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Fort Kochi Day Tour – Must See Places in Cochin

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Planning a Day Tour in Fort Kochi? A fascinating seaside area in Cochin, Fort Kochi is known for its Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial heritage. There is more to Fort Kochi than just the famed Chinese fishing nets. On this Fort Kochi Day Tour, we show you the Must see places in the region and their significance.

Ferry Ride

A ferry boat in Fort Kochi day tour

For as low as 4 rupees, you can experience a relaxed ferry ride from Ernakulam to Fort Kochi on your Day tour. The ride takes around 15 minutes and takes you through calm waters that will put your mind at ease before setting foot into the historic Fort Kochi.

The ferry service is available every 15 – 30 minutes depending on the weather. The boat crosses Backwaters of Cochin, right through a busy shipping route. The ferry goes around Willington Island and reaches  Fort Cochin, which is the first stop from Ernakulam. The boat then continues to Mattancherry Jetty (near the Jew Town) via a stop at Willington Island (Embarkation Jetty).

Tuk Tuk Ride

A Tuk tuk in fort kochi day tour

You have seen them in postcards, now it’s your chance to learn why the humble ‘Auto’ is the preferred mode of commute over short distances here. These vehicles give you the comfort of a small car but allow you to get into smaller streets and whiz through traffic. On a Day tour of Fort Kochi, you can avail the services of the many Tuk-tuks who sometimes know the best places to visit. Beware of scams though, such as overcharging or being taken to a tourist trap.

Spice Market

Spices displayed in fort kochi

You may not need a map to find this one! The aroma of spices will guide you towards one of the most historic markets in the world. As you pass by the many warehouses with variety of Pepper, Cloves, Cinnamon and Cardamom displayed for their discerning clients, the realization of how important these are to Indian cuisine dawns upon you.

While you are here, why not try the ‘Meter-Chai’? A tea that requires skillful hands and a technique that will impress even the most critical connoisseurs of Tea.

Street Art

fort kochi street art

After the tremendous success of ‘Kochi-Muziris Biennale’, a bi-annual art exhibition considered to be the largest in Asia, Fort Kochi has transformed into the epicenter for all things art related. It is not uncommon to randomly find walls covered in thought-provoking art. Many permanent art exhibitions and shows are set up for artists from around the globe to showcase their works.

Dhobi Khana

A women ironing cloths at Fort Kochi dobhi khana

For those who are used to washing machines, this visit will be an eye-opener to the effort required in manual washing of clothes. Established by erstwhile Brtish officers to do their laundry, this Dhobi Khana comprises of the Vannar community who now wash clothes from nearby houses, hotels, and hospitals.

Learn all about this disappearing community that is working against all odds to maintain their profession and earn a livelihood.

Dutch Palace

A white double floor building with tiled roof in Fort Kochi

The Mattancherry Palace, also known as Dutch Palace is a must visit during your Fort Kochi day tour. The palace contains murals and paintings that take you back to the bygone era of royalty.

St. Francis Church

Facade of a European church in Fort Kochi day tour

One of the oldest European churches in India, this was the place where the famous Portuguese sailor Vasco Da Gama was originally buried. The Church building is steeped in history as it was a mute spectator to the European colonial struggle as the Dutch, British and Portuguese fought to take control of this part of India.

Paradesi Synagogue

Pulpit inside a synagogue

This is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth nations, constructed by Spanish speaking Jews in the year 1568. Today, it is interesting to see the influence of Hinduism on the practices followed at the Synagogue, such as removal of shoes at the entrance and special colored clothing worn during festivals. With only a handful of Jews left in Fort Kochi, this synagogue is available to visitors on all days except Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Visit a Local Family

A women's hand drawing a traditional floor design with rice powder

Fort Kochi is a melting pot of cultures and has communities from various faiths. A visit to a Brahmin family can show you their way of living. You can indulge in practices such as Kolam drawing or get a Mehendi tattoo as a souvenir of Fort Kochi Day Tour.

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