Kochi has many interesting sites that welcome you. The port town of Kochi or Cochin was once the main centres of India’s spice trade. A walk down the rambling alleys of Kochi’s historic Jewish Colony, lined with brightly-painted houses, to see the Mattancherry Synagogue, one of the oldest existing synagogues in the Commonwealth is a must-try on your visit to Kerala. There are Chinese Fishing Nets in the Fort Cochin area which have been preserved and maintained to date, depicting the age old tradition. Unlike usual nets that are found in local places of Kerala, these are fixed land installations and can only be found at Kochi, outside of China. This is a lasting testimony to the good relations between ancient Chinese emperors and the rulers of Kochi.
Kochi has many stories regarding the trading history that dates back to at least 600 years. Popularly called the " Queen of the Arabian Sea" , the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala.
The city has influences of Arabs, Dutch, Phoenicians, Portuguese, Chinese and the British as well as that of the Indian rule of the Chera Dynasty followed by the rule of the Feudal Lords. With a sight of islands interconnected by ferries, this cosmopolitan town has upmarket stores, art galleries and some of the finest heritage accommodations. It is indeed a true vintage-meets-future fashion destination. There are plenty of pubs, restaurants, shopping hubs and futuristic stores that crowd Ernakulam, The Jew Town, and Fort Kochi. Kochi is also an important place to see Kathakali and Kalarippayattu performances and the annual Biennale Festival. For those inclined to visit shopping malls , Kochi boasts of one of the largest in the country, Lulu Shopping Mall at Edapally.