|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).|
|Climate||The warm tropical climate recommends light cotton clothes, waterproofing is essential during monsoons.|
|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.