Kochi known as Cochin in the colonial times is a 600 year old port-city in the state of Kerala, in south west India. The bustling commercial port opened its doors in 1341 to Arab, Chinese and European have left indelible marks on its history and development.
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.
The influence and fusion of Arab, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and British from the past can be seen in the various house's of worship, culture, food and everyday life.
Cochin continues to develop and progress in the 21st century as fisherman, Chinese centilever fish net operators and other centuries old traditions compete with booming tourism.