Kochi is a major port city in the Indian state of Kerala. Kochi or Cochin, popularly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea, also flaunts one of the finest natural harbours of the world. Kochi is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. It is home to High Court of Kerala, Naval Physical and Oceanographic laboratory (NPOL), Indian Maritime University, Sree Sankara Sanskrit University and the Cochin University of Science and Technology.
The city straddles the backwaters, encompassing the northern end of a peninsula, several islands and a portion of the mainland. Kochi's proximity to the equator along with its coastal location results in little seasonal temperature variation, with moderate to high levels of humidity. Kochi is a popular travel destination among tourists. It has a vibrant mix of history, modernity, nature, art and culture. The Chinese fishing nets are one of the biggest tourist attractions in Kochi. Kochi has been hosting India's finest art biennale, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, since 2012, which attracts international artists and tourists.
Reaching the Venue
Kochi is well connected by air, rail and road to most of the cities in India. The airport is located in Nedumbassery. All domestic airlines operate direct and connecting flights from Kochi to almost all the cities in India. When arriving by train or bus, you can alight at either Ernakulam North/South railway station or at Vyttila mobility hub.
How to reach AIMS/ Conference Venue:
From the Airport:
By taxi/ Radio cabs (UBER/OLA). AIMS is about 20 km from the airport with a travel time of 45 minutes. Taxi Fare Rs 500 (approx).
From the Railway Station/Vyttila mobility hub:
The venue is about 8 km from Ernakulam North Railway Station and 12 km from Ernakulam South Railway station. The travel time to the venue is 30-45 minutes (approx). Taxi Fare is Rs 150-250 (approx).
Kochi has emerged as one of the must destinations places to visit in Kerala. The cultural and historical significance offers variety of experiences in and around Kochi.
Fort Kochi Beach / Chinese Fishing Nets - Perhaps the only place in the world, other than China, where Chinese fishing nets are found.
Mattanchery Palace and Santa Cruz Basilica - Symbols of a colonial heritage.
Bolghatty & Vypeen Islands - Bolghatty Island is a short ride away from mainland Kochi and has Bolghatty Palace which is one of the oldest Dutch palaces outside Holland. It has now been converted into a heritage resort and there is even a small golf course - 9 hole, ayurvedic centre and daily Kathakali performances and is a popular getaway for Indian and overseas tourists. Rated in top 10% of 3-star hotels in this area.
Other tourist attractions around Kochi include Marine Drive, Hill Palace - Tripunithura, Jewish Synagogue, Athirappilly Falls.