Cochin or Kochi is a beautiful town in Southern Kerala state which is located on the Western Coast of India, flanked by the Arabian Sea. Fondly referred to as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', this cultural and heritage hub of Kerala is also known for its vast network of backwaters. Touted to be the "Comercial Capital of Kerala", it boasts of a natural harbour, which is among the best in the world.
Cochin has historically been an island city for traders from as far as Arabia, Britain and Portugal. Foreign mariners have impacted the culture and way of living here and their impact can still be felt through historical buildings and palaces. Tourists throng to Cochin to relish the amazing concoction of natural delights, historical monuments and European imprints on the culture.
Tourist attractions in Cochin include the charming and historical Bolghatty Palace of 17th century, built by the Dutch. The 16th century Dutch Palace and the oldest existing synagogue in India, Jewish Synagogue, also add to the charm of visitors here. The breathtaking Cheeyappara Waterfalls on the Cochin - Madurai highway mesmerize the guests here.
If the Chottanikkara Temple showcases the religious enthusiasm of Hindus, then the Santa Cruz Basillica Chruch aptly exhibits the essence of the Christians here. Other popular tourist attractions of Cochin include St. Francis Church and Thalassery Fort.