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.
Neyyattinkara is a town based in Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala state. The town is on the Kerala – Tamil Nadu border and in close to Kanyakumari. The town is famous for its temples and Neyyar dam. Kerala Automobile Limited is a leading manufacturer in automobile industry and has its office here. Kollankodu, Neyyattinkara, Pacode and Thiruparappu are the cities close to Neyyattinkara.
Places to Stay
Travellers can stay at Thiruvananthapuram at the following hotels. Chaithram Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 1500), Hotel Raja (Tariff - Rs. 2200), Hotel Magic Days (Tariff - Rs. 2000) and Sea Breeze Beach Resort (Tariff Rs. 3000).
The languages spoken in Neyyattinkara are Tamil, Malayalam, Tulu, Konkani, Hindi and English.
The festivals celebrated in Neyyanttinkara are the Elephant Race (January), Onam, Easter, Vinayak Chaturthi, Vishu, Christmas and Eid.
Places of Interest
Neyyattinkara has several tourist destinations close by. Some of them are Kovalam (13 km) - Neyyar Dam, Hawa Beach and East Fort Ganapathy Temple, Trivandrum (20 km) - Napier Museum, Sree Chitra Art Galery and Kaudiar Palace, Kanyakumari (68 km) - Vattakottai Fort, St. Xavier Church and Subramanya Temple and Ponmudi (44 km) - Ponmudi Watere Falls, Golden Valley and Deer Park.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum Airport. It is located about 23 km away from the town.
The Trivandrum railway station, 19 km away is the closest railway station.
The KSRTC bus services connect Neyyanttinkara to nearby cities and town. Private bus services like Kallada Travels and Lilly Travels also go past the town. There are numerous bus ticket online booking sites from where you will get a number of offers and discounts.