Kochi is in the state of Kerela. Called 'God’s Own Country' by the tourist promoters of the state, if you visit you will find it difficult to refute this claim. Amongst the greenest states in India, it features coffee plantations and wild life sanctuaries. It is also home to the famous 'Backwaters' and their houseboats. Activities such as day trips on the backwaters, such as coracle rowing, and swimming are popular here. Some five-star resorts even offer water sports of a more complex nature. Take your pick.
If you are looking for more traditional coastal pleasures, head for the beaches in southern Kerela. While they pale in comparison to the beaches of Goa, they are certainly worth a visit. Tradition and festivals are also a big draw for the state. The 'Snake Boat Race' is an annual event that gets wide coverage. The competition is quite fierce and even the spectators get involved in it thanks to the illegal betting that goes on alongside. Best time to visit is between November and March as the monsoons and summertime are best avoided.