Kochi ? The Commercial Hub of Kerala

Kochi ? The Commercial Hub of Kerala

Kochi – The Commercial Hub of Kerala

Kochi, earlier known as Cochin, is a port city located along the coast of the Arabian Sea in the state of Kerala. While Thiruvananthapuram is the state capital of Kerala, Kochi is widely regarded as the commercial hub of Kerala as it is one of the fastest growing metros in India. Kochi is a flourishing centre for information technology, tourism and international trade.
At the same time Kochi is also known for its natural beauty; the traversing backwaters, the pristine beaches and the natural sea port only enhances the beauty of Kochi.

Being a port, Kochi has always been a prize destination for travellers, both ancient and modern. History has been witness to Kochi having been visited by the Dutch, the Portuguese, the Arabs, the Chinese and the British. All these travellers were attracted by the natural wealth and spices and have left their own individual stamp on the city. The Chinese fishing nets seen in the Kochi harbour are one of them. The Jewish Synagogue and the Jew Colony in Kochi has a unique global character.

Kochi is strategically located in the centre of Kerala and thus is very well connected by air, rail and by road to all parts of the country.
Kochi’s international airport, Nedumbassery airport is in itself a masterpiece of Kerala architecture and handles both domestic and international flights. Kochi has three major train stations, the North railway station (Town), the South railway station (Junction) and the Cochin Harbour Terminus. The major national highways pass through Kochi; the town has both the NH47 and the NH17 coming in through the city. As a harbour town, Kochi also has good connectivity to nearby islands and ports by ship.The weather in Kochi can be mostly hot and humid with rains aplenty in the monsoons and light showers in the autumn season. In that regard, the best time to visit Kochi could well be the cooler winter season.

Fort Kochi and the Cherai beaches are popular destinations worth visiting. A ferry ride around the islands of Willingdon, Bolghatty and the popular Marine Drive is a must. The other major attractions in Kochi are St. Francis Church which is the first and oldest European church in India, Chinese Fishing Nets which are believed to be introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He, Mattanchery Palace, Hill Palace Museum, Museum of Kerala History, Pareekshith Thampuran Museum, Indo-Portuguese Museum, Indian Naval Maritime Museum, Santa Cruz Basilica and Pierce Leslie Bungalow among others.
Kochi is a great destination for shopping and eating out. Kochi’s main commercial hub is the M.G. Road and has many shops and restaurants. Kochi is a bit on the expensive side but there are a few hotels in the budget range.


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