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Places in Kerala
Serene Kochi has been drawing traders and explorers to its shores for over 600 years. Nowhere else in India could you find such an intriguing mix: giant fishing nets from China, a 400-year-old synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses and the crumbling remains of the British Raj.
Central Kerala covers the small strip of territory running from Kochi (Cochin) in the south up to Thrissur (Trichur) in the north east. The obvious highlight is the captivating trading-post city of Kochi but this area includes the lovely beach at Cherai and the towns of Parur and Chennamangalam.
Southern Kerala is where you go to cruise the hydro-highways of Kerala's backwaters. The most popular place to organise such a trip is in Alappuzha (Alleppey) or the tranquil trading town of Kollam (Quilon). The area also includes the golden-sand resorts of Kovalam and Varkala and the city of Kottayam.
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Tips and articles
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