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What are transportation options and challenges in Kochi, Kerala?

nine local experts

Are there taxis in Kochi? What about scooters? What are the public transportation options? Here's what nine local experts had to say about transportation methods in Kochi, Kerala.

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Cochin is busy place. It’s easy to get lost in traffic. Owning a two wheeler would be great. Also, finding a decent place to stay could cost you a lot.

Kochi is a sprawling metro city. It is known as the “Queen of Arabian Sea”. It was one of the first European colony. The city has a shipyard, airport and a railway station at the heart of the city. Thus, it is a favourite destination of many foreigners. The adjacent Fort Kochi is a place that attracts tourist to Kochi.

Kochi is a metropolitan city. One should be ready to adjust with all cultures. Living expenses are high, so budget planning is important. It is a beautiful place, with a good community. Traffic would take your time often during the peak hours, so we must consider that when you go to job. There are many restaurants and apartments around this area. It is safe here.

Indupuri, says: 2020

If you’re new to Kochi or are moving here. Here are some things you need to keep in mind:
1. It rains a lot here, so always remember to carry an umbrella with yourself whenever leaving the house.
2. If you’re a non-Keralite you might face some language issues. It’s always safe to talk in English with the locals instead of Hindi as they might misinterpret you.
3. Most people in Kerala are non-vegetarians and even eat beef, so if you’re an orthodox Hindu your preference should be to eat only at pure vegetarian restaurants.
4. Protests or ‘hartals’ as the locals call it are really a common sight here.
5. If you’re not a south Indian, I’d suggest you to better learn to wear a dhoti as a lot of temples here don’t allow entry of men if you’re not wearing one.
6. Never ever take a KSRTC bus as the drivers of these are really famous for fast and reckless driving instead take a metro or call an Uber.

Rutika, says: 2020

Know to speak Malayalam or at least English fluently. If the place he/she’s looking for, is outside the main city area then knowing about the transportation facilities would be better. It’s important to carry an umbrella with you always. Kochi’s a nice tourist place and not to mention, comfortable with all the facilities.

Vignesh, says: 2020

Kochi was the central point of a historic spice route that grabbed the attention of famous explorers such as Vasco Da Gama. This shares a lot of ancient temples, architecture, cuisine and communities. Different places to visit in Ernakulam are: Princess Street, Hill Palace, Folklore Museum, David Hall Art Gallery, Cherai Beach, Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, Muziris Biennale etc.

Shreyashi, says: 2020

For someone who is new in Kochi should know traffic is really horrible here. He or she may find it difficult to commute in the city. It takes at least half an hour to travel a distance of two km at peak hours. The road is mostly congested due to heavy traffic and with all the constructions of flyovers at several places, it is is difficult to get to places on time. Other than that, I don; t think there is anything that a first timer needs to know about my hometown.

Ashraf, says: 2020

Kochi being the historic town that it is famous for has always attracted many people, even from the west, when there was no proper means of transportation. This quiet place is the best option you can look for, if you are planning to settle down. You will have everything within a walkable distance. From parks, beaches, post offices, stores, restaurants and schools to transportation. This will be a choice you will never regret!

Muralidhar, says: 2020

Kochi is mostly green due to lot of trees. Public transportation consists of buses and metro trains. The people are really friendly. Nightlife in the city is not that great. The local food is awesome.

Bharat, says: 2020
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