Kochi (Cochin) and Kerala

Kerala is a beautiful narrow strip of land in south west India wedged between the Western Ghats on the East and the Arabian Sea on the West. The state language of Kerala is Malayalam.


Renown for its  pristine backwaters, palm fringed beaches, tranquil villages and greenery in profusion, it is a major tourist destination, where people come attracted by its natural beauty, wildlife sanctuaries, beaches, hill stations and attractions such as the Kathakali or Mohiniyattom dances,  Kalaripayattu one of the oldest martial art forms or Ayurveda




In the middle ages an important school of mathematics and astronomy thrived in Kerala, established by Madhava of Sangamagrama (1340-1425). Today the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, the lead Centre for development of satellite launch vehicles and associated technologies in India is located in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. Visit it here: VSSC

Kochi (Cochin, see Ernakulam on map above) is the second largest city and seaport and is the "business capital" of the state, with the greater metropolitan area population of more than 1.5 million. The Kochi district consists of the mainland Ernakulam, the man made Willington Island, Mattanchery, Fort Kochi,  the Vypeen Island, Bolghatty Palace etc.

Kochi was a major commercial point in south India from ancient times and was visited by Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British and Portuguese seafarers. Sometimes called the Queen of Arabian Sea, Kochi was an important spice trading centre on the Arabian sea coast from the 14th century. It has been suggested, though without clear proof, that Keralite mathematics also travelled to Europe along these routes. 

Kochi is home to several universities including CUSAT, the Cochin University of  Science and Technology and has a number of art galleries.  

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