Kochi was the first port that caught the imagination of the seafarers of Europe and was the centre of the India’s spice trade with the world. With all the riches came a multitude of wars and many rulers, resulting in a very heterogeneous modern city. Today, Kochi is the first port of call for travellers seeking to travel around the wonderful state of Kerala. There are many things to do in Kochi and Ernakulam, starting with the innumerable palaces and museums all depicting the glory of the past rulers – The Portuguese, the Dutch, the English and finally the Indians. The crazy Indian traffic notwithstanding, the best way to experience Kochi is to walk around the narrow bylanes and take in the sights, sounds and smell of the place. The cafes, churches and Portuguese villas of Fort Kochi are a reminder of a city that once was, while the spice and trinklet shops of Jew Town point to the burgeoning tourism industry in Kerala. A city this old is steeped with culture and brilliant food. We recommend a visit to one of the Kathakali Centres (traditional dance form of Kerala) while you can savour some brilliant fresh sea food everywhere in the city. Remember, you never run short of things to do in Kochi.