While exploring the town, I came across many murals, churches, cafes and tiny little handicrafts shops. Kochi has its roots strongly connected to arts and culture, and has influence from various countries at different points in history. That is why it seems to be just the perfect host for the Biennale.
If you are in Fort Kochi any time between 10th Dec - 10th April 2023, you must go see the Kochi Muziris Biennale, an international collaborative exhibition of contemporary art held in Kochi every two years. It is India's largest art exhibition showcasing some of the best films, installations, performance arts, music, murals and paintings (did I miss something?). The exhibitions are hosted at more than ten different locations across the island, most situated at a walking distance from the other. Everything on display is visually striking, thought provoking and made with so much love and effort, that it is sure to blow your mind.
Where To Stay?
Since I travel as often as I do, I am always looking for comfortable, clean and affordable stays. When I am travelling solo I want to meet other solo travellers, exchange world views, ideas and experiences, improve my perception of the world and see it from a different lens. And, that's exactly what happened at The Hosteller, I met people from across the world, had movie nights, crazy Bollywood dance nights, played carrom with them, and stayed up till 3 AM and talked about life. Another thing I really enjoyed about my stay is that it is located right in the heart of the town. So, I'd wake up, take long walks, have brunch and step in to rest as the sun would get scorching, then step out again at sunset. Click here to book your stay.
What To Do?
The best part of Fort Kochi is that the island is so cosy and adequately planned, that you can easily walk or bike through the length & breadth of it. I clocked in 14-15k steps everyday, no kidding! I'd bike early in the morning every day, when the town was still sleeping, and I fell in love with the gorgeous Portuguese architecture, the vibrant streets filled with spectacular art and graffiti spread across town, and the colourful little cafes. You can also visit the morning mass at Santa-Cruz Basilica while you are at it.