Kochi (Cochin) is the port city of Kerala. It is a cosmopolitan as well as a major commercial and industrial centre in Kerala. The history of Cochin or Kochi starts with the major flood in the year 1341 AD, which caused the Cochin estuary to form and thus Cochin Harbour was originated naturally. Cochin Harbour is one of the natural harbours in the world.
All kinds of tourists visit Kochi. There are several facilities for accommodation in Kochi. Accommodation in Cochin varies from luxury hotels to cheap lodgings. Mermaid Hotel, Hotel Le Meridien, Gokulam Park Inn, Botel Blue Waters, Hotel Karthika Residency, Hotel Abad Plaza, Casino Hotel, The Avenue Regent Hotel, The International Hotel, Hotel Sea Lord, Grand Hotel, Bharat Hotel, Hotel Presidency, Hotel Taj Malabar, Trident Hotel, Malabar House, The Gateway Hotel etc are some of the major hotels in Cochin.
There are several homestays in Cochin. Eden Garden Homestay, Bernad Bunglow, Chiramel Homestay, Cherai Vayalkara Homestay, Dream Catcher Homestays, Kallanchery Retreat, River Side Heritage Home, Cozy Home, Michael's Land, Chackupurackal Homestay, Padical Residensy Homestays etc are some of the homestays in Kochi.
What is attractive about Cochin is the serene backwaters, golden sunsets, lagoons overhung with feathery coconut palms, picturesque island, all of which contribute to its beautiful landscape. Kochi is known as the Queen of Arabian Sea. Because of the importance of Kochi in Kerala state, it is always regarded as the Gateway of Kerala.