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Living in Kochi, Kerala:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Kochi, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 36 people living in Kochi what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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It is a metropolitan city with green spaces in reachable distance to the city. One can travel to famous tourist spots like beaches, hill stations, waterfalls from the city easily.

Cochin, the Queen of Arabian Sea, is one of the most beautiful cities in India. But the mismanagement of waste is big issue leaving the image of this beauty tarnished. Anybody moving to Cochin should keep handy mosquito repellents as these tiny insect attack you in large numbers never letting you sit, stand or sleep in peace.

Soumya, says: 2020

Kochi is the only metro city in the state of Kerala. It is popularly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea, the city also flaunts one of the finest natural harbours of the world and was the centre of the world spice trade for many centuries. City is also famous for many tourist attractions.

Cochin is busy place. It’s easy to get lost in traffic. Owning a two wheeler would be great. Also, finding a decent place to stay could cost you a lot.

Someone moving here, should make sure that they select an accommodation facility which has all the necessary services available nearby. The person must choose an apartment with all the modern-day facilities one needs, and with a reasonable rent. It would be excellent if they have the help of a local resident.

Anurag, says: 2020

Kochi is a sprawling metro city. It is known as the “Queen of Arabian Sea”. It was one of the first European colony. The city has a shipyard, airport and a railway station at the heart of the city. Thus, it is a favourite destination of many foreigners. The adjacent Fort Kochi is a place that attracts tourist to Kochi.

Kochi, or specifically Fort Kochi, is a place with numerous cultures, traditions and festivals. It attracts many foreign visitors with its unique characteristics. The place is well-known for its variety of inhabitants from different parts of the world. It is also popularly called ‘The Queen of Arabian Sea’. The place is renowned for the Mattancherry Palace, Chinese fishing nets, the Santa Cruz Basilica and more historical attractions.

Aaquib, says: 2020

Kochi is a metropolitan city. One should be ready to adjust with all cultures. Living expenses are high, so budget planning is important. It is a beautiful place, with a good community. Traffic would take your time often during the peak hours, so we must consider that when you go to job. There are many restaurants and apartments around this area. It is safe here.

Indupuri, says: 2020

Kochi will offer you the life style in a metro city with low cost of living. However, the jovial and outgoing nature of people are misunderstood to be intimidating. Your can enjoy the urban busyness and rural calmness. The queen of Arabian sea, otherwise known as Kochi will not disappoint you!

Avesha, says: 2020

The city is beautiful beyond expectations, with it’s beautiful Beaches, and rich heritage. The food of Kerala though, some may find it a bit too spicy is incredibly delicious, So missing out on the sea-food platter, Kochi’s special next time you are their will be a shame. However. you must be cautious of he high temperatures during Summer. And during Monsoon beware of Mosquitoes.

Grusha, says: 2020

Anyone looking to move to my city needs to know it is very crowded and it is also very polluted. But on the bright side the place has some really good food places and pretty beaches. The metro in the city is one of the most developed in the country.

Aneesha, says: 2020

If you’re new to Kochi or are moving here. Here are some things you need to keep in mind:
1. It rains a lot here, so always remember to carry an umbrella with yourself whenever leaving the house.
2. If you’re a non-Keralite you might face some language issues. It’s always safe to talk in English with the locals instead of Hindi as they might misinterpret you.
3. Most people in Kerala are non-vegetarians and even eat beef, so if you’re an orthodox Hindu your preference should be to eat only at pure vegetarian restaurants.
4. Protests or ‘hartals’ as the locals call it are really a common sight here.
5. If you’re not a south Indian, I’d suggest you to better learn to wear a dhoti as a lot of temples here don’t allow entry of men if you’re not wearing one.
6. Never ever take a KSRTC bus as the drivers of these are really famous for fast and reckless driving instead take a metro or call an Uber.

Rutika, says: 2020

Kochi, being one of the oldest cities in India, is rich in culture and traditional values. Anyone moving to Kochi must be aware of that Kochi isn’t as big a city as Mumbai or Delhi, although one can witness it’s growth daily.

Shubham, says: 2020

you will have an issue with the water available here, and you will find a lot of mosquitos biting you all the time but it’s a great city. There are a lot of great places. The weather is usually okay, except sometimes you can predict heavy rains. You should visit.

Kochi is rich in culture and heritage. It’s famous for its cosmopolitan feel and low cost of living. This city is lined by beautiful beaches. There are homes easily available on rent/lease here. This is the most welcoming place in the world! Kochi is easily accessible by land, sea and air.

Kochi or Cochin, which is also referred as the Queen of Arabian Sea is a place of diverse culture. The main attraction of this place is the abundant availability of different spice and its existence in the Spice trade from the ancient times. It is one of the prime spot for tourism due to the greenery and landscape.

Aashiya, says: 2020

Kochi is a young and growing metropolitan city. The cost of living is sure to go up in the coming years. Although it’s rich in heritage and culture, the warm and humid climate might not be really a welcoming experience. The place and people here have always been loving and friendly!

Siddhant, says: 2020

Kochi is the queen of the Arabia Sea. The financial capital of Kerala, Kochi, is also famous for its tourist destinations like the beaches, backwaters, hillside. It is home to world class educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and shopping destinations, etc. It sports an international stadium, the JNS as well.

Bhaskar, says: 2020

Know to speak Malayalam or at least English fluently. If the place he/she’s looking for, is outside the main city area then knowing about the transportation facilities would be better. It’s important to carry an umbrella with you always. Kochi’s a nice tourist place and not to mention, comfortable with all the facilities.

Vignesh, says: 2020

If someone were moving to Kochi. A place of accommodation should be considered with Laundry and cooking facilities. The suburbs are less expensive the city is crowded and expensive as well. Paying guest and hostel facilities are quite reasonable almost everywhere. Street Food available in the evenings are very cheap but one should make sure that the place is kept clean and drinking water is safe so that food poisoning is avoided.

I am from Kochi, Kerala-God’s own country. I must say it is a place of beauty and greenery. But the monsoon is very harsh and continues for more than two months so if someone is willing to move to my city, they should be aware of the damp climate and no sunshine days for this period.

If you are moving to Cochin you must know that we are a historically rich city with beautiful bodies of water and lush greenery. Some of the must visit places include Fort Cochin, Bolgatty Island, and Mattanchey. Also, it’s mostly about the fish so don’t miss the red fish curry. The people here are some of the friendliest, also you won’t have a problem with language because most of us can speak more than one language. But beware of the mosquitoes.

Ashutosh, says: 2020

The city where I live is a wonderful place, as there is a lot of jobs. There are also a lot of schools and colleges nearby. The climate is also very good, but a bit humid. It is also a big tourist destination because there is beaches and if you interested in shopping then this will be a wonderful city to move to.

Kratika, says: 2020

If you are a foreigner, you should take into consideration the weather here at this time which is the monsoon season with plenty of rains and coolness. Don’t forget to pack in your umbrella. The food in Kerala is mostly spicy but you can enjoy dishes with less spices at your request. Otherwise for anyone coming to KERALA it’s a gastronomic delight with a very large variety of both vegetarian and non vegetarian fares. It’s very beautiful and green in this southernmost part of India and people are welcoming and courteous. Rentals are available of all ranges and law and order is good to have a safe stay.

Kochi was the central point of a historic spice route that grabbed the attention of famous explorers such as Vasco Da Gama. This shares a lot of ancient temples, architecture, cuisine and communities. Different places to visit in Ernakulam are: Princess Street, Hill Palace, Folklore Museum, David Hall Art Gallery, Cherai Beach, Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, Muziris Biennale etc.

Shreyashi, says: 2020

Kochi is a busy yet exquisite city in Kerala. Moving to Kochi exposes one to a very lively and loving neighbourhood. Irrespective of all the ups and downs, the city would be a perfect home away from home. The green and warm surroundings behold a certain healing power in them.

Ashish, says: 2020

For someone who is new in Kochi should know traffic is really horrible here. He or she may find it difficult to commute in the city. It takes at least half an hour to travel a distance of two km at peak hours. The road is mostly congested due to heavy traffic and with all the constructions of flyovers at several places, it is is difficult to get to places on time. Other than that, I don; t think there is anything that a first timer needs to know about my hometown.

Ashraf, says: 2020

Kochi is a laid back, quaint city with a healthy combination of old world charm in the likes of places like Fort Kochi and the modern tech era with IT hub at Kakkanad. It’s a place that does not cater to competing with other cities and where you feel easily feel at home.

Aashish, says: 2020

Kochi, my city is an upcoming city in Kerala, India. Even though, most people know to speak English and Hindi, it is always an additional advantage to know local language, Malayalam. Next step, to take is to get a geographic idea of the city, so you don’t get into difficulty to move around and to get essentials. People as such are quite friendly. People who have come here from other cities have made this their home.

Manali, says: 2020

Kochi being the historic town that it is famous for has always attracted many people, even from the west, when there was no proper means of transportation. This quiet place is the best option you can look for, if you are planning to settle down. You will have everything within a walkable distance. From parks, beaches, post offices, stores, restaurants and schools to transportation. This will be a choice you will never regret!

Muralidhar, says: 2020

Someone moving to Kochi should know some basic Malayalam words and the climate here is mostly humid. November to January will be the best time to visit our city. May to September will be our monsoon, so try to avoid the visit to Kochi during these months.

Pragatheeswaran, says: 2020

Kochi, Kerala, is said to be the metropolitan city of God’s own country. people over here are very genuine and helping in nature. A person from anywhere in this world could adapt here easily in terms of food as there are many restaurants around the city famous for its culture. Also, one who is enthusiastic to travel seems to end in the right place, rich in its cultural heritage.

Shamsunnisa, says: 2020

Kochi is mostly green due to lot of trees. Public transportation consists of buses and metro trains. The people are really friendly. Nightlife in the city is not that great. The local food is awesome.

Bharat, says: 2020

The weather in my city is tropical and being near the seashore, it mostly humid. But considering other towns in the country, Cochin by far seems to be the best among them. It’s known as God’s own country.

Nirjhar, says: 2020

Kochi is the finance capital of Kerala. Metro was introduced a couple of years back. It has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. Kochi is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala Kochi has been hosting India’s first art biennale, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, since 2012, which attracts international artists and tourists.

The Queen of Arabian Sea’, Cochin, is the best option to settle down in Kerala. Other than being the fastest growing city in the state, Cochin is also rich in history and culture. People from different parts of India adds on to the diversity. Cochin is a centrally located city, with an easy access to the backwaters and hills, giving you plenty of weekend getaway options. The only adjustable factor is the humidity and heat, Cochin being a coastal city.

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