Kochi has been a favourite destination of traders and explorers from time immemorial. It was the main port from which the export of spices from Kerala took place. Many of these traders, including the Portuguese, Dutch and British lived here for decades. Modern day Kochi, therefore, is a kaleidoscope of the cultures grafted on to a tropical coast.
Today, Ernakulam has developed at an alarming speed. As the place has already seen a blend of various cultures, it was never hard for the city and the natives to accept more people and their culture.
With major IT giants opening branches at InfoPark, Naval officers and their families settling here, and other firms operating here, the mood of the city has undergone many changes in last two decades. With more people coming into the city to earn their living, the city also had to change in order to cater to the likes and needs of all these people.