Cochin International Airport is an international air passenger gateway into the city of Kochi (also known as Cochin or Ernakulam) in the state of Kerala, India. The airport is located in the suburb of Nedumbassery, 27 kilometres north of the city centre. It is the largest and busiest airport in India by international passenger traffic. The airport serves as a primary base for Air India Express, as well as a secondary base for Indigo, Air India, and Air Asia India.
Kochi, also known as Cochin or Ernakulam (after the district of Ernakulam, of which it is part), is a major port city in the state of Kerala. It is located on the west coast of India, by the Arabian Sea, and is hailed as the Queen of the Arabian Sea.
What to see & do
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica - The Santa Cruz Basilica serves as the Cathedral church of the Diocese of Cochin, and one of the eight Basilicas in India. This impressive gothic style church holds historic significance as it was originally built by the Portuguese, elevated to a cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558, and proclaimed a Basilica by Pope John Paull II in 1984.
Mattancherry Palace - The Mattancherry Palace, also known as Dutch Palace, is a Portuguese palace in Mattancherry, Kochi. It was built by Portuguese as a gift to the Raja of Cochin in 1555, with some extensions and renovations by the Dutch in 1663. The palace features Kerala murals with Hindu temple art and portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi.
Wonderla Amusement Park, Kochi - Wonderla Amusement Park, Kochi, originally Veegaland, is an amusement park atop a hill in Pallikkara, 12 kilometres from the city centre of Kochi. It features thriller rides such as the Vintage Tornado roller coaster, Twin Flip Monster, and Wavy & Vertical Fall, water-based rides such as the Wave Pools I & II, Wonder Splash, Rapid River, and Water Falls, and land-based rides such as Dashing Cars I & II, Dancing Cars, Musical Fountain and Laser Show, and the Cinemagic Ride. There are also special rides for children. The park is owned and operated by Wonderla Holidays Limited, which also operates Bangalore Park and Bangalore Resort.
How to get around within Kochi
Getting around Kochi is fairly easy and inexpensive. The city has an extensive bus network with four types of buses: Red buses, Thiru-Kochi, Orange buses, and Green buses. The first two provide cheap no-frills city services that cover most, if not all, of the city. The difference is that Red buses are privately operated whie Thiru-Kochi is Government operated. The orange buses are premium travel low-floor air-conditioned Volvo services that connect to major destinations but stop anywhere on the route. The Green bus provides non air-conditioned low-floor service that links the suburbs to the city centre. Radio Taxi Service is a cost-effective mode of transportation and perhaps the most comfortable. You can hail a cab off the road, call their hotline, or book them online.
How to get there
Cochin International Airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia, AirAsia, Air India, Emirates, flydubai, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Kuwait AIrways, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, SpiceJet, and a few others. There are direct flights to Kochi from Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kuwait, and Singapore, for starters.