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Cochin Travel Guide, India

Cochin, now known as Kochi is the industrial heart of Kerala in India. It justifies its title of ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’. Situated at the south west coast of India, this city has a rich cultural blends and a coastline of exotic natural beauty. The city has a lot of economic significance because of its port at Arabian Sea.


Area: 94.88 sq km

Population: 596,473

Language: Malayalam, English, Hindi

Currency: Indian Rupee.

Architectural Heritage

Cochin enjoys a mixed flavor of British, Portugal, Chinese and Dutch architecture. You can notice that the major part of the old city still preserves an English village look. The legacy in architecture also reflects its people’s religious beliefs and thus it is also a hub of many historic churches and temples.

Amongst the important historic landmarks is St. Francis Church. It is the oldest church in the city and it has British architecture mixed with a touch of Malabar. Bolghatty Palace is another British style building. This beautiful city also enjoys some major Portugal architectural pieces like Mattancherry Palace and an array of old Portuguese houses.

Infrastructure and Economy

Being the most important and biggest port cities of India, Cochin is the economic backbone of the state of Kerala. The city has a fairly good infrastructure. The city has several shipyards and defense establishments and is one of the major revenue generating cities for the state. The city is becoming a major attraction for companies from all over the globe. Lately, foreign and national investments in the city have groomed the look of the town. It has now become an upcoming metro among the cities of India. The major economic sectors that contribute to the economy of Cochin are shipping, banking, gold, Information Technology, export of sea food and spices, textiles, health and tourism.

People and Culture

The culture of Cochin is truly multi ethnic. The city has been an adobe to different cultures from all over the world and you can get a glimpse of Chinese, Jews, European and Arabs among the locals.

The festivals of Cochin reflect the diversity of culture. The city celebrates festivals like Vishu and Onam which represent the true South Indian culture. On the other hand, the Kochi Carnival has a pure western flavor.

Sea food is one of the major delicacies of the town.

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