| Tourism in Kerala
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.