Kochi Travel Guide, India
Kochi is part of Kerala (a state in South India) and was earlier known as Cochin and later on, the name was changed to Kochi. This city is situated around 225 kilometers from the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthpuram. The metropolitan population of Kochi is around 1.5 million while the city population is over 600000 inhabitants. Kochi happens to be the largest urban agglomeration within the state of Kerala.
Kochi is spread over an area around 95 kilometers square and is just 1 mile wide. The length of Kochi is around 19 kilometers. Kochi is surrounded by estuaries from the eastern side and Arabian Sea on the western side. This city also has a coastline of around 48 kilometers. Kochi is famous for various types of soils which are found in and around the city like Teri’s, alluvium, brown sand and many others. Hydromorphic saline soil is also found in the region which surrounds the backwaters of Kochi.
Kochi does not experiences any huge differences in temperature as it is located very near to the equator plus it is situated next to the coastline. The Humidity percentages vary from moderate levels to very extremes. The annual average of temperature ranges between 20 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius. The lowest temperature recorded ever was 17 degrees Celsius while the highest temperature recorded was 34 degrees Celsius.
This city was the first princely state that joined the Indian Union once India won their independence in the year 1947. Much before the Indian Independence, Kochi had faced the rulers from Kulasekhara Empire (1102 CE), Portuguese (somewhere in the year 1503), the Dutch, the Mysore, and lastly by the British Army in the same order as has been mentioned. After Indian independence it became part of India.
Kochi didn’t seem to get the required acceleration in terms of economical growth till the year of 2003. It was after this period that Kochi jumped into the economical growth and started to take advantage of the growing economy of India. Kochi has now become an important commercial hub for the state of Kerala and excels in the fields of International Trade, tourism, and Information Technology. Traffic problems and other regular problems, which keep hampering many cities of India, have also affected the growth of Kochi a lot.
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