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Discover Kochi’s graceful coastline

Flights to Kochi provide a perfect passage to south-western India and the marvels of the Keralan coastline.

The city is overflowing with treasures from distant lands – you will find fishing nets from China, basilicas from Spain and synagogues from Holland.

kayak in backwaters of monroe island in kerala india

Explore the incredible architecture, see a traditional parade and then get to the heart of local culture by trying fragrant Keralan coconut curries. This city has a selection of great beaches, so you can spend some time relaxing beneath the tropical sun.

Fly to Kochi for the ideal launchpad for holidays throughout Kerala.

Hop onto a traditional houseboat to cruise through the backwater jungles, find secluded coves or take in the landscapes of tea country.

Whether you love waterfalls, wildlife or the sea, the lands surrounding Kochi offer many delights. Begin your Indian adventure by booking your Kochi flights with Etihad.

What’s the weather like in Kochi?

What’s the weather like in Kochi?

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Kochi is blessed with year-round warm weather. March and April are generally the hottest months, averaging 29°C.

The city typically experiences a wet monsoon season in June and July, so pack a raincoat and umbrella if you’re visiting in those months.

Reasons to visit Kochi

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Passionate Keralan culture

Kochi has a laid-back atmosphere which makes it the perfect place to soak up the vibrant local culture. Each Indian state has its own soul – and Kerala is known for its expressive range of performing arts including Kathakali, a dance combining opera, ballet and pantomime that dates back three centuries.

An annual New Year Cochin Carnival brings traditional dance into the streets in late December. There are also opportunities to visit local places of worship, such as the Ettumanoor Mahadeva and Jain temples.

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Blissful beaches

Kerala is the rising star of beach holidays in India. Your plane tickets to Kochi provide pathways to some of the finest shores around – lush, golden stretches of paradise beneath the Indian sunshine.

There are plenty of options in Kochi. Try the quaint cultural views of Fort Kochi Beach or escape from the city on the powder-soft sands of Cherai Beach.

Journey along the Keralan coastline to discover paradise coves – Alappuzha is the home of the state’s famous houseboat cruises and has a beach set beside tranquil lagoons.

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Intriguing international influences

The city’s coastline is famous for its iconic Chinese fishing nets – a legacy of its historic trading links with China. These traditional rope nets are fixed in place with 30-foot-high bamboo sticks. If you’re lucky, you may glimpse a local perched on these structures as the tides ebb and flow beneath.

Examples of European architecture – such as Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica – also add to the contrast of styles across the city. At the Kerala Folklore Museum you can learn about how these influences shaped indigenous traditions.

Things to know before you fly to Kochi

plane Airport transfers

Cochin International Airport is about 17 miles away from Kochi city centre and has bus services and taxis available. For the quickest and easiest way to complete your journey after your flight, book a transfer with Etihad.

charities Cultural considerations

Kochi is a multicultural city with many religions. Dress modestly and be respectful when visiting any religious sites or temples. Cochin Festival is an annual carnival that takes place at the end of December every year, culminating in an elephant-led procession on New Year’s Day.

bus Getting around

Kochi has an easy-to-use transport system that includes an extensive network of buses. Auto-rickshaws can be found across the city, with a government-set rate and a night time premium. You can opt to hire and drive your own auto-rickshaw for a day too. You can also travel by ferry, with services between Fort Cochin and the Vypeen Islands.

date Peak times

Many visitors book their Kochi flight tickets for September to March – outside of monsoon season and the hottest months. Visiting outside of this busier period can mean quieter attractions and better deals on hotels.

Flying to Kochi: FAQs

Where should I stay in Kochi?

Fort Kochi is the ideal area to stay in if you’re visiting the city as a tourist. This waterfront area is renowned for its Dutch, British and Portuguese architecture, with plenty of places to dine and shop.

How many days should I spend in Kochi?

If time is tight, you should be able to cover the key attractions in Kochi in 3-4 days. However, Kochi is a great base for those travellers looking for a longer adventure and exploring the wider region of Kerala, where blissful beaches and national parks await.

What food is Kochi known for?

Kochi offers a rich array of food. Mashed kappa with Kerala fish curry, a slice of Dutch-influence breudher, appam pancakes, breakfast puttu, banana fritters and deep fried unnakya are all on the menu in this city.

Why we love Kochi

“Kochi gives you everything you want from an Indian holiday – amazing food, great beaches and a laid back atmosphere. A great day in the city starts at Fort Kochi in the morning before an afternoon lounging on the beach.”

The best of Kochi

Kochi (also known as Cochin) sits in the state of Kerala, which is known the world over for astounding scenery and the beautiful backwaters.

Kochi is a lively city, with a calendar full of carnivals and events. This diverse city sees celebrations for many different religions, cultures and interests. Time your visit with the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and experience the largest art festival in South East Asia.

For history, make sure to explore Fort Kochi, the Chinese fishing nets and Mattancherry Palace – built originally by the Portuguese, and then repaired by the Dutch, it’s often referred to as the Dutch Palace.

Book the lowest flight deals to Kochi (COK) from GBP 513

London (LHR) to Kochi (COK)

Departure Thu 12 Mar 2020,
Return Sun 22 Mar 2020
from GBP531*

Manchester (MAN) to Kochi (COK)

Departure Wed 4 Mar 2020,
Return Thu 19 Mar 2020
from GBP513*

Edinburgh (EDI) to Kochi (COK)

Departure Mon 24 Feb 2020,
Return Sat 29 Feb 2020
from GBP659*
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Weather in Kochi

40 °C
Monday17 Feb 2020
37 °C
Tuesday18 Feb 2020
37 °C
Wednesday19 Feb 2020
38 °C
Thursday20 Feb 2020
39 °C
Friday21 Feb 2020
35 °C
Saturday22 Feb 2020
37 °C
Sunday23 Feb 2020
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