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Kochi Cruises

Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a crossroads of culture due to its strategic position along the coastline of India’s Kerala state. Have a wander through its twisting streets and you’ll see remnants of the merchants who have all left their stamp over the centuries. You’ll spy India’s oldest synagogue, the Mattancherry Palace, and colonial Dutch buildings. Fort Kochi dominates the coastline, originally built by the Portuguese before being ruled by the Dutch and then the British. Yet today’s Kochi is fully Indian, a great place to experience local Kerala folklore, cuisine and dancing.

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Mattancherry Palace is a prime example of Kochi’s colonial past, originally constructed in the 16th century by the Portuguese for Kochi’s Maharajah. You’ll see vibrantly coloured murals inside the palace depicting Hindu deities like Krishna and Shiva. It was renovated by the Dutch, and called the Dutch Palace by some as a result.

The Paradesi Synagogue is also well worth a visit, built in 1568. A highlight of this beautiful building is its Chinese imported floor tiling, each individually painted in shades of blue and white. There’s also a white clock tower, colourful paintings, and Ethiopian rugs to spy in this handsomely decorated interior.

Explore the distinct culture of Kerala state by enjoying the local cuisine, which is heavy on curries made with fresh seafood and creamy coconut milk. You can visit the Kerala Folklore Museum, featuring traditional artefacts ranging from masks to pottery and a wood-ceilinged theatre. Within the theatre, you can watch a traditional Kathakali Dance, famed for its elaborate costumes and stylised movements.

Shopping in Kochi is a pleasure due to the range of different markets and shops. You’ll find everything from hip clothing from Indian designers in the Parade Grounds of Fort Kochi to exotic spices in Bazaar Road.


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