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Kochi is stated as the most vibrant city of Kerala, where you can witness old culture blending with the new hip-hop culture. Though it took many years to discover the true potential of Kochi, it is now one of the fastest growing cities in India.

Kochi is often referred to as the gateway to the God’s own Country, Kerala. In other words, Kochi is stated as the starting point for your Kerala exploration journey. Most of the famous tourist places in Kerala, are in Kochi or are in close proximity to the city of Kochi.The historic remains of the once bustling trade; the bubbly and day-by-day growing commercial and industrial activity and the gateway to relax in nature – Kochi is a ‘mini-metro,’ fast growing to catch up with the Indian metropolitans. Located in the southwest coast of India, in Kerala, Kochi is made up of a cluster of islands and the main land. Commercial as well as industrial and tourism activities makes Kochi remain as the city of focal attention. Multiple mega projects puts Kochi in the top chart as leading center of trade in Indian and International map. Kochi’s international trade connections since centuries, attracts people from across the country and the borders to settle in the city. Due to this reason, Kochi is the epicenter of multi-cultural festivals and celebrations. The economic and the employment boom in the recent years have further increased the population flow towards Kochi. Information Technology and diverse industries has had a major role in this trend.

People and Culture

Referred to as Keralites or Malayalees, most people of Kerala can speak, read or write more than one language. Women’s traditional attire is Neriyathu (white dhothi with a cloth draped over the shoulder along with a blouse). Nowadays, to witness a woman wearing such a dress, you have to wait for an occasion like Onam or Vishu! With people from across India and handful of foreigners residing in Kochi, it is common to find multi-codes in dressing style too. Multi-languauges too have a place, with several families of Gujarati, Jew etc origin have made Kochi their home. Marriage is a sacred and important institution for social and emotional reasons.

 
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