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  • Address: River Rd.
  • Admission: admission Rs 2
The historic district of Fort Cochin (also known as Fort Kochi) is a relaxing blend of Portuguese architecture, rural English ambiance and Dutch heritage in a tropical coastal location.

Visitors come here for laidback harbor promenade strolls and island-hopping boat rides through the Kochi Backwaters. Atmospheric laneways wind inland from the boat jetties to the town’s historic European buildings, parade ground and lively spice markets.

Kochi’s mixed heritage is most evident in photogenic Fort Cochin, which traces its history back to 1341 when it was established as a port. The royal family moved here in 1405, and the spice trading Portuguese, Dutch and British arrived from the 1500s onward.

A stroll around the town reveals the Portuguese wooden church of St Francis, old Dutch houses, English colonial shop fronts, the 16th-century synagogue, several mosques, and the Chinese-style fishing nets lining the harbor.

The town is named for the fort built by the Portuguese in the 1500s, which was later destroyed by the Dutch. Only a few reminders of the original battlements and walled citadel remain.

Practical Info

The fishing town of Fort Cochin is in the Indian state of Kerala, on the country’s southwest coast.

The historic center sits on the northern tip of the peninsula, linked to the modern town of Ernakulam by ferries and bridges.

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Kochi Bike Tour and Backwaters Cruise

Ride a bike at a gentle pace as you breeze through rural Kochi with an experienced guide. Spend a full day taking in the sights from Fort Kochi to the Kerala ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 7-8 hours

From USD $118.00

Private Tour: Kochi Harbour Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a tranquil escape from the bustling metropolitan areas in Kochi on this sunset cruise on Kochi Harbour. During this 1.5-hour cruise, admire exquisite ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.99

Private Tour: Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Performance

Immerse yourself in the rich history and fascinating culture of Kochi on a private sightseeing tour. Explore the neighborhood of Fort Kochi, and learn about ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00

Private Tour: Kochi Half-Day City Tour

Discover the rich European legacy and historical charm of Kochi. On this private sightseeing tour of Kochi, walk along its streets and explore all its ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $21.99

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