The most cosmopolitan city of Kerala, Kochi features a busy commercial port, a bustling shopping scenario and a strong cultural background. Kochi is often rated as one of the prime travel destinations in South India. The existence of Kochi can be dated to the mid-14th century and many relics of the past can still be seen conspicuously in the city. The city is historically quite rich and has been under the rule of different dynasties including Arabs, Dutch, Chinese, British and Portuguese. Kochi has come a long way from being a colonial settlement and today is a diverse city in Kerala. Kochi finds a wonderful location and is close to several hill stations like Wayanad and Munnar. For Muslim visitors, Kochi offers excellent Halal facilities. The best time for visiting Kochi is during the months of September to February. During this time the temperatures are cool and the area can experience slight showers.
Kochi is made up of the Ernakulam Mainland City, Peninsula of Mattencherry and Fort Kochi and various islands off the main coast. There are numerous attractions in Kochi for visitors of all ages. The city is lined with numerous beaches, as well as nature reserves that preserve several species of plants and animals. There are also numerous museums and historical buildings throughout Kochi that are must-visits.
When it comes to shopping, Kochi offers numerous splendid options. Several malls have mushroomed across the city. Broadway Market is among the oldest shopping districts in the city. The best shopping malls in Kochi are Lulu Cochin Mall, Bay Pride Mall, Oberon Mall and Grande Gold Souk.
Kochi is served by the Cochin International Airport. The airport is placed in Nedumbassery about 29Km away from city center. The Kochi airport is one of the major airports in India and the largest in the state of Kerala. Buses operate from the airport to the city and are of two types the super-fast express and the fast passenger buses. A one-way ticket on these buses can cost around INR 70 or more. There is a pre-paid taxi service that operates from the airport. The minimum charge for taxis is INR 400 for a distance of 22 Km and further INR 19 per Km for non-A/C cabs and INR 23 per Km for A/C cabs.
Kochi features a wide range of Halal restaurants serving different varieties of cuisines. Some of the good Halal restaurants in Kochi include Ceylon Bake House, Kadaloram Restaurant, Olive@Floret, Malabar junction, Lagoon, Cheenavala Restaurant, etc. Visitors can enjoy authentic local cuisine and also international tastes.
There are a number of mosques in Kochi. The most prominent mosques in Kochi include the Kanjiramattam Mosque, Chembittapally Mosque, Masjid al Ansar, Juma Masjid, Bilal Masjid, Madina Masjid, etc.