Best things to do and see in Fort Kochi

Author Deepu Paul explores the best things to do and see in Fort Kochi. Enjoy the read!!

God's own country as it is popularly known, Kerala is a geographically and culturally scenic state in the south of India. Each of its fourteen districts is uniquely beautiful and offers plenty to delight in for the tourists. Ernakulum is known as the cultural capital of Kerala

History of Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi in Ernakulum district is a beautiful, small town that preserves age-old cultural values and tells stories centuries old. The Cochin State came into existence in the year1102. It soon became the center of the first European settlement in India. In the year 1500, the Portuguese followed by the Dutch, made their presence conspicuous in Cochin. By 1814 the British took over the reins of Fort Kochi.

Historical places will always have different stories to tell each time we visit such destinations. If you are someone who is fascinated by the beauty of the ancient places and cultures, then touring Fort Kochi can be a detour to the past for you. The streets of Fort Kochi takes you to the architectural and cultural splendor left by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. A fort built by Portuguese centuries back in Kochi gave Fort Kochi the popularity that it still has though the fort no longer stands.

Image by vodkaholic from Pixabay 

A stroll through present day Fort Kochi

From Ernakulum town you can reach Fort Kochi by road or ferry in about 45 minutes. The bustle and hassle of Ernakulum town will gradually vanish as you inch closer to streets of Fort Kochi and an ambiance from the bygone era will envelop you.

Unlike most other tourist destinations Fort Kochi is not a happening tourist destination. The things to do and see in Fort Kochi primarily depends on your mood and time. It is not a large area and can be covered in a day's time unless you wish to stay back. If you decide to stay back, the best things you could primarily enjoy are delicious seafood and Ayurvedic massages. There are several hotels and homestays available in the area.

If you are a traveler just passing through the town, the best things to do and see within a day is to just wander. Most of its pockets can be reached by waking and maybe that's the best way to explore every nook and corner of the famed locations. Strolling along different streets like Rose Street, Princess Street, Tower Road and through the heart of Mattancherry is a wonderful experience.

Your things to do and see in Fort Kochi list should have Santa Cruz Basilica built by the Portuguese in the year 1505 and St. Francis Church which is one of the oldest churches built by Europeans in India.

Santa Cruz Basilica. Photo courtesy: Kerala Tourism

Mattancherry Palace is another marvelous structure in the area. It was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. The vicinity was once popular for the presence of the Jewish community. Now, however, their synagogue which is the oldest one in India is all that's left along with a few shops selling antiques in Jew Town Road.

Mattancherry Church: Image by Koonan Kurishu from Pixabay 

Towards evening it is best to move to Fort Kochi beach or to spots where Chinese Fishing Nets are in use. The first Chinese Fishing nets were erected in Fort Kochi in the 15th century by some of the first visitors to the Malabar Coast. Trying your hand on the nets is one of the best things you can do before leaving the area.

Chinese Fishing Net : Image by varshapanicker from Pixabay 

Visiting the Kochi-Muziris Biennale also should be in your list of things to do in Kochi. Biennale is the largest art exhibition in India and the first of its kind held in the country biennially. If you seek to indulge in diverse cultures and traditions, here you have the best platform to express and explore.

Best time to visit

Best things to do and see depend on the best time of the visit. Unlike in the past, God's own country is no more a pleasant place to visit thanks to its hostile climate, pollution and traffic jams in most cities. The times have drastically changed. Since I have spent my entire school days in Ernakulam I can say, you must be prudent in deciding the when and where before travelling to Kerala.

The rains can be a murky affair in Kochi I would still say monsoon season (June-November) is the best time to visit Fort Kochi. If you are comfortable with tropical conditions, schedule your trip between December to February.

How to reach the place?

There are two railway stations connecting all major cities in India, metro rail service within the city and an International airport which Ernakulam beside the buses and taxies to ease your journey.

Things to do in Kochi can be nearly limitless if you have the time. Once you move back to the mainland of Ernakulum town, make sure to visit Marine Drive, Cherai Beach, Hill Palace, Munmbam Beach, Bolgatty Palace And Island Resort, Kuzhupilly Beach, Willingdon Island, Lulu Shopping Mall, and Kerala museum.

There are still a lot more interesting things to do and see in Ernakulam district, but the sweltering climate could be too much for you. Hence, retreat to any of the beaches to relax in the evening, enjoy plenty of tender coconuts before moving further away from the town.

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A Travel enthusiast and Foodie, craving to explore the intricate beauty of nature and its gift of delectable treats. Pens down his thoughts and experiences to present a delightful journey for his readers

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16 thoughts on “Best things to do and see in Fort Kochi

    • March 16, 2020 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you for reading

  • March 20, 2020 at 7:41 am

    After all this travel ban and Covid19, Cochin will be the place on my bucket list for sure. Thanks for sharing your trip!

  • March 20, 2020 at 7:56 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Fort Kochi. It looks like a cool place to visit!

  • March 20, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    mm I have never heard about this place before, there are so many places that we should visit and enjoy, uh!

  • March 21, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing and I didn’t know about this place before my visit to India few times last year. Now I am aware of it and it’s high on my list. – Knycx Journeying

  • March 21, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    I havent heard about Fort Kochi before, but it looks like a simple and beautiful place with so much to offer. hope to visit this place someday. 🙂

  • March 21, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    It looks like a great place to visit. i hope to plan some more trips away when this travel ban lifts!

  • March 22, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    The architecture there is so simple and pretty, I love the church

  • March 24, 2020 at 10:49 am

    I want this world to go back to normal. I would love to travel again and visit this place.

  • March 24, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    I love Kerala. I m a traveler such blogs really inspire me to explore more place. I also have to mention the way you have described every little thing is very informative and clear. thank you so much for writing such blogs. I
    recently visited Chennai and check into great resort check out waiting for more such blogs about Chennai

  • July 8, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Wonderful image! Nice read about your experiences in Fort Kochi. Thanks for nice points on Kochi

  • March 17, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    Hey there! Nice post…I am sure you must have enjoyed visiting these places in Kochi. India has so many ancient and medieval monuments which narrate the story of their glorious past. Some of them have an entry ticket while some are free to visit. Thanks for sharing this awesome guide with us.

  • July 21, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Awesome I enjoyed reading your blog post. The places listed here on this blog are too good. Good job


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