Cochin is a lovely seaside city flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. You will find here a unique mix and match of traditional as well as Western architecture and lifestyle. This cosmopolitan town has upmarket stores, art galleries and some of the finest heritage accommodations. Fort Cochin is a charming seaside area known for its Dutch, Portuguese & British colonial architecture and elaborate bamboo fishing nets at Fort Kochi Beach. St. Francis Church was the original burial site of explorer Vasco da Gama. Upscale eateries and chic cafes serve Keralan specialties, and quaint shops sell cotton clothing and handmade souvenirs. Heritage buildings house contemporary art galleries. The city also housed a Jewish Synagogue & the Mattancherry Dutch`s Palace. Here you can witness Kathakali, a traditional dance form of Kerala with lavish costumes, exotic makeup, masks etc.