Cochin or Kochi is the commercial capital of the Southern Indian State of Kerala, is sometimes referred to as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. Cochin boasts a rich cultural heritage but is one of the most fast-paced and modern cities in India. It is also one of the finest natural harbors of the world and a major Indian port.
Always a tourist favorite, this city offers visitors plenty. Forts, palaces, museums, old churches, cool backwaters, palm-fringed lagoons, beaches, and the practicality of a contemporary metro.
The interesting places to visit in Cochin include the Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja in 1555 AD. A fine blend of Indo-European architecture, The Chinese Fishing nets, St. Francis Church, where Vasco Da Gama was buried before his remains were taken back to Portugal 14 years later and Jewish Synagogue, situated close to the Mattancherry boat jetty, the Synagogue and the ancient Jew town built-in 1568 A.D. is of great historical importance.