Kochi or Cochin; the queen of the Arabian Sea, has forever been on every traveler's wish list and brought people from faraway lands to its shores. The traces of colonial influence is still to be seen in and around the city especially in areas like Fort Kochi and Mattancherry which offer tourists a glimpse of its historic past with its grand European churches, quaint palaces, cemeteries, winding alleyways, imposing fishing nets, and more. These days, however, Cochin has a lot more to offer to the visiting travelers. The spice markets, many fishing community-based islands, serene backwaters and beaches have become a must see on every traveler’s itinerary. Tourists who desire to experience the local culture and art can enjoy the various art exhibitions and eco-tours that are on offer at Cochin.