Kochi is also called has “Queen of the Arabian Sea”, Kochi was a crucial spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century onward, and maintained a trade network with Arab merchants from the pre-Islamic era. In 1505, the Portuguese established trading ports in Cochin. There are still buildings just like the Old Harbour House from this period, a number of which have been renovated in more recent times. Cochin allied with the Ming Dynasty, Portuguese, and Dutch and became a princely state of the British. Kochi ranks first within the total number of international and
domestic tourist arrivals in Kerala.