Popularly known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India. This lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. Its proximity to the equator, the sea and the mountains provide a rich experience of a moderate equatorial climate. Cochin is arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala. Apart from being the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala, Cochin also flaunts one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Cochin allures the tourists with its antiquity. A ride on a country boat through the backwaters offer you a great picture of the land, with many islands scattered here and there and lush greenery along the banks. Hemmed with swaying coconut palms and Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against the backdrop of the setting sun, the backwaters make a breathtaking spectacle. The majestic houseboats that glide across the water form another dramatic scene that not many cities in India can boast. Whether you are here to explore the charm of the bygone era, savor the tantalizing seafood delicacies, explore the culture heritage and art forms, or just to break free from the daily grind, Cochin is an excellent choice.