InfoPark, Kochi

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Infopark
Government Owned
Industry Information Technology Business Park
Genre Infrastructure Service Provider
Founded July 18, 2004
Headquarters Kochi 10°00′36″N 76°21′43″E / 10.010°N 76.362°E / 10.010; 76.362Coordinates: 10°00′36″N 76°21′43″E / 10.010°N 76.362°E / 10.010; 76.362, India
Number of locations
Kochi, Thrissur, Cherthala,
Key people
Hrishikesh Nair, CEO
Owner Government of Kerala
Number of employees
25,000[1]
Website www.infopark.in

Infopark, Kochi is an information technology park situated in the city of Kochi, Kerala, India. Established in 2004 by the Government of Kerala,[2] Infopark Phase I is spread over a 101 acres (40.9 ha) campus with 3,200,000 sq ft (297,300 m2) of operational built-up space, and an additional 2,000,000 sq ft (185,800 m2) is now under construction, housing over '200' companies which employ close to "24,000" professionals.[1][3] The park is currently on expansion mode and is adding another 160 acres (64.7 ha) as part of its Phase II expansion. The notable tenants in the park include Tata Consultancy Services, Cognizant, Wipro, UST Global, IBS Software Services, IIM Kozhikode etc. and Multinational corporations like Ernst & Young, KPMG, EXL Services, Etisalat DB Telecom, Nielsen Audio, NGA Human Resources, Xerox ACS, Qburst Technologies etc.

IT exports from Kerala’s Infopark continued to register robust growth in 2013-14 with revenues rising 53% year-on-year to Rs 2,350 crores which is more than one-third of the State’s total IT exports.[3][4]

The park is built on the 'Hub and Spoke model' for the development of the Information Technology industry in Kerala. InfoPark, Kochi acts as the hub to the spokes located at Thrissur and Cherthala .[5][6]

Location and connectivity[edit]

Infopark 12 kilometres (7 mi) from downtown Kochi and 22 kilometres (14 mi) from the Cochin International Airport.[7] Infopark is connected to the Seaport-Airport Road via the "Infopark Expressway", a 4-lane road.[8][9] The Ernakulam district administration, which comprise the city of Kochi, has proposed a waterway connecting InfoPark to Marine Drive, Kochi.[10]

The Infopark campus lies adjacent to SmartCity, Kochi, a proposed information technology park, making the town of Kakkanad a very important center for IT/ITES in the state of Kerala.[11]

VSNL's communication gateway, is located close to Infopark.[12] Two submarine cables, SAFE and SEA-ME-WE 3, have their landing points at the gateway. Infopark is directly linked by optical fiber to the gigabyte router of VSNL, which provides the park with 100% uptime data connectivity.[13] Other major bandwidth providers such as BSNL, Reliance, Bharti Airtel and Power Grid Corporation are also present in the park.[14]

Revenue and growth[edit]

Over the last few years revenues from Infopark has been growing at an impressive rate. In FY 2008-2009 the park reported a growth of 87% to INR463 crore. Infopark registered export revenues of Rs. 750 crore in 2010-11, Rs. 1,095 crore in 2011-12, Rs. 1,534 crore in 2012-13.[15] IT exports from Infopark continue to register strong growth in the 2013-14 financial year, with revenues surging 53 per cent year-on-year to Rs 2,350 crore.[16] The IT park which is just ten years old has shown tremendous growth in the number of companies and software exports than any other park in the state. Kochi offers good opportunities for companies keen on reducing operational costs, hiring talented professionals, and reducing the rate of attrition. Kochi has become one of the most sought-after destinations for global IT companies since the establishment of the facility in 2004. Since its inception in 2004, Infopark has created over three million sq. ft. of work space and intends to double this to six million sq. ft. over the next couple of years. The park also expects to generate over 10,000 additional jobs during the financial year 2015-16. The work for the second phase of Infopark is progressing well and a number of global IT firms have come up with proposals to set up their campus at the Rs 2,500 crore project, which is expected to be completed by 2020.

Apart from the built-up space for IT, Infopark plans to have a large business convention centre, budget hotels, shopping complexes, commercial centers, recreation and entertainment facilities. Infrastructure development is ongoing.[17]

Educational Institutions[edit]

Kochi InfoPark hosts one of the prominent educational and research institutes. The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM–K) has set up it first satellite campus at Athulya building in InfoPark. The satellite campus, initially, offers one-year residential executive MBA programme as well as two-year part-time programmes in addition to several short and long-term management development programmes. The Government of Kerala has offered five acres of land for the full-fledged campus inside InfoPark.[18]

Infrastructure[edit]

Infopark campus is divided into Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and non – SEZ facility. Of the existing 98.25 acres of Infopark, 75 acres has been notified as a Special Economic Zone by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. The infrastructure developed in the park has been classified as Muilti tenanted facility (MTF)and Built to suit (BTS).


Apart from Infopark owned infrastructure (Thapasya, Vismaya, Athulya), parallel developments by co-developers such as Leela Soft, L&T Techpark and Brigade Enterprises are also taking shape in the campus. Thus offering IT companies a choice of office space solutions to fit their requirement and budget. Major Private IT campus by Wipro, TCS and IBS Software are also in progress. When Infopark Kochi Phase-I is fully developed a total super built-up area of 5 million sqft would be completed.[19] The campus includes amenities such as food courts, banking counters, ATM, shopping arcade, etc.

In 2014, Leela Infopark, a non – SEZ facility owned by Leela Lace Holding Pvt Ltd was acquired by Mumbai based Carnival Group for INR 280 Crores and the name of the project was changed to Carnival Infopark[20] Lulu Group has acquired the L&T Tech Park for INR 150 Crores and the name of the project was changed to Lulu Tech Park.[21]


Building Phase Available Size Year of commission
Government owned
Thapasya Infopark Phase 1 125,000 sq ft (11,600 m2) 2003
Vismaya Infopark Phase 1 238,500 sq ft (22,200 m2) 2005
Athulya Infopark Phase 1 350,000 sq ft (32,500 m2) 2010
Private owned
Carnival Phase-1 Infopark Phase 1 127,000 sq ft (11,800 m2) 2004
Carnival Phase-2 Infopark Phase 1 330,000 sq ft (30,700 m2) 2009
Carnival Phase-3 Infopark Phase 1 161,858 sq ft (15,000 m2) 2010
Lulu Cyber Tower (Tejomaya) Infopark Phase 1 400,000 sq ft (37,200 m2) 2008
Wipro Infopark Phase 1 1,000,000 sq ft (92,900 m2) 2008
Carnival Phase-4 Infopark Phase 1 251,562 sq ft (23,400 m2) 2012
Under Construction
TCS Infopark Phase 1 1,300,000 sq ft (120,800 m2)
Brigade Technopolis Infopark Phase 1 820,000 sq ft (76,200 m2)
Cognizant Technology Solutions Infopark Phase 2 1,500,000 sq ft (139,400 m2)
Infopark IT Building Infopark Phase 2 400,000 sq ft (37,200 m2)
Lulu Cyber Tower 2 Infopark Phase 2 1,300,000 sq ft (120,800 m2)
Under Planning
Transasia Infopark Phase 2 300,000 sq ft (27,900 m2)
Claysys Infopark Phase 2 150,000 sq ft (13,900 m2)
Media Systems Infopark Phase 2 150,000 sq ft (13,900 m2)

Low rentals clubbed with high quality furnishing makes the Inforpark Kochi an ideal choice for startup enterprises. Uninterrupted power supply is possible to the units through a dedicated 110 KV line from the nearby Diesel Power Plant.[13]


Smart Business Centre (SBC) is provided to facilitate Indian and foreign IT/ITES and knowledge based Companies to commence operations immediately from a plug and play facility at Infopark. Low rentals clubbed with high quality furnishing makes the SBC an ideal choice for startup enterprises or foreign companies who would like to test the environment. Simple procedures and friendly terms give a hassle free office space at the Smart business Center with effective space utilization and common meeting/interview rooms. The Smart business Center has a networked environment with 3 data, 3 voice lines and offers you multiple choices of bandwidth providers. Independent cassette type Air-Conditioner and reliable UPS are also provided for each unit.

Infopark Phase II[edit]

Infopark Kochi Phase II Illustration

Considering the requests of various IT companies and developers for space and land, Infopark Kochi is expanding its activities in Infopark Phase II. This campus is at a distance of around 2 km from Phase I campus and is on the side of Kadamprayar river. The new park is envisaged to be landmark in the IT history of Kerala with both SEZ and Non SEZ type of development and social infrastructure. The new park lies in an extent of 160 acres in the neighbouring Kunnathunad- Puthencruz villages of Kunnathunad Taluk, Ernakulam District. The Board of Approvals (BoA) of the Union Ministry of Commerce have granted SEZ status to the 98 acres in Infopark phase II.[19][22]

Master plan for second phase envisages infrastructure development for cost effective Software development blocks in SEZ and non SEZ clusters, BPO complexes, utility services including substation, water treatment plant, sewage treatment plant, road net work etc. The park will be designed as an eco friendly green park with high energy saving measures and least carbon emission. The existing eco system will be maintained to the highest possible level. Apart from the built up space for IT, the park will have a large business convention centre the first of its kind in Kochi, budget hotels, shopping complexes, commercial centres, recreation and entertainment centres.[17]

Infopark along with its co-developers expect to create 8 million sq.ft. of IT/ITES/BPO and associated basic infrastructure and commercial and social infrastructure space. The basic infrastructure that will be developed by Infopark will include a 220 kV Gas Insulated Substation (GIS) with distribution facilities, access and internal roads, storm water drains, cable trenches, water treatment and supply, data connectivity, etc. Master Plan of the Park has been developed by Cannon Design, New York based Architectural Consultant.[17]

Three multinational companies have already evinced interest in the Rs 2,500 crore, 8 Million sqft Phase II of Infopark Kochi. The second phase, which will create 80,000 software jobs, is expected to be completed in eight years.[23] Infrastructure development will be undertaken in a phased manner and will be completed by 2011. The construction of first IT building of around 5 lakhs sq.ft. have commenced and is expected to be complete by December 2012. On full completion total employment expected to be generated in this new campus is 80,000.[15]

Cognizant Technology Solutions has signed contract with Government of Kerala to build a 1.6 Million Sq.Ft self owned campus in 15 acres in Infopark phase II. The new campus will create 12,000 new employment opportunities once it is fully operational.[24] UST Global is also all set to start a new campus at Infopark Phase II.

Infrastructure - Phase II
Building Available Size Year of commission
Government owned
IT Building 395,337 sq ft (36,700 m2) 2013

Branches[edit]

Infopark has branched out to nearby cities and towns.The park is built on the 'Hub and Spoke model' for the development of the Information Technology industry in Kerala. InfoPark, Kochi acts as the hub to the spokes located at Thrissur and Cherthala

Infopark Thrissur[edit]

Infopark, Thrissur is located at Koratty which is around 45 km from Kochi in Thrissur District. It is approximately 20 km from Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery. The park is situated very close to the National Highway 47. Currently Infopark, Thrissur possesses 30 acres of prime land. It is expected that some more land also will be added to the Park in the near future. Infrastructure development work for the Park has already commenced. The first set of IT Buildings of approximately 40,000 sft area with plug and play facilities is ready and companies have started setting-up operations at Thrissur. Phase-II additional 30,000 sft of space will be ready for allotment by March 2010. Close proximity to the airport and national highway with uninterrupted Power, Water and Connectivity has already generated keen interest among IT Entrepreneurs to commence operations from Infopark, Thrissur.[25]

Infopark Cherthala[edit]

Located in Pallipuram village, Cherthala taluk of Alappuzha District . Total area of the park is 66 acres of which 60 acres has been notified as a sector specific Special Economic Zone by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India vide notification dated 8 June 2009. The First IT Building by Infopark having an area of 2.4 lakhs sq.ft is now ready for operations. Ready to move in Plug n Play options for Start-ups and Small Medium Companies and Warm shell options for Companies who are looking for a big scale space. The IT Building is well equipped to suit the IT Companies with Food courts, Conference Hall, Discussion Rooms, Game Zones etc.[26]

10th year Celebrations[edit]

Official logo of Infopark’s 10th anniversary celebration

Inforparks Kerala is celebrating its 10 years of excellence this year. Over this spectacular decade, Infopark has redrawn the technology map with futuristic space, world-class amenities and a policy environment that made companies operating in the Park highly successful. The 10th anniversary celebrations began on December 10, 2014 and will continue for ten days.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ [1] InfoPark to be inaugurated today
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  18. ^ IIM-K Satellite campus in Kochi
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  20. ^ ."Carnival Group leaps into IT zone by attaining Leela Infopark". Infopark (Kochi, India). 2014-07-01. 
  21. ^ "Lulu Group to Invest 350 Cr in Lulu Tech Park". Economic Times (Kochi, India). 2014-07-01. 
  22. ^ "Infopark upbeat about sustained growth". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2012-02-07. 
  23. ^ [8] State makes giant strides in IT sector, forms new policy
  24. ^ "Cognizant expands its Kochi operations". The Times Of India. 2012-02-07. 
  25. ^ List of major companies at Koratty Infopark and their websites
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  27. ^ "Robust growth in Kerala Infopark IT exports". The Hindu Bussinessline (Kochi, India). 2014-11-29. 

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