About Kochi

Surrounded by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is an important and beautiful port city of Kerala. It is located in the district of Ernakulam, about 220 km north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The city has an estimated population of 600,000, with an extended metropolitan population of about 1.5 million. It boasts of a world-class port, which connects it to many important cities over the world. Etymologically, many theories exist pertaining how Kochi derived its name.

One says the city's modern name is derived from the Malayalam words, Koch Azhi, meaning 'small lagoon'. Whereas, as per some old manuscripts, the traders who came here from the court of Chinese ruler, Khubilai Khan, during ancient times, gave Cochin the name of their homeland. However, one thing constant about the city is that its strategic location has always made it stand out as a significant commercial and industrial hub of Kerala. During the 14th century, Kochi gained a reputation of being an important spice-trading center.



Kochi experiences a moderate and pleasant climate throughout the year. The average maximum temperature that has been recorded is 30° Celsius and the average minimum is 20° Celsius.

Summer in Kochi begins in March and it is extended till June. Mid-April to May is the peak of summer in Kochi with a maximum temperature of 32° Celsius and a minimum of 28° Celsius. Scanty rains during summer can increase humidity and add up the heat. Light cotton clothes can be carried while visiting Kochi during summer.

Monsoon in Kochi begins in July and it is extended till late September. Monsoon in Kochi is characterized by thunder storms. The atmospheric heat lowers down during monsoon months with a maximum temperature of 28° Celsius and a minimum temperature of 25° Celsius. Heavy rains during monsoon months can make outdoor trips and sightseeing difficult. The climate is cloudy during monsoon.

Winter in Kochi begins in November and it lasts through mid-February. The climate is mild and pleasant during winter with a maximum temperature of 31° Celsius and a minimum temperature of 25° Celsius. There will be cool salubrious winds throughout the day which makes the climate ideal for outdoor trips.

Best season to visit Kochi is October to March when the pleasant climate adds charm to the green surroundings.

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