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Cochin - The Queen of the Arabian Sea

682028 Cochin City center: 8.5 km
Dbl. from 111.00EUR
682304 Cochin City center: 6.5 km
Dbl. from 85.00EUR
682009 Cochin City center: 3.2 km
Dbl. from 171.00EUR
682 003 Cochin City center: 3.9 km
Dbl. from 69.00EUR
682 304 Cochin City center: 6.4 km
Dbl. from 116.00EUR
682011 Cochin City center: 5.4 km
Dbl. from 82.00EUR
682011 Cochin City center: 4.6 km
Dbl. from 56.00EUR
682001 Cochin City center: 3.4 km
Dbl. from 370.00EUR
682506 Cochin City center: 0 km
Dbl. from 320.00EUR
682 016 Cochin City center: 4.2 km
683572 Cochin City center: 28.5 km
682015 Cochin City center: 4.2 km
682001 Cochin City center: 3.4 km
682020 Cochin City center: 6.2 km
682016 Cochin City center: 4 km
682018 Cochin City center: 6.6 km
682019 Cochin City center: 4.1 km
683572 Cochin City center: 0.2 km
682001 Cochin City center: 10 km
Cochin, also known as Kochi, is one of the major port cities of India, and has long been important to India's trading. In the 14th century, this city was essential to the country’s spice trade, and was often called the Queen of the Arabian Sea. It was occupied by the Portuguese in the 1500s, and like much of India, found itself ruled by the Dutch and British during its history. This town was one of the first to join the Indian Union upon the independence from British rule. This city is much more than just home to the port, though. It is a beautiful and vibrant city on the Arabian Coast with much to offer visitors. It was ranked the sixth best tourist destination in India by a survey for Outlook Traveler done by the Nielson Company.

Location: Port City on the South-Western Coast of the Arabian Sea

On a peninsula on the Arabian Sea coast in south-western India, this city straddles past the peninsula to include islands and parts of the mainland. It has its own airport, the Cochin International Airport that serves numerous international destinations. It is well-connected by the national highway and railway system. In the city itself, you can take the bus network to get around.

Business: An Emerging Global City in India

The city is growing into much more than just a major port city. It is one of the emerging global cities; according to a study by the McKinsey Global Institute, it will contribute to 50 percent of the world's GDP by 2025. The city is also home to the Indian Cost Guard and the attached air squadron, the Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy, and the Cochin Stock Exchange.

Culture: See the Only Chinese Fishing Nets Outside of China

Because of the city's history as a major international trading post, it has been influenced by Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, British, and many other cultures. One way you can see this influence is in the Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, which are the only example of Chinese fishing nets outside of China. Additionally, there are several examples of European churches in this city, especially St. Francis church, the oldest one built by Europeans in the country, which dates to 1503.

Activities: Experience Authentic Rural Indian Culture

Sailing around the coastline provides a great view of the city, especially at sunset, or you can take a boat through the backwaters to see the many islands. However, for a truly unique experience, you can visit the Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village on Kumbalangi Island. It is India's first eco-tourist village, which provides an experience of authentic rural culture. The natives cooperate with the tourists, but visiting their village does not disturb their traditions and way of life.