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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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Daljit Kaur
  • Daljit Kaur
  • Lives in Amritsar
  • 7 Reviews

"Well-connected to rest of the places in Kerela" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted Yesterday
We hardly stayed at Cochin as we left for Munnar, Thekkady and Alleppey. But on the way from Cochin to Munnar on the Road, there were beautiful places. We enjoyed the local food. The drive was full of fun, weather was very nice. Neither hot nor cold, but it was very pleasant throughout.
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You Tibe
  • You Tibe
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"A day spent soaking up old and new" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
We started early morning with the oldest church at Fort Cochin. Incidentally there are no forts yet the name :). The lined up "Chinese fishing net" was our next stop, where a strange looking fishing net was used anchored at the shore to catch fish. More like you use bucket to pull water from well. You could here the counting numbers of fishermen as they synchronized their movement to put down the fish bucket in water. Then came the high point of our trip, the Jew Street at Muttoncherry. Everyone of us was intrigued by the strange name. The street was lined with shops of all kind, spices, antiques (we got a Raja Ravi Verma remake), dresses, foods, all the works. Looked much like Chor Bazar of Mumbai. We finished with a "tender coconut" at an ice-crème parlour at Marine Drive. Where we saw the sun go down. A perfect end to a perfect day at Cochin
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Sanehdeep Singh
  • Sanehdeep Singh
  • Lives in Navi Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"Enjoy the Marine drive at Kochi" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Overall experience is good. We, visited Fort Kochi, it is a good place to relax. Saw Chinese fishing net, churches, dutch palace and in last went to Marine drive at Kochi. Biggest mistake we did in Kochi was, we hired a cab for city tour, our driver didn't understand Hindi or English and he didn't explained about tourist places or didn't tell which place to visit or not. I think, go for tourist bus is the best decision.
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Rani Shah
  • Rani Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 21 Reviews

"Best back waters" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kochi si a beautiful place. From there you can head to paradise, Kerala on a boat. You will find a lot of fishing activities here. You can ideally rent out a house boat and live in it for couple days or an over night and experience living on river. The boats are not the cleanest but its an experience.
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Ishaan Khurana
  • Ishaan Khurana
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"Cochin - The fun time" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We went for a family holday to Munnar and Cochin, first we went to Munnar from the airport and then to cochin for 3 days/2 nights. You must have heard that there is not much to do in cochin. Its wrong, there are many. First of all, you can visit Marine Drive, then Princess street is also good.

LULU Mall is the best. Cherai Beach, Fort Kochi, other islands, Wonder la make it a destination for at least 4 nights and 5 days. We reached there at 3 pm. After some time, we had lunch and then did a sunset cruize at Marine Drive, Then, we roamed about and had Vadapavs at GOLI.

The next day, we went to Cherai Beach and then to LULU MALL. Our whole day was covered there. The next day we had departure flight so I missed out Wonderla, Princess street, Fort Kochi and the islands. But I am sure that they would need atelase 3 days.

So I enjoyed a lot there.
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Shaunak Khanna
  • Shaunak Khanna
  • Lives in Chennai
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"A cool place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Cochin is a nice place to go it had a good weather, people should go there to chill and enjoy. It is a place where people can enjoy shopping spices.
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Rahul Jadhav
  • Rahul Jadhav
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"A destination for couples" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Pleasant & cool environment with greenery all around that too in your budget! Houseboat is very romantic experience for newly wedded couples. You can also visit kochin beach and city. Zooming around the tea gardens is a good experience. The food over there is ok ok for north Indians as it is all cooked in coconut oil.
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Jean Philipe
  • Jean Philipe
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews

"One of my regular places to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visit Kerala usually once or twice a year, and generally come to Ernakulam and Fort Kochi at least once annually. Ernakulam has all the advantages and disadvantages of any big city, and I now prefer to stay in Fort Kochi, which is much more pleasant and relaxed. Fort Kochi is the historical area, with many well-preserved buildings, excellent lodges and restaurants, and lots of walkable attractions. The commuter ferry boats provide a great way to experience the maritime atmosphere at a ridiculously low cost.
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Yoman Singh
  • Yoman Singh
  • Lives in Ranchi
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"Exciting and enjoyable"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The place was amazing. The people were extremely friendly and cooperating . The views were just amazing and breathtaking. Hats off to the work done by the government here. The beaches were jaw dropping and beautiful. The place was extremely clean and tidy and there were lots of shop selling good stuff life spices, dry fruits etc. The food was amazing too. A must visit.
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Vimal Zalariya
  • Vimal Zalariya
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 14 Reviews

"Very peaceful city on sea side"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
You should visit Kochi once in your life for their beaches, diverse culture and peaceful environment. You should visit beaches, churches. Light house beach is awesome of all. Local food is very good for non-vegetarian peoples. Sea-food is the best. Very less option for vegetarians. We went to marine drive for night-hangout with friends. Travel by train if possible.
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