Kochi is a harbour city that is widely known as ‘The Queen of the Arabian Sea’. A unique destination in Kerala, for explorers and travel enthusiasts alike, the city is best known for its share of historic monuments, picturesque locales – pepped by pristine beaches and backwaters, its urban lifestyle and delectable, traditional Kerala cuisines.
As we gear up to make WordCamp Kochi a reality, we would like to show you a sneak peak into the wonderful city of Kochi.
Kochi in history
Since the 14th century, Kochi has been an important spice trading centre in the West Coast of India .Kochi has been mentioned in writings of several ancient travellers and tradesmen and has been an important member in the trade network with Arabian merchants as early as 600 – 700 BC. In 1503, Kochi was occupied by the Portuguese which made the port city the first Eurpoean colony in Colonial India. The leftovers of Portuguese colonialism are still well maintained in Fort Kochi. Occupied later by the Dutch and British dynasties, before becoming a part of India, post-independance, Kochi is still widely known as one of the most attractive trade and tourist destinations in India.
(China Fishing Net)
Kochi is located in the southwest coast of India. It spans through the backwaters of Kerala, with several islands in its coastline. Two rivers named Periyar and Muvattupuzha flow through Kochi. While Periyar flows through the northern part of the city whereas Muvattupuzha River covers the West and the Eastern parts of the city.
Kochi is also known as the financial capital of Kerala, thanks to a vibrant presence of industries, financial institutions, corporate firms, and Information Technology Services Companies. The city’s historic trade links with west ensconced its position as a trading hub centuries back. The city’s port continues to remain a major attraction of the city’s trading industry.
Its flagship international airport has now entered into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model as the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), and connects the harbour city to the rest of the world, with direct flights to South East Asia, and the middle-east. The city has its own water-transport network, and mobility hub. It is one of the few cities in India where a sophisticated Metro Rail Project has been commissioned, making the city a metropolitan city by its own right! The Metro Rail project, once it is completed by 2018, will further improve accessibility of the already-well-connected city.
As the commercial capital of the ‘God’s Own Country’, Kochi has its share of breathtaking tourist attractions. When you come down to Kochi, to make the most of our God’s own WordCamp, please don’t forget to pay a visit to some of the following attractions!
- Fort Kochi
The veritable cultural capital of Kochi is known for its share of historic and tourist attractions. From the cantilevered Chinese Fishing nets, to the Mattanchery Palace and the Santa Cruz basilica, Fort Kochi is not just a breathtaking locale – it’s an experience by itself!
Located nearby Fort Kochi, Mattanchery is also known for its historic monuments, including a dutch palace. Located close to the Dutch palace is a Jew Town, which also hosts one of the oldest Jewish Synagogues – which is also known for its artistic and historic value.
- Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016
Count yourself lucky, folks! One of India’s best contemporary art exhibitions coincides with WordCamp Kochi. Conducted at over 12 venues – most of which are in and around Fort Kochi and Mattanchery, the event is a must-watch for one and all, for the unique experience, which itself attracts thousands of tourists from all across the world!
- Cherai Beach
A wonderful beach located 30 km off the city of Kochi, the beach itself is 15 kilometres long. Its shallow waters make it an apt venue for swimming and sunbathing.
- Willingdon Island
Another one among the umpteen factors that makes Kochi undisputedly-cool is the presence of a man-made island! Named after Lord Willingdon, a former British Viceroy to India, this picturesque island is home to some of the best hotels in the city, as well.
- Lulu Mall
No Metropolitan city is complete without the presence of shopping centres. Kochi is home to perhaps one of the biggest malls in India – Lulu Mall. Spread out across tens of thousands of square feet, the mall is a must-visit for any shopping enthusiast.
- Marine Drive
A picturesque promenade located in the heart of the city, it faces the backwaters of Kochi. The gentle breeze from the Vembanad lake, a breathtaking view of the rising and the setting sun, not to mention the presence of international shopping outlets surrounding the same – make the venue a destination that one should not miss
Excited much? We are, too! Can’t wait to see you all at Kochi, on the 19th of February, 2017 – at Udyan Convention Centre, Vennala, to participate in the first WordCamp of South India – WordCamp Kochi. We shall be rolling out more details on WordCamp Kochi – in the days to come.
Watch this space!