The beautiful port city of Cochin, also known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, is one of the most densely populated city in the state of Kerala. The city is a part of the extended metropolis region and is the largest urban agglomeration in India. Cochin was the seat of the Portuguese administration till it decided to shift base to Goa. It was later ruled by the Dutch and the British.
Cochin witnesses a large inflow of international and domestic tourists every year. The culture of Cochin is a mixed one with large portions of Hindus and Christians. Apart from a small portion of Muslims and other faith followers, a significant chunk of Jews are also found here.
Cochin is also called ‘Ernakulam’ which signifies the mainland part of the city. Cochin is also called the commercial capital of Kerala. Cochin was once a major port for spice trade on the Arabian sea in the 14th century. Due to the availability of fresh water, a long coastline, presence of major growth etc, there has been tremendous development in Kochi.
The city of cochin has plenty of local attractions in store for visitors. Some of the popular attractions in the city include the jewish synagogue which was built in 1568, the picturesque promenade of marine drive and the backwaters of cochin which are perfect for glancing the beautiful sunset views of the arabian sea. Those looking for places to see outside the city can head to the cherai beach and the famous chottanikkara temple.
Kochi is well connected to the rest of India by air, rail and road. The nearest airport to the city is the Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery, which is about 28 km from the city. Cochin is a node in the North-South corridor of the National Highway system and hence can easily be reached by road. The nearest railway station is the Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town.