When you travel to Cochin you cannot help notice the beautiful blending of the colonial past and the diversity of modern India. Cochin, the commercial capital of India is a beautiful maritime city describes as the Queen of the Arabian Sea .
The Europeans have left the colonial remnants in Fort Cochin, the most prominent tourist attraction in Cochin being the St.Francis Church built in the 16th century. It is the oldest existing European Church in India. Mattanchery has a Dutch palace built by the Portuguese and has marvelous murals incorporating episodes from the Indian Epics.
Mattancherry has a curious mixture of people. Though predominantly Muslim there are also Jews who have a pocket called the Jew Town . They had made Cochin their home after running away from Persia in the 16th century. The Paradeshi Synagogue was built in 1568 and it remains one of oldest synagogues in the world, with exquisite hand-painted, blue-and-white Chinese porcelain tiles and Belgian hanging lamps. The picture of Cochin is not complete without the mention of the Chinese fishing nets. The Chinese fishing nets are the most efficient means of backwater fishing, quite common in Fort Cochin. So also the boat cruise from Ernakulam to Mattanchery, Vypeen and Bolghatty Island. Backwater tourism in Kerala is refreshing and Cochin is the ideal place to embark on this enchanting tour.
The Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, located in the Kochi city of Kerala, make up a very popular tourist attraction.The Chinese fishing nets that line the sea-front and exhibit a mechanical method of catching fish by local fishermen in Fort Kochi