If you are flying in to Kerala, it is most likely that you will be entering the state through Kochi International Airport. But, it should not just be a stopover before exploring the other parts of the state!
A little far from the main city is a laid-back coastal town which had once been the famous Cochin port of Southern India, a gateway to the Western coast. Fort Kochi had been a hotspot for many colonial invaders and spice traders around the globe. Whether it was the English, Dutch, French, Jew; sailors from across the world have left their presence in this little coastal town.
Today though the foreign invaders are gone, you will find curious Indian and International Tourists around this little town looking for Fort Kochi's colonial history alongside its cultural heritage.
Unlike most tourists' notion, that Kerala is best explored during India's winter months i.e. Nov to March, I planned to visit there in the month of May. Though my main attraction this time around Kerala was exploring the lesser known hill-station of Vagamon, I clubbed in Fort Kochi for two nights as well.
People I met on the way and back home, told me Fort Kochi was a bad idea in the month of May given the tropical heat the coastal town might experience. But now, after I have actually experienced it, I would definitely recommend the summers as well!
Here are some reasons, you might want to explore Fort Kochi in the Summer months as well -
Pros of visit Fort Kochi in Summers -
- The biggest differentiator is the crowd! Contrasting to the tourist influx during the winters, the summers hardly have any touristy crowd around.
- So summer is an off-season in Kerala. This also implies, you get accommodations at quiet cheaper rates. Most of our hotel rooms were empty when we had checked in.
- If you have been around south India before, you know that the monsoon winds enter the southern coast much before the rest of India experiences it. Chances are, you might experience cloudy skies or light showers in the evening hours of May, which would obviously bring down the temperatures.
Cons of visiting Fort Kochi in Summers -
I do not find much to list, but here are the two points which you might consider!
- Midday hours (1PM to 4PM) might become quiet hot but I will share below how I spent it.
- Kochi Biennale which is an Art Fest cum Exhibition has been held in Kochi every alternate year in the months of December to early March. If you would want to experience the exhibition, May is not the right time for you.
How can you plan a summer day around the Fort Kochi Town -
Fort Kochi is a rather small area and can be explored on foot. Places which are at a distance of over 5 kms from your accommodation can be reached by hiring an Auto Rickshaw/ Tuktuk. Alternately, you can also hire a bike or moped for the entire day.