Kochi is the district capital of Ernakulam district of Kerala. The city lies on the shores of Arabian sea and is also called as the Queen of the Arabian sea. The main tourist attractions at Cochin are Hill Palace at Thirupunithura, Fort at Pallipuram, Jew Street at Mattanchery, Chinese fishing nets and St Francis church at Fort Kochi, Bolgatty palace and a numerous islands like Vypeen, Wellington island etc. The Hill Palace at Thirpunithura was built around 1865 by the Kochi Rajas. The Palace now functions as an Archaeological Museum. The Palace also houses a Childens park and a Deer park. Pallipuram fort lies in the Vypeen island. Built in 1503 the fort is hexagonal and has European architecture . The Jew street at Mattanchery is calm place with alot of shops selling antique items. There is also a Synagogue - Jewish worship place at Mattanchery. A small community of Jews still reside in Kochi and uses the Synagogue . Fort Kochi is a place famous for its Cheena vala or Chinese fishing nets. At Fort Kochi one can find series of Chinese fishing nets being used in the sea for fishing. Fort Kochi also has beautiful beaches. There is also a Jain temple at Fort Kochi. The St Francis Church at Fort Kochi contains the tombstone of Vasco Da Gama. There are numerous islands near to Kochi. All the islands are in the Vembanattu lake. Prominent islands are Vypeen, Mulankavu, Vallarpadam and Wellington. Vypeen island is excellantly scenic and has a lot of beaches. Cherai beach is a famous beach among them. Vypeen is connected to the mainland by Goshree bridge. Mulankavu Island is famous for the Bolgatty Palace, which was built by the Dutch. The Palace now serves are as a luxury hotel. Wellington island was formed from the sand obtained by dredging to deepen the Cochin port. Marine Drive is a major hangout in the city which offers view of Vembanad lake and Cochin port. Apart from there attractions the other tourist attractions in Ernakulam district are Kodanad Elephant Camp, Bhoothathankettu reservoir, Tattekkad bird sanctuary etc.
The best time to visit Kochi is during the post monsoon season from September to February.
Being a tier-II city , Kochi has food and stay options for almost all budgets.
KeralaSRTC , KarnatakaSRTC and Indian Railways run direct services from Bangalore to Kochi. A couple of airways run direct Bangalore - Kochi flights. To roam around in city of Kochi private city buses are available. To reach the islands Ferry services are also available. Private cabs can also be hired from Kochi.