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Monday, 26 December 2011

Kochi

Information about Kochi








       Kochi , formerly Cochin, is a major port city on the west coast of India by the Arabian SeaKochi is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of KeralaKochi is often called by the nameErnakulam, which refers to the western part of the mainland Kochi. The civic body that governs the city is the Corporation of Cochin, which was constituted in the year 1967, and the statutory bodies that oversee its development are the Greater Cochin Development Authority and the Goshree Islands Development Authority.








                                      The city of Kochi (pop. 601,574) is Kerala's second largest city and is part of an extended metropolitan region (pop. 2.1 million), which is the largest urban agglomeration in Kerala. It is the most densely populated city in the state. Kochi city is also a part of Greater Cochin region and is classified as a B-1 grade city by the Government of India, making it the highest graded city in the state. Kochi ranks first in the total number of international and domestic tourists in Kerala.






         Kochi is home for the Southern Naval Command, of the Indian Navy, state headquarters (DHQ4)  and Air Squadron 747 of the Indian Coast Guard, maritime-related facilities including the Port of Kochi, an International Container Transshipment Terminal, the Cochin Shipyard, offshore SPM of the Kochi Refineries, and the Kochi Marina. Kochi is also home for several major chemical industries like the FACTTCCIRELHOCLand Kochi Refineries, industrial parks like the Cochin Special Economic Zone and Infopark. Kochi is home for the High Court of Kerala & Lakshadweep, and the Cochin University of Science and Technology.



  


                  The city straddles the backwaters, encompassing the northern end of a peninsula, several islands and a portion of
 the mainland. To the west lies the Arabian Sea, and to the east is the urbanized region in the rest of the mainland area. Much of Kochi lies at sea level, with a coastline of 48 km


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                            Kochi ranks among India's major seaports, partly due to being one of the safest harbours in the Indian Ocean. The port, administered by a statutory autonomous body known as the Cochin Port Trust, offers facilities forbunkering, handling cargo and passenger ships and storage accommodation.







                   India's fourth largest stadium and third largest cricket stadium, the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium located in Kaloor, is a major facility for football and cricket.  Recently, the stadium was renovated to facilitate more cricket tournaments as well as for hosting IPL Matches. Kochi is home to the Indian Premier League cricket team, the Kochi Tuskers which won franchise rights to play IPL will participate in the 2011 edition of IPL. Sreesanth who plays for the Indian National Cricket team hails from Kochi.



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