The evening we reached Fort Kochi, I curiously scanned the European styled hotel buildings, the vibrant cafes and restaurants in the vicinity. We hopped into the nearest 'Breadworld' cafe for a quick snack. The thick plastered stone walls, arched doorways, heavy wooden door and window frames, cemented floors and old bulky ceiling fans inside the cafe reminded me of my childhood days. Memories took me back to the days we had spent growing up in my parents' govt. quarter on their Indian government jobs. The only difference visible to me was the maintenance of these treasured buildings in Fort Kochi!
It is not just another touristy coastal town but a walk down the historic lanes of heritage intertwined with its centuries old colonial structures that has seen numerous visitors, some stayed, some left but many left their impressions forever.
About Fort Kochi Town
Fort Kochi, a fishing village in pre-colonial India is separated from the mainland of Kochi (Formerly known as Cochin) on the Western Coast of India and water-bound by the Arabian sea. Its geographic setting elevates the gateway to Kerala and South India for its spice trade. This port of coastal India has attracted numerous explorers, travelers, traders overseas since centuries.
We spent a day in the colorful coastal town of Fort Kochi on our last visit to Kerala in the summers of 2019.
Being an off season for tourism, it seemed like a laid back little coastal town where you unwind in its pretty art cafes sipping on freshly brewed coffee or just strolled around the colourful lanes admiring its stretches of street arts, souvenirs and handicraft stores.
Unfolding History in the Lanes Fort Kochi -
We rode on a bike around the colourful lanes of Fort Kochi exploring the pre-independence cobbled paths of colonial India.
Churches of Fort Kochi-
Beautiful white churches adorn the streets of Kochi owing to the fact that Christianity had its first roots here. We visited these two medieval European churches and were marveled by the volume of history and artistry they still hold.
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica was also constructed during the 15th century and ever since has been frequented by devotees and tourists throughout the year. Its whitewashed exteriors, pastel interior pillars, the canvases depicting the Last Supper (A replica of Leonardo De Vinci's painting) hanging from the ceiling and the Death on the Cross at the entrance are its major attractions and worth the admiration.