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Kochi City

Facts at a Glance

Country: India
State: Kerala
Location: Western Coast of Kerala
Altitude: 0 m
Population: 612,350
Language: Malayalam, English
Known for: Headquarters of Indian Navy, Beaches & Beautiful landscapes
Nearby Cities: Thrissur, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Coimbatore

Located on the western coast of Kerala along the Arabian Sea, It is one of the most significant port cities of Kerala. Formerly, it was popular with the name Cochin. However, located in Ernakulam District of Kerala, it is also often called by the name Ernakulam that refers the eastern portion of the city.

Kochi is the most densely populated city of the state and surprisingly, it is the largest urban agglomeration in the state of Kerala. Interestingly, as per the survey conducted by the Nielsen Company along with the Outlook Traveller Magazine, the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’ Kochi has been ranked 6th best tourist point in India.

Historically, it was the significant spice trading centre at the Arabian Sea Coast. Primarily, Portuguese came India in the year 1503 and made its colony; Portuguese remained here till 1530. Later on Dutch and then British came and then Kingdom of Cochin became one of the princely states of India. After the independence, it was incorporated into the Kerala state.

With having state headquarters of Indian Navy, today Kochi is one of the developed regions; it has technology sound Port with all maritime facilities including Transhipment Terminal, International Container, Cochin Shipyard, Kochi Refineries along with Cochin Special Economic Zone and Infopark. In addition, High Court of Kerala is also located in Kochi.

With Tropical Monsoon Climate, the current metropolitan expansion of Kochi includes the mainland of Ernakulam, Fort Kochi, Kalamassery, the suburbs of Edapally, and Kakkanad in the northeast; Tripunithura in the southeast; and lastly a group of islands closely scattered in the popular tourists’ attraction Vembanad Lake. Furthermore, with long history of development and various other career opportunities, people from various part of the countries migrated here; hence, today one can experience here multi-culture and secular community that largely includes Konkanis, Malayalis, Gujaratis, Marathis, Bengalis, Biharis, Tamilians, Punjabi and some more including Jews. Because of multi-culture flavour, the city is centre of various traditions and cultures and every community celebrates their festivals with each other.

Kochi Tourism

Popular with the name ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is infused with dozens of popular tourists’ attractions, important of them are:

• Marine Drive: Adorned with scenic landscape and various modern developments, Marine Drive is one of the most popular attractions not only in Kochi but in entire Kerala. Interestingly, there are rainbow bridge, Chinese Fishing Net Bridge, various shopping centres and stunning evening; all made the site quite fascinating. Above all, Vembanad Lake added additional beauty to Marine Drive and made it as tourists’ centre.

• Backwaters of Kochi: Along the Arabian Sea Coast (more popularly known as Malabar Coast), there are series of lakes; surprisingly, starting from Kochi Azhi to Munambam Azhi, there is long serene backwaters, which is more popularly known as Veeranpuzha. It is the northern extension of most popular Lake Vembanad. Tourists love boating and walking around the backwaters of Kochi.

• Fort Kochi: It is the historical structure of the city located in scenic landscape.

• Hill Palace: Built in the year 1865, it is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. In the premises, you can also visit Heritage Museum, a prehistoric park, Deer Park and Children’s Park.

• Mattancherry Palace: Built by the Portuguese for the King of Kochi, it is a beautiful example of architecture. You can also see temples in the premises.

• Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium: Locally popular with the name ‘Kaloor International Stadium’, it is an international stadium in Kochi. More often international cricket and football matches are being played here.
• Jewish Synagogue: Built during the year 1568 and popular with the name ‘Paradesi Synagogue’, it is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations.

Other Tourists’ Attractions in Kochi

• Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
• Bolgatty Palace
• Willingdon Island
• Kochi International Marina
• St. Francis Church
• Pallipuram Fort

Major Tourists’ Attractions Located nearby Kochi

• Cherai Beach
• Athirappilly Falls
• Kalady
• Chottanikkara Temple

How to Reach??

• By Road: Kochi is connected with various small and big cities of Kerala as well as of neighbouring states. Some of the important National Highways, State Highways and even north-south corridor pass through the city Kochi. In addition, it is located at the distance of about 220 km north of Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital and about 180 kms south from Kozhikode; from both sides you can take roadways to reach the city Kochi.

• By Rail: With its two nearest railway stations namely Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town, Kochi is operated by Southern Railway Zone. It has pretty busy railway stations and connected with various small and big cities of India. You can catch train for Kochi from the nearest city Kozhikode and also from the distant city New Delhi.

• By Air: Surprisingly, Kochi has international airport; however, the domestic air-services are pretty frequent that connect with various other major cities of India.

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