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Cochin (Kochi) Information

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Kochi formerly Cochin, is a major port city on the west coast of India by the Arabian Sea. Kochi is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala.

Kochi is often called by the name Ernakulam, which refers to the eastern part of the mainland Kochi. The civic body that governs the city is the Corporation of Cochin, which was constituted in the year 1967, and the statutory bodies that oversee its development are the Greater Cochin Development Authority and the Goshree Islands Development Authority.

The city of Kochi is Kerala's second largest city and is part of an extended metropolitan region, which is the largest urban agglomeration in Kerala. It is the most densely populated city in the state. Kochi city is also a part of Greater Cochin region and is classified as a B-1 grade city by the Government of India, making it the highest graded city in the state. Kochi ranks first in the total number of international and domestic tourists in Kerala.Kochi has been ranked the sixth best tourist destination in India according to a survey conducted by the Nielsen Company on behalf of the Outlook Traveller magazine.

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Getting Around

Cochin is actually a municipality situated on various islands and parts of the mainland. It does not have an international airport, so it is better to enter India at one of the larger destinations and then take a domestic flight in to Cochin. If you prefer, you can also take a bus from Bangalore, Coimbatore or Trivandrum.

Once in the city you can use a taxi into town from the airport or buses can drop you off at the Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation (KSTC) bus stand in Ernakulam. If you are looking to go to Fort Cochin from the mainland take a ferry. You can buy the tickets for the ferry onboard and they are very cheap. Bus services within the city are poor however there are some auto rickshaws available and these are quite affordable.

Good to know

Cochin was one of the most frequented trading ports in ancient India. Influences of its trading past can be seen in the giant fishing nets that the locals use which are of the typical Chinese design of a couple of centuries ago. The ferries have special names for their stops. The east stop of Willindon Island is called Embarkation. The west stop is Terminus while the main stop at Fort Cochin is Customs.

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