5 things you should never miss in Kochi

5 things you should never miss in Kochi

A land known as the Queen of Arabian Sea by everyone who loves her. Undoubtedly, she is a queen who rules the hearts of every single wanderer and she is rich with culture, royalty, class and beauty. This magical mixture of food, fun and art makes Kochi special. There is much inside the city and you cannot explore the city completely. Even when I write this article, I am skeptical if I can do justice to the city. As one of my Kochi friends said,” I find a new place to explore within Kochi on a weekly basis”. But let me say some of which you wouldn’t want to miss in Kochi.

Kochi Muziris Biennale

Being the biggest art festival in the country and the largest exhibition of Contemporary art in Asia makes it something that you wouldn’t want to miss.

A lot of artists come to the city for exhibiting their works and their ideas are presented in various mediums like films, installation, painting, sculpture, new media and performance art. The exhibition which is set up across various spaces at Kochi, is organized by the Kochi Biennale Foundation in association with Government of Kerala.

Along with the exhibition, there are talks, seminars, workshops, screenings, music, workshops, educational activities etc. which makes it more interesting.

Cochin Carnival

What can I offer the Queen of Arabian Sea? I mused…

Well, I gave her the last day of the year, and got a beautiful new year in return.

Now that’s a win-win, isn’t it?

I read these lines from an online platform and I must say it is certainly a win-win. Cochin Carnival is the most exciting part about new year in Kochi.

If you go through the history of Cochin Carnival which is conducted towards the end of December every year, you will find that it dates back to the time of Portuguese and it is similar to their new year revelry. The massive procession and the burning of Pappanji are the greatest attractions of Cochin Carnival. The word ‘Pappanji’ means ‘old man’ in Portuguese and as the word suggests it is the giant statue of an old man.

Cochin Carnival is a beautiful festival with art shows, fairs, food festivals, competitions and colourful rallies which begins towards the end of December and ends on the New year Eve.

• Food

Kochi is every foodie’s dreamland and your taste buds would fall in love with Kochi.

Balan chettan’s shop at Mattanchery, Banana fry and beef from Sree Muruga Hotel at Maradu, Jeff’s Biriyani, Kayees biriyani, Beef from Palaram, Avocado shake from Rinoos etc. and the list is never ending and you should certainly explore the taste of Kochi. Don't you feel hungry already?

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