Kochi Metro Rail and Tourism

Kochi is the only city in Kerala to have a fully functional metro rail project. Kochi Metro project began its construction activities in 2012. A part of the project has been completed in June 2017. It is taking passengers from Aluva to Palarivattom. The rail runs on pillars constructed on the middle of the road. People can expect a smooth ride through the city without any traffic hassle. This has resulted in a decrease in traffic on the roads. This metro has also helped tourism in this city. When the entire project is completed, it is expected to ensure a hassle free travel in the city. The path taken by the train is the path through which maximum transport occurs. Travellers can expect a smooth ride in the metro.

The trains and stations are built ensuring world class travel comfort. All coaches have A/c and the stations have been designed by some of the best architects. Thus the travels can experience a visual  treat and the best travel experience in the city. Kochi Metro will carry more tourists when the project gets completed.

 

 

Tourist places in Ernakulam district

There are many tourist places in Ernakulam district. Some of the important tourist attractions around Ernakulam are listed below.

Fort Kochi Beach : This beach is located very close to Kochi city facing the Arabian sea. Fort Kochi is a place of historical importance. Many ancient churches and buildings can be seen here.

Bolgatty Palace : This heritage hotel is a place of historical importance. This place is also located close to Kochi city and it is now an important tourist attraction.

Marine drive : The walkway located at a marine drive is a place for an evening walk. The pathway is located beside the backwaters.

Kodanad Elephant training camp : . Many elephants caught from the wild can be seen here. Visitors can see elephants belonging to different age group.

Jewish Synagogue : This synagogue located at Mattanchery is also a place of historical importance. It was set up by Jewish traders who cane to Kochi 500 years ago.

Ezhattumugham : This place is located close to Angamaly and Kochi international airport. This place is full of natural beauty. Here water can be seen cascading down the rocks.

Hill Palace Museum :  This museum is located at Thripunithura near Kochi. This place was originally the administrative office of the Kochi Maharajas. Now it has been converted to a museum. Visitors can enter the museum after paying a nominal fee.

Bhoothathankettu : This scenic place is located near Kothamangalam, which is about 40km from Ernakulam city. There is a dam in this place and the view of the surrounding forest around the dam is worth seeing.

Cherai Beach : This beach is located north of Ernakulam city close to Paravur town. This beach is one of the best beaches in Ernakulam district. Due to the close proximity to Cochin international airport, many tourists visit this place.

Paniyeli Poru : River Periyar one of the largest rivers in Kerala after flowing through thick forests  passes through rocky terrain at Paniyeli. As the river flows through these rocks the water from the river splashes at various spots giving it the appearance of a fight. ‘Poru’ means fight in local Malayalam language.

 

Kerala Districts

Kerala Districts

There are 14 districts in Kerala. All the Kerala Districts are are as follows

Kasargod, Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palghat, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam, Alleppey, Pathanamthitta, Kollam and Thiruvanthapuram

Kerala districts

Some of the prominent tourist locations in each district are listed below.

Kasargod district : Bekal Fort is located, which is an important tourist location in North Kerala is located  in this district.

Wayanad district : Edakkal caves which is a pre-historic site for cave painting is located here.

Kozhikode district : Kappad beach which is located in this district is the place where Vasco da Gama first reached in India. An international airport is situated here.

Malappuram district : Nilambur Teak museum is located in this district

Palghat district: Nelliampathy hill station is located in this district.

Thrissur district : Athirapaly waterfalls is located in this ditrict

Ernakulam district : Fort Kochi beach is a major tourist attraction in this Kerala district. Thattekkad bird sanctuary is also located in this disrict. Both airport and seaport are also located here. Cruise liners carrying tourists from abroad also come here. This airport is also the entry point for many tourists coming to Kerala

Idukki district : Munnar Hill station and Thekkady wild life sanctuary are located in Idukki district

Alleppey : The best place for Backwaters tourism is  located  in Alleppey district.

Kottayam District : Kumarakom bird sanctuary and backwaters are important tourist locations.

Pathanamthitta district : Gavi is a tourist location in this district. It is located in the midst of forest area.

Kollam District : Backwaters and a Fresh water lake known as Ashtamudi are major attractions in this district.

Thiruvanthapuram district : Kovalam beach is a major tourist attraction in this district. The capital city Thiruvanathapuram is situated here. This district also has an international airport. Many tourists reach Kerala through this airport.

Kerala Monsoons

Kerala monsoons occur between the first week of June till the end of September.  This period is the major rainy season in Kerala.  During this period the number of tourists coming to Kerala are very less. However, the accommodation is available at very cheap rates during this period.  Also tourists have to pay less tax compared to the tourists season.

Tourists who like to see the monsoon rains come to Kerala during this period.  During this periods all the rivers in Kerala are full of water.  This is the best time to see the waterfalls in Kerala.

Kerala monsoons also cause floods in some areas. Some areas get cut off by rain water causing several inconveniences. In spite of these problems there are several people who enjoy seeing the monsoons. There are many people who visit during this period.

It is predicted that monsoons will be normal and that Kerala will receive sufficient rainfall. Sufficient monsoon rains in Kerala and the rest of India will be good for the economy.

Kerala Tourist Season

Kerala Tourist season begins after the monsoon rains. Normally it starts from mid September till end of February.  The peak season is during Christmas and Diwali Festivals. During new year also there are large number of visitors traveling to Kerala.  The Pilgrim season is usually from November till January.  During this period there are many pilgrims coming from different parts of India. Most of them come to the temple at Sabarimala.

During the peak tourist season the daily rent in hotels will be very high. This happens during Diwali, Christmas and new year. During off season also there are tourists visiting Kerala.  Off season rates are very low compared to peak season. During off season the tourists have to pay less taxes also.  There are tax incentives during this period. So the total cost will be comparatively very less.

Kerala Summer

The summer season in Kerala starts from March and ends in May. During this period rainfall is very less.  In low altitude area people experience hot and humid weather. The tourist season in Kerala normally ends before summer begins.  But it also possible to see some tourists visiting during this period also. The best place to visit during this period is the high altitude hill stations. Temperatures in the hill stations are comparatively less during this period.

Elections 2016

Tourists coming to Kerala can witness the election process in Kerala.  Elections for Kerala legislative assembly is going to be held in mid may 2016.   Visiting Kerala before that one can see many of the ongoing  election campaigns.  During this period it is possible to see the democratic process in Kerala underway in every corner of the state.  One can see processions, speeches and various other campaigns organized by candidates and political parties.

Kerala Tour Packages

Kerala tour packages is very helpful for Tourists who are visiting Kerala for the first  time. Many of the first timers are not fully aware of the places in Kerala and how to organize a tour to Kerala. To help these tourists the tour operators service and expertise will be very useful.  It is possible for tour operators to take tourists to the best location at the cheapest possible rates. They will be able to arrange best accommodation and taxi services.

Kerala Tourism

Kerala state is a place where many tourists come to visit. The tourist season in Kerala starts from end of september till beginning of March. It is one of the few places where hill station, backwaters and hill stations are lying close to one another. All these popular destinations can be reached in a few hours drive. Three international airports, sea port and railway stations enables visitors to reach Kerala via road, rail airport and sea port. Today this tropical destination is an important place in the tourist map of India.