Kochi The Queen of the Arabian Sea

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Kochi ( Cochin,കൊച്ചി) (is a is the beautiful cosmopolitan city of in india,state of kerala and is located in the district of Ernakulam, about 220 kilometres (137 mi) north of the state capital,Thiruvananthapuram.The former kingdom of( Cochin-formerly known as Cochin )Kochi is located on the southwest coast of India at [show location on an interactive map] 9°58′N, 76°13′E, spanning an area of 94.88 square kilometres (36.63 sq mi). The city is situated at the northern end of a peninsula, about 19 kilometres (12 mi) long and less than one mile (1.6 km) wide. To the west lies the Arabian Sea, and to the east are estuaries drained by perennial rivers originating in the Western Ghats. Much of Kochi lies at sea level, with a coastline of 48 km.The very name Cochin rightfully known as the "Queen of Arabian Sea", is redolent in historyCochin is also known as the Gateway to KeralaThe Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left great marks on the history and development of Cochin.It was well known all over the world for spices, cashew nuts, tea, coir products, handicrafts etc.The architecture of Cochin ranges from temples, mosques, churches to theatres, houses, palaces and public buildings.
Like elsewhere, climatic considerations have played an important role in the architecture of this region.Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide.This lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west.Kochi was an important spice trading centre on the Arabian Sea coast from the 14th century onwards. Ancient travellers and tradesmen referred to Kochi in their writings, variously alluding to it as Cocym, Cochym, Cochin, and Cochi.
We can see chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) in coastal areas like Fort Kochi and Vypeenare .It is distinctly unique to Cochin and found only in Kochi too.It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. , outside China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets.
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