Thursday, 30 January 2020

The best of Kochi in 3 days

This nicely chilled city in southern India has seen the light. Grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast in Kerala, Kochi has become a shining example in renewable energy in recent years, launching the world’s first fully solar-powered airport, which snagged it a UN Champions of the Earth award. But that’s just tip-of-the-iceberg stuff. With boho cafes, intimate homestays hidden away in lazy, colonial-era backstreets, and a raft of forward-thinking galleries, this city keeps a tight grip on its heritage while wholeheartedly embracing its newfound cool. In 2020, street art comes to the fore at Kochi-Muziris Biennale, putting India firmly on the contemporary arts festival map.

How to get there: Kochi International Airport, the main point of arrival, is 30km north of mainland Ernakulam. Alternatively, you can reach Kochi by train from Trivandrum (4½ hours), Kerala’s capital. Regular ferries connect Ernakulam and historic Fort Kochi.

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WHAT TO DO

Make the best use of your three days in Kochi so you do not miss out the following activities:

1-Make a pilgrimage to India’s oldest European church, St Francis, built in 1503, where intrepid Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was originally buried.

 



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