Cochin - The Queen of the Arabian Sea
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.