A cosmopolitan city of islands and waterways, Cochin is famous for its precious spices and silks and was once a major trade port, as can be seen by the European influenced architecture.
Arguably one of the most picturesque places in Kerala, Cochin oozes history and tranquillity. Traders have been drawn to this port from all over the world for hundreds of years and left their mark, which can be seen throughout the city from the giant Chinese fishing nets and the crumbling Colonial architecture to the ancient mosques and 16th century Jewish synagogues. Take an early morning stroll along the waterfront where the fishermen bring in their catch, wander around the historical port of Fort Cochin breathing in the spice-heavy air and enjoy a harbour cruise at sunset.
Marco Polo, the Dutch East India Company and the British all shaped its development and at Fort Cochin stands India’s oldest European church