Situated along the coast, and naturally beautiful, Puri has a recorded history that dates back right up to the third century BC. Grand edifices, monuments, ancient places of worship, and antique remnants from eras past make Puri worth visiting for more than mere devotional offering. Even avid bird watchers throng to the breathtaking Chilkha lake for a sighting of migratory birds. You’d be mesmerized by an Odissi dance performance, a traditional temple dance born of the Devadasi tradition. There are patta paintings and appliqué mementos to be shopped for, and millions of pictures to be taken.
Today Cochin is composed of Ernakulam City, Fort Kochi, Willingdon Island, a man made island created by the British due to dredging in the 1920s to deepen the port, Mattancherry and Kumbalangi and other islands which are connected by ferries and bridges. It is one of the most cosmopolitan cities of Kerala having had European influence right from the early 1500s. Vasco de gama the great Portuguese explorer was buried in the St. Francis church in Kochi until his body was taken to Lisbon fourteen years ago.