Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a port city in the South Indian state Kerala, located on the coast of Arabian sea. The city is also called “Queen of the Arabian Sea".

Around the 14th century, Kochi was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India, maintaining a trade network with Arab merchants from the neighbouring countries.

Kochi is ranked among the top 10 cities in the world to visit, and is one of the top 5 must-visit cities in India.


The main language spoken in Kochi is Malayalam, which is Kerala’s official language. English is also spoken and understood fairly well by a large part of the population.


Kochi is a food lovers’ paradise. The city offers scrumptious vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian delicacies that are a must-try! Most dishes incorporate coconut, coconut milk or coconut oil, and the flavour of coconut is predominant in Kochi and Kerala’s cuisine. Some foods to try in Kochi include:


Kochi has various attractive places to visit and experience – places that are of historical importance or which provide shopping, ecological, luxury or adventurous experiences. There’s something for everyone in this incredible city full of culture.

Some incredible things to do and places to check out in Kochi are:


Being a coastal city, Kochi has some stunning beaches. Some popular ones are:


Kochi’s population includes a majority of Hindus, Muslims, Christians and a minority of people of other religions. The city has many Hindu temples, churches and mosques. It also had a flourishing Jewish community in the 16th century, as a result of which it has some popular synagogues that were built during that era. Following are some popular religious spots in Kochi:


Kochi also has some beautiful parks to spend time close to nature, take walks, have picnics, etc. Some great parks to check out in the city are:


Kochi’s cultural scene is a treat to watch. Festival time in Kochi is colorful and full of fun and frolic. Some popular festivals celebrated in Kochi are:


Kochi is also a shopping paradise and one can buy flavourful spices, herbs, clothes (esp. Kerala sarees), jewellery, antiques, handicrafts and much more in this city! These are some popular shopping spots to explore in Kochi:


Kochi also has some famous malls that can be explored, such as -


Kochi has many incredible restaurants with different cuisines to explore. Here are some of the top recommended Kochi restaurants that foodies will find delightful:

In a city filled with seafood restaurants, you might think it is difficult to find vegetarian restaurants and delicacies. But you couldn’t be more wrong! Here are some purely veg restaurants in Kochi, that are worth dining at:


When in Kochi, these are some of the best hotels to stay at for a great experience and comfort:


Kochi also has various museums that showcase its heritage and culture. Some museums to visit in Kochi are:


The Metro in Kochi is a rapid transit system serving the whole city. It was opened to the public in 2017, and is said to be one of the fastest completed metro project in India.

In October 2017, Kochi Metro was named the Best Urban Mobility Project in India by the Urban Development Ministry.


Kochi city STD Code – 4652 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).

Common emergency numbers:


Malayalam, English are official languages of Kochi.