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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the tips and guidelines to keep in mind while travelling to Kochi?

Kshitiz Ahuja DEC 10 2012
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Kochi promises a joyride of cultural extravaganza into the age old churches, cathedrals, temples and museums. There are many other alluring things in the city that you can witness nowhere else, such as the huge Chinese fishing nets or one of the oldest Jewish synagogues. However, to make this joyride absolutely trouble free you should take down these travel tips to stay on the safe side:

  • Despite Kochi being a thriving metropolis, night life in the city dies at around 10.30pm. Beyond that it is considered late night. Thus if you go out clubbing till late night here it is advisable that you have your own transport arrangements, since the public transport is rarely found and also not very safe.

  • There are Red Killers in Kochi! Don't be scared though, a little caution will keep you safe and you will be able to avoid any hazards caused by them. Red Killers is the nickname given to the Private Line bus and KSRTC bus drivers on the roads. Such a name is given to them because of their reckless driving. Many cases of road accidents have been recorded with the bus drivers being involved. Pedestrians have a difficult time crossing the roads, especially during the peak season. So, take care while you are travelling on foot. Make sure to cross roads on the pedestrian crossings and walk with a crowd. And jaywalking should be strictly avoided inside the city.

  • There are a few flood prone roads in Kochi that tends to get flooded during monsoons. It is better to avoid them for some time right after the rain. These roads include Edapally Junction, roads leading to Ernakulam Junction (South) Railway Station, South junction (in front of Hotel Woodlands).

  • Kochi strictly follows the ‘No Smoking in Public Places’ rule. If you are caught doing so you might be fined a penalty of INR 500- 1000. Smoking is also banned also pubs and bars.

  • You will not be allowed inside the pubs and bars in Kochi unless you show them an identity proof of being above 21 years of age. Hence it is advisable to carry an ID with yourself.

  • The night clubs only allow formal outfit. Sarees are allowed for women but Indian traditional outfit is not allowed for men. Men can wear denims with shoes other than other formal outfits. Women are expected to put on western formal dresses.

Keeping these tips in mind should keep you away from any hazards, unless you don't get yourself tangled up in those fascinating Chinese fishing nets!!  

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