Kochi

Fort Kochi Sightseeing Itinerary

Mode of Transport: Ideal mode of transportation to roam around Fort Kochi is a cab. Hire a cab for the day at your accommodation.  By doing so you will save both, time and money.

Heritage Tour

09:30 AM – 01:00 PM

On your way to Fort Kochi don’t mind to stop for some time at Kerala Folklore Museum.

The museum is a paradise for art and culture lovers. The museum has 3 floors and each floor is dedicated to splendid collection of historical artefacts belonging to different eras. The top floor conducts theatre shows every day in the evening. You can shop for some memorable collections for souvenirs.

Time duration: 45 min – 1 hour.

8 km from the museum is the Mattencherry Palace

The palace has a fascinating history. It was built by the Portuguese rulers in indigenous style of architecture and is called a Dutch Palace. The structure is not grand as other palaces in India that is what makes it different and a must visit place.

Time duration: 30 – 45 min.

Next attraction is 500 meters apart, Pardesi Synagogue

The synagogue marks the establishment of Jewish connection with the city. This particular synagogue is believed to be the oldest amongst those in the Commonwealth nations. The interiors look lavish and grand. It is important to stick to the dress code. The synagogue closes at 01:00 PM.

Time duration: 30 – 45 min.

Spice Market in Jew Town has been in existence for more than 400 years. This market draws merchants from around the world and is the centre of spice trade. Explore the market on foot and feel the aroma of freshly prepared variety of spices.

For lunch, head towards Fort Kochi and pay a visit at Kashi Art Café.

A casual dining cafe where you can enjoy European cuisines along with some good music and artistic ambiance. A meal will cost you somewhere around Rs. 600 – 700 for two people.

Also read: Alleppey Itinerary

Fort Kochi Sightseeing

02:30 PM – 06:00 PM

300 meters from the café stands the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

Probably the most awe-inspiring structure of Kochi, the view of the cathedral church leaves you captivated. Photographers try to get a shot from every angle possible. Visitors are not allowed during the services. Evening timings are 02:30 PM – 05:30 PM.

Time duration: 30 – 45 min

300 meters apart lies the burial ground of Vasco da Gama at St. Francis Church

More than 500 years old, the church is the oldest European church in India. That not all, the church is also known as Vasco da Gama Church because it was at this very place where the great Vasco da Gama was buried first and later taken back to Portugal by his son. It has become a landmark of Fort Kochi.

Time duration: 45 min – 1 hour

Next you move towards the shore of the backwaters to see the workings of Chinese Fishing Nets.

The Chinese Fishing Nets are a bunch of massive mechanical structures designed to catch sea creatures in large quantities. They are very popular and cannot seen anywhere in the country. The fishermen allow you to take part in the process of catching fish if they find the weather condition to be favourable and will charge you.

The area nearby has plenty of stalls for buying fresh fish and other seafood items and instantly cooking them the way you like it. Do try them out!

Time duration: 30 – 45 min

The final destination is the Mahatma Gandhi Beach, 500 meters from the nets.

The beach is a rocky beach and is elevated. The spot acts as a gateway for the backwaters. The water from the Arabian Sea enters the main land from here. At the opposite end of you can see the Naval Port, hence you catch a glimpse many ships and ferries moving across. If the sky is clear, you can stay here till the soothing sunset.

Time duration: 45 min – 1 hour

Additional Information: Fort Kochi can also reached via ferry rides from Marine Drive and the locality can be explored using an auto. This is relatively cheaper option than booking a cab.

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