Cochin is the natural harbor created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside calmer the waters are within the Harbor. Cochin offers all the attractions of Kerala in a concentrated package. The heart of Kerala, palm-green Kochi, is the commercial capital of Kerala. It is the hub of all trading activities in Kerala. The physical character of the city gives a spicy look as people from far away lands like Arab, China, Dutch, Britain and Spain have left their impression on the town. There are several centres of Ayurvedic treatments.

Flanked by the Arabian Sea on the western side and the Western Ghats on the eastern side, Kochi is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. However, it is still a mystery how the city got its name Kochi. Historians that try to explain the origin of word Kochi have put different theories forward. Some historians believe that Cochin is a modified form of the word 'Cochazhi' which in Malayalam means 'small sea'. There are Chinese fishing nets swaying in the breeze over backwaters, the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Portuguese architecture, Bolghatty Palace in Kochi and many other pieces of architecture that have added to the pages of history books.

Others are of the opinion that 'Kochi' was named so by the Chinese. According to them, traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, gave Kochi the name of their homeland.

Attractions in Cochin

What one can do in Cochin(Kochi)

The foremost one can enjoy are the benefits of Ayurveda treatments. There are several resorts and institutions offering the Ayurveda services. One can also take an occasional boat ride around Cochin harbour, visit the boat club and attend traditional songs and dance shows. The articles of immense beauty are found in Kochi, among them the best ones are metal ware, camel-bone carvings, wood carvings, articles made of coconut shells, bamboo cane, embroidered screw pine mats; grass mats; and several other types of handicrafts. The major shopping centers are on M.G.Road that cuts across the heart of the city, and the Marine Drive including Broadway.

How To Reach Cochin(Kochi)

It is well connected by air, rail and road. Nedumbassery International airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 47 km from Fort Cochin. Ernakulam Junction is the nearest railhead.

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