Fort Cochin Guide

Our quick introduction to Fort Cochin, the colonial city heart of old Portuguese Kerala and still a thriving commercial hub.

Fort Cochin is the home to some of the oldest European architecture in India and has been a significant settlement ever since Cochin Harbour was discovered. Unlike the bustling Ernakulum, the twin cities of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry have preserved an extraordinary wealth of early colonial architecture spanning the Portuguese, Dutch and the British eras- a crop unparalleled in India. A day spent wandering the streets of Fort Cochin will be well spent. Some of teh significant landmarks include Vasco da Gama's supposed house and several traders' residences.

The district where tourism has made its most discernible impact is Fort Cochin, the grid of venerable old streets where the Portuguese erected their first walled citadel, Fort Immanuel. Only a few fragments of the former battlements remain; however dozens of other evocative Lusitanian, Dutch and British monuments survive ranging from stately tea broker's bungalows to Bishop's palaces and the gabled facade of the oldest church in Asia.

Fort Cochin has a small but active arts scene based around the popular Kashi Art cafe( daily 8.30am -7.30pm) on Burgher Street.

For Kathakali and other traditional forms of ritual dance and drama, you have a choice of venues staging daily tourist shows including Ernakulam kathakali club, which stages night long plays onc eeach month, either at the TDM Hall or at the Ernakulathappan Hall. Kerala Kathakali centre opposite [|Brunton Boatyard]

Kochi offers an exciting ensemble of dining options from the rustic fish fry stalls next to the Chinese nets to fine hotels with harbour views.

Fort Cochin Introduction

Our quick introduction to Fort Cochin, the colonial heart of old Portuguese Kerala and still a thriving commercial hub.

Fort Cochin Waterfront

Discover the famous Chinese nets on Cochin's waterfront facing the Arabian sea. You can even have a try. Then have some freshly cooked grilled fish from the local hot food stalls.

44 Leisure-Walk In Fort Kochi And Peep Into The History

Walk through historic lanes of Fort Kochi

The Churches and mansions built by British, Dutch and Portuguese 500 years ago in their own vivid architecture skill greet leisure-walkers here.

Cochin Carnival

The last 10 days of December white rules Kochi. All avenues, establishments and houses in Kochi wear white paper buntings.

Cochin Harbour

Cochin harbour has long been recognised as a wonderful natural harbour although there are times when you watch a huge super cruise ship negotiating the narrow entrance and wonder whether it is too narrow.

Day Trip To Fort Cochin

Fort Cochin is an old coloniel town with a fusion culture of Jews, Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, French and British.

Dutch Cemetery in Fort Cochin

The 282-year-old Dutch Cemetery in Fort Kochi is the oldest European cemetery in India.

Jew Street

Once a Jews enclave, the Jews Street is now bereft of that community which left to Israel except one or two families. The Star of David inscribed variegated arches wear a worn-out look. The marvellous blue and green facades stand faded. The spice shops and curio souks – so interestingly developed by Jews are still thriving in Market Road.

Kayees - The Biriyani Kings of Cochin

Review of the king of Cochin biriyanis - Kayees in Cochin

Mattancherry & Palace

Right beside Fort Kochi on the same island with a notable palace - Mattanchery Palace. Home to the oldest Jewish community in India. Most have now emigrated to Israel and the community as a whole is pretty much defunct though the synagogue continues to run services.

Princess Street

Walk the famous Princess Street of Fort Kochi

Flower-pot laden windowsills, bronze stucco walls and peeling pastel are the peculiarities of colonial style buildings.

Santa Cruz Basilica

The history of Santa Cruz Basilica begins with the arrival of Portuguese missionaries along with the second basilica Portuguese fleet under Pedro Álvares Cabral on December 24, 1500 AD.

St Francis Church

Built in timber by Portuguese in 1503, it was overlaid with stone masonry later.  Vasco da Gama was cremated here in 1524.

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