Kochi (also Cochin), located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, is the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. A perfect blend of tradition and modernity, it is also one of the oldest ports in India with a natural harbor and is replete with backwaters, coconut lagoons, churches, synagogues and temples. It is 221 km north of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram.
Kochi takes its name from the Malayalam word 'Cochazhi' meaning 'small sea'. Thomppumpady Bridge connects Fort Kochi to Willingdon Island and the Venduruthy Bridge links Willingdon Island to Ernakulam. The Vypeen Island, Bolghatty Island and Vallarpadam Island are situated between the Arabian Sea and the Vembanad Lake.