Most major cities in India have hundreds or thousands of years of history and cultural attractions that will knock your socks off. But Kochi is in a league of its own because of the exotic mix of foreign cultures still prominently seen in the city’s historic attractions and architecture. From the Chinese Fishing Nets at Fort Kochi Beach to the Santa Cruz Basilica and from Matancherry’s Dutch Palace to the Paradesi Jewish Synagogue, you’ll be hopping from one culture to the next – all in the same place.
Kochi, which includes a bunch of islands in scenic locations on the Vembanad Lake, also happens to a major beach holiday resort destination. You’ll find plenty of tourists enjoying the sun n’sand at Cherai Beach on Vypeen Island. The man-made Willingdon Island likewise has luxury casino resorts that will help you enjoy a Kerala-style backwaters or houseboat holiday in absolute decadence.
Kochi has more than its fair share of palaces, museums, forts, temples, churches, art galleries and historic zones like Princess Street and Jew Town that you simply have to visit. The urban experience requires you to visit Marine Drive and shop at the malls and markets on M.G. Road. Another thing to keep in mind is that Kochi happens to be a gateway into the rest of Kerala, and you have a lot more to see if you are willing to take day trips around Kochi.
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