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
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
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
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
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.