Cochin is the situated on the west coast of the Arabian Sea, is one of the most popular destinations in Kerala. It is often referred by another name Erankulam, which is a mainland part of the city. The city is most remembered for its backwaters, ancient Chinese fishing nets and famous churches. A splendid place, Cochin, now known as Kochi ,has always attracted many domestic and international travelers.
Budget Hotels in Cochin
There are good budget hotels in Cochin. Some of them are Rayas Group of Hotels (Tariff – Rs.1001), Indeco Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Pandiyan Hotel (Tariff – Rs.501) and MIM Park Hotel (Tariff – Rs.550).
The official language of Cochin is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include Hindi and English.
Events in Cochin
Some famous festivals and events of Cochin include the Siva temple festival (January) and Cochin Carnival (December)
Places to See in Cochin
There are several places of tourist attraction in Cochin. Some of the places include Chinese fishing nets (1km from Kochi bus stand.), Fort Kochi Beach (8km from Kochi city), St. Francis Church, Kochi (1.5km from Fort Kochi bus stand), Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Mattancherry (5 Km from bus stand) and Museum of Kerala History, Edapally (10Kms from bus stand)
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport situated at Nedumbassery, is about 28kms from Kochi city. This is the first international airport in India to be established without Central government support.
There are two busy railway junctions in Kochi— Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town. This railway line is well connected to major states and cities across the country. 128 scheduled train services operate daily from this junction.
There are more number of privately owned buses operate in the city when compared to state-owned bus services. Some of the major bus terminals are Ernakulam Town, Ernakulam Jetty, while the private bus terminal is situated at Kaloor. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include A1 Travels, Tippu Sultans Tavels abd Rathi Meena Travels. TicketGoose.com is a well-known online bus booking site of India where you can book bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations.
Brahmavar is a town in the Udupi district of the South Indian state of Karnataka. Being close to Barkur, the area is considered to be a cultural centre in the region. It is often referred to as lord Brahma’s Vara or Ajapura. The district headquarter, Udupi, lies at a distance of 12 km away from the village.
Places to Stay
The nearest accessible place available for lodging is Udupi. Some of the budget hotels worth giving a try are Ayodhya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Mahima Residency Hotel (tariff – Rs. 700), Metropolis Hotel (tariff – Rs. 900), Swathi Hotel (tariff – Rs. 800) among others.
The official language of the area is Kannada.
The important festivals of the region are Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Virtually anywhere you ride on to towards the coast is picturesque and beautiful. Some of the beaches which are worth a visit are Maravanthe Beach (38 km), Padukere Beach (16 km away), the breath-taking estuary-cum-beach called Bengre Kemmannu (16 km away) and Beejadi Beach (21 km away).
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 68 km.
The Udupi Railway Station located around 16 km away is the closest major railway station to the town.
Direct buses as well as via buses to the town are available from nearby towns and cities. It is mostly state-transport buses which indirectly cater to the needs of people. Private operators like SRS Travels have also slowly joined the race. Making use of bus ticket offers are the best way to save money while travelling.