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Places to Visit in Fort Kochin / Cochin

Santa Cruz Basilica:

The historic church was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathredal by Pope Paul IV in 1558. In 1795 it fell into the hands of the British when they took over Cochin, and was demolished. About hundred years later Bishop Dom Gomez Ferreira commissioned a new building at the same site in 1887. The church was proclaimed a Basilica in 1984 by Pope John Paul II.

Koder House:

The magnificiant building constructed by Samuel.S.Koder of the Cochin Electric Company in 1808 is a supreme example of the transition from colonial to Indo European architecture. Features like verandhah seats at the entrance, floor tiles set in a chess board pattern, red colored brick like facade, carved wood furniture and wooden bridge connecting to a separate structure across the street are all unique to this bunglow.

Vasco House

Believed to have been the residence of Vasco da Gamma, this is one of the oldest Portugese residences in Fort Cochin. Built in the early sixteenth century. Vasco House sports the typical European glass paned windows and balcony com verandhas charecteristics of the times.

Parade Ground.

The four acre parade ground was where once the Portuguese, Dutch and the British colonists conducted their military parades and drills. The buildings around the ground housed theirdefense establishments. Today, the largest open ground in Fort Cochin, The Parade Ground is a sports arena.

Chinese Fishing Nets / Vasco da Gamma Square

These huge cantilevered fishing nets are the legacy of one of the first visitors to the Malabar Coast. Erected here between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the court of Kublai Khan, these nets are set up on teakwood and bamboo poles. The best place to watch the nets being lowered into the sea and catch being brought is in the Vasco da Gamma Square, A narrow promanade that runs along the beach. The Square is an ideal place to idle, with stalls serving fresh delicious seafood, tender coconut etc.

The Dutch Cemetery:

The tomb stones here are the most authentic record of the hundreds of Europeans who left their homeland on a mission to expand their colonial empires and changed the course of history of this land. The cemetery was consecrated in 1724 and is today managed by the church of South India.

St. Francis Church:

Built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars, this is Indias oldest European church. This was initially built of timber and later reconstructed in stone masonary. It was restored in 1779 by the protestant Dutch, converted to Anglician church by the british in 1795 and is at present governed by the church of South India. Vasco da gamma was buried here in 1524. Before his remains were moved to Lisbon, Portugal. The tombstone still remains.

Mattancherry:

With high-rise development restricted to Ernakulam, across the water, the old fashioned character of Mattancherry and near by Fort Cochin remains intact. Within an area small enough to cover on foot,bycle or auto-rickshaw, glimpses of Kochi's variegated history greet you at virtually every turn. As you approach by ferry (get off at Mattancherry), the shoreline is crowded with tiled buildings painted in pastel colors , a view that can't have changed for centuries.

Jew Town:

It has been known that Jewish settled in Kochi as early as 700 BC for trade and commerce. The population rose and the reigning Hindu king gave them a whole area for their own town. Today Jew Town is a unique feature of Kochi.

Fort Kochi & Mattancherry - Best Tourist Place in Kerala

Fort Kochi is west side of the city of Kochi in the state of Kerala, India. Known as Old Kochi or West Kochi was once a fishing village later saw invasion from Portuguese, Dutch, and later British. It has a mix of all these cultures and you can see it in all the buildings, streets and culture in the city. Adjacent to this is Mattancherry.
You can find Jews, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Gujarathis, Parsis and people from different parts of the world live here. It is intersting to see a wide variety of culture mingle together here and it really shaped the place into a world famous tourist spot.
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Streets of Fort Kochi

Yes the most fascinating attractions is really the streets of Fort Kochi which clearly showcase what Fort Kochi is all about ? Burger Street, Rose Street, Beach Road, Princess Street, Kalvathy Road, Tower Road; If you move to Matanchery roads you can get Jew street, Palace Road, TD School road which shows a different culture. Residential buildings, Temples, Churches, Mosques, Synagogue, Hotels, Home stays every where you can see unique signature of various cultures.

Chinese Fishing Nets

Near to Fort Beach Apartments you can see many Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala), they are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for fishing. Each structure is at least 10 m high and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counterweights at the other end. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen. While such nets are used throughout coastal southern China and Indochina, in India they are mostly found in the Indian state of Kerala, where they have become a tourist attraction. It was earlier thought that the nets might have been introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He. Recent research shows that these were introduced by Portuguese Casado settlers from Macau

Fort Kochi Beach

It is a wonderful experience at Fort Kochi beach watching the Sun set. The Mahatma Gandhi Beach anf Light House Beach nearby are also a worth tourist spot.

St:Francis (Vasco Da Gamma) Church

St. Francis CSI Church was originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. The Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon.

Vypeen and the Shipping channel boating

The most interesting part is a boat journey to Vypeen Island crossing the Kochi Shipping channel. Vypeen is an island just opposite to FortKochi. The fishing nets, churches, light house are some of the beautiful tourist attractions.

Jewish Synagogue

The Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. Constructed in 1568, it is one of seven synagogues of the Malabar Yehudan people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. Paradesi is a word used in several Indian languages, and the literal meaning of the term is "foreigners", applied to the synagogue because it was historically used by the typical Jews, a mixture from the Cranganore, the Middle East, and European exiles. It is also referred to as the Cochin Jewish Synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue

Mattancherry Palace & Temple

The Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry features Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. A museum is set to display the culture significance of the palace. Temple is also attached along with the palace.

Handicrafts Shops

Handicrafts shops at the Jew street and Kalvathy road is a worth watch. You can do a awesome shopping with a collection of amazing arts and crafts which showcase the different culture influence here at Kochi.

Indo Portuguese and Maritime Navy Museums

Maritime Museum, located within the premises of the INS Dronacharya, the Navy’s gunnery and missile school in Fort Kochi, and you will find that the structure itself is a museum piece. Set up in two fortified ammunition bunkers built before World War II, the museum evokes wonder and admiration.
Indo Portuguese museum showcases the Portuguese influences on Fort Kochi and the surrounding areas, especially, the western parts of Kochi.

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Minutes away from Fort Kochi bus station and Ro-Ro Boat jetty (Jankar service). Landmark-opposite to Brunton Boatyard Hotel and Aspin wall (Heritage/ Binalle site)

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