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Cochin (also called Kochi- Queen of Arabian Sea) is an important port city in the state of Kerala in South India, which is located in the west coast of India by Arabian sea. It is also called Ernakulum, which is mainland part of the city. Cochin was an important trading centre since 14th century occupied by Portuguese, from where they used to export spices to other European countries. Cochin has been the commercial capital of Kerala because of its splendid location, which is the stopover on the sea route. Kochi is the first city, where the Portuguese (European) first settled in India and they remained here until 1530, when they chose Goa for their settlement. Cochin was later occupied by Dutch and then British until India got independence. Cochin is one of the best tourist destinations in Kerala because of its natural beauty, which has made it number one in terms of number of international and domestic tourist arrivals in Kerala.

Main attractions of Cochin:

Dutch Palace

Dutch Palace is also called Mattancherry Palace. The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portugese in 15th century. Later in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented it to the Raja (King) of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma. The King later modified it in order to make it to Hindu texture. The palace has a beautiful collection of mural paintings that depicting the scenes from the Hindu epics of Mahabharatha and Ramayana.

Jewish Synagogue

Jews synagogue was built in Cochin by Jewish trading community in 1568. It is an oldest synagogue in India, which was partially destroyed in 1662 during a war and was renovated by the Dutch. In 18th century the clock tower was added to it and the floors were paved with exquisite hand-painted blue willow tiles from China. These tiles are 200years old and no two tiles are alike. The interior is really beautiful and fascinating including Belgian chandelier and gold and silver crown etc. The Jew Town offers a glimpse of houses built in Dutch, Portuguese and British styles.

Jews Town

Jew town is the area around the Jews Synagogue, which is a centre of spices, antique furniture, handicraft and curio shops.

Chinese Fishing net

The Chinese fishing nets are the only of its kind in India. They are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, who introduced these nets in Cochin. These nets were made of Teak wood and bamboo poles between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the court of Kublai Khan.

Santa Cruz Basilica

This historic church was built by the Portuguese and later it was lifted to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. In 1795 it was demolished, when Cochin was taken over by British. About 100year later, Bishop Dom Gomez Ferreira built a new church building at the same site in 1887. The Church was proclaimed a Basilica in 1984 by Pope John Paul II.

St Francis Church

It is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. During his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama- the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi in 1524. He was buried in the St. Francis Church. Later his remains were taken back to Lisbon in 1538. The Tomb has been made, where he was buried inside the church and thus the church is also called as Vasco De Gama&rsquo church.

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