Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi (Cochin) is the commercial and industrial capital of South Indian state, Kerala. It has one of the finest natural harbors in the world. It has been a port of call for ancient mariners from Arabia, China, Holland, Britain and Portugal have all left their mark on this beautiful island city.
The cosmopolitan character of the city is reflected in the buildings and structures representing different regions of the world. A city of peninsulas and islands, today it is Kerala's commercial hub. But it is not only the breathtaking beauty of Kochi that draws you towards it. It can also be just a careless daub of tinted light where sea and sky unite.
Originally built by the Portuguese, Cochin has a natural harbor with lagoons and canals and fishing hamlets. With its year-round shipping facilities, it is today the busiest port. As it lies on the direct route to Australia and the Far East from Europe, it serves the vast southern hinterland of industrial areas and plantations. It is one of the few ports of the world with all the three main forms of transport-land, sea, and air, centered in the same place.
Kerala's prime tourist destination, it spreads across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and Backwaters. Its main sections: modern Ernakulam in the east and the old districts of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin on a peninsula in the west are linked by a complex system of ferries.
Being situated very close to the sea, Kochi has a moderate climate. It faces quite heavy rains during June-August, due to the southwest monsoon. Winter starts from December and continues till February. In summer, the temperature here rises to a maximum of 35°C and 25°C in the winters.
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