Who said travel in time is impossible? If you visit Fort Cochin in Kerala, you will find yourself in medieval Portugal with beautiful churches and cathedrals, few minutes of walk away from Dutch palace and Dutch cemetary next to Jew Town with 400-year-old synagogue very close to Chinese fishing nets where Indian men in skirts gather to get fresh fish for their families.
Missing Indian elements? You won't find any cows in streets or dogs, but goats and nice cars. Kerala is the most progressive Indian state and people are doing pretty good. Visit Kathakali center or Ernakulam (part of Cochin) and you will experience different face of India - clean, colorful and educated.
Jew Town - cool restaurant & great shopping
If you fancy some shopping, make sure you save it for Jew Town in Fort Cochin. Quiet streets are full of small shops and passages with everything from spice to soft cotton shirts. Unfortunately I couldn't visit the synagogue as there was some incident with hysterical woman including police and a crowd of people waiting to get in. Anyway, if you have more luck than me, make sure you dress modestly and don't have anything worthy with you - you will be asked to leave your bag in security box. Once you are in Jew Town, don't forget to eat at the beautiful restaurant Caza Maria (picture below)
Food - where to eat and where not to eat
Caza Maria is blend of French, North and South Indian cuisine with the most beautiful interior I have ever seen in restaurant. It's also very quiet with nice view on Jew Town. Althought it's recommended by Lonely Planet, it was never crowded.
Several cool restaurants were closed during monsoon season (Dal Roti, Casa Linda, Teapot), but are supposed to be worth visiting.
Now the disappointment was Salt 'n' Pepper which is recommended by Lonely Planet as it's proudly says on their menu. The fish was full was meshed and full of big bones, the few pieces of tomatoes was supposed to be salad. Tables are outside so there is always someone bothering you with souvenirs.
The Chinese nets - fishy business
Santacruz basilica is worth visiting as the interior is as nice as the outside. It was built in 1506 and lays in the heart of Fort Cochin.
St.Francis Church is supposed to be the first christian church in India. Vasco da Gama was buried here before taken back to Portugal.