Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Kochi is the second office of RBI in the state of Kerala. Main Office of RBI is located at Thiruvananthapuram. The genesis of Kochi Office can be traced back to 1970, when the Regional Office of the erstwhile Exchange Control Department (now Foreign Exchange Department) in Kerala started functioning from Kochi to cater to the foreign exchange needs of the common men, exporters, enterprises and tourists, due to the frequent representations and appeals from various stake-holders. The Economic Department (now Department of Economic Policy and Research) was a later addition. A Currency Chest has been functioning since 2002 to provide exchange of notes & coins to the public. Customer Education & Protection Cell (CEPC), Financial Literacy Cell (FLC) have been functioning for the benefit of customers of regulated entities in four districts (Ernakulam, Idukki, Palakkad and Thrissur) of the state. Other support services are provided by Human Resource Management Department, Estate Section, Rajbhasha Cell and Protocol and Security Unit. The present staff strength of the Office is 71 vis-a-vis sanctioned strength of 100. An independent accounting unit started functioning at Kochi with effect from January 2, 1992. Kochi Office also takes care of requirements of more than 701 retirees (307 pensioners and 394 MAF members).

Kochi is commercial and industrial capital of the State. To tap the potential of the natural harbour at Kochi, a marina and an international container transhipment terminal (Dubai Port Terminal) have been built. The city also houses Kerala’s only stock exchange, the Cochin Stock Exchange, Federal Bank, the fourth largest private-sector bank in India and a few top NBFCs of the country are also headquartered in Kochi. Kochi is recognised as one of the seventeen major industrial cities of India by World Bank Doing Business Group.

The Headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy is situated here. Cochin Airport, the third busiest international airport in India is country’s first airport built under PPP model and it is also the first airport in the world that completely operates on solar power. Kochi is the hub of tourism in the state and has also the distinction of receiving largest foreign and domestic tourist footfalls in the country.

The Jurisdiction of this Office (FED and DEPR) is the State of Kerala and Lakshadweep.

Head of the Office
Shri Vijay Kumar Nayak, General Manager (OIC)

Address Telephone Extension No. Office Email
Reserve Bank of India
Banerji Road, Ernakulam North,
Post Box No.3065
Kochi - 682 018
Fax (common for all departments) 0484-2402715    
Foreign Exchange Department (FED) 0484-2400076 0484-2402911-309
Department of Economic Policy and Research (DEPR) 0484-2401303 0484-2402911-103
Customer Education & Protection Cell (CEPC) * 0484-2402468 0484-2402911-315
*Four districts of Kerala (Ernakulam, Idukki, Palakkad and Thrissur)

Working and Business (For Public at exchange counters) Hours
Working hours Weekdays 09:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Business hours Weekdays 09:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.