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kochi
Kochi MapThe city of Kochi perfectly reflects the eclecticism of the state of Kerala. Here in historical Kochi, can see winding streets with mosques, a 16th century Jewish synagogue, 500-year elderly Portuguese cottages, elderly church buildings and a palace built by the Portuguese and later renovated by in the Flemish style by the Dutch.

Long famed in the history books, Kochi (formerly known as Cochin) offered refuge to Jews over two,500 years ago. The Portuguese founded the first European colony in Kochi in the 16th century. The Dutch quickly followed and finally, the British. The cosmopolitan mix of cultures makes the city fascinating. This is apparent in the elderly sections of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin, which are approached by regular ferry from Ernakulam (modern Kochi). Fort Cochin boasts St Francis Church, India’s oldest European built church, constructed in 1503, the massive Santa Cruz RC Basilica that dates from 1902, fine homes built by the rich Europeans, Dutch cottages and elegant Chinese fishing nets that grace the northern shores. In the Mattancherry area is the 16th century Mattancherry Palace, often known as the Dutch Palace.
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