Kochi, also known as Cochin, is one of the most picturesque destinations on the southwest coast line of Kerala. An all-weather harbour and a grand seascape mark it as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". Cochin Port is a cruise port and has witnessed an encouraging growth with the arrival of luxury cruise liners to its shores. The peaceful city is also one of the leading commercial centres of southern India. It is the top supplier of aromatic spices to global markets, so if you're looking for spices for your curries this is the place to buy them. Moreover, voyagers also coveted fine sandalwood, perfumes and gold that came from this market-town. Kochi kingdom dates back to the 12th century. It is believed that Chinese and Arab traders were the first visitors to Kochi who paved the way for Portuguese and Dutch visitors, followed by the British Raj in this region. This place has been a safe haven for travel enthusiasts for several decades.