A former British colony, the port of Cochin was not officially established until 1920, when the channel into Cochin underwent restructuring to accommodate large shipping lines. Fort Cochin possesses a wealth of historical buildings that track the city’s tumultuous past, while Mattancheri Palace provides a home to the Rajas of Kochi, such as gowns, palanquins, weapons, and furniture. Rumored to have been a gift of the Portuguese in 1557 to the Raja of Kochi in exchange for trading rights, the palace provides an intriguing glimpse into Cochin’s history
Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to 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 international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide.