Fort Kochi is a town, 8 Kilometers away from the port city of Cochin, where the history of Kerala lies in deep slumber. It is renowned for its beach, colonial reminiscences, European styled bungalows and the typical Kerala seafood delicacies. Fort Kochi is dotted with Chinese fishing nets which proclaims the ancient relation of the people of Fort Kochi with the Chinese travelers. It is believed that the fishing nets are introduced by the Chinese who visited Fort Kochi in the ancient times. Even now a few of the fishing nets are in working condition.
Places to visit
Fort Kochi Beach: It is a major attraction for tourists all over the world. The sea is dotted with Chinese fishing nets and sailing ships. The Fort Kochi beach is really a sight that will mesmerize our vision. A stroll through the beach with the fresh air slightly passing through us is really amazing. The shore line of the Fort Kochi beach is adorned with many Victorian styled bungalows. There are fish stalls near the Fort Kochi beach that will catch fresh fish and prepare tasty Kerala dishes in front of us. It is really a mouthwatering experience.
Santa Cruz Basilica: It is located at Cathedral grounds, Fort Kochi. The Santa Cruz Basilica was built by the Portuguese in 1502. Later the structure was renovated by the British. It is considered as the first European church built in Asia. Many historically important artifacts and oil paintings are displayed in the Santa Cruz Basilica.
St. Francis Church: The St. Francis church in Fort Kochi was built by the Portuguese in 1505. It is well known for the Portuguese architecture. Vasco da Gama, the famous Portuguese traveler died in Kerala and his remains were buried in the St. Francis Church. This adds to the historical importance of the church in Fort Kochi. Even though later his remains were taken to Lisbon, the tomb of Vasco da Gama is still seen in the church. In the backyard of the church a memorial is constructed for the World War 1 militants. The church is situated near to the Fort Kochi beach.
Princess Street : It is the famous street of Fort Kochi which is embellished with traditional European styled bungalows. The street is lined with European styled café shops, souvenir shops and artifacts shops. It is the best place for a shopaholic interested in collecting curios.
How to reach Fort Kochi
The nearest airport is Cochin International airport. From the Cochin metro city, you can take a cab or auto rickshaw to Fort Kochi. Private and government bus services also help you to reach Fort Kochi from the main city.
Latitude: 9.964793, Longitude: 76.242943