A major port and commercial city of Kochi is the largest metropolis in state of Kerala. Kochi was the first of the European colonies in colonial India. Kochi ranks first in the total number of international and domestic tourist arrivals in Kerala. Mix of Dutch, Portuguese and Kerala architecture. The city has been voted as the best tourist destination in India by the Outlook Traveller. the city is also amongst the country’s safest seaports that operates passenger ships to Colombo, Sri Lanka and Lakshadweep. Kochiites are fashion conscious due to which the city has adapted the latest fashion trends. Events like India International Boat show, the India International Aqua show and the Kochi International Book Festival are a permanent stick to the city. Biennale – world’s biggest contemporary art festival takes place in the city known as Kochi Biennale – India’s largest art exhibition. Gigs, art cafes, art galleries are visited and cherished by the Kochiites. Kathakalli and kalaripayatu are artistic nerves of the city and also integral parts of the Keralan culture. Binge on the seafood or dosa, continental or local delicacies like puttu (steamed rice or wheat cylinders with coconut), avial (thick coconut gravy with vegetables and spices) or taste the Malabar biryani – a special Malabar coastal touch to the regular Biryani.