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Why does one set out on a holiday? Adventure, say some; going that extra mile in search of the unknown, the unseen gives many a sense of recharge or fulfillment While for others holidays are about tranquility Restful relaxed days, lazy contemplative days, where the mind in untangled and the body rejuvenated. Fort Kochi is one of those unique places that give you a wholesome measure of both; adventure and tranquility. One becomes recharged by the sights of living heritages one stumbles upon in its narrow canopied lanes, by the aromas from the spice and tea markets, by the stories of kings who ruled and were overthrown, by the reminiscent evidences they have left all around particularly in the architecture of the town inspires and uplifts the spirit. One always outdoes oneself trying to put all the pieces together and make the most sense out of this enigma called Fort Kochi. And yet this vast exploration seems paced to have a meditative relaxed effect. Where did these unusual Chinese fishing nets come from? A Jewish synagogue and Jew town that does not seem to fit either? Or does it? A Dutch palace and Dutch homes? And an empty tomb of Vasco Da Gama in a protestant church? Fort Kochi offers sights and insights set in what seems like a European backdrop. And all this is excluding the intense platter that Kerala’s culture has to offer. Fort Kochi is the epitome of mystification and diversity where the already diverse Indian culture has tastefully blended with the Dutch, British, Jewish and also Chinese and Arab. You’ll never see a melting pot of culture and heritage like this anyplace else. It’s the ultimate! Or one relaxes to feel that sense of newness.