Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'.Kochi is known as "Queen Of Arabian Sea".Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a major port city on the south west coast of India. district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala. Kochi is often called Ernakulam, which refers to the mainland part of the city. Kochi was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century. Occupied by the Portuguese Empire in 1503, Kochi was the first of the European colonies in colonial India. The city was later occupied by the Dutch and the British, with the Kingdom of Cochin becoming a princely state.
Kochi is the home to Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy and the state headquarter of the Indian Coast Guard with an attached air squadron, named Air Squadron 747.Commercial maritime facilities of the city include the Port of Kochi, an International ContainerTransshipment Terminal, the Cochin Shipyard, offshore SPM of the Kochi Refineries, and the Kochi Marina. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin.
Kochi is the arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala, rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler's '50 greatest places of a lifetime'.