Kochi , also known as Cochin (ko-chin), is a major port city on the south-west coast of India by the Arabian Sea and is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala. It is often called Ernakulam, which refers to the mainland part of the city. With a total metropolitan population of 2.1 million.
It is the second largest city in Kerala, after capital city Trivandrum. Known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century.
After the arrival of the Portuguese, and later the British, the name Cochin stuck as the official appellation. The city reverted to a closer Anglicization of its original Malayalam name, Kochi, in 1996. This change in name was challenged by the city municipal corporation and officially, the city is still called “Cochin” (Corporation of Cochin).
The air gateway to Kochi is the Cochin International Airport (CIAL) located at Nedumbassery, which is about 28 km (17 mi) north of Kochi city, and handles both domestic and international flights. Kochi is well connected to neighboring cities and states via several highways. It is a node in the North-South Corridor of the National Highway system.The city has two major railway stations – Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town (locally known as the South and North railway stations respectively). The main rail transport system in Kochi is operated by the Southern Railway Zone of Indian Railways, and comes under Thiruvananthapuram Railway division.
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Wonderla Amusement Park
Wonderla Kochi Amusement Park’s location sets it apart as a breath-taking weekend destination for the family. It is located at Pallikara, about 15 kms from Kochi city centre and is easily accessible.
Kerala Kathakali Centre
Kerala kathakali center popularly known as school of traditional arts.Established and following our passion from 1994. Kerala kathakalicentre is the Kerala’s foremost arts school and the only authentic theater where kathakali,music,martial arts and other dance forms are demonstrated in traditional style with its real scene and reality. Kerala kathakali center heartly invites you to be a part of our rich culture and experience the world’s one of the greatest art forms.
Folklore Museum aims to provide art education to the students and helping to provide visual and academic knowledge to the art lovers, researchers and travelers from all over the world. The Kerala Folklore Museum is home to some of the most invaluable artefacts that Kerala possesses. They are specific to different time periods ranging from 8000 BC to the 20th century. On this trip to the museum, you can take a look at the rich art, culture, and religion that form a part of Kerala’s history.
Kashi Art Gallery
The pioneer of Fort Cochin’s art revival, Kashi displays changing exhibitions of local artists; most travellers come for the good cafe.
Santa Cruz Basilica
The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica at Fort Kochi is one of the eight Basilicas in India. Counted as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala, this church is one of the finest and most impressive churches
Cherai Beach is located in Kochi Taluk, Kerala, India. Cherai Beach is just 25 km from Kochi, and 30 km from Cochin International Airport. The nearest towns are North Paravur (6 km) and Kodungallur (10 km) and the nearest railway station is Aluva (20 km)
Celebrity Wax Museum
Celebrity Wax Museum, tread in the miraculously scenic beach of rolling up oceans in our extreme south, the Sunset Point of Kanyakumary in 2005, followed by the successor in the bank of the charming Periyar Lake in Thekkady, is now achieving its heights by capturing the dreamy hilltops of Lonavale, Mumbai.Celebrity Wax Museum, the tremendously spacious, gracious and miraculous advent of Sunil Kandalloor, in the carpeted grass greens luxurious with bushed lush and shady tree shades, blessing showers of dew drops and blissful colours of floral blooms, invites every one, to feel the joy and pride of sharing the moments with their favorite personality
Edappally Church Complex
EdapallyPalli is situated in Edappally, about 10 km from Cochin, India. This is one of the oldest churches in India, built in 594 AD.It was originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary, called Marth Mariam in the vernacular. In 1080, a new church was built adjacent to the old church.Every year, a nine-day festival is celebrated here in the month of April – May.The church is also popular among the non-Christians as a pilgrimage centre
Loafer’s Corner, popularly known as Princess Street, is an ideal place in Kochi, where an amalgamation of old and new times can be seen. One of the oldest streets in Fort Kochi, it is dotted with European-style houses, lending it an old-world feel. This vibrant street is the hangout place for social party-loving locals of the area. Placed in the heart of the city, Princess Street is one of the best placed in Cochin where one can witness the grandness of the colonial era.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, Vallarpadam-Ernakulam is a famous centre of pilgrimage. People from all parts of Kerala and outside, irrespective of caste or creed go to the church to seek the blessings of Mary, the mother of Jesus, popularly known as “Vallarpadathamma”. This is an ancient Christian Church built in 1524. Portuguese merchants headed by Vasco da Gama enthroned this miraculous picture of Our lady of Ransom at the shrine. The church was dedicated to the Holy Spirit, which was the first of its kind in Asia. The beautiful church was however destroyed by a heavy flood in 1676. The church was re-established in 1676 and the famous picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary was erected by Portuguese who brought it from their native land.
Church of Saint Francis
St. Francis CSI Church, in Fort Kochi (aka. Fort Cochin), originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon.
Under the Köppen climate classification, Kochi features a tropical monsoon climate (Am). Kochi’s proximity to the equator along with its coastal location results in little seasonal temperature variation, with moderate to high levels of humidity. Annual temperatures range between 23 and 31°C (73 and 88 °F) with the record high being 36.5 °C (97.7 °F), and record low 16.3 °C (61.3°F). From June to September, the south-west monsoon brings in heavy rains as Kochi lies on the windward side of the Western Ghats. From October to December, Kochi receives lighter (yet significant) rain from the northeast monsoon, as it lies on the leeward side. Average annual rainfall is 2,978.0 mm (117.24 in), with an annual average of 125 rainy days
CLIMATE IN KOCHI
Summer Season In Kochi
The summer season at the place strikes in the month of March and reaches its peak in the month of May. The temperature during the summer season is about 37° C.
Monsoon Season In Kochi
The monsoon season at the place comes with the month of June and till September. The monsoon season at the place compels people to enjoy the lovely atmosphere. Heavy rainfall is normal at this place.
Winter Season In Kochi
The winter season at the place starts from the month of October and lasts till the month of February. The lowest temperature at the place is around 22°C.