Kochi is also nicknamed the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Kochi was previously known as Cochin. Kochi grew in fame due to the spice trade and had been a main center for foreign trade. The town of Cochin has grown as the most important city in the state. It also called the Economic capital of the State. The main advantage of Kochi is the Infrastructural developments like a port, international airport, two railway stations, well connected to the other parts of the state and country via national highways. The main parts of Kochi are Fort Cochin, Mattanchery, Ernakulam,
The most important places to visit in Kochi are:
- Fort Kochi Beach: This beach is a treat for fish lovers because freshly caught fish are prepared and served then and there in the traditional way.
- St. Francis Church, Fort Cochin: The oldest church built in India by the Europeans. Vasco da gama was buried here in this church but his remains were taken back to Portugal. However his burial place is still clearly demarcated in the church
- Jewish Synagogue: Is believed to have been built in the 16th century and boasts and excellent display of Belgian Chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament are also an attraction of the place.
- Mattancherry Palace: The palace was originally built by the Portuguese who handed it over to the Maharaja of Cochin. The palace has seen the coronation ceremonies of many Kings after that. The Palace has a wonderful collection of Murals which depict the scenes from epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharatha.
- Cheerai Beach: This beach has grown in fame recently and is a wonderful spot for swimming. This beach is located on Vypeen Island and can be accessible by Land or Water.