Also referred to as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi (Cochin) is one of the shining glories of Kerala. A major port city, it has been luring traders and explorers for more than 600 years. It is here that you can reel in the fine blend of Portugal, Holland, English and Malabar Coast influences. While the mainland Ernakulam is perpetually bustling, Fort Cochin and Mattancherry transport you to another world.
Soak yourself in the charm of the many tourist places in Kochi. Chottanikara Bhagavathy Temple holds religious and architectural importance. Kerala Kathakali Centre is where many rich arts and rituals are performed. This includes Kathakali, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and the famous martial arts form known as Kalaripayattu. Santa Cruz Basilica is amongst the finest churches in India. Other notable places include Hill Palace Museum, Matancherry Palace, Jew Synagogue and Jew Town, Marine Drive, Cherai Beach and more.