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Kochi

Kochi , also known as Cochin, is a major port city on the south-west coast of India bordering the Arabian Sea. It is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala and is often referred to as Ernakulam. Also known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea,'' Kochi was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century onward, and has managed to lure travelers with her mesmerising charm. So enticed were everyone who landed on her coast, be it the British, the Dutch or the Portuguese, they never wanted to go back. The moment you enter Kochi, you will be greeted with a modern cosmopolitan outlook yet have its own distinct cultural and traditional vibe. This charm is the result of an unbelievable blend of Portuguese, Dutch, and Keralan culture. Combine all this with the innumerable places and activities to indulge in and you have the perfect city to spend your time at!
Some of the major attractions in Kochi are Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace Cherai Beach, Munambam Beach, Paradesi Synagogue, Hill Palace Museum Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, etc.

Things to do in Kochi:
Kochi is synonymous with Fort Kochi, the first European township in India. Established in 1503, Fort Kochi is steeped in the history and culture of all who have occupied it through the ages. Fort Kochi has a lot to offer from chinese fishing fishing nets, to palaces to local delicacies. The Chinese Fishing Nets are the most famous sight here among tourists. Located in Fort Kochi is St Francis Church, built by Portuguese Franciscan friars in the 16th century, is India’s oldest European church. The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who died in Kochi, was once buried here. The cemetery was consecrated in 1724 is another popular spot. The tombstones here are considered to be the most authentic record of the hundreds of Europeans who arrived in India. Other places of interest in Fort Kochi includes Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Immanuel, Kashi Art Café, David Hall art gallery, etc.

One must definitely explore the Jew Town while in Kochi. Jewish diaspora settled in Kochi as early as 700 BC for trade and commerce. The population rose and the king of Cochin gave them a whole area for their own town. Today Jew Town is a unique feature of Kochi that is seen nowhere else. Even though a most of Jews immigrated to Israel, the town is still a Jewish township and you can see the traditions, customs and the old world charm here. The Jewish Synagogue at jew street is a must see.

Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism Village is an island, which has been converted into a model fishing village and tourism spot. Located 15 km away from Kochi city, this tourism village is first of its kind in India. At this island village, exploring the rural work styles, age-old culture and heritage of Kerala can be interesting. Surrounded by backwaters, this village has a ring of Chinese fishing nets and specialised local paddy cultivation. One can enjoy canoeing in a country boat, fishing or partying in rural style with locals. At the Kumbalangi Tourism Village visitors can fully savour a variety of natural splendours, and paramount to a model tourist village the outstanding ecological balance of the serene location.

Watersports activities at Munambam beach. This isolated yet enchanting beach is far away from commercial activities and the hustle and din of the city. Cocooned by palm and coconut trees, emerald waters and golden sand, there are a variety of water sports and beach activities to enjoy at Munambam beach. There are endless adventures you can find. One can find everything for fun and recreation here at the beach like banana ride, bumper ride, boogie board, bumper ride, lay low ride, stand up paddling, jetski, speedboat ride etc. Kayaking is another superb alternatives, in order to explore the waters in a safe and serene way. Scuba diving is yet another fabulous water sport for those who get intrigued when thinking of what lies underwater. Catamaran sailing is another luxurious opportunity to engage in watersports and activities, feeling like a true sea adventurer.

Munambam is also near the legendary Muziris port, the ancient world's greatest trading centre in the East, this seaport traded in everything from spices to precious stones and was the doorway to India for varied cultures.

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