(colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west
of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous
of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over
the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea.
Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.
time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese
left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the
years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of
and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of
(after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin is proud of its world class port and
airport that link it to many major cities worldwide.
lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the
Arabian Sea on the west. Its proximity to the equator, the sea and the
mountains provide a rich experience of a moderate equatorial climate.
speaking, Cochin is a small town. But, Cochin has outgrown its original
bounds and is now the general name given to much of the region
the original town, which now includes Cochin, Fort Kochi, Mattanchery,
Ernakulam and many other nearby towns and villages. Cochin is situated
in Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala. Ernakulam is also the
of a town - the administrative capital of Ernakulam district - but, for
all practical purposes Ernakulam and Cochin, generally, refer to the
is the arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the unfathomable
diversity and beauty of Kerala, rated in the top three tourist
by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National
Traveler's '50 greatest places of a lifetime'.
is the original name of the city, while Cochin is the colonial name.
Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi
chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. It
believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan
these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside
Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive
A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted
along the beach, particularly at sunset with the chinese fishing nets
sailing ships in the background, is a memorable experience. Many
style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline. The coastal stretch
loads of small stalls, which make on demand mouth-watering traditional
cuisines using freshly caught fish.
Francis Church, Fort Kochi
the oldest church built by Europeans in India. On his 3rd visit to
Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by
fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Francis Church.
his remains were taken back to Portugal. In spite of that, his burial
inside the church has been clearly marked out.
House, Fort Kochi
house, located on Rose Street, is believed to be one of the oldest
houses in India. Vasco da Gama is believed to have lived here. This