Fort Kochi

A Throwback to Fort Kochi

I grew up in Kochi in the little State of Kerala in South India for the first ten years of my life. In the city of Kochi lies a small suburb called Fort Cochin or Fort Kochi. I proudly call this my hometown and the time I spent here is forever imprinted in my memories.

The port city of Fort Kochi, is a major trading hub from time immemorial. It was the melting pot of many cultures throughout the centuries and brought the Arabs, the Jews, the Chinese, the Europeans in search of wealth and money. Some even went on and settled down here and co-existed together. The varied interests of all these people and their cultural exchanges have left the city peppered with a heritage that is still sought after by tourists and travellers from all over the globe.

In my childhood, I have had the opportunity to visit almost all of this small town’s historical places of interest at various times. But I haven’t had the chance for an extensive visit anytime in the recent past. I made a short trip to the city in July 2014 and did a quick tour of some of the spots including the promenade of Fort Kochi beach, the Chinese fishing nets, the Santa Cruz Basilica Church and made a boat trip across to Vypeen Island.

It’s been two years since that day and here’s a throwback to that visit. Although incomplete, it demands another visit sometime sooner than later.

Some of the photos of Fort Kochi that I clicked on that visit

Chinese fishing nets

Chinese fishing nets at the Fort Kochi beach

Chinese fishing nets

Chinese fishing nets

 

Hotel in Fort Kochi

The Brunton Boatyard Hotel in Fort Kochi

 

View of Kochi from Vypeen Island

View of Cochin from Vypeen Island

 

Old building in colonial architecture

Colonial architecture

 

The Arabian Sea

View of the Arabian Sea

 

Catholic Church

Santa Cruz Basilica Church

Have you visited Fort Kochi? What were your experiences?

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Fort Kochi Chinese Nets


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19 Comments

  1. Wow I have never heard about this place but it sounds and looks absolutely unique – a mixture of Arabs, the Jews, the Chinese, the European – gotta check it out one day 🙂

    • Being a coastal state, Kerala has some amazing varieties of seafood. If you like some spice it will definitely tickle your taste buds. In Kochi, Fort Kochi is the best place to stay as far as I think with the places to see and everything. There are so many options in the city with different star rating but one place that pops my mind is the Old Harbor Hotel in Fort Kochi.

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