is a major port city and part of the Ernakulam
district of Kerala. Situated on the southwestern coast of India, it is part of the Greater Cochin region. Classified as a Tier-II city, it is often termed as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, and ranks first in the total number of international and domestic tourist arrivals in Kerala. Successive waves of migration have lent this city a pan-Indian nature.
Several highways connect Kochi
to neighbouring cities and states. It is also a node in the North-South Corridor of the national highway system. NH-544, NH-66, NH-85, NH-966A and NH-966B are the highways that link Kochi
to different areas. It is also well-connected to the other parts of Kerala via a number of state highways, such as SH-15, SH-41, SH-63, and SH-66. The Kochi
Metro, currently under construction, will have 22 stations and connect many suburban areas to downtown Kochi
. Mahatma Gandhi Road is the main thoroughfare of the city, besides other important roads. It is also served by the Southern Railway Zone and the Cochin International Airport, the fourth-busiest airport of India in terms of handling international passenger traffic.
The resale value of properties is high in areas like Aluva
, Marine Drive
, and Kakkanad
. The best locations to have a property in the city include Ernakulam
, and Maradu
is arguably the top real estate destination among the Tier-II cities, and experts are of the opinion that it scores high on the volume of sales and number of project launches. It is not only one of the proposed cities chosen by the Centre for its Smart Cities Mission, but is also Keralas commercial capital, housing several emerging software companies.
In the housing sector, flats, apartments, villas, residential complexes, etc all equipped with an array of modern amenities are coming up. There is an assurance of high benefit in the future, with the city fast transforming into an information technology hub. A rising demand for luxurious hosing solutions also reflects the promising real estate prospects in the city, and an appreciable return on investment.
The chief attractions in Kochi
include the backwaters of Kochi
, Marine Drive
, Fort Kochi
, Hill Palace, Mattancherry Palace, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Jewish Synagogue, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Bolgatty Palace, Kochi
International Marina, Willingdon Island, St Francis Church, and Pallipuram Fort. There also are several places of interest around this city attractting numerous tourists and visitors. The city also boasts one of the best health care facilities in India, providing relatively inexpensive advanced medical care. So far as education is concerned, Kochi
is home to hordes of schools, besides prestigious institutions for higher education, some of which are the Cochin University of Science and Technology, National Institute of Oceanography, the Indian Institute of Managements first satellite campus, the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, and Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre.