Kochi also known as Cochin , is a major port city on the south-west coast of India by the Arabian Sea and the Laccadive Sea and is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala. It is often called Ernakulam, which refers to the specific district. With a corporation limit population of 612,343,and metropolitan population of 2.1 million. Kochi also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century onward, and maintained a trade network with Arab merchants from the pre-Islamic era.
LIST OF BEACHES IN COCHIN:
- Cherai beach
- Marari beach
- Andhakaranazhi beach
- Fort kochi beach
LIST OF TEMPLES IN COCHIN: :
- Ettumanoor shiva temple
- Chottanilara bhagavathy
- Kaduthuruthy shiva temple
- Poornathrayesa temple
- Ernakulatthappan temple,chottanikkara
INTERESTING PLACES TO BE VISITED:
- Mattancherry Palace – The Dutch palace, much like a typical Kerala house
- Indo-Portuguese Museum – An amalgamation of Indian and Portuguese culture
- Paradesi Synagogue – The Jewish church is among the b’ful places to visit in Cochin
- Hill Palace – A heritage museum dedicated to the Maharaja of Kochi
- Veegaland – The most fun of all the places to visit in Cochin
CULTURE AND ITS TRADITION:
Kerala has a rich cultural heritage. Its diverse culture is influenced by three main religions of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Exquisite sculptures, music and dance forms can be seen in the historic development of Kerala’s cultural traditions. The traditions of Kathakali and Mohiniattam are highly developed art forms that have developed from their folk origins into highly evolved classical dance forms. Kathakali is a 300-year-old dance form developed exclusively in Kerala combiningthe performing art forms of opera, ballet, masque, and pantomime. The dance is a beautiful blending of color, dance, music, drama, and expressions.
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.
With a large number of advanced tertiary/quaternary care facilities, Kochi has one of the best healthcare facilities in India. It is the prime destination for people seeking advanced healthcare facilities from across Kerala.
In recent times, it has attracted a large number of patients from all over India, Middle East, African nations as well as from Europe and United States looking for relatively inexpensive advanced medical care. Kochi is the only city from Kerala that have carried out successful heart transplantations.