five lesser-known places to visit in fort kochi

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Fort Kochi, also known as 'Queen of the Arabian Sea,' is a coastal town in the state of Kerala. This charming small region was a fishing village in the pre-colonial period. Since the 16th century itself, Fort Kochi had a major significance in the history of Kerala. From Portugals to Dutches and then Britishers, this tiny region was dear to everyone and holds a historical magnitude.

Today, it is known for clear blue water, historical forts, and, of course, the traditional Kathakali dance. This region has tons to offer for everyone, an ideal place for family vacations, romantic trips, and solo travel. Below I've created a list of lesser-known sites in Fort Kochi.

 

Mattancherry

A small town located around 3 km from the Fort Kochi bus stand, Mattancherry is known for the Dutch Palace and its spice market.

The Dutch Palace was built around 1545 as a present from the Portuguese to the King of Cochin. This magnificent Palace displays the artefacts and other belongings of the King. Perfectly depicting the multicultural history of the region, this palace is a treat for all history lovers.

Visit the spice market to get an authentic flavour of this small town, walk down the aisle of the finest variety of spices, herbs, and the Black gold of India.

 

Kerala kathakali centre

A trip to Kerala is incomplete without seeing the Kathakali dance. Witness the traditional art of Kerala come alive at this school. Bright coloured outfits, expressive eyes, and synthesized music are indeed an exhilarating experience you can't afford to miss on.

 

St Francis Church

One of the oldest European churches in India, St Francis Church, was built in 1503. The Magnificent architecture will leave you awestruck at the entry itself.

The church has a significant historical value as it was a mute witness of the Europeans' colonial struggle. All the history buffs, you will be astonished to know that it held the remains of Vasco Da Gama for fourteen years after his death.

 

Vypin Island

The tiny, ravishing island sprawls over an area of 27km and offers astonishing sights. It is connected to Kochi with series of bridges called Goshree Bridges that offers spectacular views of backwaters to rejuvenating your mind as you reach your destination.

Here, popular tourist destinations include Vypin Lighthouse (tallest in Kerala), Cheral beach, and Pallipuram Fort (the oldest existing Portuguese fort in India). This place offers spectacular panoramas, adding more charm to your trip.

 

Bolgatty Palace

One of the oldest Dutch palaces outside Holland, this spectacular structure was built in the year 1744. The majestic mansion was turned into a resort after India attained independence for tourists to enjoy the flavour of royalty. The palace offers splendid landscapes and is a souvenir of the royal life from the 18th century. Decorated with a 9-hole golf course, swimming pool, and ayurvedic centre, it is ideal for all tourists.

 

Kochi has a lot to offer. An ideal place for all beach lovers to rejuvenate their minds and historians to explore the colonial period. If you're planning a trip to Fort Kochi, book your stay at The Poovath Heritage - A colonial heritage turned into a luxurious resort. Experience the luxury as you explore the history of India's southwest coast with Amritara and create an unforgettable experience.

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