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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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Rahul Jadhav
  • Rahul Jadhav
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"A destination for couples" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days 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" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 days 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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  • 2 Reviews

"Exciting and enjoyable" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 days 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
  • 12 Reviews

"Very peaceful city on sea side" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week 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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Bharat Malhotra
  • Bharat Malhotra
  • 8 Reviews

"Beautiful experience to visit Kochi in winters" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Its good to visit Kochi in winters since weather is best and ferry ride is soothing and away from fog and bitter biting weather of north India. The serene climate of Kerela is worth every penny. You can stay in city in hotel or can stay in fort area or make a trip down south along beaches or back waters. The experience of Kerela is worth. As soon as u hit country u can see lush green every where and is a welcome change from the dusty humid foggy north India.
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Rajiv Kumar
  • Rajiv Kumar
  • 3 Reviews

"A good place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visit Kochi on monthly basis for business and pleasure. I like foods in Kochi especially sea foods. Kochi is good place for pleasure with lot of beaches/resorts/hotels to visit along with family/friends. Also having good business potential in the field of Engineering/Transportation. Kochi is a really very good place for business and pleasure.
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Kamal Mech
  • Kamal Mech
  • Lives in Karaikal
  • 2 Reviews

"Cochin a beautiful paradise"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
One of the places in Cochin where most people like to visit is wonderla, biggest theme park in India, where you can enjoy enormous number of rides, other than that there are many places where you can enjoy things like boat rides, cochin harbour is one of the important place where you can see all the big ships and shopping malls where you can enjoy to the core.
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Varun A
  • Varun A
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 5 Reviews

"Feeling awesome"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Just feeling awesome with the Kochi visit experience especially the cold cilmate, chittinad chicken, munnar, kochi airport. The most traditional place I had ever visited in India. Worht visiting multiple times and after my marriage, I would . The Munnar place is really good a hill station and do not miss the home made chocos over there.
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Girish Kasande
  • Girish Kasande
  • Lives in Pune
  • 7 Reviews

"A good place to explore"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kochi-God's own country's own city. We enjoyed a lot there. Kochi is a main city in Kerala. We were couple, the city was secure for families also. We visited Portuguese fort there, where the Portugal feel was experienced by us. The main market which was full with cotton sarees, spices and variety of keralite food. The mall was so nice, which was Asias biggest mall.
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Anil Shad
  • Anil Shad
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 12 Reviews

"Visit for its old history and locations"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Cochin is a place to visit must to its historical places ,Cochin Fort, Old China fishing nets, Churches ,Synagogue, Old palace museum, saris shopping , big new malls, seashore and big backwaters, many small islands, have a ferry rides in the backwaters near city, marine drive area and many type of tasty foods.
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