By Govind Kumar


 
Kochi (Cochin) is  the cosmopolitan and the computer capital of Kerala, " The Land of Coconuts", so called because of her natural spendour. ( Cosmopolitan means a citizen of the Cosmos ). The Landing point for all visitors visiting this tiny state, this strategic center was  a major center of  trade & commerce  with the Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and the British in the past. 

Housing one of the finest natural harbors in the world, Kochi is strategically located on the East - West sea trade route from Europe to Australia.

The 15th Century saw the advent of the Europeans and Kochi's trade links with the Chinese and Arabs were said to be 2000 years old. Trade links with the Portugese developed and Kochi soon became a Portugese colony. Overthrowing the Portugese, the Dutch arrived towards the end of the 15th century. 

Kochi houses the main Stock Exchange of Kerala and she has undergone periods of colonization. She has been exposed to diverse cultures and different types of businesses. The city has Ayurveda, Heritage tourist centers and numerous water sports. Different varieties of merchandise are available to the shopper. Kochi is a major auction center for spices like cinnamon, pepper and cardamom, ginger, and tea. 

 

More than 200000 tourists visit this city annually and her tourism industry has developed remarkably. There is still scope for furthur development in the tourism industry in Kochi because of her strategic location and the state-of-the-art facilities offered here. A reasonably warm weather characterises this Arabian Queen. 


               Vallarpadam                                                         Fort Kochi                                                    Vypin               

SAFE Optic Fibre Cable Project:

Kochi is the only Internet Gateway in South Asia because of the South Africa Far East ( S A F E ) Submarine Cable Project ( length 28800 kms ) for high Speed Net Access and Communications, giving state-of-the-art communication facilities. Like Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of Asia, Kochi has prospects for being the next IT Center in South Asia due to the SAFE Project and the abundant scientific & tech manpower available. 

                                                            Bolgatty 

                                                                                                                                                      Willingdon Island 

The SAFE project has enhanced the bandwidth for the mushrooming telecom, Net and Mutimedia traffic. Also improved  are the security and availability of telecom links between Asia and Europe. With a major landing point in India at Kochi, SAFE Cable Project's other landing points are Cape Town ( South Africa ), Bay Jacote ( Mauritius ), Penang ( Malaysia ) and St Paul ( Reunion Island ). 

The initial equipped capacity of the SAFE Project will be 80 GB expandable to 120-160 GB  1.5 Million hi-speed data channels (64K equivalent) and 12,000 (8MB) digital video channels. The Cable System  has a capacity of 7.3 Million simultaneous telephone calls.

Kochi is adorned by a state-of-the-art  Software Export Zone & a most modern Port.  Compared to the infrastructure in other South Indian cities, the Infrastructure in existence here is modern & state-of-the-art. 

The International Airport at Nedumbassery is connected to all parts of the world. Air India, Oman Air and Kuwait Airways, along with the domestic Indian Airlines operate here. 
 

The opportunities for investing in the ICT sector and Tourism Industry are considerable as Kochi is the only Gateway in South Asia equipped with a sophisticated, speed telecom SAFE Cable Project, excellent infrastructure and a fairly well-developed Tourism Industry. 

By implementing and commissioning  its E-Tourism projects, we are committed to making Kochi " The Queen of the E-Tourism Industry". We seek active participation from you. 

The islands on the 205 km Vembanad lake are beautiful. Bolgatty, Vallarpadam and Vypeen islands are the islands which lure foreign tourists. The poets referred to Kerala as a "ravishing damsel festooned in a green, silk saree", pacha pattudutha Keralam. If a place gets annual rainfall < 250 mm, that place is considered to be a desert and Kerala gets around 3000 mm of rainfall every year ! Hence she is clad in green dress ! She is graced by Three Monsoons and gifted with high academic education !  

The Kingdom was under drought. Rishiasringan conducts a Parjanya ( Rain ) Homa and it rains in torrents and the people rejoice !

Chudu venal koodarathil 
Mayangunnu Bhoomi
Amrutham Peythavale
Thazhuki Unarthoo.....

Earth is in slumberland
Under heat immense
Rain ambrosia 
Embrace and awaken Her !

This is reminiscent of Goethe's lines

Anaxagorus prays for rains

With all my people's woe I cry to Thee
Diana, Luna, Hecate !

And when it rains, he says

Am I too swifly heard ?
Is then my cry
To yonder sky
The course of Nature from its orbit stirred ?