Cochin is a major port city on the Malabar Coast of the Arabian Sea, west-central Kerala state, southwestern India. Kochi is often called by the name Ernakulam, which refers to the mainland part of the city.
Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) is the statutory body overseeing the development of the City of Cochin in the state of Kerala, India. Technically, GCDA oversees the development of the major part of Greater Cochin area which consists of the Cochin Corporation, 9 surrounding municipalities (Thrippunithura, Thrikkakara, Aluva, Kalamassery, Maradu, Eloor, North Paravur, Angamaly, and Perumbavoor) and 25 intervening panchayats (Cheranelloor, Varappuzha, Chennamangalam, Kadamakkudy, Kadungalloor, Alengad, Chengamanad, Nedumbassery, Chottanikkara, Choornikkara, Edathala, Kumbalam, Kottuvally and others) covering an area of 632 km2.
Celebrations at Cochin