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The colourful, scenic Fort Kochi on the Keralan town of Kochi is a happy amalgamation of it Portuguese, Dutch and British traditions. You will be charmed by the avenue style streets with cobbled roads and the many arty coffee – tea shops and restaurants. Stroll down to St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, and the burial place of Vasco Da Gama. In Jew Town, you’ll find yourself back in the epicenter of the spice trade – watch the sacks of ginger and cardamom, pepper and cloves being pushed around in wooden trolleys, while you learn to differentiate their different. Wander into oldest active synagogue in South India and visit the Mattancherry Palace. And when the sun is about to set, make your way to the fabled Chinese fishing nets for a truly spectacular sight.
Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is believed to be the finest natural harbour in the world, with breathtaking views. Cochin was the oldest European settlement in India, with a history of visitors who came, saw and stayed for hundreds of years. Consequently, one sees impressions of Chinese, Arab, Jewish, British, French and Portuguese influences. Giant Chinese fishing nets that billow from massive teak and bamboo poles dot the entrance to the harbour. Silhouetted against the setting sun, they present a…