From hills to beaches, cardamom and rubber plantations to the backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala has it all. Kerala is one of the top tourist attractions not only in India but across the globe as well. And Kochi (also known as Cochin) shares the same strata as its other sibling tourist destinations.
Kochi is more notable as a port and shipyard, and was a prominent trading destination from the early 14th century, primarily for spices. An important base for the Indian Navy Kochi has emerged as one of the hotbed for tourists, and Fort Kochi is one such place which should be on the radar of anyone visiting Kerala. So, here we are in Kochi to explore what the city has to offer us.
A bit about the city, Kochi was under the possession of the Portuguese before the Dutch landed and wrestled the city away from the Portuguese. And then the British drove away the Dutch to gain control of the city, and more importantly the trade route. As such Fort Kochi is a good mix of Portuguese, Dutch, and British culture and remnants. However, the iconic Chinese fishing nets is what makes Fort Kochi the icon that it is. Especially during sunsets the Chinese fishing nets provides for that perfect photographic moment. This apart Fort Kochi has numerous options that it can throw at any avid traveler.
How to Reach Fort Kochi?
Just to keep things simple just understand Kochi and Fort Kochi are "technically" 2 different regions, separated by the sea. Both the regions are well connected by bus and boats (jetty). Kochi is well connected to all major cities in India, by air and rail. From Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai you can take a overnight bus to Kochi as well. We took a KSRTC bus from Mysuru that took almost 10 hours to Kochi. Once at Kochi you may either take a bus, cab, or jetty ride to Fort Kochi.
Personally I found the jetty more helpful (I'll tell you why later), the bus or cab takes a full circle and takes a longer route to reach Fort Kochi. If taking the jetty then either take an auto or Ola/Uber till the Marine Drive. From here go to the jetty boarding point and get yourself a ticket to Fort Kochi for Rs. 4. Yes, you read that correct, fare from Kochi to Fort Kochi on the jetty is only a mere Rs. 4. Talking of budget travel! The jetty services are quite regular, and runs till 10 pm. Once on-board enjoy the breezy ride while you get awed by the shipyards and huge vessels that berth here. Don't worry, the jetty ride is extremely safe and you'll reach Fort Kochi in about 20-25 mins. The ride at night becomes even more pretty with the entire shipyard lit.
Once at Fort Kochi be welcomed by numerous old houses, buildings, and string of churches that were build by the Portuguese, Dutch, and the Britishers. The narrow roads that leads to the beach will take you to memories down the lane of the life and culture of that era.
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