Kochi (Cochin) has a powerful lure for tourists. Its location between the blue waters of the Arabian Sea and Kerala’s emerald backwaters, rich medley of Indian and foreign architecture, unusual sights like the Chinese fishing nets, and quaint localities like the Jewish Quarter, all draw the attention of visitors. Kochi played a pivotal role in the development of shipping and trade in the southern region with its prime location on the west coast, fine bay, and protected harbor. Merchant ships made frequent stops to stock up on spices, coffee and wood, en-route to the rich markets of Europe and West Asia. The city was alternately controlled by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, whose influences are evident in the architecture of city buildings.
(Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Kumarakom, Thekkady, Madurai, Chennai)
As dawn breaks over the mighty Ganges and you watch the faithful absolve their sins in her restorative waters, you’ll discover that India’s powerful spirituality is as tangible as the bank-side temples that are illuminated in the early-morning light.
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