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Kochi (Cochin) Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: City
  • Pincode: 682001
  • District: Ernakulam
  • Language: Malayalam
  • STD code: 0484
  • Weather: Summer 24 to 38°C, Winter 23 to 37°C
Formerly known as Cochin, Kochi is located along the Arabian Sea, on the south-west coast of India. Kochi is one of the seven taluks of Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala. Straddled by the backwaters, it is bordered by the Arabian Sea in the west and urbanised region in the east. The major part of the city lies at sea level along the coastline of around 48 km. Spread over an area of 94.88 sq km, Kochi is the second largest city of Kerala. Inhabited by 601,574 people, the city of Kochi is a part of an extended metropolitan region.

Comprising Kakkanad in the north-east, Tripunithura in the south-east and mainland Ernakulam, Kochi is a part of the Greater Cochin region. Areas like Old Kochi, Kadavanthra, the suburbs of Edapally, the exurbia of Kalamassery and some islands of the Vembanad Lake, are also included in Kochi. It also encompasses areas like Mattancherry, Fort Kochi, Palluruthy and Thoppumpady.

History of Kochi

According to legend, Kochi was the centre of the Indian spice trade and was immigrated by the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese for trade purposes. During this period, the city was referred to as Cochym, Cochin, Cochi and even Cocym.

The city of Kochi gained importance as a port in 1341 AD, when the port at Kodungallur was ruined by flooding of the Periyar River. In the 15th century, this port city began prospering, as the Portuguese penetrated the Indian Ocean. The first Portuguese factory was established by Vasco da Gama, while the first European fort in India was built by the Portuguese Viceroy, Afonso de Albuquerque. In 1635, the British settled in Kochi; however, the Dutch forced them out in 1663.

Under the Dutch rule, Kochi developed as an important trade centre. Haidar Ali, the militant prince of Mysore, took over the city in 1776. However, his son Tipu Sultan surrendered to the British in 1791.

After the Anglo-Dutch Treaty in 1814, Kochi came under the administration of the British. Under the command of Sir Robert Bistrow, the forts built across the city were destroyed and Kochi was developed into a major Indian harbour.

Willingdon Island, which now houses the Naval Airport, Cochin Port and Southern Naval Command headquarters, was built during the British rule in Kochi. In 1866, Fort Kochi was converted into a municipality and its first Municipal Council election was conducted in 1883. Later, when India gained independence in 1947, Kochi became the first princely state to join the Indian Union willingly. In 1956, the state of Kerala was formed by the merger of Travancore, Malabar and Kochi.

People & Culture of Kochi

Eleven years later, the Corporation of Kochi was formed by the unification of Fort Kochi, Mattancherry and Ernakulam along with some nearby villages. From then on, Kochi became a major commercial and industrial centre of India.

Over the course of time, successive waves of migration of Malayalis, Konkanis, Gujaratis, Punjabis, Tamilians and Jews have made Kochi a cultural melting pot. Home to the Cochin Stock Exchange, Cochin Special Economic Zone and Infopark and International Container Transshipment Terminal, Kochi is referred to as the commercial capital of Kerala. Renowned as one of the fastest growing second-tier metros in India, Kochi is a booming centre of information technology, tourism and international trade.

Things to do in Kochi

The city has also emerged as a tourist hub of South India and is commonly referred to as the ‘Gateway to Kerala’. Attracting tourists from around the world, Fort Kochi, Bolghatty Palace and the backwaters are major highlights of the city. The city also has a strong inclination towards the arts and tourists visiting Kochi can visit places like the Kerala Folklore Theatre where people can watch plays or even spend time at the museum. Also know for its Ayurvedic centres, tourists can also indulge in some treatments at the many Ayurvedic spas in the city. A wholesome experience of Kochi and its sights and sounds can also be taken by opting for attractive Kochi holiday packages.

Food & Shopping in Kochi

The best way to get around in Kochi is by local transport. Buses and auto rickshaws are good options. As for food, Kochi is a haven for sea food lovers. Local restaurants serve dishes like fish fry- also known as fish molly locally - calamari, dosas, appams, tapioca fry and curries among other South Indian delicacies. Kochi also enjoys a vibrant nightlife with many lounge bars and discos located in and around M.G. Road. Shopping in Kochi too can be a pleasant experience for tourists. Travellers can try the market in Jew Town, M.G. Road or the government shop called Kairali where local handicrafts and textiles are sold.  

Travelling to Kochi

Tourists can reach Kochi by air, rail and road. The international airport of Kochi is located at Nedumbassery, 20 km away from the city centre. It connects Kochi to major cities in India as well as international destinations. Travellers can also reach Kochi by road. It is well connected to Bangalore (565 km), Coimbatore (223 km) and Chennai (470 km) among other cities. Kochi’s railway stations – one in Ernakulam and the other near the harbor – have trains connecting this port to major cities across India.

Accommodation options in Kochi

Kochi has a range of staying options and they cater to all kind of travellers. Popular hotels in Kochi are located in areas like Fort Kochi and the main city of Ernakulam as well as places like the Willingdon Island. They range from budget options, homestays to luxury and boutique hotels.

The best time to visit Kochi is from October through March.

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Sunilkumar Tv

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"A great experience at Queen of Arabian Sea" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Cochin is the commercial capital of the God's own Country, Kerala. The city is also known as the Queen of Arabian Sea. The city has many tourist attractions like Fort kochi, Mattancherry, Marine Drive, bolgatty etc. Good shopping centres like MG Road and Lulu Mall.
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"A nice tourist destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I have been to Cochin many times. Cochin is a very nice tourist place. So many small beaches are there. Very hygienic people lived in that area. People are very educated and very helpful. I like sea foods from Cochin. Very good and spicy foods were available there. So many good hotels and hospitals were there. Cochin backwater tourism gives very good experience giving. Almost everything is very good in Cochin comparatively to other Indian tourist places. But roads are too bad and had heavy traffic jam.
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Nikita F

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"Detox from technology" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is truly gods own home!!! Must visit as it has everything. Water, boats, lakes and great food! I love the south cuisine and the warmth of the people. This place is a good get away fr the people who are constantly working and who need a break!

You must visit the backwaters You can even stay on those houseboats, search for a good package and you can go on a day boat ride or an overnight one. Food is served on the boat! There is place to relax and absolutely worth your money!
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Sanyam Narang

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"A good place to spend time with family" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was the best place to explore. We had this trip with family and spend around 3 hours. The view was awesome on both side of boat. You must see the beautiful lotus flower all around.

Made a half day backwaters trip. It was a very calming experience with all the greenery around and flora and fauna. However, the commercialisation of travel industry and increasing crowds are having damping effect on the whole experience. Avoid tourist season visits.
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"Better to avoid" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I would avoid this city like the plague in future (maybe next 2 years atleast)

Crowded, noisy and now they are building a metro just above (or below) the main highways of the city. The delay times are too much or you have to go too far around to get to the city.

I went to our farm much outside the city 30 km (near the airport) so the city aggravation did not bother me.

Any tourist would find the delay aggravating so whichever place they end up visiting they would be sick to their stomach by the time they reached it. Speaking of myself though: No interest in visiting a fishing harbor, or a church or synagogue in Kerala.
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Diksha Rangnani

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"There are no much tourist places" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The place is not that tourist oriented it is normally visited by people because it has a airport. I don't recommend it to people because it's just a city and obviously you want to go from one metro city to other metro city to waste time in traffic and long travel time. There are no much tourist places.
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Vimal

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"Must -visit place with lot of sightseeing spots" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kochi has good beaches and places to visit like Fort Kochi, Jewish Synagouge and shopping locations. Good restaurants offering tasty food at reasonable rates are available. Kochi has good beaches. The city was clean and people were friendly. The food was okay as there was only sea food or south-Indian food easily available.
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Arka Saha

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"Breathtaking and relaxing" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Kochi is the queen of the Arabian Sea and is therefore a must visit for travelers seeking adventure or just relaxation. Must see places are marine drive, fort kochi, jewish synagogue, dutch palace, vasco da gama church, princess street, wellingdon island, tripunithura hill palace, cherai beach, vallarpadam church. Apart from these people can visit lulu mall or just walk along the MG Road for shopping. Handicrafts are ingineous to Ernakulam and are a must buy from the government shops in Broadway.
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"Good city to visit for vacation"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kochi has good beaches and places to visit like Fort Kochi, Jewish Synagogue and shopping locations. Good restaurants offering tasty food at reasonable rates are available.
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"Cochin, a best place in Kerala"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The city was clean and people were friendly. The food was okay as there was only sea food or south-Indian food easily available. The city is very expensive due to conveyance charges and distance of 1 place to another being long.

There were many places like beach, marine drive, lulu mall, ramada resort and JW marriott hotels which I went and were awesome places.
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