Fort Cochin 25 images Created 2 Feb 2013
Kochi (formerly Cochin) is a cosmopolitan city in Kerala with a bustling commercial port. Kochi is the financial capital of Kerala and, with a population of more than 2 million, the biggest urban agglomeration in the state. The old center and port of Kochi: Fort Cochin is one of the major tourist destinations in India. Fort Cochin has a cosmopolitian culture, highly influenced by historical trading partners, Portuguese, Dutch, Arab, Chinese, and Japanese. It is the seat of the Latin church of Kerala and has many Catholic churches and followers.Cochin was traditionally a potpourri of various Indian and international communities. Syrian Christians started the first wave of immigration, followed by Jews between the 7th and 10th centuries. Arab merchants also made a strong settlement in Kochi. It was from Kochi that the colonization of India started. Portugal was first to establish its base in Kochi, followed by the Dutch and English.