One of my most snap-happy days in India was spent wandering the streets of Kochi (or Cochin) in Kerala. The city is known as a centre for Kerala’s art scene and the Kochi Biennale was taking place while we were there. We spent a gorgeous day simply wandering around the city and stopping every few steps to take a photo – it was sensory overload in all the the best ways. Here is a little photo essay of some of our favourite snaps from the city. Most were taken on the gorgeous Bazaar Road, which had tons of beautiful buildings.
I think this is one of the best posters I’ve ever seen.
Kochi is also famous for its Chinese fishing nets. These ones are just outside of the city. We saw them on our journey with Kabeer (details in our Alleppey houseboat post).
The food in Kochi was also a highlight. The above thali was from Dal Roti, a good value restaurant specialising in North Indian cuisine.
Plus this happened to the sky at night!
Practical info about Kochi
Most visitors to Kochi arrive via Ernakulam, which is its much bigger neighbour. This can be reached by a 20-min ferry or a 30-min car ride.
We took a tuk-tuk all the way from Alleppey with Kabeer who I mentioned in the Alleppey section of our Kerala itinerary post. After Kabeer helped us to find a houseboat in Alleppey, he showed us a book filled with compliments from previous customers. We noticed that lots of people had praised his route from Alleppey to Kochi where he takes the quiet coastal road and stops along the way at various sights and beautiful beaches. It was more expensive (1000 IDR) than taking the bus but well worth it for the things we saw (Chinese fishing nets, a church in the shape of a boat, crafts villages and Marrari beach). Kabeer was also great company. His contact details are 9895860674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more about the details of our time there in our Kerala itinerary post.
Have you been to Kochi? Do you have any tips to share?