Greater Than a Tourist- Kochi Kerala India

Greater Than a Tourist- Kochi Kerala India

50 Travel Tips from a Local

By Steffi George Manavalan


Are you excited about planning your next trip?

Do you want to try something new?

Would you like some guidance from a local?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater
Than a Tourist book is for you.

Greater Than a Tourist- Kochi Kerala India by Steffi George Manavalan
offers the inside scoop on the Kochi. Most travel books tell you
how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that,
as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel
tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination.

In these pages, you will discover advice that will help you
throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses
or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge
from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel

Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to
know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book,
you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.

Inside this travel guide book you will find:

  • Insider tips from a local.
  • A bonus book 50 Things to Know About
    Packing Light for Travel by bestselling author
    Manidipa Bhattacharyya.
  • Packing and planning list.
  • List of travel questions to ask yourself or others
    while traveling.
  • A place to write your travel bucket list.


“The world is a book and those
who do not travel, read only one
page.” – Saint Augustine of Hippo

Namaste and welcome to the seaside gem of Kochi!
This little area of about 400 square kilometers holds
pieces of much that I am today. Also known as Cochin,
this city’s multi-cultural influences, historic towns,
flavorsome food, world-class resorts and warm
hospitality have given it the title of being one of the top
tropical tourist destinations in the world.

Kochi is one of those unique cities that comprise of
the welcome mix of having both a booming metro and a
serene countryside within its ambit. Recently,
honeymooners have been preferring the peaceful
lagoons of Kochi, lined with coconut trees overlooking
a brilliant orange sunset, for their first getaway

I hope this book will be an inspiration for you to
travel more and explore the best of Kochi.


Kochi’s intensely humid climate favors its green
pastures and lush hillside cultivations. Usual day time
temperatures range from 77-104°F. As the state of
Kerala is near the equator, this tropical climate remains
much the same with each season.

You will find yourself sweating profusely in the
city’s blistering heat. Packing light dresses, plenty of
sunscreen and showering off the heat can quell those
weather woes. Staying in shady areas and enjoying
cooling drinks like coconut water can also be a
welcome relief when exploring Kochi by foot.


The monsoons bless Kochi with heavy rain showers
and thunder in the months of June to August. The
inclement weather causes major tourist attractions such
as waterfalls and trekking spots to close during these
times. Knowing this after making all your books might
be a damper literally also.

Which then is the best time to visit Kochi?

Any time between October to February is optimum!
Good weather is just one of the few bonuses during this
time – These months also revitalize the city with a
series of lively festivals.

New Year celebrations are a big event in Fort Kochi
where locals uphold the year-end tradition of burning a
mammoth-sized Santa Claus amidst booming music and
festivities. Year end is the peak season for Kerala
tourism, which means the prices of hotels are on an all-
time high during these months.

The month of September fares well for the budget-
friendly traveller due to its lower accommodation
prices. This is also the time for Onam throughout
Kerala. Onam is a 10-day harvest festival that ushers in
spending and vitality into the lives of locals in a flurry
of celebratory events. Dances such as the puli kali
(tiger-dance), chendamelam (musical drum
performance) and flower shops begin to align the sides
of the streets. Elaborate flower carpets are prepared in
homes and corporate establishments, and a lavish 20+
dish meal is cooked up for lunch on the day of
Thiruvonam. Consider visiting Kochi during this time
as it offers some of the best sights of a city alive with
culture, tradition and festivities.

The Onam festival changes its date every year, but
usually takes place right after the monsoon season.

Read all 50 Tips in the book
Greater Than a Tourist- Kochi Kerala India
available at Amazon.


Heritage: Kochi is one of the oldest cities in India
with a colonial past. Culturally, Kochi houses artists,
craftsmen, dancers and musical maestros that have lent
an everlasting touch to the fabric of Indian history.
Historic palaces rich with architectural splendor are
found at many places around the city.

Food: Undoubtedly, the king of Kerala cuisine
resides here. In Kochi, you can get all sorts of cuisines
cooked in various styles – international, local, fusion,
street, savory… It is also a fantastic place to learn
traditional cooking and sample a good mix up of
regional specialties.

Connectivity: Kochi connects many districts
together, making it a good spot to stay at while
exploring other parts of Kerala. It is close to the
international airport and other breathtaking tourist
locations as well.


Steffi is a Kochi-based writer with a penchant for
travel. She is an ardent fan of good dessert and spicy
food, and loves dreaming about all the fascinating
places there are in the world, one day hoping to see
them all. Her love story with Kochi goes a long way
back into her childhood when she was raised within the
walls of this phenomenal city.

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