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Cochin Travel Guide

Kochi, formerly known as Cochin is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. Kochi is the commercial capital of Kerala. The city is one of the principal seaports of the country and is located in the district of Ernakulam, about 220 kilometers north of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. And so down the ages, Kochi prospered as a busy port city and commercial center. Its seafront is still extremely relevant to Cochin and to India: it houses a Naval Base and one of India's busiest ports. It's twin city, Ernakulum, are an important railhead and industrial center.

Kochi's location between the blue, blue waters of the Arabian Sea and Kerala's emerald backwaters, its rich medley of Indian and foreign architecture, its truly unusual sights like the Chinese fishing nets and its quaint quiet localities like the Jewish Quarters demand the attention of all who travel to Kerala. As a result of successive waves of migration over the course of several centuries, the population of the city is a mix of people from all parts of Kerala and most of India. The pan-Indian nature is highlighted by the substantial presence of various ethnic communities from different parts of the country. Kochi has a diverse, multicultural, and secular community consisting of Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Jams, Sikhs, and Buddhists among other denominations, all living in peaceful co-existence.