Kochi offers a cocktail of modernity, old-world charm and a global outlook; a city deeply rooted in history. Its streets exude clean, new and old-world charm; a place with beautiful monuments and a variety of linguistic and ethnic communities including natives, Jews, Konkinis, Gujaratis, Punjabis and so on living peacefully along the mesmerizing crisscross of backwaters and rivulets. For centuries, Kochi had been the main port city, not only of Kerala but also of the Indian Peninsula. Since the 14th century, Kochi, known as 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', has had shipping from Asian and European countries. The traders and travellers from across the globe were welcomed with open arms and minds. This greatly helped in its growth into a cosmopolitan city. Kochi is an indiscriminate mix of estuaries and backwaters, small islands, coastal townships and hilly areas. The Chinese fishing nets and enchanting sunsets are hallmarks of this destination. Visitors can also enjoy traditional and speciality cuisines from all over the world, from a large number of famous eateries and restaurants dotting all over the city.