Fort Kochi, a small village close to the suburbs of the main city. With panoramic beaches all along the coastline, you can see the famed Chinese fishing nets and sailing ships. The beautiful village and countryside is lined with old Victorian era styled bungalows, a reminiscent of the European settlements. This location was the first settlement of the Europeans in Kochi.
WHAT TO SEE
Mattancherry Palace: It is also known as Dutch Palace, built the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555 AD. It acquired the present name after 1663 when the Dutch carried out extensions and repairs in the palace. AT no time did the Portuguese or Dutch stay here. Its interiors are decorated with murals from the Ramayana and there are some lively displays of royal costumes and palanquins. Timings. 1000 hrs to 17.00 hrs. Closed on Fridays and national holidays.
Jewish Synagogue (Paradesi Synagogue): in Mattancherry Synagogue is built in 1568 AD. The Great Scrolls of the Old Testament, the copper plates in which the grants of privilege made by the Cochin rulers were recorded and the exquisite Chinese hand-painted tiles are of interest.Paradesi is a word used in several Indian languages to refer to foreigners. Historically, the synagogue was built by White Jews, a mixture of Jews, Cranganore, the Middle East and European exiles. Therefore, the name Paradesi Synagogue. Timing: 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs and 1500 hrs to 1700 hrs. Closed on Sundays and Jewish Holidays.
St. Francis Church: Fort Kochi The Protestant church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1510 AD and is believed to be the oldest church built by the Europeans in India. It is here the remains of the inveterate traveller, Vasco da Gamma were initially buried and 14 years later, his mortal remains were taken to Portugal.
Santa Cruz Basilica Church: For Kochi The Roman Catholic Church situated close to St. Francis Church and is worth visiting. Some beautiful paintings can be seen here.
Chinese Fishing Nets: Fort Kochi The Chinese Fishing net that line the sea-front and exhibit a mechanical method of catching fish by local fishermen in Fort Kochi. Said to have been brought from China by traders of Kubalai Khan's Court, they are used at high tide.
Kashi Art Cafe: Worth a visit. The restaurant housed in a traditional Dutch building, has a nice art gallery as well.You can admire art and also have a bite to eat. They serve excellent chocolate cakes, breakfast and lunch, coupled with nice music and a soothing ambiance.The cafe was started in 1997 in Fort Kochi by two art lovers Anoop Skaria and Dorrie Younger. In 2003, they expanded and got another space with the same objective in Mattancherry. The idea behind this is sure to touch the souls of all artists and art lovers. Kashi Art cafe provides a platform for all talented artists who have no support structure to bring their talent out in the spotlight. Established artists also display their work here. The profits from the cafe totally support art and cultural activities.
Beach: Kochi is known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Spending time on the beach gives you a feel of the scenic beauty as well as the Chinese fishing nets. Take a walk along the beach and observe fishermen making a catch. In fact there are many restaurants out there who will serve you some good sea food.
Princess Street:If you want to see the remnants of the European architecture, visit Princess Street. The street was famous all through the European occupation and the huge bungalows lined on this quaint street portray the architecture of their respective owners ranging from Portuguese, Dutch, British and French.
Everything You Need to Know...
- Time of Day: Daytime
- Duration in Days: 1 Day Excursion
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