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About Kochi

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Temples & Religious Places

1. Thrikkakara Temple
Address: Cochin, Pukkattupady Road, Thrikkakara, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala 682021

It is the center of celebrations and place of origin for the popular Onam festival of Kerala.

The temple is around two millennia old. It is also listed as one of the 108 Divya Desams (divine places).

2. Cochin Thirumala Devaswom
Address: Cherlai, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002
Phone: 0484 222 5459

The temple is situated at Cherlai in the heart of Mattancherry town in Cochin area which is one of the earliest settlements of GSBs in Kerala. The temple was established in the later half of 16th century. The history of GSBs in Kerala is inter-woven with that of this temple and its Venkateswara idol.

3. Ernakulam Shiva Temple
Address: Durbar Hall Rd, Marine Drive, Ernakulam, Kerala 682011
Phone: 0484 237 0415

The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is considered as the city temple, with the presiding deity as the protector of the city, as per local Hindu faiths and traditions.The temple is located within the Durbar Hall Ground. The temple history itself has deep association with history of the city and was one of the 7 royal temples of Kochi Maharajas.

4. Thamaramkulangara Sree Dharma Sastha Temple
Address: Thamaramkulankara Road, Kottakakom, Thrippunithura, Kochi, Kerala 682301
Phone: 099955 44495

It is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa worshiped as Dharmasastha. According to anecdotes Lord Dharma Sastha of Chamravattom (in Malappuram District) followed one of his priests from Morakkala Mana who had shifted to Tripunithura. Lord Dharma Sastha assumed the form of a lizard and came with the priest comfortably by sitting on his traditional umbrella made up of palm leaves.

5. Chottanikkara Temple
Address: Chottanikkara, Ernakulam, Kerala 682312
Phone: 0484 271 3300

It is a famous temple of mother goddess Shakthi devi or Rajarajeshwari known as Sree Bhagavathi. Maha lakshmi is supposed to be residing in Chottanikkara along with Lord Vishnu. It is one of the most popular temples in the state and in terms of temple architecture, this temple stands out to be an ultimate testmonial for the ancient vishwakarma sthapathis (wooden sculpture) in sculpting this temple along with Sabarimala temple.


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Crops

Cash Crops like coconut, rubber, tea, coffee, pepper, cardamom, areca nut, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon etc. and food crops paddy tapioca etc. gives the agricultural sector of Kerala a distinct flavour. The agro climatic conditions in Kerala suite the cultivation of a variety of seasonal and perennial crops

Offices & Industries

Kochi is home to Cochin Stock Exchange, the only stock exchange in Kerala. Federal Bank, the fourth-largest Private-sector bank in India is located in Aluva which is a suburb of Kochi. Being a major online trading centre in the country, Kochi has a newly opened SEBI office.

Exports and allied activities are also important contributors to the city’s economy. The Cochin Port currently handles export and import of container cargo at its terminal at Willingdon Island. The International Container Transshipment Terminal operating out of Vallarpadam, is India’s largest transshipment terminal. Cochin Port Trust also planning to build an Outer Harbour near Puthuvype. Kochi’s historical reliance on trade continues into modern times, as the city is a major exporter of spices and is home to the International Pepper Exchange, where black pepper is globally traded. The Spices Board of India and World Spice Organisation are headquartered in Kochi.

The IT and ITES related industries are growing up in Kochi. Availability of cheap bandwidth through undersea cables and lower operational costs compared to other major cities in India, has been to its advantage. Various technology and industrial campuses including the government promoted InfoPark, Cochin Special Economic Zone and KINFRA Export Promotion Industrial Park operate in the outskirts of the city.

Several new industrial campuses are under construction in the suburbs of the city. SmartCity at Kakkanad is one of the prominent projects. Cyber City at Kalamassery is another integrated IT township SEZ being planned in the private sector.


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Schools

Schools-
1. Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Girinagar
Address: BVM Road, Giri Nagar, Kadavanthra, Kochi, Kerala 682020
Phone: 0484 231 9081

2. The Choice School
Address: 53, Nadama East, Tripunithura, Kochi,, Karingachira, Thrippunithura, Ernakulam, Kerala 682301
Phone: 0484 277 5692

3. Cochin Public School
Address: Pipeline Junction, Cochin Public School Road, Karimakkad, Thrikkakara, Edappally, Ernakulam, Kerala 682021
Phone: 0484 257 5086

4. Naipunnya Public School
Address: Seaport – Airport Rd, Judgemukku, Thrikkakara, Kakkanad, Kochi, Kerala 682021
Phone: 0484 298 5321

5. Navy Children School
Address: Naval Base, Kochi, Kerala 682004
Phone: 0484 287 4793


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Colleges

Colleges-
1. Cochin College
Address: Cochin College Rd, Koovapadam, Chullickal, Kochi, Kerala 682002
Phone: 0484 222 4954

2. Rajagiri College of Social Sciences
Address: Kalamassery near sbi, Rajagiri College Road, South Kalamassery, Kalamassery, Kochi, Kerala 682039
Phone: 0484 255 5568

3. SCMS School of Technology and Management (SSTM)
Address: 42, Salem – Kochi – Kanyakumari Highway, Choornikkara, Ernakulam, Kerala 683501

4. Model Engineering College
Address: Karimakkad, Thrikkakara, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala 682021
Phone: 0484 257 7379

5. St. Peter’s College, Kolenchery
Address: Kolencherry Cochin, Pp/4/607 Kolencherry, Kochi, Kerala 680311
Phone: 0484 276 0238


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Festivals

1. Onam
This is Kerala’s main festival, and very big in Kochi. The feast is something not to be missed, and the entertainment includes snake boat races, huge parades and floats on the streets.

2. Christmas–
Fort Kochi is brilliantly lit up, and the historic Churches are a wonderful sight for visitors during this time

3. Navaratri-
Major nine-day Hindu festival celebrated all over the country in October. Kerala has two public holidays for this festival. It’s mostly a religious thing for Hindus, so you won’t see much in the streets except a holiday vibe

4. Malayatoor Perunal –
Christian festival celebrated in March-April on the Sunday after Easter. Very big deal at the Malayatoor St Thomas Church near Kochi.
5. Ashtami Rohini –

Kerala’s name for the Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. It’s a big day for the thousands of Sri Krishna temples all over Kochi and the rest of the state.


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Places Around

1. Fort Kochi
This is part of a handful of water-bound regions toward the south-west of the mainland Kochi, and collectively known as Old Kochi or West Kochi. Adjacent to this is Mattancherry. In 1967, these three municipalities, along with a few adjoining areas, were amalgamated to form the Corporation of Cochin. inbasekharan IAS is the subcollector and SDM of Fort Kochi.

2. Mattancherry Palace
The Palace was built and gifted by the Portuguese as a present to the king of Cochin around 1555. The Dutch carried out some extensions and renovations in the palace in 1663, and thereafter it was popularly called Dutch Palace.

The rajas also made more improvements to it. Today, it is a portrait gallery of the Cochin Rajas and notable for some of the best mythological murals in India, which are in the best traditions of Hindu temple art. The palace was built to appease the king after they plundered a temple nearby.

3. Hill Palace, Tripunithura
The Palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style, spreading across in 54 acres (220,000 m2). The complex has an archaeological museum, a heritage museum, a deer park, a pre-historic park and a children’s park. The campus of the museum is home to several rare species of medicinal plants. Presently the palace has been converted into a museum by The Kerala State Archaeology Department.

4. Indo-Portuguese Museum
The museum was established by the efforts of the late Dr. Joseph Kureethra, Bishop of Kochi, in a bid to protect and showcase the rich cultural heritage and Portuguese influence. This museum now showcases the Portuguese influences on Fort Kochi and the surrounding areas, especially, the western parts of Kochi.

5. Willingdon Island
The island is home for other establishments associated with the port, namely, the Office of the Cochin Port Trust (that controls the Port of Kochi), the Customs Office, and more than two dozen export-import offices, warehouses, a few hotels and business centers.
The idea of developing a new port in Kochi was first felt by Sir Robert Bristow, who was appointed by Lord Willingdon, then-the Governor of Madras Presidency, to create a new modern port on the West coast of India at Kochi.


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Transportation
Rail

The city has four major railway stations – Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town (locally known as the South and North railway stations respectively), Aluva and Tripunithura followed by smaller stations,

Edapally and Kalamassery. There is also the Cochin Harbour Terminus providing rail connectivity to the southern segment of the Port of Kochi.
The terminus is currently under renovation for the suburban rail networks in the city. The main rail transport system in Kochi is operated by the Southern Railway Zone of Indian Railways, and comes under Thiruvananthapuram Railway division. The South station is one of the busiest railway stations in South India, with more than 128 scheduled train services daily.

Air

The Cochin airport provides direct connectivity to popular international destinations in the Middle East, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore and to most major Indian cities apart from tourist destinations like Lakshadweep. Kochi is also the headquarters of the Air India Express service.

With a terminal area of 840,000 sq ft (78,000 m2), and a passenger capacity of 2200 (international and domestic), it is the largest and busiest airport in the state. It is also the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of international passenger traffic, and seventh busiest overall.

Major Roads

Kochi is well connected to neighbouring cities and states via several highways. It is a node in the North-South Corridor of the National Highway system.

National highways-
Kochi is served by National Highway 66, National Highway 544, National Highway 966A and National Highway 966B.

State highways-
Several state highways also connect Kochi with other parts of Kerala. SH 15, Ettumanoor-Ernakulam Road, connects the city to Kottayam, Pala, Kumily, Changanacherry, Pathanamthitta etc. SH 41, Palarivattom-Thekkady Road, provides a corridor to the eastern parts of the district. SH 63, Vypeen Pallipuram Road and SH 66, Alappuzha – Thoppumpady road are coastal roads that serve the narrow sliver of land between the backwaters and the sea.


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Facts

1. India’s first European Church was built in Kochi (then Cochin) in the year 1503 by the Portuguese. It was later renewed by the Dutch and then by the British. This church known as St. Francis CSI Church is a place of historical importance, and is another tourist attraction in Kochi, especially for Christians.

2. Ninety percent of all of the pepper that India produces is traded through the International Pepper Exchange at Kochi. Kochi has been an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century.

3. Kochi now has its own wax museum! This international wax museum was inaugurated on 24th December 2014 and is located at Oberon Mall in Kochi. It has lifelike wax sculptures of prominent personalities, film stars, sportsmen, politicians and other well- known Indian and International celebrities.

4. The Jewish Synagogue is another popular tourist attraction in Kochi. It is located near the Dutch Palace in Mattancherry and was built in 1568. It’s decorated with magnificent Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers, and houses giant scrolls of the Old Testament.

5. There is another city in Japan with the same name – KOCHI. There is a partnership between Kochi in India and Kochi in Japan for cultural exchange.


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Importants Contacts Nos.

Police Control Room- 100
Fire Brigade- 101
Ambulance- 102

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