Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi is the historic town of the Cochin, which was ruled by the Portugese, the Dutch and the British (in that order), over a period spanning nearly 4 centuries. Naturally, every street of this neighbourhood resonates with rich history, architecture and the coastal way of life.

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The ancient banyan trees in Fort Kochi are a sight to behold. They stand strong and tall in proof of this town’s living history.
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The best way to explore Fort Kochi is to walk around its quaint cobbled streets…
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…or you could cycle!
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Where is the fort in Fort Kochi? It’s no longer there, but the discerning eye can still find a few remnants.
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The fort walls may not be visible today, but the colonial buildings in Dutch and Portuguese architectural styles, which line the streets of Fort Kochi, remain well preserved.

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The laid-back lifestyle of Fort Kochi.
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Pondicherry may be famous for its yellow walled houses, but here they come in all colours..

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…and grafitti…
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…and vegetation!
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Santa Cruz Basilica – originally built by the Portuguese in 1505, later used by the Dutch as an arms store, and demolished by the British in 1795 – only to be rebuilt in 1905.
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St. Francis Church – the oldest European church in India. It housed the remains of Vasco da Gama, before they were moved to Portugal.
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Moving on, Kerala has always been famous for its spices. In fact, much before the arrival of the Europeans, the spice trade brought Chinese and Arab travellers to Cochin.
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The cantilevered Chinese fishing nets – an indelible mark left behind by the Chinese traders…
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…who found this land so similar to their homeland, they decided to name it Co-Chin (meaning like-China).
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The fishermen at work in the morning…
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…evaluating the day’s catch…
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…before it hits the fish market and eventually…
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…our stomach!
Loafing around the streets of Fort Kochi was more enjoyable in the company of our friends Eva and Nikhil from Bangalore.

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