In pictures: Charming Kochi on India’s south coast
KOCHI, formerly Cochin, is a port city on the west coast of India. What makes Kochi unique is that it was once the centre of the Indian spice trade. Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Greeks, Romans, Jews, Arabs and Chinese all traded here and all left their influence on the city in a collection of religious establishments, architecture, products and even fishing styles.
Wonderfully, many have survived the passing of the years and today there are still Portuguese churches, Chinese fishing methods, a Jewish synagogue, various spice markets and a Dutch palace. Most of these are located at Fort Kochi and Mattancherry.
Kochi has become a major tourist destination in south India, here’s a few photos to demonstrate why.
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All images by Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com