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  • 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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Sharma
  • Sharma
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 5 Reviews

"Perfect to see modern city development" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Cochin is heart of Kerala, developing fast with lot of residential complexes, Malls & Metro rail. Clean city with authentic Kerala food primarily seafood, catch fresh fish at Fort Cochin with Chinanet being used from last so many decades & get the same cooked from near by food stalls. Breathtaking view of river meeting with the sea at Fort Cochin and LULU MALL is the biggest of all malls.
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Ram V
  • Ram V
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews

"Must visit, a lovely place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is a good place to relax. There are lot of places to visit. We come across a plenty of beaches across as well as parks, beautiful gardens, lakes, marine drive,etc. It is a must visit place at least once in a lifetime! Really a lovely place.
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Manu Thannamkuzhiyil
  • Manu Thannamkuzhiyil
  • 1 Review

"Kochi - The Queen of Arabian sea" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kochi is a major industrial city in the south most state Kerala in India. It lies on the coast of Arabian sea. Kochi is surrounded by pleanty of backwaters beaches and heritage spots. Cherai, Fort kochi, and Puthuvypeen are major beaches of Kochi. Fort kochi and Mattanchery are heritage spots in Kochi. You can see old heritage buildings, dutch museum, Jewish synagogue etc at Kochi. Vembanattu kayal, Kumarakam, Kadambrayar etc are backwaters near Kochi. These places are easily connected by plenty of buses from Kochi.

Kadamakkudy is a beautiful village near Kochi which is surrounded by backwaters and also a favourite spot of nature photographers in Kochi. Wonderla amusement park is also there in Kochi situated at Pallikkara. Cochin International Airport is situated at Nedumbassery. Main railway stations in Kochi are Ernakulam South and North. You can board buses to different distant places from Mobility hub at Vytila or KSRTC bus station at Ernakulam South. Short distance or local buses are also available from different parts of the city. Boat services are also available to Vypin, Fort Kochi, Mattanchery from boat jetty near Menaka.
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Ganeshkumar Pansare
  • Ganeshkumar Pansare
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 10 Reviews

"A place with nice attraction spots" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Cochin is a very nice city to travel. This city is very clean. At cochin you can have sightseeing at mattoncherry island, marine drive, dutch palace, jew town, saint Francis church. Also cochin is famous for silk Saree. Kalyan silk is famous for it. The climate of cochin is very humid.
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Shobin Reji
  • Shobin Reji
  • 1 Review

"A nice place to stay"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is a good place to hang out. We can find so many restaurants and shops to taste the varieties of Cochin. Air port and railway station are near to the city. Shipyard and beaches also we can find. Metro will be commissioning within two years. It will solve the problems related to transport in the city for ever. Cochi also has got good roads and high ways. It is also richer in cultural and educational.
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Imran khan                            
  • Imran khan                            
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"Fabulous place with lot of sightseeing places"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We have booked a whole day trip by a nice AC Xylo car. First we had visited Cheraman Jama Masjid, 45 km from Ernakulam. What a beautiful and peaceful Masjid that was! The first Masjid of India.

Then we visited Cherai beach, excellent one. Then Kuzhupilly beach, nice and calm beach, then Jewish synagogue, Mattancheery Palace, Dutch Palace, Santacruz Basilica Church, where Vasco Da Gama was first buried and then later taken over to Europe by his people. In the evening time we visited marine drive and local area of Kochin.

It was a fabulous trip. A must and recommended place.
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Sabu Chettan
  • Sabu Chettan
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Nice place to hang out and have fun"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kochi also known as Cochin is one of the best place for a vacation trip. The city is occupied with a variety of shopping centres like the Lulu Mall, Oberon mall, Gold Souk, etc.

Coming to the scenic beauty, Fort Kochi and Mattancherry is the famous places for historical tourism and fun. Overall, it's a good deal.
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Daljit Kaur
  • Daljit Kaur
  • Lives in Amritsar
  • 7 Reviews

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

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  • 1 Review

"A day spent soaking up old and new"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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