Kochi (Cochin), the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala, has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. It is now Kerala's commercial center. It's also quite a tourist attraction and knows how to make a visitor feel at home.Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.
There are a number of places to be visited in and around kochi. While in kochi, you must visit the Fort kochi that reveals the European heritage of kochi. Then there is the Santa Cruz Basilica that happens to be a landmark of kochi and a major tourist attraction of kochi. Further there is the St. Francis Church, of the 16th century, in kochi. It is noteworthy that the St. Francis church is the oldest existing European church not only in kochi, but also in India. Fort kochi also uses the famous Chinese nets, the best possible bet for backwater fishing.
The other place of tourist interest in kochi is the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry. One of the oldest synagogues in the world namely The Paradeshi Synagogue is a must visit at kochi. The other main attractions are Bolgatty island and Marine drive