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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Kochi (Kerala-India)

Originally known as Cochin, Kochi is also referred to as the ‘gateway to Kerala’. The western ghats on the east and the arabian sea on the west make it a lovely seaside city. Its proximity to the equator, the sea and mountains provide a rich experience of a moderate equatorial climate.

Places of interest: Maritime museum, Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi, Fort Kochi beach, St. Francis Church, Vasco House, Fort Kochi, Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Kochi, Jewish Synagogue and Jew town, Dutch Palace, Hill Palace.

To reach: Kochi has a world-class international airport located 30 kms north-east of the city. For enquiries please contact: 91 484 2610087/2610115

Added info: Spread over an area of 95 sq km, it has a population of 1.35 million people. Temperature ranges between 20-35c. June - September is the monsoon season of heavy rains. October - February is a mild winter, cool and dry with occasional rains. March - May is hot and humid. The state language is Malayalam, though Tamil and a little hindi are also understood. Telephone code +91(India) 484.