The commercial capital of the State gets its name from the Ernakulam Shiva temple. This melting pot of cultures and influences is home to many temples, churches, mosques and synagogues. Apart from the Siva temple, there are the Chottanikkara Devi temple, the Vamanamoorthy temple in Thrikkakara and Tripunithura’s Sree Poornathrayeesa temple. The Jain Temple at Mattancherry is another temple worth visiting. St. George Church at Edappally which is among the oldest in the city, Santa Cruz Basilica and St. Francis Church in Fort Kochi are must sees. Vasco Da Gama’s body was interred at the St. Francis Church before it was later taken to Portugal. The tomb remains. The St. Francis Church at Malayatoor, 50 km from the city, is another important centre of pilgrimage. The Synagogue at Jew Town is also a must-visit. The Chembitta Palli near Mattancherry is among the oldest mosques in Kochi.

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