It's time to gear up for another happening winter carnival in our country. Yes, we are talking about the Cochin Carnival, which is organised 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 many crowds, this popular event in Kerala traces its roots back to the Colonial era when the region was under 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 during the Cochin celebration can be seen through its events and festivities since pre-independence as well as in the post-independence era, and Kochin Carnival is one such interesting festival.

Date & Venue of Cochin Carnival 2023 in Kochi

The official dates of Cochin Carnival 2023-2024 are - from 25th December 2023 to 1st January 2024. The event will take place at Fort Kochi in Kerala. Explore the vibrant culture of Kerala during these magnificent festivities of the cochin Carnival 

History of Cochin Carnival in Kochi

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

The names of these men were Ananda Felix Scaria, Antony Anup Scaria, and George Augustine Thundiparambil. All three of them played a vital role in organising the beach festival in 1984 to honour the UN declaration of the year 1985.

Major Attractions Of Cochin Carnival 2023 In Kochi

Cochin Carnival is a 10-day long annual event held in Fort Kochi. The glorious festivities and the carnival spirit are far too amazing. Here are some major attractions of the Fort Kochi Carnival 2023 that will excite you to the core. 

1. A Combination of Christmas and New Year

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

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

2. The Fun Activities of the 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.

3. Some other highlights of the carnival are:

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

How To Reach Kochi

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. 

  • Nearest Airport. Cochin International Airport 
  • Nearest Railway Station. Ernakulam Junction Railway station 
  • Nearest City. Kodungallur 
  • Distance From Kodungallur. 44 Km

By Air

Kochi has its airport, namely Cochin International Airport (COK). This airport is considered one of the largest and busiest airports in the state of Kerala.
This airport is considered the fourth busiest in terms of international traffic. 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. 

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  • Distance From Cochin International Airport. 20 km

By Train

Kochi has its railway station named Ernakulam Junction. This particular train station is the largest in Kochi and is known for controlling about 376 train routes simultaneously. Thus it is considered 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 station in India. 

  • Distance From Ernakulam Junction Railway Station. 6.7 km 

By Road

Kochi is also quite well connected via road networks. Here is how you can reach Kochi via the following routes. Depending upon your location, you can also consider travelling via interstate buses. From Munnar, it will take you around 3 hours to reach Kochi. From Madurai, it will take you 8-9 hours. From Coimbatore, it will take you 4 hours to reach here.

  • Distance from Kollam. 128.5 Km
  • Distance from Tiruppur. 175.4 Km
  • Distance from Thiruvananthapuram. 180.6 Km
  • Distance from Bengaluru. 466 km 
  • Distance from Tirupati. 623 km 
  • Distance from Madurai. 245 km 
  • Distance from Coimbatore. 185 km 
  • Distance from Munnar. 117 km 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Cochin Carnival 2023

Q1. Will there be a Cochin Carnival 2023?
Yes, there will be a Cochin Carnival in 2023 in December. The event is anticipated to occur around the month's last two weeks. 

Q2. Why is the Cochin carnival celebrated?
Cochin festival is a combined celebration of New Year and Christmas where the town is uniquely decorated with vibrant colours. It is held at Vasco Da Gama Square every year. 

Q3. Where is the Cochin Carnival 2023?
Cochin Carnival will take place in Kerala in the last two weeks of the last month of the calendar. You can observe magnificent preparations taking place in Cochin during December. 

Q4. What is the Cochin carnival 2023 schedule?
As per the reports, the Cochin Carnival 2023 will begin from 12 December 2023 - 01 January 2024. The celebrations will take place at Fort Kochi, Ernakulam. 

PLEASE NOTE : Dates can vary due to cancellation or last-minute changes.

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