Expect the unexpected in Cochin

The mixture of cultures and influences in Cochin—from giant fishing nets from China, a 400-year-old synagogue, ancient mosques, to Portuguese-style homes, and the crumbling remains of the British Raj—is a fascinating reminder of the city’s storied history as the former center of the Indian spice trade.

Perhaps the most recognized symbol of this cultural hodge-podge is the official icon of Cochin—the massive Chinese Fishing nets. Head to Fort Kochi for an up-close glimpse at these relics from the 14th century where, every morning, fishermen still use them to land the day’s fresh catch. And speaking of the catch-of-the-day, if you’d like to sample it, head to the nearby stalls to select your meal, and then watch as it’s cooked right in front of you.

But don’t mistake this chaotic combination of old and new, east and west as being inharmonious; Cochin is actually a renowned center for Ayurvedic medicine. Treat yourself to some ancient TLC with holistic methods that aim to achieve balance between mind, body, and spirit.

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Church of St. Francis

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Church of St. Francis

The oldest European constructed church in all of India, built in 1503, the Church of St. Francis is were Vasco da Gama was buried in 1524. Fourteen years later his remains were taken back to Portugal, but his tombstone marks the original location.

Chinese Fishing Nets

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Chinese Fishing Nets

The Chinese Fishing Nets is a picturesque area. Fixed land installations for fishing, these graceful fishing nets drape into the waters of the Arabian Sea.

Ernakulam

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Ernakulam

Ernakulam is a busy city located across the water from Fort Cochin and Willingdon Island. It has a bustling business section with an archaeological museum, hotels, and a Kerala State Center for handicrafts.

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