Kochi is a port city in Ernakulam district of Kerala. The city was formerly known as Cochin. The city is renowned for its historical diversity and culture. It is often referred as the Gateway of Kerala. In India, this place was the first European colonial settlement. Kochi was the important spice-trading center during 14th century. Here you can find a holiday rental property such as villas, guesthouses, apartments, bed & breakfasts, resorts, etc. very easily. Holidayrentals.co.in is India’s only and the number one website for listing self catering vacation rental properties in Indian travel destinations, towns & cities. We have best in calss holiday rental properties in Kochi in our website. Fishing is an important industry in this region of Kerala. Here you can see the use of Chinese fishing nets for fishing. Kochi is the only other place in the world besides China using these nets. Kochi has now expanded vastly and now the city includes Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, Ernakulam, and other nearby towns and villages. Cochin Carnival is a festival organized every year in the last week of December in Fort Kochi. Tourists from all over the world try to reach Kochi during this carnival. The city is brightly decorated and the people are in a cheerful mood. It is said that the Portugese started this feastival in Kochi as a celebration for the arrival of the New Year. The port city attracts tourists with its natural beauty such as lush mangroves, backwaters, ancient churches, cathedrals and fort. The Jewish Synagogue in the port city is the oldest synagogue in all the Commonwealth Nations. A Rapid transit system is under construction in Kochi known as kochi Metro with an estimated cost of Rs 5,181 crore and is expecting to be completed by June 2016. India's largest shopping mall in Gross Leasable Area and second-largest shopping mall in Gross Floor Area is located in Edapally, Kochi, ie; LuLu International Shopping Mall. The mall consists of more than 300 outlets including food courts, restaurants, family entertainment zones, a nine-screen multiplex, South India's largest ice skating rink and a 12 lane bowling alley.
Fort Kochi is an important tourist spot in Kochi. Here, you can see buildings with beautiful Europeon architectural style. There are many homestays, villas, and guesthouses in Fort Kochi. Those looking for a stay near sea enjoying the natural beauty as well as to hear the crashing of the waves can opt for a beach resort facing the sea. Fort Kochi is also home to other tourist attractions like the Mattancherry Palace and the Santa Cruz Basilica. The Mattancherry Palace was built by the Dutch who captured Cochin city during the pre-British period. Bolghatty Palace is among the oldest existing palaces built by the Dutch in India. This palace is located on the Bolghatty Islands, in Kochi. The palace has now changed into an esteemed heritage hotel.The backwaters of Kochi also attracts tourists. There are a chain of saline lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast in Kochi. The backwaters stretching from Kochi Azhi to Munambam Azhi is known as Veeranpuzha, which is the northern extension of Vembanad Lake. Numerous backwater cruises either begin or end in this city. The best way to spend your holidays in Kochi is renting a houseboat from Kochi and enjoying the beauty of nature or boat cruising in Kochi. Marine Drive is a beautiful leisure walkway in Kochi facing the backwaters. This is a popular hangout place for locals as well as tourists. This is also an important shopping center in Kochi with several shopping malls. The walkway has two bridges, the Rainbow bridge and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge. Pareekshith Thampuran Museum is an archeological museum located on the Durbar Hall Road at Ernakulam. The museum has an impressive collection of 19th century paintings, ancient monuments and coins, scriptures made in stone and Plaster of Paris, murals as well as memorabilia belonging to the Cochin royal family. Willingdon Island is another important place to visit in Kochi. This is an artificial man-made island. This was created from the sand dug out while deepening Kochi port. Here, there are holiday rental properties such as resorts & bed & breakfasts, where you can spend a shortwhile while visiting the island. This is just a brief description about Kochi, there are many more things that you can explore in your visit to Kochi.
The best time to visit Kochi is from October to March. Our advanced search option helps you easily find the right holiday accommodations that fits your budget and convenience, travelers can always make direct contact with the property owner from our website before finalising their reservations. We have introduced the backpacker traveler friendly dormitories for Group, budget & cheap holiday stays. The nearest airport is Nedumbassery International airport 20 kms from Kochi. The nearest railway stations are Harbour Terminus on Willingdon Island, Ernakulam town and Ernakulam Junction. Holiday Rentals wish all travelers our motto “Explore India… Enjoy India…” have a wonderful exploration & stay in Kochi.