The wonderful seaside city of Kochi has now turned into a pilgrim destination, but not for religious regions. This city over the past few years has dedicated its space for artistic expressions. Read our go to guide on Kochi fort city and Muziris Biennale.
KOCHI: PORT, FORT & ART CITY
A pilgrimage meant for all, Kochi is playing home to easily accessible art and exhibits that imbibes a deep passion for this form of expression. The best way this city has found to do so is through the Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Did you know ! Kochi is the arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the Kerala, rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler's '50 greatest places of a lifetime'.
KOCHI CITY: MULTI CULTURAL PAST
There is no other place that can handle the thrust and hustle-bustle of a huge event such as the Biennale, other than Kochi, the surrounding islands, and Muziris. The city is known for its multi-cultural past, making it an ideal venue to host the big art festival in India. Kochi in the past decade has fast become a minuscule circuit featuring global art.
With this monumental event, the city is exposed to more global art from over 24 countries featuring over 80 artists. The Biennale is all about the artist’s presentation of art in the form of paintings, installations, sculptures, performing arts and films.
THE ARTSY TOWN OF FORT KOCHI
Kochi-Muziris Biennale is spread across fourteen venues in the beautiful, quaint town of Fort Kochi, the bustling city of Ernakulam and Mattancherry. The entire region of Kochi is transformed easily into a gorgeous carnival land since the artists blend the fervour of traditional and contemporary arts.
Classical and folk-arts are also part of this equation, which adds more colour from across the world to this city. These art shows are organized in existing heritage buildings, halls, and galleries. While to explore you can rent a car Kochi and its art scene is best explored on foot to feel the local essence.
BIG NAME OF THE ART SCENE
The Biennale features the best works of art by some of the bigwigs of the contemporary art scene such as Jonas Staal, Amanullah Mojadidi, Ariel Hassan, Ernesto Neto and Joseph Semah. These site-specific work and evolutionary public installations have caught the eye of locals and visitors alike.
The indigenous folk and performing arts is another impressive segment in the Biennale, featuring the age-old Sanskrit theatre gems of Nangiarkoothu, Koodiyattom, Ghazals, and Kathakali. This rhythm is boosted by the ritualistic, folk and percussion arts of Kerala. Biennale is known to offer cultural alternative art discourses for researchers, art lovers, artists, students, collectors and thinkers from around the globe
BEST TIME TO VISIT KOCHI
Cochin is a typical seaside town just few degree north of the equator. Therefore, it is a moderately hot and humid place round the year. Monsoon marks the heavy showers with thunder and lightning between June-September.
The north-west monsoon brings light rainfall during October-December. December to February is comparatively cooler than the rest of the year and hence the best time & season to visit Kochi city
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HOW TO REACH KOCHI
Cochin or Kochi (Airport Code: COK) has a modern international airport, located 30kms north-east of the city, with regular flights to all the major cities in India. Cochin is also connected to Singapore, Colombo and all major cities in the middle-east
Kochi (and Ernakulam) are connected to the rest of India by an extensive network of rails.There are three main railway stations in Cochin/Kochi: Ernakulam Junction (main station), Ernakulam Town and Cochin Harbour Terminus.
Kochi is very well connected to an extensive network of national/state highways and local roads link Kochi to rest of the country.
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CONCLUDING REMARKS: KEY TAKEAWAY
Some travel to explore, some travel to learn, but some just travel to explore the art and the city heritage. If you are among those, plan a trip to Kochi soon & during Muziris Biennale to rejuvenate your body and soul.
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