Kochi , a dream destination in
Kerala is a travelers' delight. A travel information to Cochi will
take you to explore the sublime grandeur of Kerala back waters, blue
seas, Ayurveda, lush green tea gardens, magnificent wildlife. So,
come and make your tour for Cochi to enjoy Keral's yet to be
explored tourist attractions along with its glorious past.
Before the arrival of the Portuguese, the history of Kochi is
somewhat obscure. Kochi rose as an independent kingdom from the ruins
of the Kulasekhara Empire. The advent of the Portuguese in Kochi
proved to be the turning point in its history. The Kochi Rajas readily
welcomed the Portuguese, seeing in them a valuable ally against the
common enemy, the Zamorin of Calicut.
The Jews received royal patronage during the reign of Kesava Rama
Varma (1565-1601). These Jews had fled from Kodangalur, which was
their original settlement. They participated in trade and commerce as
go-betweens for foreigners seeking trading rights.
By 17th century, the Dutch had managed to capture the Kochi port. The
subsequent Kochi rulers turned out to be incompetent, till Saktan
Tampuran or Rama Varma ascended the throne in 1790. He proved to be an
able administrator, and Kochi flourished under him. However, in 1795,
Kochi passed into the hands of the British who ruled the territory
till India gained independence.