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.

Fort Kochi is not just another traveller's delight but a slice of history and a cauldron of diverse cultures including the Portuguese, Dutch and the English. 

The Santa Cruz Basilica - built in 1505 in neo classical style is a visual treat. A little away is the sea facing Dutch Cemetery, which traces its origin to 1724. The coastline dotted with Chinese fishing nets is another attraction. If interested, you can join the gang of the sprightly fishermen in towing the nets up. There are many wayside eateries that cook or sauté the fresh catch to suit your palates. 

It would take a stone's heart to pluck your gaze off the impressive line up of of shops selling handicrafts and antiques. You can seal some cool bargains in these stalls, where haggling is common. The Jew Town in Fort Cochin is refreshingly different from other parts in that it still retains a heady Jewish aura. The narrow allay ways dotted with shops of a handful of Jews who have made Kochi their home would lead you to the Synagogue, which was built in 1568. Visitors are allowed inside the synagogue though photography is not allowed.

Vasco House, thought to be the residence of Vasco da Gama, is one of the oldest Portuguese residences here. You can still see the enchanting glass paned windows and Balcony cum Verandas characteristic of European architecture at that time. Take a trip down memory lane in the tree lined avenues and quaint lanes of Fort Kochi.

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