Kochi is a major port city on the south-west coast of India bordering the Laccadive Sea. It is also called the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Kochi is known as the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. It is the home to Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy and the state headquarters
Kochi has a diverse, multicultural, and secular community consisting of Malayalis, Konkanis, Gujaratis, Bengalis, Marathis, Punjabis, Tamilians, kannadigas, Biharias, Anglo-Indians and a few families of Jews among other denominations, all living in peaceful co-existence.
Malayalam is the most widely spoken language and is also the official language of the city. Very few people speak Hindi. English is widely spkoen among the people too.
Kochi features a tropical monsoon climate. Kochi’s proximity to the equator along with its coastal location results in little seasonal temperature variation, with moderate to high levels of humidity.
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.