Following our article about Fort Kochi and the image gallery, our third destination of our incredible 28 days Funky India journey, comes the complete Fort Kochi HD video. The film is edited from the footage taken during our two days visit and include some of the region’s most sought after destinations such as the Santa Cruz Church, Jew Town, the Dutch Palace, the Hockey tournament the Backwaters and the famous Chinese Nets.
- Ernakulum boat ferry
- Chinese Net
- Jew Town
- Dutch Palace
- Dutch cemetery
- Kochi museums
- Talk of Town
- Tea House
- Kochi Hockey Tournament
- Kochi Backwaters
Fort Kochi, once an important trading-post, has become a sought after destination in the heart of Kerala. It is indeed packed with various cultural and historic sites including plenty of buildings and remains influenced by Portuguese, Chinese, Jewish, Syrian, Christians and Muslim merchants, visitors, traders and settlers.
Ernakulum boat ferry
The easiest way to get to the Fort Kochi peninsula is by ta king the boat ferry from the much busier commercial Ernakulum, packed with hustling merchants and a vibrant street life.
Arriving to Kochi, is like being transported to another area, a place where time stay still, where people and religions cohabits peacefully, and where the streets are filled with splendid multi coloured flowers and exotic spices from local merchants.
The northern tip of Kochi is home to the famous Chinese Nets, perhaps the city’s most iconic landmark. Those large wooden constructions, which require several fishermen to operate, are still in use today, but mostly for touristic purposes, as modern fishing technique has proved more effective. For a healthy tip, old fishermen can give you a tour of the nets.
The eastern side of Fort Kochi is home to the once Jewish neighbourhood known as Jew Town. It is a charming place packed with small boutiques with Middle Eastern looking shopkeepers selling amazing objects from jewellery to handmade clothing passing by sculpture and magnificent carpets. At the end of the pedestrian street is located the Paradesi Synagogue, a complex comprised of four buildings and considered the oldest active Synagogue within the Commonwealth.
The Dutch Palace, located next to the Jew Town is a popular museum showcasing the history of Fort Kochi. It is set within a beautiful colonial building and displays a variety of artefacts from magnificent royal clothing to beautifully decorated swords. The Palace also displays fabulous coloured wall paintings as well as shows the unique Kerala martial of art known as Kalaripayattu, one of the world’s oldest fighting style.
Next to the local Fort Kochi Beach, lies the unique Dutch cemetery with its large standing tombs, reminding us once again of the town’s rich European heritage.
Apart from the popular Dutch Palace, Kochi is also home to the Indo Portuguese museum and the Maritime Museum displaying various planes and other military equipments.
Talk of Town
The Talk of Town is a popular and good value for money restaurant serving both Indian and Arabic specialties. It is located on the corner of one of the city’s busiest street junctions, opposite the Santa Cruz church. This top floor establishment offers splendid views over the local street action with a mix of shopkeepers, tourists, large windowless buses and all sorts of two wheelers and rickshaws passing by.
The Tea House is another charming establishment in the heart of Kochi. Located in a quiet street filled with charming colonial houses it is the perfect place for tea lovers offering a very large selection. It is set within a lovely building with yellow walls, with a loft section and various old coloured kettles hanging from the very high ceilings.
Fort Kochi is the proud host of a regional Hockey tournament, surprisingly India’s most popular sport. The event take place within the town’s Parade Grounds next to the charming St-Francis Church.
The backwaters, a complex network of criss-crossed canals and lagoons surrounded by coconut trees, is by far one of the most unique attractions in Kerala. Although they are mostly concentrated around the Alappuzha and Kottayam region, they can also be found in the southern part of the Kochi peninsula.