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|Cochin city centre|
|Nedumbassery Airport (COK): 15 mi from city centre|
Cochin is a bustling commercial port city and the financial centre of beautiful Kerala in India. Planning a holiday in Cochin? Start your trip with cheap flights to Cochin International Airport (COK) onboard Air India, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Gulf Air, among others.
Tourist season in Cochin lasts from August to February, with December being the most popular time for visitors because of the city's festivals, carnival and Christmas celebrations.
Flights to Cochin take around 13 hours with stopovers from London.
Cochin is a cosmopolitan city with influences from Portugal, Britain, France and Holland thanks to the city's colonial history. Today the city is a happy mix of modern and colonial European architecture. From fishing nets along the beach to European alleyways and Catholic churches, there's so much to discover in Cochin.
Fort Kochi: This part of Cochin looks more like rural France or Portugal more than India. The traditional European houses and alleyways will transport you to another world entirely. Bastion Bungalow in particular is worth a visit.
Chinese Fishing Nets: These traditional nets are without a doubt the symbol of Cochin. They were a gift from the Chinese Emperor in the 14th century. Only a few out of the hundred gifted are still in working order.
Pallipuram Fort: Located on Vypin Island, this is the oldest existing European fort in India. It was built by the Portuguese in 1503 and houses a museum and offers really good views of the lagoon.
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Cochin has everything from 1 to 5 star hotels. For hotels in Cochin that are more European and American in style, Fort Kochi is the place to look. Ernakulam City is most popular with Middle Eastern and Indian travellers while Willingdon Island is home to many high-class hotels.