Perched on the tip of India’s southern coast, the city of Cochin has watched the rise and fall of empires passing along the spice route for centuries. From the Arabic and Portuguese traders travelling in the 15th century, the Dutch invasion of the 1650’s and her union to the British in the years of the Raj, Kerala wears her illustrious history well. Today Cochin is a thriving modern city and home to Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Jews who all share a great affection for this jewel of the Arabian Sea.
Life on the backwaters
The backwaters of Kerala are the reason most visitors head to Cochin. The lush, green waterways connect villagers, fisherman and tourists. For travellers, a guided morning on the low flatboats gently slicing their way through the clear waters gives a glimpse of village life. There are lone fisherman sitting patiently under the searing sun, motorised