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The Portuguese, under the command of Vasco da Gama, arrived in Cochin in the 15th century. In 1553, the Maharaja of Cochin granted the Portuguese settlers the permission to build the first European style fort. Thus, Cochin became the site of the first European settlement in India.


Best Time to Visit Cochin

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Cochin has a different charm in different seasons and though it can be visited all around the year, here is a month wise break-up of the weather of the city:

October to February: Winters are by far the best time to visit Cochin as the weather is very pleasant. Temperatures range between 17 degrees Celsius and 33 degrees Celsius. This is a great time of the year for honeymooners, beach bums and adventure seekers.

March to June: March marks the beginning of the summer in Cochin and temperatures begin to rise. The average temperature during this time of the year is between 20 degrees Celsius to 37 degrees Celsius. This is a great time to visit Cochin as the city is not crowded and you can secure great deals on hotel tariffs. Do make sure you carry light cotton clothes and sunscreen along.

July to September: The monsoon season is another great time to visit Cochin and admire the city in its rain-washed splendour. Covered in a carpet of green, Cochin comes alive during the rains. Since this is not peak tourist season, it is possible to get good deals on hotels. Do make sure you carry an umbrella or raincoat along as you enjoy your monsoon holiday in Cochin.