Kochi, India Meeting Planning Overview
Known for its beaches, Kochi (often still called Cochin) attracts visitors from all over the world and is fast becoming a sought-after events destination. No wonder: This historical port city has hosted traders for over 600 years. Event venues in and around the city are some of the best in the industry. Proximity to the international airport and world-class facilities for exhibitions and MICE events are just a few of the things that attract tourists and vendors to Kochi. Local attractions add to the flavor, allowing visitors to choose from a variety of native experiences and learn about local life and culture.
Whether you're traveling south to Kovalam and Varkala or north toward Kozhikode and Wayanad, Kochi is well-connected to all the major sightseeing spots and hill stations in the state. Plan a trek in Periyar National Park, a day on the white sandy beaches of Mararikulam, or a serene houseboat ride on Vembanad Lake - "God's Own Country" has it all.
The Cochin International Airport Trade Fair Centre, which opened in 2012, is among the largest venues in Kochi not connected to a hotel. Spread across 5 acres, it has a total area of 43,000 square feet, with 30,000 square feet reserved for exhibition space. However, the largest event venue in Kochi can be found at the 264-room Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty and Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Center, which features 22 conference, banquet, and event venues that accommodate up to 3,400 people and offer more than 62,000 square feet of indoor space. Kochi's newest hotel, Radisson Blu Kochi, is nestled along the shores of the Arabian Sea and can accommodate events of up to 650 guests in its 6,098-square-foot convention center.
Excursions from Kochi are a visual delight. The city serves as a starting point for trips to the wildlife sanctuaries of Eravikulam National Park and Periyar National Park and is a gateway for a tour around Kerala (South India), a region that is known as "God's Own Country." Alappuzha (known as Alleppey), for instance, owes its beauty and popularity to the exotic backwaters and is home to rare species of migratory birds. Kochi's "Chinese fishing nets" have become a very popular tourist attraction as well. Their size and elegant construction make them a photogenic landmark, and the slow rhythm of their operation is quite hypnotic. St. Mary's Vallarpadam Church, aka The Church of Our Lady of Ransom, is a famous Indian pilgrimage spot, while the Mattancherry Palace, or Dutch Palace, is one of the finest examples of the Kerala style of architecture interspersed with colonial influences. Located about 12 kilometers from Ernakulam, it was built around 1545 C.E.