Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is a charming city blessed with an excellent road, airport link and infrastructure and for many, it serves as the ideal gateway to the state of Kerala. Since 1341, after the harbor of Kochi was hit by a massive flood, the city port attracted Arabs, Chinese, and the European sea merchants, who sailed to the “Queen of the Arabian Sea.”
Kochi reflects a blend of European influences that left their mark prominently in this port city made evident with its architecture that resulted in a noticeably Indo-European culture. Today, Kochi is divided into Old Kochi which comprises of the wonderful Mattancherry atmosphere and the formidable Fort Kochi standing erect on two peninsular arms shielding the Kochi harbor of historical interest. Fort Kochi, also known as the oldest European settlement in India, still retains its rustic and old-world charm.
Opposite Fort Kochi, on the interior that forms the eastern peninsula, is the modern Ernakulam. There are islands between the two that are now well connected by bridges, besides the Willingdon Island that is easily accessible. Plan your trip well to Kochi and enjoy its charming atmosphere at a relaxed pace. Enjoy a cultural night-out to view the intricate Kathakali performance and then dig into the platter of delectable seafood, or enjoy a romantic time with your partner on a cruise around the harbor while enjoying the breathtaking sunset view.