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Area
87.341 sq.kms.
Comprising of mainland Ernakulam, Old Cochin, including Mattancherry, Fort Kochi, Palluruthy, and Thoppumpady, Willingdon Island, the suburbs of Edappally and the exurbia of Kalamassery,Thrikkakara and Kakkanad to the northeast, and Tripunithura to the southeast.

Population
2589038, Greater Cochin (2001 census)

Location
Latitude, 9 degree 15 E, The city lies between 'Itripunithura, the seat of the eastwhile royalty to its southeast and the Eloor-Kalamassery industrial belt to its north. To the west lies is the Arabian sea.

Language
Malayalam, the youngest in the Dravidian family. It is the official language of the State of Kerala.English is widely used in business circles.

Religion
Hindus account for the largest comrnunity followed by Christians and Muslims. Cochin has also a small population of Jains, Jews, and Sikhs.

Time
(Indian standard Time + 5.30 hours GMT).

Altitude
Sea level.

Climate

Summers are hot, winters mild. The summer temperatures (March to May) vary from a high of 35C to a low of 22.5C, with winter months from December to February having a mean minimum of 20C. Cochin experiences both, the southwest monsoons from June to September and the northeast from October to December. The average annual rainfall is 3099.1 mm, with 132 average annual rainy days.

Water
Drink only bottled mineral water. Drink boiled water, particularly during the monsoons.

Electricity
220 volts. You'll require plug adapters.

Radio
Cochin FM 102.3 MHz. (Timings: 1658 hrs to 300 hrs (all days)

Banking Hours
(Week days) 10 am -2 pm; (Sat) 10 am- 12 noon.
Some banks have evening counters.
Banks remain closed on Sundays (with a few exceptions), and specified bank holidays .
Certain banks also provide 24- hour ATM service.