Tourist Info

Kochi or Cochin, is a major sea port in the Ernakulum district of Kerala. Known as the queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi has held an important place in the spice trading business from as early as the 14th century AD.

Being among the most important ports in the trade network, Kochi has seen much cultural diversity. Today all of its history results in an eclectic confluence of cultures; from 600 year old fishing nets, to centuries old synagogue, from Portuguese residences, to the crumbling remains of the British Raj.

Best time to visit Kochi.

Having a typically tropical climate, the city does not experience a wide variation in temperatures during the year. However, it does have a distinct wet monsoon season. With heavy rains from May to July, most tourists try and avoid a trip during this time. The best time to visit would be from September to early February when the weather is pleasant. Following that, summers can be harsh with temperatures as high as 40 Celsius. However, occasional summer showers bring much needed respite.

General Information

Area 95 sq. km.
Population 1.35 million (2001)
Location 9° 58"N, 76° 17"E
Time Zone Indian Standard Time (IST) - UTC +5:30
Altitude Sea level
Rainfall 350cm annually
Temperature 20°C-35°C (68°F-95°F)
Seasons Monsoon season: June - September (heavy rains)
Mild winter: October - February (cool, dry with occassional rain)
Summer: March - May (hot and humid)
Languages State language: Malayalam
English is widely understood. Hindi and Tamil are used occasionally.
Religions Being a city in a secular country, almost all major religions are represented including Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Jewism, Jainism and Buddhism.
Main Occupation Trading, fishing, heavy industry and information technology
Airport code IATA: COK, ICAO: VOCC
Telephone +91 484
Emergency numbers Police: 100, Fire: 101, Ambulance: 102
Power supply 230V, 50Hz
Currency Indian Rupee (INR), 1 Rupee = 100 paise.
Approximate rates: $1 = Rs 65, £1 = Rs 100, €1 = Rs 70
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