Kochi is a rare combo of ecstatic natural beauty and remains of Portuguese, Holland and English culture brought by traders to Indian lands, centuries ago.
If you want to explore the city, the tourist villages in Vypin Island by the Cherai beach and Fort Kochi's spice markets are the places to be. You'll also find the city's popular icon- the huge Chinese fishing nets here. The Hill Palace Museum, Santacruz Basilica Church, Princess Street, Thirkakkara temple and Lulu Mall are many among other places to visit in Kochi.
The coastal summers are humid and harsh, so be here between August and January. The monsoons would have just washed away the heat and you can see the port city full of tourists enjoying luxurious houseboat stays and inter-island ferry rides on the backwaters; rejuvenating at ayurvedic spas, shopping from floating markets and bargaining at the antique shops of the city.
Onam is another good time to be in Kochi. The 10-day celebrations include colourful dance parades and cultural performances around the city, ending at the Thrikakkara Temple.
With lavish as well as affordable stay options, low transportation costs, developed air, rail, road and waterways, Kochi is appropriate for leisure and business travel.
For souvenirs, you can choose from the wide variety of coir products available in the city.