- Fort Kochi
Is accessible by Backwater ferry/ Bus/ Auto rickshaw. A leisurely walk through the city is the best way to discover historic Fort kochi. An obscure fishing village that became the first European township in india, Kochi has an eventful and colourful history. Its reputation as a seafaring commercial town was such that Nicholas Conti, an Italian traveler of the Middle ages remarked. If china is where you make your money, then Kochi surely is the place to spent.
The town was shaped by the portugese, the Ducth and later the British. The result of this sultur influences are seen in the many examples of indo European architecture that still exist here.
The place of interest in Fort Kochi
- Chinese Fishing Nets / VascodaGama Square
The huge cantil arrived fishing nets are the legacy of one of the first visitor to Malabar Cost. Erected here between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the court of Kublai Khan, these ntes are setup on teak wood and Bamboo poles. The best place to watch the nets begin lowered in to the sea and catch begain brought in is the Vascodagama Squre, a narrow promenade that runs along the beach.
The squre is an ideal place to idle, with stalls serving fresh delicious seafood, tender coconut etc.
- Vasco House
Believed to have been residenceof Vascodagama, this is one of the m odest portugese residence in Fort Cochin.
- Old Harber House
This elegent old bunglow built in 1808 is in the posssesstion of Carrit Moran & Co, renowed tea brokers, who now use it as their residence. The house was once a boat club.
- Santa Cruz Basilica
The historic church build by portughese and elevated a Catherdral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. In 1795 it feel in to the hand of the british when they took over Cochin, and was demolished. About 100 years later bishop Gomez Ferreira commissioned a new building at the same sight at 1857. The church was proclaimed a basilica in 1984 by pope Jhon Paul II.
- Fort Immmauel
This bastion portughese in cochin was a symbol of the statergic alliance between the Maharajas Cochin and the Monarch of Portugal after, whom it was named. Built in 1503, the fort was reinforced in 1538.
- St Fransis Church
Built in 1503 by Portugese friars, this is Indian oldest europen church. This was initially built tember later reconstructed in stone machinery. It was resorted 1743 by the protenstend dutch converted to an Anglican church by the britissh in 1795 and is at present government by the church of south india. Vascodagama was buried here in 1524 his remains a mood to Lisbon, Portugal. The tomb stone still remain.
- Kumbalangi Tourist Village
Essentially a fishing hamlet, this tiny village facing the kochi backwaters in the western part of the city, is Indians first designated Eco-tourism village and the first rural torism village of the state. Kalagramam, Artist village, this place handicrafters and fishing equipment. Mangroves are nurturea[s as well as fish farming. Bait fishing is extremely popular among tourists here.
- The Dutch cemetery
The top stones here are the most authentic record of the hundreds of Europeans who left their home land and a mission to expand their colonial emperors and changed the course of history of this land. The cemetery was constructed in 1724 and is today managed by the church of south india.
- Pierce Leslie Bungalow
This charming mansion was the office of Leslie and Co, Coffee merchants, founded in 1864. A representative of the fort cochin colonial bungalow, this building reflect Portuguese.
- Koder House
This magnificent built constructed by Samuels. Koder of the cochin electric company in 1808 is a supreme example of the transition from colonial to Indo-European architecture.
- The Bishops House
Built in 1506 as the residence of the Portuguese governor, the bishops house stands on a little hillock near the Parade ground. The façade of the house is characterized by larger Gothic arches, and has a circular garden path winding up to the main entrance.
- David Hall
Though built around 1695 by the Dutch East India Company, David Hall gets its name from one of its later occupants, David Koder, a Jewish businessman.
- The Cochin Club
The club, with its impressive library and collection of sporting trophies, is housed in a beautifully landscaped park.
- Kothamangalam Martoma Cheriyapalli
The mortal remains of Yeltho Mar Basalias, the holy Bishop of Anthioch, are kept in this Church. To this place is famous pilgrimage centre. The important festival of the church is held in October 3rd every year.
- Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
Situated 20 KM from Kothamangalam on the Kochi – Munnar Route. Open 0600 – 1700 hours. This sanctuary nestled in evergreen forests, was discovered by the renowned ornithologist of india, Dr. Salim Ali and is named after him. The sanctuary is noted for indigenous birds like the Malabar grey-hornhill, the woodpecker, the rose ringed and blue-winged parakeet etc. Rare birds like the Ceylon frog-month and the rose billed roller are also seen here. Drivers migrant species in here during the season. Wildlife can also be sighted often.
- Munambam Beach
This is a beautiful, long beach near Munambam fishing harbor at the northern end of Vypeen. Ideal for kite fishing, the beach also has many village homestays nearby.
- Marine Drive
A popular hangout, this scenic stretch offers a spectacular view of the backwaters and the Kochi Horbour, Shopping malls, cinema halls, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets line the drive. The Rainbow bridge and the International Tourism Boat Jetty Complex are other attractions here.
- Thakur House
This graceful building holds within itself a reflection of the colonical era. The Bungalow was built on the site of the Gelderland Bastion, one of the seven bastions of the old Dutch fort. Earlier known as Kunal or hill bungalow.
- Vypeen Island
One of the biggest of the Goshree Islands, Vypeen has the most charming beaches in Kochi like Kuzhupilly, Puthuvype, Cherai and Munambam.
- Willingdon Island
Named after Lord Willington, a former British Victory of India, this man-made island is surrounded by beautiful backbaters. The island is the site of the city’s best hotels and trading centres, the Port Trust and theheadquaters of the Southern Novel Command.
- Bolgatty Island
This tropical island is famous for its place of the same name. The bolgatty Palace was built in 1744 by the Dutch and later taken over by the British. Today it is a hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, with a small golf course and special honeymoon cottages.
- Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace )
Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the place was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. On display here are beautiful murals depicting scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharatha and some of the Puranic Hindu legends.
- Cherai Beach
This lovely beach boarding Vypeen island is ideal for swimming, dolphins are occasionally seen here. A typical Kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves nearby is in added attraction.
- The Hill Palace Museum, Tripunithura
Situated 10 KM from Kochi, Hill Palace, the official residence of the erstwhile Kochi royal family, was built in 1865. The complex consist of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style of Kerala and is surrounded by 52 acres of terraced land with a deer park. A full-fledged ethno archeological museum and Kerala’s first ever heritage museum are the main attractions.
- Museum of Kerala History
The Museum showcase historical episodes from the Neolithic to the modern era through life figures. Light n sound show s are regularly organized with commentaries in English and Malayalam. There is also a gallery of paintings and sculptures, displaying over 200 orginal works by contemporary Indian artists.
- Vamanamoorthy Temple
Inscriptions from the 10th to the 13th century are found in this temple in Thrikakkara, near Ernakulam.
- Santhanagopala-Krihnaswamy Temple
The original foundactino of this temple was land in 947 AD according to the Inscriptions found here.
(42b km from Ernakulam town) This combination of here rives, seven inlets , hillocks and vast expanse of green plains. The Paliam Place , abode of the Paliath Achans , hereditary Prime Ministres to the , erstwhile Maharajas of Kochi, represents the architectural splendor of Kerala. The Paace houses a collecation of historic documents and relics. The hillrocks at Kottayil Kovilakam presents the unsual sight of a temple, a church, a mosque and the remains of a jewish synagogus, all situated next to each other.
Situated 45 KM from Ernakulam town. The birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya, the great Advaita philosopher of the 8 th century. Temples dedicated to Sri Sankara, Sarada Devi, Sri Krishna and Sri Ramakrishna add to the sanctity of the destination. A place called crocodile ghat is where Sri Sankara took his vows of renunciation.
Situated 50 KM north east of Ernakulam town. Apicturesque heven situated in a vast virgin forest, this mythologically popular picnic spot lies close to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkadu.
Situated in the high ranges on the southern bank of the Periyar, Kodanad is a training centre for captive elephants. Elephants specially trained for safari are provided with saddles for riding by tourist. There is also a mini zoo for wild animals here.
Situated 47 KM from Kochi. Malayattoor is famous for the catholic church on the 609m high Malayatoor hill ( dedicated St. Thomas ). Thousands of devotees undertake the pilgrimage to the shrine to participate in the annual festival Malayatoor Perunnal ( March/April . St. Thomas is believed to have prayed at this shrine.
Best Time to Visit Ernakulam
Ernakulam is pretty hot and humid climate all around the year. Summers are so hot while the winter is really cool. Best time to visit is from October to February winter season. Summer season from March to June, its pretty dry and humid maximum temperature recorded is around 37° C. The monsoon season starts from the month of July and continues up to the month of September. For tourists winter is the perfect time which starts October to February which the templerature remains 17°C to 27°C.
Money Exchange Centre in Ernakulam
You can do foreign money exchange in Kochi anywhere. And the most preferred way is do it in the Airport. You will get best US dollar rates in Kochi from leading forex companies like UAE Exchange, Thomas Cook etc.