495. 11AM-11PM. A cricket theme restaurant, operating inside BatampBall Inn, this restaurant is famous for its wide selection of Continental, Greek, Mediterranean cuisines. 160edit Golden Dragon. Mercy Estate, Atlantis Junction, Ravipuram side of MG Rd. 11AM-11PM. A pure Chinese restaurant without any Indianisation. Serves alcohol. 160edit Hon. East India Company. Hotel Travancore Palace, Warriam Rd, Durbar Hall Rd. 11AM-11PM. A historical themed restaurant operating within the four star Travancore Palace Hotel. Famous for its classic paintings and heritage photo galleries as well as its food. The evening buffet is one of the largest in town, offering the best of English, Kerala and North Indian cuisine. 160edit Lokah World Cuisines. NH Byepass Rd, Vytilla ( near Mithra Supermarket ), 91 484 4033220, 91 484 4033221. 11AM-11PM. Offers nine international cuisines from an American Wild West theme to Vietnamese sea-food, Italian pastas and Arabic grills. This restaurant has a family hall, a smoking lounge, a street food area and French cafe along with bakery. Free wifi for guests. 160edit Ittys Place. G31, Panampally Nagar ( near Hotel Center ), 91 94 4657 5551. 11AM-11PM. Ittys place is an eco-friendly restaurant made completely with bamboo, coir and wood having 3 sit-down options. 3rd Place is one of the citys premium cafe and gelateria, whereas Favourite Italy offers traditional Italian pizzas, pastas and subs. 160edit Spice Route. Level 4, Oberon Mall, NH Byepass Rd, Palarivattom. 91 484 4000040. 11AM-11PM. Themed around historical spice route with focus on traditional Persian foods. 160edit Somewhere Else. ( near Muscat Tower (Sony and Vileno Showroom), near Kadavanthara Junction ), 91 484 2313339. 11AM-11PM. It has a cafe and restaurant. The cafe serves a wide range of coffees and mocktails, whereas the restaurant has sizzlers, steaks, grilled wraps, burgers and desserts. Also offers some good biriyanis and Indianised European options. Free wifi for guests. 160edit Mexicana - A quaint Mexican restaurant at the Ramada Resort. Nicely done ambience. Food is hot as they use authentic Mexican chillies. Better to reserve and go as it is only a 30 seater. Opens only for Dinner. Closes at 11 pm. Serves all types of Indiana and Imported liquor, wines and liqueurs. Drink Edit Keralites are well known for their drinking habit. Finding bars or pubs is not difficult in Kochi. For those who do not drink alcohol there are lots of excellent local options. Karikku ilaneer (tender coconut), could be found at many hawker stalls, especially in Marine Drive. Sambhaaram (buttermilk) . is especially popular on hot summer days when it is even distributed freely by some clubs in popular areas. Shakes . such has Sharjah Shake are good cool down options and there are numerous cool-bars and juice stalls across the city. Fresh toddy ( kallu ) is a brew from the coconut tree. Be careful as adulteration is very common. Your best bet is to get it from a local who has given over his coconut trees for extraction. Mullapanthal Kallushap near Thripunithura is a certified Kallu brew shop. Only 5 stars bars are allowed to operate, and they are few. Bars upto 4 star category provide only beer and wine. But liquor can be bought for personal consumption in home from state-run Beverages Co stores, which have an extensive network of in Kochi, selling at competitive rates. Expect long queues, especially on the eve of dry days. Women standing in the queue to buy liquor is usually frowned upon. XL Fishnet Bar. Rose St, Fort Cochin. until abour 10.30 PM. The bar fills up each day with tourists looking for a beer in Fort Cochin. There is nothing cosy about the place and the staff are quite lazy. It can be a nice spot to meet other travellers, since everyone has one thing in common: drinking beer. There is a busy restaurant downstairs that also serves beer (more pricey) and may be preferred by solo women. Rs 125 for a Kingfisher. 160edit Velocity. Bnerjee Rd. A seedy bar with a wide range of liquors and beer. 160edit Oberoi Bar. MG Rd. A good small bar dominated by men. 160edit Polakkulattu Sliverspoon Bar. Jewek MG Rd. A good, well maintained bar with branches in Palarivattom near Metlife, and in SA Rd at Janatha Junction. 160edit Central Park Bar. Kaloor-Kadavanthara Road. A posh well maintained bar having a designer lounge. 160edit Nasha. at the Metropolitan Hotel bar, South Railway station. A well maintained good lounge bar, ideal for families and visitor. Offers a wide range of drinks offering at moderate prices. Very famous for its signature Kerala dishes as short eats. 160edit Silca Bar. Hotel Mercy, Ravipuram area, MG Rd. 91 484 2367372. A lovely, upscale bar lounge popular with businessmen and upscale visitors. Famous for its signature dishes and cocktails. 160edit Nightlife DJ parties amp pubs Edit Pub rules amp etiquette All discotheques, pubs have some strict rules and etiquettes. A restricted admission policy - allows only guests above 21 with proof of age required. No pets are permitted and some days may be reserved for ladies, couples and families. A strict dress code - only formal attire for both genders. Western styled fashion is allowed for women. Male patrons must be fully clothed in formal western style or in denims with shoes. No kind of ethnic Indian clothing is allowed for men, however sarees are allowed for women. Smoking is strictly not allowed inside any pubs or dance floors Nightlife comprising of pubs, DJ parties, discos are recent phenomenon with new venues opening. Pubs and discotheques may not close down on dry days as is applicable to bars. However they do close on all notified state holidays such as Onam, Vishu, Easter and Good Friday. An exception to this rule is during Christmas time. Also note that clubs also close at 12:30. Club1100 . Ramada Resort, Kumbalam 91 484 3011100. The disco is open only on Friday to Sunday. Saturday evenings are the happening nights. Disco opens from 9 pm. The bar is in three levels. Contemporary in design and pleasing. A nice place to have drink. Discotheque entries are restricted. Stags are not allowed unless known to the management. GlowampCorktales . Atlantis Junction-MG Rd, 91 484 409 0000. Dance floor and large lounge bar. It has night parties from Thursday to Sunday with various themes and age groups. Opium the Club . Palarivattom Jn, Palarivattom Jn. 91 93 8825 6882, A new posh upscale dance floor and large discotheque, it has various events from Tuesday to Sunday, each in various themes. (Closed on dry days) Loungevity . Hotel Avenue Regent, MG Rd . House an inhouse DJ and the latest in electronic dance music. One of the coolest places for families. Couchyn . The Grand Hotel, Woodlands Junction, MG Rd . A traditional English styled lounge bar with great music and a wide variety of cocktails. VA lounge . Dreams Hotel, SA Rd . A lounge cum disco bar, ideal for families. Good music, a large dance floor and wide range of cocktails. Champs Sports Lounge . Gokulam Park, Kaloor . Has a good sports gallery, cricket-themed interiors, 2 gigantic screens for regular broadcast of cricket or football matches, signature cocktails and snacks. Coffee shops Edit There are many coffee shops around the city. Kashi Art Caf. Fort Cochin, Burgher St ( parallel to Princess St ), 91 48 4 2215769 (mailkashiartgallery ), 24. 8:30AM-7:30PM. Serve great iced coffee, fresh lunches, and a variety of sandwiches and tasty cakes. 160edit Amaara Maradu. Petta-Maradu Rd, Tripunithara ( near Gandhi Square ), 91 484 2706922 (amaarain ). 10AM-9PM. An unique heritage hangout set in 200 year old Mangayil house. Serves authentic Kerala coffee and popular varieties of dosas. Regular cultural performances, cooking class, ethnic handicrafts class are some of the popular activities there. The cafe also houses a large library for reading as well as venue of regular book exhibitions. 160edit Cafe Coffee Day. ( Shenoys Jn, MG R Oberon Mall Pallimukku, MG Rd ), 25. 10AM-9:30PM. A popular national chain, which is a standard coffee hangout with western style eateries and a wide range of coffee. 160edit Barista. ( Bay Pride Mall, Marine Drive ). 10AM-10:30PM. The place to cool down with coffee after a walk at Marine Drive. Not cheap though. 160edit Teapot. ( Peter Celli St, Fort Cochin ). 10AM-10:30PM. A unique cafe which serves a variety of teas, particularly 6 unique Indian flavours. It also has good traditional English snacks. 160edit Cafe Cochin Lavazza. ( G-360, Panampally Nagar ), 91 484 3114816. 9AM-10:30PM. The only direct Lavazza coffee outlet in South India. 160edit BTH Coffee Shop. ( Nr North Railway Station International Stadium-Kaloor ). 9AM-10:30PM. A moderate priced coffee shop, famous for its traditional Kerala snacks and savouries along with dosas and idilies. 160edit Cafe Persia. ( TD Rd, near Banerjee Rd ). 9AM-10:30PM. A unique Arabic themed cafe, famous for SheeshasHookah smoking and an excellent range of Arabic coffee and tea, along with snacks. 160edit Ice cream parlours Edit There are numerous cool-bars and juice stalls that sell branded and custom made ice-cream dotted all over the city. There are also a few specialist ice cream parlours. Horter Place de Glance . Jawahar Nagar Colony and Opp. Durbar Hall grounds. A premium ice-cream outlet selling the Uncle John brand. It has 29 ice-cream flavours and 18 ice-cream varieties with many toppings including sauces, creams, fruits and nuts. Caravan Softies . Caravan Complex, Marine Drive and Opposite Shenoys Cineplex. One of the most traditional ice-cream parlours famous for many in-house varieties. Kwality Walls . Foodcourt-Abad Bay Pride Mall Marive Drive. A local favourite. Merriboys Ice-cream Cafe . Food Circle, Oberon Mall. Famous for its original milk ice-creams and innovative fruit sundaes. Milano Ice Cream . M G Road, Near Medical Trust Junction. Real Italian gelato at its bestwith amazing flavours. Sleep Edit Kochi is full of hotels from one star to five. Closest to the airport are Flora Airport Hotel, Courtyard Kochi Airport and Abad Airport Hotel. Being a tourist and business city, Kochi has a lot of accommodation across a broad price range. Hotel accommodation can be divided into 2 distinctive areas. Fort Cochin has numerous hotels which are more European and American in style. Ernakulam City caters for all travellers, especially domestic and those from Middle East and elsewhere in Asia. Also Willingdon Island hosts some of the citys most premium hotels. When booking. Keep in mind that the area around Fort Cochin is quieter and more scenic than the rest of the city and there are large number of boutique hotels. Prices are comparatively high for India but moderate by western standards. Home stays are common in Fort Cochin, catering to backpackers and budget travellers. This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room: Fort Cochin Budget Hotels Edit For budget tourists, non star rated hotels near the railway stations as well as many in Fort Kochi, particularly on the road from Fort Kochi main ferry. are ideal. If you stay more than a week, consider the option of taking rooms in small lodges providing budget accommodation on weekly and monthly basis for Rs 1,000-2,500. Another popular option is single hostel accommodation which provides monthly stay for less than Rs 3,000. NamastheHotelHoselB amp B Njalparambu,Rids Dale Road,682001.Contact160:91 9656201128 ,91 9656201128,namasthefortkochigmail.namasthefortkochi.AC amp Non AC Rooms 600 Fort Square Homestay Hotel. 11123-A, Opposite Canara Bank, Kunnumpuram, Fort Kochi - 682 001 ( On TM Muhammad Road, near the intersection with Fosse Road and Pullupalam Road, opposite the Canara Bank ), (mailfortsquarehomestay ), 26. checkin: 24 hrs. A well priced budget option close to the centre of Fort Cochin, with 6 bedrooms and a huge roof garden area. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and the place is spotlessly clean and tidy. Run by the extremely warm hearted owner George, a rare breed in Indian guesthouses Prices officially start at 800 however its possible to get the price down to 600 per night out of season, although youll probably feel guilty as George is so nice Free WIFI provided, Highly recommended 600. ( googlemapsplaceTMMuhammadRd,Kunnumupuram,FortKochi9.963905,76.2455521,21zdata4m23m11s0x3b086d37ad1e4547:0xe7b2e184f21b538a ,) 160edit Aroma Home Stay ( aromahomestaygmail ), 11469 (1), OPP. ST. Anthonys Chapel, Pattalam, Fort Cochin, Kerala India. ( Very close to Mahatma Gandhi Beach ), 00919387856294. 27. checkin: 12 NOON checkout: 11 AM. Located in the main Fort Kochin area, provides free 24 hour Wi-Fi, living and dining area. The rooms are fully furnished twin bed en suite with balconies.The rooms are clean, spacious, airy. The hosts are very welcoming, friendly and helpful. Traditional Kerala breakfast is available. 1500. ( 9.960040087838278. 76.24073950191655 ) 160edit YMCA Youth centre. NH 47 Byepass ( Opp.Medical Centre Hospital ), 0484-2342585,2534909 (ymcapvtgmail ), 28. checkin: 24 hrs. indoor sports,parking facility with a reasonable restaurant. Ac starts from Rs.800 and non Ac strats from Rs.375. 160edit Casa Linda Ballard. St.Pauls Street ( Near St.Pauls School ), 91 484 2216888. A well maintained hotel in typical European style. Budget. 160edit Hotel Fort Avenue. Bazaar Street ( Near old Bazaar ), 91 484 2226103. A well maintained hotel. Budget. 160edit Hotel White Rose. Fort Nagar. 91 484 3236004. ggtA newer hotel, which is clean and good looking. Ideal for families 160edit Vintage Inn. Rids Dale Branch Road, Njaliparambu Jn. ( near K.B. Jacob Rd, traffic circle ), 91 484 2215064. 29. Clean, comfortable ensuite rooms, fan or AC, free WiFi in the lobby, 5 min walk from historic centre. from Rs 300 (off season). 160edit Banana Hut Hotel. Main Ferry Rd ( On the left 150m to the Chinese Fishing nets from the main Ferry Station ). Basic rooms, but cheap and kind hosts. Leaving your bag there during the day is possible and was safe. from Rs 300 (off season). 160edit Fort Cochin Homestays Edit Homestays allow you to stay with a family in their regular home as a paying guest, enjoying the hospitality and warmth of traditional Kerala family life. This started in Fort Kochi especially for backpackers and hippies. Today homestays have emerged as one of the most successful hospitality ventures outside hotels and resorts and there are more than 200 across Fort Kochi. Recently many home-stays have begun to charge higher rates during tourist season. Adams Wood House. Andy Achari Road ( Behind Saga at Paravana junction ), 91 98 9535 3782 (adamswoodhouseyahoo ), 30. Clean with comfortable beds. The owner,and his family are very friendly and helpful. Free WiFi, help with arranging trips inside and outside of town. Breakfast available. Rs 1,000-3,000. 160edit Daniels Homestay. Rids Dale Branch Road ( 2 min walk from Santa Cruz Church ), 91 98 9557 5181 (danielshomestayyahoo ), 31. Located in one of the silent by-lanes of Fort Kochi very close to the Santa Cruz Basilica. Friendly, clean and comfortable. Free wifi internet and TV in all rooms. 24 hrs hotcold water with seperate bath rooms. Rs 800 for Non-AC and Rs.1200 Ac room. 160edit Dream Catcher Home Stay. Vasavan Lane Road ( Near Thamaraparambu School ), 91 484 2217550, 91 97 4601 7881 (dreamcatcheronitavsnl ). Home-cooked food, clean rooms, but host quite unpleasant. Free pick-ups from bus and railway station. Rs 600-1,200. 160edit Edelwiess. 11375 A KB Jacob Rd, Njaliparambu Junction. 91 96 5643 0583 (sanoobsanuyahoo.in ). checkin: 1PM checkout: 11AM. Clean with comfortable beds. The owner and his family are very friendly and helpful. Free internet, help with arranging trips inside and outside of town. Rs 400-800. 160edit Green House Home Stay. Kunnumpuram Road, Njaliparambu. 91 98 9526 2296 (greenhousehomestayyahoo ). Friendly home stay in a good location close to Princess St. TV and a fridge are provided in the communal living room as well Internet. High season doubles are around Rs 1,000 non AC or Rs 1,500 AC, Rs 300-600 during the low season, extra charge for AC rooms. 160edit Maison Casero Home Stay. Near Santa Cruz Basilica Church, Fosse Road, Kottavalappu, Fort Cochin ( 45 KM from the Cochin International Airport, 18 km from the Ernakulam Junction railway station, 150 meters from the fort cochin bus stand ), 91 484 2215955 Mob: 9847125955. 32. checkin: 11.30 am checkout: 11.00 am. The owner Jaison amp his family are very friendly and helpful. 600-1500. 160edit Leelu Home. Cheerans Ebenezer, Behind Fort Kochi Post Office, Quirose Street ( 2 min walk from the famous Santa Cruz Basilica ), 91 48 4221 5377. 33. A recently renovated Victorian building in the heart of Fort Kochi. Cooking classes are conducted in the kitchen daily from 11AM-1PM and from 6PM-8PM. 160edit Padikkal Residency. Njaliparambu Junction ( 50 meters from Santa Cruz Basilicum ), 91 98 95423033 (padikkalresidencygmail ), 34. checkin: 1PM. Free WiFi, private rooms with ensuite bathroom. Common balcony. Traditional style homestay with helpful staff. Approved by the Department of Tourism Development. Close to the main Fort Kochi area, but in a quiet enough location to be away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist traps. Rs 700 (off season) - 1,500 (high season). 160edit Prems Homestay. Njaliparambu Junction ( Close to the Santa Cruz Basilica ), 91 484 2215269, 91 98 4715 8166. (premshomestaygmail ), 35. Clean, homey atmosphere, welcoming hosts. Home-cooked food on order. Close to major tourist attractions. Will organise trips inside and out of town if you wish. Rs 600-1,000. 160edit Riverside Heritage Homestay. 91 93 8879 4279. 36. 160edit San Mike Tours Homestay. No. 1957, Directly opposite Santa Cruz Basilica. 9446014385. Friendly homestay run by two brothers Victor and Martin. They can organise anything from a Rs 500 backwater cruise in Allepey to a day riding an old Enfield motorcycle down the Malabar coast. E-mail address is sanmiketourshotmail Rs 500 per person or less if there is more than one of you. 160edit Kalancherry Retreat. Kalancherry,Kumbalangi,Kerala. 91 484 2240564, 91 9847446683. 37. Lawrence amp Lilly have been involved in hospitality for over 10 years. Kallancherry Retreat, is for people who look for a few days of quiet and green, great home-cooked food, at a friendly and personal place, in the middle of a coconut grove, on the shores of the backwaters and a cooling breeze. Rs 1500. 160edit Tag und Nacht ( Homestay ), Beach Rd, Mackenzie Garden ( opposite the Naval Maritime Museum ), 91 999 599 4550. 98 467 51505 (tagundnacht1gmail ), 38. Very clean and beautifully decorated rooms with comfortable beds. The owners, Antonio amp Kristina, are friendly and helpful. Free WiFi, assistance with arranging trips inside and outside of town. Fabulous breakfasts. Rs 500-1,200. 160edit Jojies Homestay. K.B Jacob Road ,Chirattapalam, Fort Kochi ( Near Santa Cruz Church ), 91 9995396543 (doyaltjyahoo.co.in ), 39. Apart from this cozy accommodation, Sophia and Doyal who are running this homestay offered us an excellent stay. Enjoy the fabulous puttu for breakfast. low budget, depends on season. 160edit Heavenly Homestay. 11639 A, PATTALAM ST. ANTONYS CHAPEL. MECKANZEY GARDEN ROAD FORT KOCHI ( Near ST. ANTONYS CHAPEL. Church ), 91 9846943518, 91 9847033818 (heavenlyhomestayyahoo ), 40. Excellent and friendly host Mr. Patrick. Rooms are well maintained and newly constructed. Free WiFi, can arrange City tour on Auto Rickshaw Cab as per your choice. Breakfast is really good. Also serves Welcome Drink i.e. Fresh Fruit Juice. low budget, depends on room selected. 160edit Ernakulam City Edit AJ Residency. Kaloor Rd ( near Kaloor Jn, behind Lenin Centre ), 91 484 2371711 (mapleregencyairtelmail.in ), 41. checkin: 12noon. Near Kaloor bus stand at Kaloor Road and nearby Palarivattom Shopping district. It has the Rahamaniya tender Chicken Restaurant at ground floor. Rs 350-800. 160edit Hotel Aiswarya. Warriam Rd ( Near Durbar Hall Ground ), 91 484 2364454. 42. A good well maintained hotel with nice interiors and good hospitality. Located in heart of the city. 160edit Hotel Bijus. Cannon Shed Rd, Near Boat Jetty ( Near General Hospital ), 91 484 2361661, 91 484 2381881. 43. Ideal hotel for budget tourist. A well maintained, clean and nice hotel. 160edit Hotel Excellency. Nettipadom Road, Ernakulam South ( Near Avenue Regent ), 91 484 2378251. 44. Located very near to South Railway station, this is a moderate business hotel. Very good interiors, a restaurant and nice staff. Rs 750-1,500 night. 160edit Hotel Kavitha International. Chitoor Road ( btw Mulasserry Canal and Iyyattil Jn ), 91 484 2350618, 91 48 4236 2622. 45. checkin: 12 noon. Clean hotel, located very near to MG Rd at the heart of city. 24 hr reception. Rs 600-900. 160edit Mid-range Edit Fort Cochin Edit Ballard Bungalow. ( Near Fort Kochi Junker Jetty ), 91 484 2215854. A heritage colonial bungalow, which still maintains the colonial charms and recreates an atmosphere of the British Raj. Moderate. 160edit Fort Bridge View Homestay ( fortbridgeview ), Door 1381 Burger Street, Fort Kochi (opposite Kashi Cafe) ( On Burger Street, 20 meters up from intersection of Tower Rd, near Police Station ), 0484-2216545 or 91 9544229922 (bridgeview916gmail ). New, modern, beautiful, clean, and elegant rooms with Portuguese marble floors, antique wooden beds with spring coil mattresses, lovely tile restrooms with rain showers and modern fixtures. Some rooms with balcony sitting areas. Located between Princess and Burger Streets. Flat screen TVs and mini fridges, AC and Non AC rooms, 24 hour hot water and free high speed internet. Standard, superior, and deluxe rooms, with one huge suite room available, price ranges from 1,300 to 3,000 rupees. Walking distance to all major tourist attractions a perfect place to stay with a homely atmosphere and a friendly, helpful staff. 160edit Gama Heritage Residency. Napier St. 91 484 2217475. A typical Portuguese bungalow, which housed the Portuguese army until its defeat by Dutch forces. Today it is a stylish heritage hotel, famous for its hospitality. 160edit Old Courtyard. Princess Street ( Near Vasco Da Gama Square ), 91 484 2215035. An old Dutch bungalow, remodelled with modern interiors. Famous for lovely dinner parties. Moderate. 160edit Ernakulam City Edit HOTEL IMPERIAL REGENCY. Near Padma Theatre, MG Rd. 91 484 4046868, 4456868 (infoimperialregency.in. fax. 91-484-4036868 ), 46. Luxury Business Hotel in the heart of cochin city on M.G Road with extremely spacious rooms with a stylish and contemporary decor. Hotel has excellent service with extremely courteous staff. A Gem of a property. 160edit Mermaid Hotel. Kaniyampuzha Road, Vyttila. 91 484 3988444, 91 484 2307999 (reservationmermaidcochin. fax. 91 484 2307804 ), 47. Spacious rooms with river views. 160edit Abad Plaza. Kavitha Junction, MG Rd. 91 484 2384380. 48. One of the oldest hotels in town. There is also another hotel just behind which belongs to this chain. It has good restaurants, pools, gyms, spa, supermarket, bookshop and business facilities. Located right in centre of the city. 160edit Avenue Center Hotel. Panampally Nagar ( Opposite Rotary Club and near to Passport office ), 91 484 2315301. 49. A posh hotel located in an upscale residential area. This is a good hotel with a multi-cuisine restaurant and swimming pools. 160edit BTH. BTH Round, Durbar Hall Rd ( Near to Shiva Temple ), 91 484 2353501. 50. The oldest business hotel of the town, BTH is a popular option, especially among Indian families. It has good lawns, a large swimming pool and vegetarian restaurants. 160edit Sealord. Marine Dve. 91 484 2382472, 91 484 2382473. 51. One of the first star rated hotels in Kochi and offers rooms at moderate rates. Has good restaurants and a pub. 160edit Times Square. Layam Rd, Near Durbar Hall Ground ( Opposite Chief Justices House ), 91 484 2374488. 52. Business hotel, near the shopping quarters of MG Rd with a very good multi-cuisine restaurant. 160edit Splurge Edit Fort Cochin Edit Killians Boutique Hotel. River Rd ( Near Harbour ), 91 484 2217245 (relaxhotelkillians ), 53. A very well maintained and modern hotel in the heart of Fort Cochin (water treatment plants, attuned to the German Standards). Budget. 160edit Brunton Boatyard. Fort Kochi Jetty, Beach Rd ( Near Bus stand ), 91 484 2215461. 54. checkin: 12 noon. A heritage bungalow, once built as Dutch Governors Palace, later owned by the Brunton brothers boatbuilders. Today is a premium property of CGH group. It has huge Dutch styled gardens, Kerala-dutch style interiors, large cannons and good restaurants. Rs 3,000-14,000. 160edit Koder House. Opposite Beach Park, Tower Rd ( Near Fort Kochi Beach ), 91 484 2218485. 55. checkin: 12 noon. Once home to an affluent Jewish couple, today this has is a large Jewish theme hotel. It has a good restaurant which serves authentic Kosher certified food and a very large indoor pool. Rs 2,000-10,000. 160edit Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel. Opposite Fort Kochi, Beach Rd ( Next to INS Dronarchary of Indian Navy ), 91 484 3050102. This heritage property was once the residence of Sir Robert Bristow - the architect and father of modern Kochi Port. It has opulent interiors in a traditional English style and a good antique collection, along with large pools, a garden and host of other facilities. 160edit Willingdon Island Edit Vivanta Malabar by Taj ( (former Taj Malabar) ), ( Near Kochi Port Trust Complex ), 91 484 6643000, 91 484 2666811. 56. checkin: 24 hr. On the tip of Willingdon Island. Its heritage wing was built in 1935 to accommodate the visiting Princess of Wales (Queen Elizabeth II), and later to accommodate senior officials of the Royal Navy. It is full of Victorian design amp decor and was a Crown Property until its handover to the Taj Group in 1954. The tower wing is more modern. The Infinity Pool is one of the oldest swimming pools famous for its beauty. Rs 9,000-31,000. 160edit Trident Cochin ( (former Hilton Kochi) ), ( Near Kochi Port Trust Complex ), 91 484 3081000, 91 484 3081002. 57. checkin: 2PM checkout: 12 noon. Located near to Ernakulam Port Wharf, this premium property has 69 luxury rooms and 10 premium suites along with several world cuisines restaurants and a world class spa. Rs 9,000-20,000. 160edit CGH Casino Hotel. Willingdon Island ( Near Kochi Port Trust Complex ), 91 484 2668421, 91 484 2668001 (casinohotelcghearth ), 58. checkin: 14:00 Hrs checkout: 12 noon. The first property of CGH established in 1957, its an iconic hotel famous for its seafood restaurants and themed room, all overlooking Cochin Harbour Rs 9,000-20,000. 160edit Ernakulam City Edit Dreams. S.A Rd, Kadavanthara ( Opp. Naval Enclave ), 91 484 4129999. A premium property which is a sister concern of Times Hotel-New York, with all 5 star facilities. Rs 6,000-20,000. 160edit The Gateway Hotel ( Formerly Taj Residency ), Marine Drive, City. 59. Near the harbour with good sea views. Popular amongst business vistors and upscale tourists. It has very large pools, cafe, gardens and own ferry services. This is a 4 star property of the Taj Group. 160edit Harbour View. Opp.Shipyard, Atlantis Junction, MG Road. 91 484 2358444. Ideal business class hotel, with lot of premium features, located in the main area of city. Rs 4,000-12,000. 160edit Gokulam Park Inn International. Kaloor ( opposite Techno-towers ), 91 484 2400707. A 4 star property located in the business corner of Kochi. It has a a good convention center and a host of facilities. Rs 4,000-12,000. 160edit Holiday Inn. NH Bypass, Vennala 331739 A, Chakkaraparambu Junction. 91 484 4199000 ( fax. 91 484 4199111 ), 60. 132 king bedrooms, 47 twin rooms 18 deluxe rooms 12 executive suites, 1 presidential suite and 2 specially able rooms. Teacoffee makers, iron and iron board, separate work area LCD, TVs, mini bar and safe. Restaurant, cafe, sports pub, pool bar, outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, multilingual staff and Business centre. 160edit Le Meridian. Maradu Junction ( Near Maradu Bridge ), 91 484 2705777. 61. One of the most exclusive addresses in town famous for its large convention center. It has a host of facilities. Near to riverside, it offers good boating facilities and has an indoor shopping complex selling famous luxury items Rs 6,000-20,000. 160edit Renaissance. Palarivattom Junction. 91 484 3919000. 160edit PGS Vedanta. Lissie Junction ( Near North railway station ), 91 95449 38883. 62. PGS Vedanta is nestled in the charming city of Kochi. Restaurant, cafe, outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, multilingual staff and Business centre Rs 2,900-6,000. 160edit Resorts Edit Ideal if you prefer to stay away from hustles and bustles of city and enjoy holidays in an idyllic mood. Bolgatty Palace. Bolgatty Island South ( take ferry from High Court Jetty or reach through Goshree Bridges ), 91 484 2750500, 91 484 2750600 (bolgattypalacekochiktdc ), 63. checkin: 12 noon. A premium heritage property of KTDC, where English Royals celebrated their life during British Raj days. The Palace complex was built in 1630s by Dutch owners and soon became the residence of the British Resident Commissioners for Kochi and Travancore. The resort is famous for its honeymoon cottages, large Dutch style gardens, horse tracks and golf course. A Marina and accompanying marina suites are nearby near to the ex-Residence. Rs 5,000-15,000 per night. 160edit Ramada Resort Kochi. Kumbalam South End, Kochi. 91 484 3011100 (reservationsramadacochin ), 64. checkin: 2 pm checkout: 12 pm. The resort is famous for the beautiful 100 mtrs of meandering pool that merges into backwaters overlooked by the balconies of well appointed cottage suites. The resort is equally famous for its saturday night discotheque, lounge bar and sprawling gardens.The resort has 24 lake facing cottages on stilts and 18 Superior rooms. It has an excellent Ayurveda center with an inhouse doctor. It also has a Spa with all the facilities. Dining options - Fennel is the multuicuisine restaurant and Mexcicana, as the name implies a 30 seater Mexican restaurant. Rs 5,000-16,000 per night. 160edit Indriya Beach Resorts, Cherai ( Kerala Beach Resorts ), MLA Road, Cherai,Kochi, Kerala. 91 484 2861500 (reservationsindriyabeachresorts ), 65. checkin: 24 hr. Secluded luxury cottages, sumptuously appointed executive suites and banquet areas set on an elegant landscape dotted with palms and tropical plants around a large pond in the middle. Nestled between the Cherai beach and lagoon, serenity is the order of the day. Lulled by the hush of the lagoon, the calls of tropical birds, canoes sending soft ripples through the water, the muttered voices of fishermen and in the background the muted growl of the sea, the hiss of waves descending on the beach - you are in the realm of forces primal and sensual. Rs 3,000-10,000 per night. 160edit Waterfront Resort. ( 23 kms from the Cochin International Airport ), 66. checkin: 12:00 midnight checkout: 12:00 midnight. This is a backwater-front resort, a Traditional Nalukettu(kerala house), with a center court yard. They have a herb garden and stunning backwater views. Located away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is an ideal getaway for those wanting to experience Keralas natural beauty. You can watch many species of birds here. 50 USD. 160edit Learn Edit Art forms Edit There are many popular institutes for learning local art-forms such as Bharatnatyam, Mohiniyattom, Kathakali and music, which can offer regular and crash courses. Kerala Kathakali Center . 91 484 2215827. Offers short term courses in Kathakali, Kalaripayattu and percussion instruments for visitors. Ideal for learning a bit about the essence of Keralas, although it is not so authentic being aimed mostly at tourists. RLV College of Dance and Music . 91 484 2779757. Established in 1920s by Maharaja of Kochi in Tripunithara as a remembrance to his late wife and daughter, this is one of most popular music and dance colleges in the state. There are many short-term courses, making it ideal for interested visitors. Sree Sankara School of Dance and Music . 91 484 2462501, 91 484 2464189. A a popular center for learning classical Indian artforms, offering certificates and diplomas. Cooking Edit Gigi Ansal takes South Indian cooking classes from 6pm. 91 989 5086398. These are around 600Rp per person for four dishes and ricenaan. An authentic experience, shell take to her home in Fort Kochi and show you how to cook like a local Hotel Mother Tree can also help to book. Kalaripayattu Edit Learn this gravity defying martial art of Kerala. Some of the centers authorized by the government are: Arjuna Kalari and Marma Chikitsalayam Centre . 91 484 2365440 91 484 3692304, 67. Has regular classes in Kalari techniques but it is more famous for its specialized ayurvedic treatments. ENS Kalari . 91 484 2809810, 68. One of the most popular Kalari centers in the state. Part of Kerala Kalaripattyattu Association, this institute is guided by leading trainers who are well versed in ayurveda, mathematics and physical education. Yoga and Meditation Edit Art of Living-Ernakulam Chapter . 91 484 2383738, 69. Part of the international yoga and spiritual center of Sri Sri Ravishankarji. Stay safe Edit Kochi is one of the safest cities in India with excellent police coverage. Common sense is of course required when being alone at night. Late night life is not common in Kochi. If you are planning on clubbing, make your own transport arrangements before hand, very few buses ply after 9.45PM, and none after 10.30PM. You can find autos and taxis, but only near railway stations or major bus stands. Be wary of eve-teasers, especially drunkards. Kochi is infamous for mosquitoes, due to presence of large water bodies across the city. Make sure any room you book, has mosquito repellents or at least a mosquito net. Its always better to have any anti-mosquito creams or spice oil extracts like lemongrass oil to ward off mosquito bites. Malaria is eradicated, but beware of dengue fever. Crossing roads - unlike in the other cities in India, vehicles do not tend to stop when you initiate crossing so wait till there is a comparative lull in the traffic - the oncoming vehicles will slow down for you. Be wary of Private Line bus and KSRTC bus drivers on the roads. Pedestrians live a hard life especially during peak hours in Kochi. There are many cases of road accidents and hit-run cases involving private buses and pedestrians, thus earning them the nickname, Red Killers . Take extra care, while crossing the roads. If difficult to cross then do so only at major signal junctions or seek assistance of local traffic policeman. Kochi lacks good pedestrian walkways, though many are being rebuilt now, along with the roads. Beware of walking on these walkways, especially during night. Jaywalking may be safe in the nights in sub-urban roads, but with the coming of better roads and with an increasing traffic, avoid walking on the roads in the city, especially in the daytime. Kochi is located a few metres below the sea level, so a few roads in the arterial city tend to flood during rainfall. Its better to avoid such roads while raining. When the these roads are flooded it may be difficult to distinguish whether you are walking on road or walkway, which sometimes can land you inside drainage holes. However, these floods do tend to drain off quickly after the rain. Flood prone roads are - Edapally Junction, roads leading to Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, South junction (in front of Hotel Woodlands) Public smoking bans are strictly enforced in the city more so than in other regions. The High Court of Kerala has decreed a public smoking ban across the state. Smoking on the roadside, in shopping complexes, restaurants, and parks is illegal and police can charge Rs 500-1,000 for breaches. No shop that sells loose cigars or tobacco is allowed to provide lighters. Provision of lighters to customers may lead to a Rs 150 fine being imposed upon both the supplier and the purchaser. Prostitution is illegal in Kochi, as elsewhere in Kerala and India. However there is a very good chance, you will likely encounter street prostitutes and their agents, who may try to lure you. Beware of such offers, as many of such prostitutes are affected by HIV. Being illegal, they have no access to medical controls or treatments. As it is a criminal offence to commit adultery, regular police raids occur in local cheap hotels to catch prostitutes and their clients. Emergency support amp assistance Edit For any emergency support of Police, 100 for Flying Squad or 1090 for Crime Stopper. The city has around 16 Police Station zones. Kochi Central Police Station ( Central Circle ), Old Railway Station Rd ( Behind High Court of Kerala ), 91 484 2394500. 24 hours. This is the main police station and it houses the offices of the Asst. City Commissioner as well as Ernakulam City Circle officer. 160edit Kochi Women Police Station ( Vanitha Station ), ( General Police Quarters, Near to High Court ), 91 484 2394250. 24 hrs. For any assistance to women travellers. This all-women police station. 160edit Kochi Tourist Police Station ( Fort Kochi Station ), ( Parade grounds ), 91 484 2224055. 24 hrs. This is the countrys first and only tourist police station. Assistance for tourists including visa and immigration information can be provided. There is a small police museum here. Check for the difference of police uniform here. The Tourist Police wear a blue shirt and khaki pants. 160edit Foreigners Registration Office-FRO ( City Police Commissioners Office ), ( Commissariat, City Police HQ, Marine Drive ), 91 484 2394651. 10AM-5:30PM. The city commissioner is the FRO, who has powers and authorization for any immigration issues. For any visa conversion, losstheft of foreign passports, extension of visa, overstay of visa, immigration clearance, reporting a missing foreigners then report at this office. 160edit Sailors amp Seaport Users Registration Office ( DySP Office- Island ), ( SSRO Office, Near Port Trust Office, Willington Island ), 91 484 2666027. 24 hr. For sailors or ship crew, their registration and embarkationdisembarkation order has to be issued for this office. The DySP has authorization to issue landing permits for yachts, private boats as well as foreign ships and allow its passengers to board down for 72 hours without visa. Travellers arriving on cruisers and yachts should report at this office for any transit visa or short term visa required. 160edit Stay healthy Edit Hospitals Edit Along with Trivandrum. Kochi stands out as one of south Asias best medical hubs and its not at all difficult to get medical attention. Many hospitals operate in the city, with 12 specialist hospitals and Centers of Medical Excellence. For accident cases, only hospitals marked with accident care are authorized to admit such cases. The toll free emergency number (from all telephones) is 102 and 1298 Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) ( Amrita Hospital ), Edapally North ( Take left in NH 17 after Edapally Toll Gate ), 91 48 4280 1234, 91 48 4280 4321 hotline 91 48 4400 1234. 70. 24 hr. One of the top 10 leading specialist hospitals in South Asia. AIMS is reputed for its cost effective complex treatments and latest medical care facilities. Reputed for its cost-effective surgeries, the hospital offers several specialized over-all general check-ups 160edit Lakeshore Hospital. Near Maradu Bridge, NH Byepass, Maradu. 91 484 2701032, 91 484 2701033. 71. 24 Hrs. One of the most high tech hospital in South India famous for its innovative, modern medical treatment. Has various specialized departments including cancer care treatment and boneneuro treatment. The cardiac division is an awarding winning center with the latest facilities and highly qualified dcotors. There are 8 other specialist clinics. The hospital is well-equipped with all emergency services. Also offers comprehensive medical check-up services. 160edit Medical Trust Hospital. Pallimukku, MG Rd. 91 484 2358001, 91 484 2358032, 91 484 2358033, 91 484 2358034. 72. 24 hr. One of the oldest Super Specialty hospital located in heart of the city, this hospital is one of the most important referral hospital in Kerala. Famous for its organ transplant operations. Has the largest number of intensive care facilities in the state. Its a very crowded hospital but is well organised. This hospital is part of Rapid Medical Action Force and they have an accident care. 160edit Other important hospitals are City Hospital. Padma Junction, MG Rd. 91 484 2361809. 24 hr. A good hospital, with accident care facilities. It is famous for its orthopedics and paediatrics department. 160edit Cochin Port Hospital. Willingdon Island. 91 484 2666403. 24 hr. General medicine and has a large in-patient ward. Located near to Kochi Port area, its regularly used by sailors. All certifications required for mariners and sailors are available from this hospital. 160edit Gautham hospital. at Panayapilly, near Fort Kochi and Mattanchery. 91 484 2210510, 91 484 2210510, 91 484 4043457. 24 hr. A major multi-speciality hospital in West Kochi. 24 hr casualty, accident and trauma unit, ambulance services and an ICU and other state of the art medical care. 160edit Ayurvedic Hospitals Edit Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala Hospital. Thrikkara, Kakkanad ( Next to Bharat Mata College ), 91 484 2554000, 91 484 3296922. 73. 24 hr. One of the states most celebrated Ayurvedic hospitals, the branch unit in Kochi is famous for its complex ayurvedic surgeries and treatments. The hospital has Out-Patient clinics at MG Rd (Dwaraka Junction) as well as in Aluva along with second in-patient treatment facility at Aluva 160edit Dr Hassan Ayurveda Brain amp Spine Super Specialty Hospital. Ernakulam, Kerala ( Rajaji Road, Near KSRTC Bus Stand. ), 91 9496277561. 74. 24 hr. With a heritage of 125 years Dr Hassan provides his patients the best treatment in authentic way. The expert panel of doctors effiecient knowlegde in Multi-systems make a big difference in diagnosing and providing the best for people around the world. 160edit Kerala Ayurveda Samajam Hospital ( KA Samajam ), Carrier Station Rd, Karikkamuri ( First right from South Railway Station ), 91 484 2375603. Open 24 hr. Branch unit of worlds first Ayurvedic Hospital Chain- Shornoors famous KA Samajam Hospital Kochi branch is equally good for various treatments, including cancer and serious aliments with regular medical panel visits from its main hospital. 160edit Blood Banks Edit There are many 24 hr emergency Blood banks. Most of the accident care hospitals have a blood bank counter within the hospital. In event of emergency, the services of following blood banks can be utilized. IMA Emergency Blood Bank, 91 484 2361549, 91 484 2383549, behind Maharajas College, TD Rd. Its a 24 hr blood bank IMA General Blood Bank, 91 484 2354886, 91 484 2361809, Warriam Road, Durbar Hall Area. Branches:- a) Behind General Hospital, Convent road b) IMA House, Stadium Road, Kaloor Amrita Emergency Blood Bank, 91 484 2801234, 91 484 28014321, Amrita AIMS, Edappally North. Ambulances Edit Rapid Medical Action Force . 102 Emergency Medical Assistance . 1298 On-Road Accident Emergency Care Force . 91 98 4609 9900, 91 98 4600 7740 Kochi Police Medical Assistance . 91 484 2366100 or 100 Amrita Jeevanraksha . 91 484 2801234, 91 484 2802100 Lions Club Free Ambulance . 91 484 2354139 NSS Community Free Ambulance . 91 484 2369920 Rotary Emergency Medical Force . 91 98 4706 0077 Air Ambulance . 91 98 4544 6634, 91 99 8609 0451 (Need to have prior booking) 24 hour pharmacies Edit Gautham Pharmacy, Panayapally, 91 484 2210514, 91 484 3096020 Amritha Pharmacy, AIMS, Edappally, 91 484 4001055 There are many pharmacies located near Medical Trust Hospital in Pallimukku, all 24 hr pharmcies. Contact Edit Telecom Edit The Area code for Cochin is 0484. If calling from outside India the format is 91 484 xxxxxxx. Almost all national telecommunication operators, operate in Kochi. Mobile Services . If you require an Indian phone number it is strongly recommended that you get a pre-paid mobile connection. To do this you need a photocopy of your passport (including the visa and the ID pages), a color photo, and (officially) proof of local address (in Kochi). Most star hotels allow you to use their address for this. In the event of not having address you can still get a pre-paid connection using your visa number, finger prints and in some cases providing passport size photographs. All mobile operators in India operate in Kochi and 3G4G LTE is avaialable. GSM as well as CDMA. Popular GSM service providers are BSNL Mobile, Vodafone, Idea Mobile, Aircel, MTS, Airtel, Tata DOCOMO, Uninor, Virgin Mobile GSM and Reliance GSM. Popular CDMA service providers are Tata Indicom, Reliance India Mobile and Virgin Mobile. Public Telephony 160:- PCOs (Public Call Offices) are not a good option. There is no roadside telephone booths now and the best option is to go for a pre paid sim card which you can get at the Airport Any shops and is the best way to keep in touch. Even internet cafes are far and between and its best to use the Hotel Internet connection. BSNL Calling cards are available in all stores, which is a prepaid calling card, that could be used in any phone, without charging the phone user. Vodafone World Cards and Airtel Globe cards are also another good option. General amp business telephone directory can be accessed by calling 91 484 4444444 . Toll Free directory enquiry from BSNL landphones amp BSNL Mobile is 197 . Internet Edit Kochi was one of the first places in India to be connected to the Internet. Being the landing site of 3 major international submarine network cables (FLAG, SEA-ME, SAFE) as well as focal point for most of the fiber-optic networks in South India. The city has good bandwidth at low rates. There are plenty of internet centres which charge around Rs 10 per hour. Some cafes in Convent Road as well as near Cochin University offer high speed net connectivity at Rs 5 per hour. If you have laptop with wifi connection, you can roam anywhere with BSNL WiMax USB connection (speed around 40 Mbps to 512 Mbps), as Kochi has 4th generation Wimax. In addition to this, Kochi is also a network city with services provided by the 3rd Gen-EVDO BSNL network as well as 3G services of BSNL, Docomo and Reliance Mobile. Most of the 3 Star hotels provide wifi connectivity. You require pre-paid connection cards of Tata Indicom or Reliance. The majority of hotels have Tata. Some hotels provide complementary wifi for the use of their guests. India Post has offices throughout the city, generally open 8:30AM-5PM weekdays, 8:30AM-1PM Saturdays, closed Sundays. The Kochi Airport post office (located in Departure side of International Area) is open 6 AM-8:30 PM on all weekdays and Saturdays. The General Post Office (GPO) is located in MG Road (Opp. Avenue Regent) and in Edappally near High School. The Head Post Office (HPO) is located at Postal Complex, Hospital Road. The express (EMS Service) is available at the HPO and Edappally GPO, which is open 24 hrs on all days except the 5 state holidays. Service through EMS Postal service is very fast and reliable. Post boxes are available all over the city and daily clearance is at 10AM and 4:30 PM. A postcard to anywhere in the world costs Rs 5. There are numerous of private courier companies operating in Kerala. Fedex, DHL, First Flight, UPS, DTDC and Aramex are some of leading private services. Newspapers Edit Almost all the national newspapers have editions for Kochi. The major English language dailies are The Hindu (has a detailed city tabloid called Metroplus), The New Indian Express (The local City express along with this paper provides good insights of city happenings), The Times of India . The Pioneer . Hindustan Times and many popular Malayalam and Tamil newspapers. Being seat of Cochin Stock Exchange and the principal financial hub of Kerala, lots of financial dailies in English are available in Kochi, like The Economic Times, The Business Standard, Businessline, The Financial Express. Lots of popular English Magazines are available. Many American and British magazines like Forbes, Mirror etc is available in many supermarkets and bookstalls. Popular Indian English Magazines are India Today, The Week and The Frontline. Electricity Edit Kochi uses the British (UK) three-pin and two-pin circular socket that follows British standard 546 (230V50Hz). Plug adapters are available at any hardware store. Use care if you need a transformer to convert 230v to a lower voltage for equipment from countries where the normal power supply is 110v. Holidays Edit Kochi has 15-20 public listed state holidays as else where in Kerala, when almost all government and a few private offices are closed. However, few holidays involve total closure of all commercial establishments. Please be aware that on these days most of the public transport options like bus, cabs and autos take a break. For the few holidays listed below, restaurants and food corners other than those operating inside hotels also close. Its always better to avoid these days, while planning holidays. The major holidays that Kochinites love to spend indoors are Good Friday and Easter (April) Vishu - the Malayalam New Year (April 14th or 15th) Thiruonam - the main day for Onam celebrations (between August-Sept) Christmas (Dec 25th) A few religious holidays listed below marks closure of all commercial establishments owned by members of that communities. However public transport works as usual. Cheriya Perunal ( Eid al-Fitr ), Valiya Perunal ( Eid al-Adha ) and Muharram marks full closure of all Muslim owned establishments. All these firms take break for 3 hours from noon for Friday Juma Prayers. Saturdays, Hanukkah and Rosh Hashanah marks total closure of all Jewish establishments, particularly in Fort Kochi Diwali, Holi and Navarathri marks private holiday season for almost all North Indian establishments, particularly in Mattancherry. Apart from these holidays, the Sunday laziness can make most of the establishments do not to function in the morning time, though many open by afternoon. The city bus services on Sundays are also limited, though other public transport like autos and taxis function normally. Public libraries Edit EMS Co-operative Library. Mavelipuram, Kakkanad ( Near Ernakulam District Co-Operative Bank ), 91 484 2421988. Mon-Sat 1PM-7PM, Sun 10AM-5PM. A well maintained library where subscribers can register by presenting proof of identity(non-residents of Ernakulam will have to pay 50 extra on admission and annual fees). There are many subscription plans (Rs 50 as admission fees, plus annual membership fees starting from Rs 100). This library also has a park near it, though it is not very well maintained. 160edit Ernakulam Public Library. Convent Road ( Opp. Shenoys Theater ), 91 484 2351894. Mon-Sat 10AM-7PM, Sun 10AM-5PM. The Ernakulam Public Library is one of the oldest public library in India started in 1839. Books could be rented for 2 weeks for various rental options ranging from Rs 60 for four books to Rs 15 for single book. A refundable caution deposit is required ranging between Rs 1,000-250 depending upon membership class. There is a free reading room with good collection of all national and international newspapers and magazines. Try here if you like read some of the treasured archives or original historical manuscripts. 160edit Eloor Lending Library. Convent Junction ( Near St. Theresas College ), 91 484 2363539. Daily 10AM-8PM. Eloor Lending Library has mainly two membership options. Unlike other libraries, this library has a different way of lending books. Here when you take membership by paying Rs. 1, 200 you can access books worth Rs. 1,800. When you pay Rs. 600 you can access books worth Rs. 900. Here you have to pay (an additional) 10 of the price of the books you take, as the reading charge. 160edit Opticians Edit Sunshades and prescription glasses in stylish frames are much cheaper in India as compared to the western world. Across the city, one can find numerous optician stores. Most of them have computerized testing services and many have optical clinics within with the store. Lens amp Frames. ( Opp. Abad Plaza, Kavitha Junction, MG Road Near KTDC Information Center-Marine Drive and South Area-MG Road ), 91 484 2351557, 91 484 2363915, 91 484 2377182. A well stocked leading optical store, it has branches all over the state. It has wonderful collection of all leading national and international brands. 160edit Kurians Opticals. ( Broadway Kurian Towers-Banerjee Road KTDC Complex-Marine Drive MG Road Kadavanthara and Civil Lanes-Palarivattom ), 91 484 2351846, 91 484 2383489, 91 484 2394993, 91 484 2356428. A good chain of opticals, it has all major brands. 160edit Indian Opticals. ( M G Road, North End ), 91 484 2361261. 160edit Vithayathil Opticians. ( M G Road, Jos Junction, ), 91 484 2376941. 160edit Hairdressers Edit Kochinites are particular about their hair styles and adopt almost all latest fashion. Thus there is no shortage of various hair salons charging from Rs 50 up for the latest trends. Most of the budget saloons are found almost every part of the city, normally calling as Barber shops or Saloons. The middle range hair salons located mainly in MG Road, Palarivattom, Marine Drive and Edappally areas, offer haircuts with hair wash as well as other frills. For splurge, most of the premium beauty palours and skin clinics are located Panampally Nagar, GCDA Nagar, Girinagar, SA Road and MG Road that offers various skin and hair treatment, all costing above Rs 1,000. Polonica. Kanchanja Apartment, Palarivattom. 91 484 2535174. 9AM-8PM. A popular mens only saloon, which has all leading styling techniques and brands. Rs 100-1500. 160edit Styl-X Men Salon. House-14, Panampilly Nagar. 91 484 2322009. 11AM-9PM. Rs 100-2,000. 160edit Women Edit Pretty Face Ladies Beauty Clinic and Spa. ( House-14, Panampilly Nagar ), 91 484 2323055. 160edit Shahnaz Herbal Beauty Care. ( Civil Lanes-Palarivattom ), 91 484 2348819. 160edit Lakme Beauty Salon. ( G-130 Panampilly Nagar ), 91 484 2322108. 160edit Unisex Edit Ole International. ( Grand Hotel- MG Road International Hotel- MG Road ), 91 484 2353455. An extremely popular Uni-sex palour, its favourite among Malayalam movie celebrities and businessmen. 160edit Kaya Skin Care Clinic. ( Ground Floor, Shop No. 14, Swapnil Enclave, Marine Drive ), 91 484 3092789. Popular national chain, its very famous for its innovative skinhair treatments and dressing styles. 160edit VLCC International. ( 1st Floor, ABM Tower, Kadavanthra ), 91 484 2207301. Popular national chain, famous for its special products and treatments. 160edit Get out Edit Alappuzha (70 km) 8212 (also called Alleppy) is famous for house boats, the heart of backwaters of Kerala with amazing maze of lagoons, backwaters, rivers, canals created by nature. Rs 81 bus from the interstate bus stop. Athirapilly waterfalls (en.wikipedia.orgwikiAthirappilly ) 8212 milky waterfall in Chalakuddy 18 km from Cochin International Airport, is known as Indian Niagara with numerous giant waterfalls and small rapids nearby. This is a popular picnic spot. The waterfall is inside the thick forest and western ghats. Bhoothathankettu (35 km) 8212 scenic dam site with boating facilities is situated in a vast virgin forest. It is a popular picnic sport with Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary near by. Idukki (90 km) 8212 a hilly region with lots of hill resorts, in Northern Travancore . Kumarakom (40 km) 8212 popular internationally known bird sanctuary located on wedge of a backwater island. Kottayam (55 km) 8212 The biggest spice trading hub famous for large churches, wild trekking and cultural monuments. Muvattupuzha (30 km) 8212 a small town famous for pineapple cultivation, historical orthodox churches, spice trading and rubber plantations. Thattekkad (45 km) 8212 bird sanctuary near Kothamangalam. famous for a good boating and a wild picnic. Thrissur (60 km) 8212 cultural heart of Kerala famous for various cultural monuments, temples and grandest festival- Thrissur Pooram. Wagamon (50 km) 8212 famous for pristine forests, small rapids, vast green meadows, its also known as Scotland of Asia. Thenmala (225 km) 8212 famous for ecotourism, waterfalls, boating, adventure activities and a deer park Thiruvananthapuram 8212 the capital city of Kerala, 5 hours away by train with many attractions such as Kovalam beach, Neyyar dam, Ananthapadmanabhan temple, East fort. Cherthala (35 km) This is a guide article. 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