Cochin Images 15 images Created 3 Dec 2014
Cochin's claim to early fame was 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 here. The foundation of modern Kochi started with Sir Robert Bristow who established its port. Since the establishment of Kerala State, Kochi has been the hub and commercial capital of Kerala.