Far from the unruffled calm of Thiruvananthapuram is Kochi, the state’s business hub. Kochi was once a tiny fishing village on the banks of a small estuary. But when the Periyar river flooded it opened up the estuary, creating one of the finest natural harbours in the world. This marked the beginning of a long and prosperous history of maritime trade. In 1405, Kochi city became the capital of the regional kingdom of Kochi, resulting in a further rise in status. It became an important port of call for merchants and a coveted base for European powers.
Today’s Kochi is an amalgam of several erstwhile towns and villages , encompassing Ernakulam and Fort Kochi on the mainland and a cluster of islands on the Vembanad Lake, namely Willingdon, Mattancherry, Vypeen, Vallarpadom, Gundu and Bolgatty. At Kochi’s centre lies Ernakulam, once the capital of the Kochi rajas, today pulsating the rhythms of commerce. Shopping malls, skyscrapers, trendy eateries, soaring property prices, cosmopolitan crowd are testimony to the fact that Ernakulam is the embodiment of contemporary Kerala. Fort Kochi, on the other hand, harks back to bygone days, with its narrow lanes and colonial buildings built by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British.
Mattancherry attracted Western invaders, traders, missionaries and refugees from across the seas as well as migrants from the north. The result is an admixture of native Malayalis, Saraswat Brahmins, Kutchi Muslims, Jews and Latin Christians, each stamping its own ethos on the region’s parchment of cultures. Willingdon Island, made from the earth dredged from the sea when the Kochi harbor was deepened in 1928, houses the Cochin Port Trust and the headquarters of the Naval Command, making it the nucleus of all maritime activity in Kerala. The islands of Vypeen, Vallarpadom and Bolgatty are reminders of Kochi’s colonial past, with ancient Portuguese churches at Vypeen and Vallarpadom and a pretty palace built by a Dutch trader at Bolgatty.
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