Cochin is the largest town in the state of Kerala, which is the most advanced of all India's states. Of particular interest on our tour was the Chinese fishing nets. Although there are no Chinese now their style of fishing is still carried on. These nets are set up on bamboo poles and held by huge mechanisms, which lower them into the sea, when the tide is in they catch sea fish and when the tide is out they catch fresh water fish. Also of particular interest was the Dutch Palace, now a museum, it features India's first mythological murals. I now know all about Harhi Krishna and Harhi Rama (couldn't help thinking of George Harrison ).
Finally a walk through Jew Town past the oldest Jewish Synagogue in India and the local shops selling spices, handicrafts and antiques.
We had a wonderful guide, and have learnt so much about India. Another day at Sea tomorrow and then on to Mumbai, India's premier metropolis, which I am sure is going to prove a city of stark contrasts.