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Religion and Spirituality in Kochi, Kerala

five local experts

From Christianity to Islam to Buddhism to Judaism to Sikhism and more, what religious communities exist in Kochi? Here's what five local experts had to say about religion and spirituality in Kochi, Kerala.

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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

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.

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, 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

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
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