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General Information
State

Kerala

District

Ernakulam

City

Cochin

Coordinates

9.977° N  76.27° E

Area

2,407 sq. km.

Elevation

0 m

Time zone

IST (UTC+5:30)

Population (2001)     

650,000

Currency

Indian Rupees


Cochin or Kochi, is sobriqueted as  'Queen of the Arabian Sea', is the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. Being strategically located natural harbour on the East- West trade route, Cochin is one of the major ports in India.

 

Cochin’s fertile land and richness brought Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British and  Portuguese to its shores. They  came  for spices, camphor, sandalwood, gold and silks. These traders brought with them the culture and technology of other lands, making Cochin a global city.

 

Much of Kochi lies at sea level with a coastline of 48 km. The city has an estimated population of 650,000, with an extended metropolitan population of over 1.6 million, making it the largest urban agglomeration and the second largest city in Kerala.

 

The current metropolitan limits of Kochi include the mainland Ernakulam, old Kochi, the suburbs of Edapally, Kalamassery and Kakkanad to the northeast; Tripunithura to the southeast; and a group of islands closely scattered in the Vembanad Lake.

 

Influenced by successive waves of migration over the course of several millennia, the population of the city is a mix of people from all parts of Kerala and most of India. The pan-Indian nature is highlighted by the substantial presence of various ethnic communities from different parts of the country. Kochi has a diverse, multicultural, and secular community consisting of Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists among other denominations, all living in peaceful co-existence.

 

Keeping up with its multi-ethnic Diaspora, Kochi celebrates traditional Kerala festivals like Onam and Vishu along with North Indian Hindu festivals like Holi and Diwali with much gaiety. Christian and Islamic festivals like Christmas, Easter, Eid ul-Fitr and Milad-E-Sherif are also celebrated. A merry making feast called the Cochin Carnival is celebrated at Fort Kochi every year during the last ten days of December.

 

Kochiites (the locals) generally partake of typical Kerala cuisine, which is characterised by an abundance of coconut and spices. Other South Indian cuisines, as well as Chinese and North Indian cuisines are popular. Fast food culture is also very prominent.

 

City Highlights:

Kochi (Cochin) is the largest urban agglomeration spread over an area of 95 sq. km

Fastest growing Indian city on the West coast

International travellers coming to city for trade, missionary, tourism, etc

Gateway to Kerala for tourists

Highest emigration rate of 17 people per 100 households

Top rated for ITES and BPO

Eco-tourism and rich cultural heritage

High Literacy and Education

Net Domestic product of the district is around Rs. 45,660 million

Commercial and Industrial capital of Kerala

Some of the large scale Infrastructure projects being carried out are: Vallarpadam Container Terminal, Cochin Port Transhipment Terminal, Airport-Seaport Road, SMART City, Infopark, SEZ and CIAL Development Plan among others