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Area geography

Cochin is a beautiful town in the Ernakulum district of Kerala. It is located on the south-west coast of India at 9°58'N 76°13'E and covers an area of 94.88 square kilometres. The city is situated at the northern end of a peninsula, which is 1.6 kilometres wide and 19 kilometres long. The Arabian Sea lies on the west side of the city while the east side has estuaries that are drained by perennial rivers originating in the Western Ghats. Cochin lies at the sea level and has a 48-kilometre long coastline (approximately).

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The currency of India is Indian Rupee (INR). You can withdraw money from ATM's found across the city. Credit cards are not widely accepted and so make sure you carry enough cash.

Drinking laws

The legal age for consumption of alcohol in Kerala is 21 years.


It’s a common practice to tip waiters at restaurants and cab drivers while sightseeing.


Cochin has a low crime rate and therefore considered relatively safe. However, petty crimes like pick pocketing or bag snatching are common. It’s advisable to always be cautious of your surroundings and avoid visiting isolated areas.

General information

Languages spoken

Malayalam, Tamil, English

Time zones


Major religions

Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, Christianity

Common greetings

Hello - namasthe/namaskaram

Welcome - swaagatham

How are you? - sukhamalle?

What is your name? - perenthaa?

Listen - sraddhikhu

Please - dayavaai

Thank you - nanni

Goodbye - poyivaraam

Can you help me please? - onnu sahaayikkumo?

Excuse me/sorry - kshamikkanam

How much will it cost? - ithinu enthu vila varum?

Can I make a phone call from here? - Onnu phone cheyyan pattumo?

Where can I hire a taxi? - evide taxi kittum?


Emergency numbers

Ambulance Services
Indira Gandhi Co-operative Hospital Gandhi Nagar, Kadavanthra, Cochin-Ernakulam, Kerala. +91-484-2319334

Specialists Hospital Near Town Railway station Kaloor,Cochin-Ernakulam, Kerala. +91-484-2395066

Lions Club Ambulance, Sudheendra Hospital Chitoor Road, Kacherippady, Cochin-Ernakulam, Kerala. +91-484-2354139

Airlines (Counter at Airport) 
Cochin International Airport - +91-484-2610115

Jet Airways - +91-484-2610037

Indian Airlines - +91-484- 2610041, 2353826

Air India - +91-484-2610140

Blood Banks
IMA Voluntary Blood Bank Cochin-Ernakulam, Kerala. +91-484-2354886

Blood Bank Voluntary ISBT Cochin-Ernakulam, Kerala. +91-484-2361809

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre Amrita Lane, Elamakkara Post, Ponekkara, Cochin-Ernakulam, Kerala. +91-484-2339095

Electricity Services
Kaloor - +91-48-42341923

Vyttila - +91-484-2304785

Willingdon Island - +91-484-2668164

Fort - +91-484-2217298

Fire Services
Port - +91-484-2666555

Naval Base - +91-484-2666851

Club Road - +91-484-2355101

Mattanchery - +91-484-2255554

Gandhi Nagar - +91-484- 2205550, 101 666851

24 Hour Services 
Accident Care - +91-484- 98460 99900, 98460 07740

Control Room - 100, +91-484- 2371178

Harbour - +91-484-2666005

City Traffic - +91-484-2394218

Central - +91-484-2394500

Railway - +91-484-2369259

Cochin Harbour Terminus - +91-484-2666050

Edapally - +91-484-2344202

Aluva - +91-484-2624141

Angamaly - +91-484-2452340

Ernakulam - +91-484-2375131

Commercial Enquiry (Central) - +91-484-2202297

Commercial Enquiry (Urban) - +91-484-2316050

Tourist Information Centres
Sports Lakshwadeep Tourism - +91-484-2668387

India Tourism Office - +91-484-2668352

KTDC - Ernakulam - +91-484-2353534

Water Supply 

Erunakulam Sub Division - +91-484-2372830

Control Room (Complaints) - +91-484-2361369l

Drainage - +91-484-2369710