Kochi once known as “Cochin” is a beautiful and placid city situated on the south east coastal line of South India. This city is far different from any other metro cities of the country. This tranquil and prosperous port city of Kerala serves as the gateway to “God's Own Country”.
Kochi is a major port city located by the side of Arabian Sea. It comes under the jurisdiction of Ernakulam district with an approximate population of 2.1 million. This city has another nickname like “Queen of the Arabian Sea” as it is playing the pivotal role in spice trading from the west coast of India since 14th century.
In 15th century Portuguese came to Kochi for trading and with this group of people, this city became the first of the European colonies in India. Kochi was later won by the Dutch and then by the British. During British rule, Kingdom of Cochin became a princely state.
With its long pact with several kings, kingdoms and rulers…Kochi is the melting pot of many cultures and traditions that it inherited from the Portuguese traders to British rulers. Right from ancient time, Kochi has emerged as the capital of trading and commercialization. After Mumbai, Kochi is the most important port city located on west coast of India.
This beautiful city is nestled at the conjunction of Arabian Sea on the west and Western Ghats on the east. Kochi is blessed with a soothing equatorial climate because of proximity to equator, mountain and sea. The city is never too hot or too cold to enjoy a pleasant stay here.
Over the time, Cochin from a small village town has grown into a flourished and bustling port city with all modern facilities available at finger tips. This is undeniably the perfect starting point to explore unspoilt beauty and diversity of Kerala.