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Kochi also known as Cochin, is called the ''Queen of the Arabian Sea" it is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala. This lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. is an important and beautiful port city of Kerala. The city is one of the principal seaports of the country and it is located in the district of Ernakulam, about 220 km north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The city has an estimated population of 600,000, with an extended metropolitan population of about 1.5 million. it has a wealth of historical associations. It's setting on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas perfectly reflect the eclecticism of Kerala. Here you can see the oldest church in India, 500-year-old Portuguese houses, cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish community with ancient roots, and even a 16th-century synagogue. The older parts of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry are an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English county grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast - a radical contrast to the bright lights of mainland Ernakulam. Kochi has a fine natural harbor, which throughout its history has made it a center of trade between India and the rest of the world. Today Kochi is the commercial hub of Kerala. making it the largest urban agglomeration and the main city in Kerala. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin is proud of its world-class port and an international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide. Etymologically, many theories exist pertaining to how Kochi derived its name.
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