The quintessence of perfect urban/rural mix. Cochin or Kochi stands atop over all tourist destinations in Kerala because of the diversity. Known as the Queen Of Arabian Sea - a moniker it gained due to the Spice Trade, that started in the early 14th century, Its also the commercial capital and the largest metro town in the State of Kerala.
The diversity mentioned before can be clearly identified when you walk through Fort Cochin - A major attraction in Cochin. French, English, Portuguese, Arabs and Jews had left their mark here. Chinese fishing nets and its operation are a scene to watch.
St. Francis CSI Church (oldest European church in India), Paradesi Synagogue (oldest active synagogue in India), Dutch Palace, Jew Street, Marine Drive, Bolgatty Palace, Cochin Marina, Hill Palace - Tripunithura, Vallarpadam Church, Chottanikkara Temple, Cherai Beach and Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary are few other attractions to look out for in Cochin.
Now Cochin had once again established its place as the emerging cities in the world by building the largest shopping mall in India - The Lulu Mall.