Tourism in Kochi, Kerala
Cochin, which is now known as Kochi is the commercial capital of Kerala. It is a place which is blended with historical places, palaces, forts, old churches, beaches, backwaters, snake boats races, Kathakali, museums and the convenience of a big city with towering buildings and business centers. Kochi came into being in 1967, as a result of the merger of the neighbouring towns and villages of Fort Cochin, Mattanchery, Ernakulam, Edapally, Vytilla, Vennala, Tevara etc. Cochin, today is one of the largest and most important city in Kerala. It is also known to be the second most important city on the western coast of India. Kochi is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Across its bay and on the islands are the sleepy coconut villages of Vypin, Bolghatty and Vallaradom. It is a city with a glorious cultural past. Kochi is located in the center of Kerala covering about 87,341 sq. km with a population which comes upto approximately 12,00,000.
The language which is spoken here is Malayalam. The climate is moderate throughout the year and the temperature ranges from a minimum of 22.5oc to a maximum of 35oc in the summer and from a minimum of 20oc to a maximum of 32oc in the winter. The ideal season of visit is between September and May. The religions practised here include Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism and Judaism.
Kochi Metro is a newly inaugurated metro system for the city of Kochi in Kerala, India and is the fastest metro project in India in completion time. The Kochi metro project became the first metro in the country which connects rail, road and water transport facilities. The first phase is being set up at an estimated cost of 51.81 billion.
Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh laying the foundation stone for the Kochi Metro rail project was laid in 2012 , construction work was started in June 2013 and a 13.4 km section of the line from Aluva to Palarivattom was opened to public on 17th June 2017 by Mr. Narendra modi, the Prime Minister of India. A second 5 km (3.1 mi) section from Palarivattom up to Maharaja's College will be made operational by August 2017. Kochi metro also includes the technology for driverless trains and is hoping to implement this in the near future.
A boat service from Vyttila to Kakkanad, operated by the Kerala State Water Transport Department (KSWTD) was launched on 19 November 2013. It is integrated with the metro, and was used for diverting traffic during construction of the metro. The boats were manufactured at Steel Industries Kerala Ltd, Kannur (part of Steel Authority of India Ltd). The boats complete the 9 km Vyttila-Kakkanad journey in approximately 25 minutes.