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.

Tourist spots in Cochin include Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi beach, St. Francis Church, Vasco House, Santa Cruz Basilica, Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Mattancherry, Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), Bolghatty Palace, Bolghatty Island, Hill Palace, Tripunithura, Palliport (Pallipuram) Fort, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Museum of Kerala History, Kalamassery, Parikshith Thampuran Museum, Cherai Beach, Veega Land, Marine Drive, Willingdon Island and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kaloor.

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