Fort Kochi
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Brief

In Fort Kochi heritage zone - all 6 sq. km. or so of it - nothing is quite as it sounds. There is a seaside, but it is not your average beach where people lie and tan, it's a harbour where people lie and tan, it's a harbur where ships sail past.

One of the best experiences one can enjoy in Kochi is to explore the old streets of Fort Kochi. This is the best way to discover a historic town which tells interesting stories of seafaring visitors who came here for trading purposes and then settled here. The history of the place dates back to a big flood in 1341 AD which opened the estuary at Kochi. The once land-locked region became one of the world’s best natural harbours. It also became the first European township in India, occupied by the Portugese in the 15th Century.

Even today, Fort Kochi wears all of this cosmopolitan aplomb, this role in centuries of maritime and cultural - religious history, this being a tourist heritage zone, with superb ease. It is still Kerala's most cosmopolitan and visited city, boasting a mixture of Malayali, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jews etc. all engaged in some form of commerce.

Fort kochi is a region in the city of Kochi in the state of Kerala. It is a part of handful of water-bound regions toward the South-West of mainland Kochi and collectivity known as Old Kochi or West Kochi. Fort Kochi or Mattancherry is where you can drink in the successive seaside influences of the Portuguese, Dutch and British in a unique ambience.

The Dutch however captured Fort Kochi from the Portuguese in 1663. However, the fort was then wrested by the British in 1795. It was during the 1600’s that the fort was considered a major commercial hub, a trade centre, a military base as well as a thriving cultural centre.  The city is home to nearly 13 communities presently.

Malayalam is the main language commonly spoken in Kochi.

 

 
Travel Tips

The beach is usually crowded in the morning till around lunch time. After lunch, the tourists start returning back to their boats. This is the best time to visit the beach if you are looking for some privacy. Always remember to pack water and foods, even if it is coconut and bhel puri.

While travelling, it is suggested not to carry valuables or large sum of cash.

Avoid dark areas when travelling on foot.

Take a taxi, rather than walking when travelling at night, especially if you are alone.

The best time to visit the beach is between October and May where one can enjoy good weather which is conducive for a vacation. Travel during the monsoons should be avoided owing to torrential rainfall.

 

 



When to visit

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Things to do

Tourists have the opportunity to visit some interesting sites which include the famous Chinese fishing nets which can be found along the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church and Bastion Bungalow, among other historical landmarks. However, the architectural masterpieces aside, the city also possesses a number of restaurants that serve fresh seafood and are popular among the tourists who visit it.

 
Getting Around

By foot

Fort Kochi can be best explored by tourists if they walk. The colonial-style stone pavements make it perfect for walking as there are a number of attractions which can only be appreciated if tourists travel on foot.

By cycle

Fort Kochi is also a great place for cycling as there are a number of dedicated tracks and walkways. There are bicycle tours which are also organized in and around Fort Kochi.

 
Places to Stay

Though mainland Ernakulam has a rang of hotels to satisfy all budgets, Fort Kochi shoul be your unwavering target. There are so many heritage boutique hotels which one can avail.

There are so many big favourite resorts which are famous for its cleanliness, affordability, lovely location and very helpful owners.

 

 
How to Reach

  • The Cochin International Airport is the nearest and largest airport in the region. There are a vast number of national and international flights which connect Kochi to other parts of India and the world.
  • Kochi is also well-connected by train to other parts of India. A number of Kerala-bound trains stop here during their journey. The two major rail terminals in the city include Ernakulam Town Station and Ernakulam Junction Station.
  • Kochi can also be reached from the southern parts of the country and other parts of the state via the Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus services.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Alappuzha (70 km) — known for its house boats, it is right in heart of the backwaters of Kerala

Athirapilly hills — Referred to as the Indian Niagara with a large waterfall and small rapids. This is a popular picnic spot.

Bhoothathankettu (35 km) — perfect for boating and picnicking. The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary can be found nearby.

Idukki (90 km) — replete with beautiful hill resorts

Matancherry Palace - It is also called the Dutch Palace, this palace was built by th ePortuguese in 1555 as a gift of Maharaja of Kochi.

Pardesi Synanogue -  It is a oldest active sunanogue in the commonwealth of nation. Its interior is lush with curved brass columns, carved teak ark, Belgian crystal chandeliers and Torah crowns of gold set with gems. The floor is studded with antique, white-and-blue, hand-painted porcelain tiles from Canton, each with a different weeping willow pattern.

Kathakali Performance - It is one of the major form of classical Indian dance.

Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum - It is a museum of traditional local architecture as well as crafts, folkarts and antiques. 

Scuba  Diving Cochin - Scuba diving and sea diving are most common in Kovalam beach.

 

 
Emergency No.

  • Kochi Central Police Station (Central Circle), Old Railway Station Rd (Behind High Court of Kerala), telephone: +91 484 2394500. 
  • Kochi Women Police Station (Vanitha Station), (General Police Quarters, Near to High Court), telephone: +91 484 2394250. 
  •  Kochi Tourist Police Station (Fort Kochi Station), (Parade grounds), telephone: +91 484 2224055.
  • Foreigners Registration Office-FRO (City Police Commissioner's Office), (Commissariat, City Police HQ, Marine Drive), telephone: +91 484 2394651. 
  • Sailors & Seaport Users Registration Office (DySP Office- Island), (SSRO Office, Near Port Trust Office, Willington Island),+91 484 2666027.