An incredibly vibrant city, Kochi, or Cochin, is situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula, in the beautiful state of Kerala, hailed as "God’s own Country". It’s importance as a major coastal city over the centuries can be illustrated by its sobriquet, “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Serene Kochi is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east, and the Arabian Sea on the west. It’s proximity to the equator, the sea, as well as mountains, provide Kochi with a moderate equatorial climate. The vividness of the place is best exhibited by its geographical diversity, while mainland Ernakulam is the cosmopolitan hub of the city, sites like Fort Cochin and Mattancherry seamlessly take us back in time through their rustic charm.
Sports in Kerala have now become part of the mainstream culture, and in a cricket-obsessed nation, football is Kerala’s first love. Kerala prides itself on its footballing pedigree. India’s third-largest stadium, the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium is located in Kochi and is touted to be one of the noisiest stadiums in the world, due to its distinct architecture and capacity of over 60,000.