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It's time to gear up for another grandest winter carnivals of our country, yes, we are talking about the Cochin Carnival which is organized in Kerala at the Kochi Fort. It is a time when people come together to participate in the celebrations with great joy and delight in their hearts.

Attended by a great number of crowds, this popular event of Kerala traces its roots back to the Colonial era, the time when the region was under the Portuguese rule. And even after they left, this tradition of celebrating the carnival continued to stay in the hearts of local people. The aura and charm of this state can be seen through its events and festivals since pre-independence as well as in the post-independence era and Cochin Carnival is one such interesting festival.

History of Cochin Carnival in Kochi

Talking about its history, Cochin Carnival Festival, a popular event in Kerala has been celebrated since the time the Portuguese ruled this region from 1503 to 1663. The Fort Kochi was the capital of this place during those times and was chosen by the colonists as the base of celebrating the festivities. However, after the end of the colonial era, this tradition of celebrating Cochin Carnival somewhat vanished and was then revived during the modern age by three men.

Yes, the names of these men were Ananda Felix Scaria, Antony Anup Scaria along with George Augustine Thundiparambil. All three of them had played a very vital role in organising the beach festival in 1984 for honouring the UN declaration of the year 1985.

Major Attractions of Cochin Carnival in Kochi

A Combination of Christmas and New Year

It kicks starts by hoisting the Carnival Flag at the Vasco da Gama Square, its main highlight is a grand procession led by the elephants decorated with ornamental trappings. And along with that North Indian dances also form a part of the procession. 

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This carnival begins in mid-December and goes on until New Year’s Day. Thus, it can be said that it is a combination of Christmas as well as Malayalam New Year celebrations. After the flag hoisting ceremony is conducted, the celebrations begin and people of all ages take part in them. Even tourists can also be seen taking part in the merrymaking sometimes.  

The Fun Activities of Cochin Carnival 

All and all, the Cochin Carnival Festival is a celebration of life in all its immensity. The celebrations are sprinkled with a plethora of activities and sports events like kalam vara, kabaddi, vadam vali, boxing, cycle racing, and many others. Apart from all this, there are many musical concerts as well.

Some other highlights of the carnival are:

  • Veli Ground
  • Shopping at Vasco Da Gama Square
  • Enjoying Panchavadyam Music
  • Delicious Food

How to Reach

Kochi is a port city situated in Kerala. It is a great place to witness the subtle beauty of nature. This place is home to various unique events and festivals and the Cochin Carnival is held at the Kochi Fort. Kochi or Cochin is located at an approximate distance of around 2,415 km, 1,265km, 2,183, 466 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru. Let’s discuss how you can reach Cochin via the following routes.

By Air. Kochi has its own airport namely Cochin International Airport (COK). This airport is situated at a distance of about 20 km from Nedumbassery which is a suburb of Kochi. This airport is considered as one of the largest and busiest airports in the state of Kerala.

In terms of international traffic, this airport is considered to be the fourth busiest. Recently during the 2018-2019 fiscal year, Cochin airport handled about 10 million passengers.  

Various airlines like Vistara, Air India, IndiGo, Spicejet, Air Asia operate to and fro Kochi with great flight connectivity, serving cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Mysuru. After deboarding at the airport you will need to take a cab or some other means of transportation to travel a distance of about 40 km to reach Kochi Fort. 

By Road. Kochi is also quite well connected via road networks. Here is how you can reach Kochi via the following routes. 

  1. Bengaluru - 466 km via NH948
  2. Tirupati - 623 km via NH544
  3. Madurai - 245 km via NH85
  4. Coimbatore - 185 km via NH544
  5. Munnar - 117 km via NH85

Depending upon your location you can also consider travelling via interstate buses. From Munnar, it will take you around 3 hours time to reach Kochi costing you Rs. 200.

From Madurai, it will take you 8 hours - 9 hours time and cost you about Rs. 600.

From Coimbatore, it will take you 4 hours to reach here and cost you about Rs. 400-Rs. 700.

By Train. Kochi has its own railway station by the name of Ernakulam Junction. This particular train station is the largest station in Kochi and is known for controlling about 376 train routes at a time. Thus it is considered as one of the busiest railway junctions in South India. 

One highlighting point about this railhead is that it was the first fully disabled-friendly railway stations in India. Here is how you can reach Kochi via train route from different places.

  1. Coimbatore - Ernakulam Express or Trivandrum Express via Coimbatore Junction and deboard at the Ernakulam Junction
  2. Madurai - Take Amritha Express from Madhurai Junction and deboard at Ernakulam town
  3. Mysuru - Take Kochuveli Express from Mysuru Junction and deboard at Ernakulam Junction
  4. Tirupati - Take Gurudev Express from Tirupati Junction and deboard at Ernakulam town

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    15 December 2019 - 01 January 2020

  • Venue

    Kochi Fort

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