Cochin, documented since Roman times, is the oldest European settlement in India. With its enchanting Jewish quarter, picturesque Chinese fishing nets, Portuguese churches, Hindu temples and bustling spice and antiques bazaars, Cochin has a seamless blend of diverse architectural and religious influences. This ancient port has now split into two main parts. The old town of Fort Cochin on the peninsula has winding alleyways lined with merchant houses and spice markets whilst the brash, modern industrious city of Ernakulam is on the mainland. The Old Fort area is a wonderful place to wonder around at leisure. Take time to visit the Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis Church, the spice markets and antique bazaars as well of course as the Chinese fishing nets. A sunset harbour cruise or a visit to a Kathakali dance performance is the ideal way to bring the day to an end.