History of Ernakulam
The precursor state to the Kingdom of Kochi is believed to have come into existence in the early 12th century, following the fall of the Chera Kingdom. This kingdom was hereditary, and the family that ruled the region was known as the Perumpadappu rulers in the local vernacular. The mainland Kochi has been the capital of the princely state since the 18th century. However, during much of this time, the kingdom was under foreign suzerainty, and the King was only granted titular privileges over the region encompassing the present city of Kochi and its adjoining areas.
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