Kochi is the metropolitan city of Kerala with a population of more than 2 million people, making it the biggest urban city of the state. There is a bustling commercial port present in the city as well. The financial capital of Kerala is one of the best places to visit in the state due to the Fort Kochi island area, forts, palaces, flea markets and urban malls.
Fort Kochi has a lot of rich history attached to it because of many foreign influences. With one of the oldest ports of the country, the city has seen a lot of traffic from hundreds of years and there are lasting impressions left on the island city. The famous tourist places in Kochi are Mattanchery Palace (Dutch Palace), Fort Kochi beach, Santacruz Basilica, Jew Street and Paradesi Synagogue. Tripunithara Hill palace, the largest archaeological palace in all of South India, is another major attraction in the city of Kochi. There are various museums, temples, and churches spread across the city. Another attraction is the eco tourist villages built in and around the city like the Kumbalingi integrated tourism village and Mastyafed Milky-way-aqua tourist village.