Kochi Tourism

Visit Kochi - Best of Kochi

Kochi formerly called Cochin is a lively port city on the South-West Coast of Kerala in India. Kochi is one of the busiest cities in southern India as it is a stopover centre for ships passing through to South East Asia or going to the Middle East. Kochi or Cochin is situated in the Ernakulam district. This small town has outgrown its original boundaries to include the surrounding areas and form a big city which is recognized by the cosmopolitan nature of its residents.

The Dutch, Portuguese, Arabs, French and the British came to this land and left behind their culture, architecture, religion and customs which have been imbibed along with the local traditions to give Kochi a unique flavor of its own.

Kochi tourism beckons you to come and experience the wonderful vibrancy of its busy streets, the welcoming friendliness of the locals, the vast expanse of its beaches, and the serene mountains in the backdrop and tempts you to keep coming back for more.

Kochi Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Kochi tips for your visit

  • Kochi Time Zone – IST (Indian Standard Time) GMT+5:30
  • Currency – The currency used in Kochi is Indian Rupee.
  • Electricity – India uses 230 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current as the power source. Plugs and sockets have grounded / earthed 3 Pin connections (Type D) or ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type C).
  • Internet – 3G, Wi-Fi connections are available in almost all the hotels in the city.
  • Languages –  The dominant language spoken in Kochi  
  • Security – Police – 100, Ambulance – 102, Fire – 101
  • Tipping: Tipping is a common practice in Cochin city of Kerala. The tips should not be more than 15% of the bill. At high-class restaurants and hotels, generally a 10 per cent service surcharge is added to the bill. Tipping at such places is discretionary.
  • Heavy penalties including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs. Do not carry drugs to the city.
  • Nudity is not allowed in any Kerala beach.
  • Smoking and consumption of alcohol is banned in public places.
  • Kochi is a conservative city and demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.
  • Tap water in India is not drinkable water. Always try to carry mineral water with you and avoid unsafe water from taps for drinking
  • Don't point your finger at any person. It is taken as a sign of annoyance.
  • Maintain silence whilst visiting any religious places. Footwear is not allowed in any religious places/temples.
  • Don't encourage beggars by giving them money or any kind.

Facts and Stats for Kochi*

  • Pollution Statistics in Kochi

    Know the pollution level of Kochi before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 68.62 (High)
    • Water Pollution 68.29 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 53.66 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 62.2 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 48.84 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 75.6 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 62.78 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 46.34 (Moderate)
  • Kochi: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Kochi for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kochi.

    • Burglary and Theft 32.32 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 33.55 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 30 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 58.54 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 29.88 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 31.1 (Low)
    • Attacks 32.5 (Low)
    • Drug offense 35.98 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 72.67 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 55.23 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.2 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 23.75 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 40.63 (Moderate)
  • Living in Kochi - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Kochi is 133.01 (High)

    • Safety Index 64.57 (High)
    • Climate Index 58.14 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 74.34 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 42.25 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 24.32 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 78.77 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.38 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 78.32 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Kochi

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Kochi

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.35 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 27.2 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 52.56 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 34.15 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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