Being a major harbour from the times of the British and Portuguese, Cochin has a rich heritage of forts, churches and temples. A visit to these ancient marvels gives you an overview of the political, religious and commercial developments of the city. Some of the major attractions of the city are the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Fort Kochi, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Dutch Cemetery, the Chinese Nets, Willingdon Island, and Hill Palace Museum.
The excursions around Cochin are equally interesting experiences. Some
of the well-known places where one can go for daylong trips are Trichur,
the cultural capital of Kerala; Pallipuram Fort, one of the oldest
existing European monuments in India; Kalady, the birthplace
of Adi Shankaracharya; Cherai Beach, an ideal place for swimming;
and Chennamanagalam, an important centre of handloom weaving
and coir manufacturing in Kerala.