Fort Kochi is one of the most beautiful port city located in the state of Kerala. The unique architecture and the layout of the town makes it distinct from the other cities and towns present in Kerala. Presently the place is counted as a prominent tourist attraction but in the earlier days it was looked upon as a fishing village. In the erstwhile years the ruler of the Fort Kochi allowed the traders of Portuguese to build a fort near the waterfronts to protect their commercial interests. The town derived the first part of its name from Fort Emmanuel that was built by the Portuguese. Cochin is considered as an important trading zone for both seafarers and foreign travelers. In the due course of its history the ownership of Kochi Fort has passed many hands. It had remained under the possession of Dutch, Portuguese and the British at different points of time which influence can be widely seen in its European architecture.