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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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Balu nair Sjhs

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  • Lives in Kochi
  • 3 Reviews
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"Good city to visit for vacation" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 days 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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Vishal Jaswani

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  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 4 Reviews
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"Cochin, a best place in Kerala" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week 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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Amar Kakaria

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  • Amar Kakaria
  • Lives in Thane
  • 7 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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"Amazing city" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kochi is a wonderful city to visit and stay, provided you have got good local knowledge. It has several interesting places including beaches, churches, temples, parks, etc to visit and get relaxed. It was a pleasure to see chinese fishing nets near harbour and particularly our little children enjoyed them.

Though it is known for seafood, there are few pure veg places which were preferred by us. We did not stay in Kochi and left for Alleppey after finishing local sight seeing.
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Sundaravel R

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  • Lives in Madurai
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"Good place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Very good place, enjoyed a lot. People must visit this place. There are several good places for photographers. Never miss it. We really enjoyed. Full of sand. Place to play. Eating fresh fish and lot more.
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Sanjay Pavitran

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  • Lives in Erode
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"Kerala traditional food on backwaters ride was nice" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Cochin is a nice place to visit with family in Gods Own Country. The fine arts studio is a must visit for children to understand the ancient arts. The harbor is nice place for boat rides to see ships and have fun. Kerala traditional food on backwaters ride was nice. Lulu mall nice place to go for shopping.
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Iftekhar

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  • Iftekhar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Good trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Excellent I like Cochin very much, I like the weather all greenery. I had lots of fun with my wife and we enjoyed beach there near pearl place hotel it very nice city. I like to visit once again in future and we like Munnar hills roads I like it very much.
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Mallika Raghavendra

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Gateway to Kerala" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Kochi could be likened to Mumbai as it its the commercial capital of Kerala more modern than traditional Trivandrum. Most of the places which are a must visit in kerala like Alleppy backwaters, Munnar and Guruvayoor are within 3-4 hours from Kochi. Two of the places which I really enjoyed in Cochin was Wellingdon Island and Fort Kochi. Fort Kochi is a real cool place to wander around as it has homes with great architecture, Tastefully decorated quaint antique and spice shops and some great restaurants. The jewish synagogue is in fort Kochi as well as the ancient church of St Francis.

If you are going to Kerala don't miss Kochi. For those who like to eat seafood Kochi is a great place and dont forget to take home some spices.
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Manas Todi

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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 15 Reviews
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"Not a pleasant stay apart from the hotel"

  • 3/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Please ensure that you travel in group and have patience towards handling touts. The rates for everything is quotes based on one's knowledge or ignorance with the locals having a great time in being rude on the face. Its important to book everything possible before hand with clear deliverables. Except for the hotel staff, the rest of the trip is see much below average.
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Brijesh George

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  • Lives in Kottayam
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"Overall, a nice destination"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kochi is the Queen of Arabian Sea. There are beautiful lakes and sea. Also a shopping center. Mattancherry is a good destination. Suggest Lulu mall also, one of the biggest mall in India. Few beaches like Cherai, Fort kochi are also there. Cruise in Marine drive is a good experience. Good food are also available in Kochi.
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"Perfect for couples"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Truly it's god's own place. My kind Advice to fellow travellers. Ignore the night stay in Boat house. Try the morning ride. Which will be about 4 Hours. You will truly feel the journey awesome. We will go again this year too.
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