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Flights to Kochi, long-standing trade hub facing the sea and the world.
Kochi has been a stopping point on international trade routes for centuries and is still the busy center of Kerala’s commerce and finance. Emblematic of its past connection to the water are its enormous looming Chinese fishing nets, hug out high over the water. Although not entirely commercial any longer, their thread-like beauty set against the background of the sea attracts most visitors to the city. To get a good glimpse of them at sunset, you’ll have to walk down Marine Drive, which is pedestrian only and a favorite place for a stroll with locals. Like other sights, the nets are in Old Kochi or Fort Kochi. Several of the city’s museums are nearby such as the Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese around 1555 and given to the Raja of Cochin. To explore the region’s culture, Kerala Folklore Museum beckons from its building designed in three architectural styles. The Museum aims to educate and to display, so be ready to learn about the fascinating place, its people, and their history.
Travel in comfort from Jeddah to Kochi, arts, sports, and shopping city
Cochin is known as an art hub and one prominent showcase is the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, which is the largest international art exhibition in India. In the performing arts, visitors might like to see a kathakali performance while in town. Kerala was the birthplace of the martial arts form kalaripayattu, whose smooth lines and deft moves mesmerize dangerously while swords and batons are flying. Cricket and football are hometown favorites and everyone can get a seat on one at 60,000-capacity Kaloor Stadium. Kochi is also home to the largest shopping center in India, LuLu Mall, spread over almost 7 ha. Between stores, you can lace on some ice skates and whizz around the largest rink in South India. More family fun can be had at Wonderla, the city’s amusement park.