Cochin Images { 16 images } Created 3 Dec 2014

Kochi, or Cochin, is one of the highlights of South India. Merchants began trading here in spices: black pepper, cinnamon, anise, cumin and cardamom with the Arabs, Dutch, Portuguese and Chinese since the 1500s which helped Kochi prosper and become one of the major gateways to India. Portugal was the first colonial power to establish a base in Kochi. The foundation of modern Kochi started with Sir Robert Bristow who established its port.
Since the establishment of Kerala State, Kochi has been the commercial capital of Kerala and the hub of the state.
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