Checklist: Kochi, Kerala, India

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Checklist: Kochi, Kerala, India

Kochi (or Cochin) is a port city by the Arabian Sea in the tropical, lush, green Indian state of Kerala. It’s a metropolis made up of islands, peninsulas and the mainland Ernakulam—the pulsing shopping center where malls and movie theaters abound.

Although it’s incredibly dynamic culturally—with over 30 cultures represented within its population—Kochi is still laid back and the people, while diverse, are warm and friendly. Here’s what you can’t miss in the city dubbed “God’s Own Country.”

Alyssa Pinsker is a writer and performer working on a travel memoir called Girl Gone Global. She has lived in France, Japan, Switzerland, India and of course, New York City. Her favorite place so far is Kochi, India. You can read more on her website.