Tourists from all over the world flock to Cochins many interesting tourist destinations. To treat themselves to its historic beauty. Mattancherry Palace or the Dutch Palace was originally built by Portuguese as a gift for the Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi as the city was then known. The palace was then renovated by the Dutch. Murals portraying scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata the two great Indian epics can be seen on display here. Rooms in the palace are now filled with maps off old Kochi drawn by Dutch cartographers, royal robes of the maharajas used in elaborate coronation ceremonies, royal palanquins and beautiful furniture belonging to the era.
Another contribution of the Dutch, Bolghatty Palace built on a picturesque island near the city of Cochin has now been converted to a hotel by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. The palace at one point of time was the residence of British Settlers of Kochi.
Characterising the Cochin sea trade are the cantilevered Chinese Fishing Nets carried back from the courts of Kublai Khan and introduced along the top of Fort Cochin. These nets are not found anywhere else in the country. Santa Cruz Basilica adds diversity to the culture of Cochin with frescos on its walls and ceiling in contrasting pastel shades. The St. Francis Church is the oldest European Church in India built by Friars of the Franciscan order. Cherai Beach for swimming and sighting dolphins and the Hill Palace Museum at Thripunithra are other places of tourist interest in and around the city