Cochin is considered the commercial and cultural centre of Kerala. The city is blessed with fabulous cultural heritage. There are a large number of majestic forts, cathedrals, churches and palaces. It was the first Portuguese colony to be abandoned later for Goa. It attracts millions of tourists from across the globe on various tour packages. The city was known for spice trade for centuries. The Arabs, Romans, Greeks and Chinese used to come here for procuring spices. The various Kerala holiday packages have Kochi as the essential destination on their itinerary.
The city of Kochi always had air of cosmopolitanism as it was visited by traders from across the globe. That is reflected in every walk of life here. Numerous cultures fused and perspired here leaving behind fabulous cultural heritage. The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is well-known for its medieval grandeur. The Jewish synagogue built in 1568 is considered as the oldest in India. It is culturally bit distinct from the rest of India. It is matrilineal in matters of social organization. The awesome art-forms practiced here not to mention the scenic hills, alluring backwaters and serene beaches.