Old Kochi consists of a network of peninsulars and islands. Arabs, Chinese, Jews, Portuguese, Dutch and British traders have all left their mark on this ancient trading port. Perhaps the most famous sight is the beautiful line of the Chinese fishing nets along the shore, but the old town is a delightful mixture of buildings bearing the influence of all these visitors; of particular charm are the Portuguese palace and Jewish synagogue.
Kochi has a charm which is particularly appealing and familiar to the Western tourist. But gradually I became ill at ease with the feeling that here was another place on show for the tourists.
Across the water on the mainland is its modern neighbour, the city of Ernakulum.