Kochi (also known as Cochin), is a major port city located on the south-west coast of India by Arabian Sea and Laccadive Sea. It is part of Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala. Kochi is often called Ernakulam, referring to city's mainland part. With a corporation limit population of 612,340, and metropolitan population of 2.5 million, it is the 2nd largest city in Kerala after Thiruvananthapuram as well as Kerala's 2nd largest urban agglomeration after Calicut.
- The metropolis area of Kochi is 94 km2 (36 ml2). Kochi city is part of Greater Cochin region. It is classified as Tier-II city by India's government. The civic body which governs the city is Cochin Municipal Corporation, constituted in 1967. The statutory bodies overseeing its development are the Goshree Islands Development Authority (GIDA) and Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA).
- Kochi is famous as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. It was a major spice trading centre on India's west coast from 14th century onward, and had a trade network with Arab merchants from pre-Islamic era. In 1503 Kochi was occupied by the Portuguese. It was the first European colony in colonial India and remained the most important seat of Portuguese India until in 1530 Goa was chosen instead.
- Later, Kochi was occupied by the British and the Dutch, with Cochin Kingdom becoming a princely state. The city ranks first in total number of domestic and international tourist arrivals in Kerala. It has been ranked India's 6th best tourist destination according to a survey by Nielsen Company on behalf of Outlook Traveller magazine. Kochi was among the 28 cities in India found to be between the emerging 440 global cities which will contribute half of the world GDP by 2025, in a 2011 study by McKinsey Global Institute.
- Kochi city is home to Southern Naval Command of Indian Navy as well as the state headquarters of Indian Coast Guard with attached air squadron, Air Squadron 747. City's commercial maritime facilities include Port of Kochi, Kochi Marina, Cochin Shipyard, International Container Transshipment Terminal, and offshore SPM of BPCL Kochi Refinery. Kochi is also home for the International Pepper Exchange, Cochin Stock Exchange, industries like Cyber City, HMT, Kinfra Hi-Tech Park, electrical industries like TELK, chemical industries like FACT, TCC, IREL, Merchem, HOCL, Petronet LNG and Kochi Refineries, and industrial parks like Cochin Special Economic Zone, Infopark and Smart City.
- The city is an important trading post since early times due to its strategic location between China and Europe. The port is located in a natural harbour, separated from the mainland by river estuaries and seawater inlets. This location allows scenic boat tours among small islands.
- Cochin features a wonderful array of architectural styles courtesy of myriad invaders including the British, Portugues and Dutch. This lovely cultural legacy includes Portuguese churches, a Jewish synagogue, mosques and Hindu temples. Remember to see the 19th century Mattancheri Palace created by the Raja of Kochi, the ruins of Fort Cochin, the city-centre Mangalavanam bird sanctuary, and then stroll along the lovely beach scattered with exclusive Chinese fishing nets.
Highlights: City, canals & lagoons, Mattancheri Palace, Bird sanctuary
Cochin cruise terminal
In September 2016, Cochin Port Trust announced that by late 2018 the city will open a new cruise ship terminal at the Ernakulam wharf.
- The new complex has a total area of 2300 m2 (24750 ft2). The project's cost USD 3,9 million.
- The new terminal building and operations will follow all international immigration standard procedures (similar to international airports) with the inclusion of counters for e-visa and e-landing permits. The total number of immigration counters is 30.
Currently, all big-sized cruise ships (longer than 250 m / 820 ft) dock at the Ernakulam wharf. It has no immigration facilities, and the makeshift immigration counters serving the immigration process are highly crowded. An average international cruise passenger spends roughly USD 500 during a ship visit to Cochin.
The Cochin cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Cochin, India.
If you lose the Cochin location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Cochin cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Cochin, India. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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