Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vivacious city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the amazingly scenic and flourishing state of Kerala, greeted as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic prominence over the centuries is underlined by the epithet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Familiarly, Cochin is also denoted to as the Gateway to Kerala
1. Where is Kerala located on the World Map?
Kerala is located in South Asia. To be precise, Kerala is the southern tip of India, bordered by the Indian Ocean in the south, the Arabian Sea in the west, the Bay of Bengal in the east, and the Himalayan Range in the north.
2. What is the normal temperature in Kerala?
a. During Summer (April-June) it is 26 - 33 degree Celsius
b. During Monsoon (July-September) it is 22 - 27 degree Celsius
c. During Winter (October-March) it is 24 - 32 degree Celsius
3. What type of climate prevails in Kerala?
The diversity of the geographical features of the state has resulted in a corresponding diversity in the climate. The High Ranges have a cool and bracing climate throughout the year, while the plains are hot and humid. The state enjoys 4 types of climates such as winter, summer, South West monsoon, and North-East monsoon
4. What time of the year is best to visit Kerala?
Kerala experiences pleasant weather throughout the year. However, the ideal time to visit Kerala would be in October to March.
5. Is vegetarian food available in Hotels/Resorts?
YES. Both Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian food is available at all of our listed hotels & resorts.
6. Time Difference
Kerala, India is 1 hour and 30 minutes ahead of United Arab Emirates
7. Getting around Kerala.
a. Taxi - Taxis are the best way of covering short distances in Kerala. Taxies generally include cars like Ambassadors and Tata Indica. Cars are also available on rent. The cabs can help enjoy the scenic natural beauty of the state. These taxi services can be expensive but would offer great comfort and luxury to travel on the roads of Kerala.
b. Auto Rickshaw - Auto rickshaws are an integral part of the local transportation system of Kerala. There are plenty of auto rickshaws available in the state. The three-wheeler rickshaws are great in traveling around the cities and towns. Compared to taxis, autos are cheaper for short routes.
c. Local Buses - There is a large fleet of buses belonging to the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). Private bus operators also offer easy and cheap transportation between cities and towns within the state as well as the neighboring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Buses are available at regular intervals. There are facilities of air-conditioned Volvo buses available in the metro cities of Kerala.
d. Railways - There is a well-connected network of passenger trains connecting major cities across the state of Kerala. Express trains are also available, but only from major stations. Railways connectivity is better on the southern side as compared to the northern region.
e. Ferry Boat - Being a coastal state, many cities in Kerala also use ferries and boats for transportation. There are nearly 16 ports in the state, of which Kochi is the most important port. Inland water system is available in the coastal districts, including Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, and Ernakulam.
8. What is the main language spoken in Kerala?
Malayalam - This language belongs to the Dravidian group of languages. Almost 90% of people of Kerala speak Malayalam. There are 5 main regional dialects of Malayalam. Other common languages that are spoken in Kerala are English and Tamil
Here are some of the words that you need to know in Malayam language.
a. Hello - halēā
b. Good Morning - suprabhātaṁ
c. Taxi - Taksi
d. Bus - Bas
e. Train – Treyi
9. Things to shop in Kerala.
a. Spices - As the tantalizing aroma of spices teases your senses in regions like Periyar, Thekkady, and Kumily, it’s hard to pass up on a chance to pick up freshly-harvested black pepper, nutmeg, cardamom, and cloves. These are best purchased directly from a spice plantation, where you can also get a grand tour and be educated on the farming methods. However, there are plenty of local shops around that carry these fresh and locally-grown spices.
b. Tea and Coffee - If you love your morning brew, then Kerala has something special in store for you! Stock up on your supply of tea and coffee when visiting the hilly regions of Kerala. You can head to any of the factories around town and be privy to the production and cultivation of various tea and coffee varieties. While here, savor the incredible scenery in and around the plantations!
c. Coir Handicrafts - Kerala is known for its eco-friendliness, which also extends to its handicrafts. Made from coconut husk, coir plays a key role in the state’s cottage industry. Pick up from a range of colorful coir mats, coasters and other home décor items.
d. hell Showpieces - Once used as a trading currency, cowrie seashells can be spotted all across Kerala. Pick up handmade souvenirs that include showpieces, jewelry, and even clothing. A larger conch makes for great coffee table décor or a paperweight.
e. Kasavu Mundu - Symbolic of elegant apparel, and usually worn during ceremonies, kasavu mundu is Kerala’s traditional cotton textile with a gold zari border. Pick up a handloom sari or dhothi from the wide range available. In keeping with changing fashion trends, you can also find kasavu mundus with colorful borders.
f. Nettipattam - You’ve seen them on elephants but probably didn’t know what they’re called. Believed to bring peace and prosperity, a nettipattamis the elaborate golden head covering that is draped on elephants during religious ceremonies, festivals and wedding functions. Buy a mini version and mount it on your wall at home.
g. Cashews - The seaside port of Kollam is known as the ‘cashew capital of the world’, producing almost 80% of India’s export-quality cashews. Roasted, fried, salted, plain…however you like it, you’re guaranteed the best and freshest quality in this region. Even if you don’t end up in Kollam, you’ll find cashews pretty much everywhere in Kerala.
h. Nilavilakku - A traditional oil lamp available in many sizes, a nilavilakkunilavilakku is usually made of brass or bronze. Mainly used in religious ceremonies, you can never have too much light in your life so get one for yourself!
i. Mural Paintings - Colourful frescos depicting mythological scenes are trademarks of the mural paintings of Kerala. Ancient artworks dating back to the 12th century have been found on the walls of temples and churches in the region. These handmade masterpieces display the skills and talents of local artisans and are made using natural pigments and vegetable colors.