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    Say G'day to the Locals

    by aussirose Updated Apr 13, 2014

    We had been shown all of the tourist things in Fort Kochi. Howie and I also love to mingle with the locals and do off the beaten path stuff.

    As we drove over this bridge I noticed a nice spot on the canal that looked quiet and interesting and could make for some nice photos. I asked Anas if he would take us there and he willingly obliged.

    When we stopped the view was so nice. As we got out to take some photos a few local kids ran up so we asked them in sign language could we take some photos of them. They excitedly agreed and here is the result :o)

    It was so lovely.... saying hello to the locals :o) The look on their faces when I gave them a big 50 note was timeless.... and they rode their bikes straight to the lolly shop down the road. Haha... kids are the same wherever you go... :o)))

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    Washing Dhobi - Laundry in Fort Kochi

    by aussirose Updated Apr 12, 2014

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    This was a pretty amazing sight - the local Fort Kochi laundry. Once a thriving business, it is now a dying trade. We hope not as it is a testament of yesteryear and like the fishing nets we hope that it continues to be used by the people of Fort Kochi.

    So when visiting please ensure that you check out the Dhobi wash house and give a small donation for this unique cultural laundry to stay in existence.

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    Spices of Kerala India by aussirose

    by aussirose Updated Apr 12, 2014

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    One of the lovely smells of India - spice :o)

    We hired a tuk tuk for the day and our driver stopped at this fabulous little Spice shop not far from the Chinese Fishing Nets. We bought some packets along with masala coffee and were glad when customs back in Australia agreed to let us through with them.

    The Kerala Spice trade of Kerala dates way back to the times of Vasco De Gama and the old spice trade. Today in Kerala the spice trade is still strong and is one of the unique specialties of the Keralan culture.

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    Greenix Village: Cultural Museum & More

    by Donna_in_India Written Apr 1, 2013

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    This interesting museum of Kerala's cultural and dance history is located in a former spice warehouse. There are photographic and audio presentations of various dance forms, including a display of the Navarasams (nine facial expressions) of Kathakali, the most widely-recognized of Kerala's many traditional dance forms. There is also a miniature display of a pre-1930s Kerala village with old artifacts and tools of daily use including a water wheel, musical instruments, and some paintings dating to the 19th century.

    There are live demonstrations on a handloom weaving machine and pottery wheel. The museum was very empty while we were there and the men enjoyed showing us their crafting skills.

    The Greenix Village includes the museum, 2 theaters for dance/music performances, an art gallery, restaurant, book and curio shops, and a Kalaripayattu (a martial art form) training square. Yoga training is conducted every morning and there is a Kathakali performance each evening. Check the website for performance schedules.

    I would definitely recommend stopping in here for at least a visit to the museum! There is nothing else like it in Kochi.

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    Old Harbour House

    by Donna_in_India Written Apr 1, 2013

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    Built in 1808, the Old Harbour House is the oldest hotel in Kochi. It was built by tea brokers Carrit Moran and Company. The pretty - but simple building - is a blend of Dutch architecture and Portuguese tradition - prominent arches from the Dutch and a Portuguese style courtyard. At one time it was a shelter for sailors. Today it is a boutique hotel with a beautiful garden and a great view of the waterfront.

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    Thirumala Devaswom Temple Tank

    by Donna_in_India Written Apr 1, 2013

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    On the north east corner of the Gosripuram Cochin Tirumala Devaswom is the Papanasam temple tank. A revolving cradle in the upper storey in the center of the tank is a beautiful piece of temple art as well as a fine example of engineering skill. The temple tank has an Arattumandapam at its center which is used for taking the idol for Snanam (ritual bath) on the last day of the annual temple festival.

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    Venkatachalapathy Temple Gosripuram

    by Donna_in_India Written Apr 1, 2013

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    Venkatachalapathy Temple Gosripuram, or Gosripuram Cochin Tirumala Devaswom, is the most important temple for the Gowda Saraswat Brahmins of Kerala. One of the earliest settlements of GSB (Gowda Saraswat Brahmins) was in this part of Kerala and this temple was established in the late 16th century. The temple sits on 5 1/2 acres of lush green land.

    The Idol of Lord Venkatesvara is worshipped here and there are fours sub-temples/shrines inside the temple complex. These temples are dedicated to Godess Mahalakshmi, Hanuman, Garuda and Vigneshwara. The temple also has a huge bronze bell that measures about four feet in diameter and six feet in height.

    No entry for Non-Hindus.

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    Paradesi Jewish Cemetery

    by Donna_in_India Updated Mar 27, 2013

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    Located in Mattancherry this centuries old cemetery has approximately 300 graves. The cemetery was originally used for the Paradesi Jews. In the late 1940's the Meshuchrarim Jews got permission to use the cemetery, although they are buried in a separate section than the Paradesi Jews. It wasn't until 1999 that Malabari Jews were buried in the cemetery, although they have several cemeteries of their own in Kerala.

    The - very interesting - graves have gravestones that are set within very worn tomb-shaped concrete structures. The tombstones have writing in Malayalam and Hebrew.

    The cemetery is locked and closed to tourists. To enter you can request permission from the Paradesi Synagogue, although it is said to be very difficult to get.

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    Sri Vardhman Sthanak Vasi Jain Singh Temple

    by Donna_in_India Written Mar 27, 2013

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    Many Jain families migrated from Kutch and Saurashtra in the Indian state of Gujarat. The temple in this very large complex was built in 1904 and is architecturally styled after the temples in Gujarat. The main idol in the temple is of Bhagawan Shri Dharamnath, the 15th Jain Tirthankar. A Tirthankar is a human who acieves enlightenment by destroying their (bad) karmas. He then becomes a role model and spiritual leader.

    The entire temple's interior is made from marble and is adorned with artwork and sculptures of Jain idols/Thirthankaras.

    Foreigners are allowed to enter between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Permission must first be taken from temple authorities at the temple office. All bags must be left in the office room and shoes must be left outside the temple. Photography inside the temple is prohibited. Respectable dress is required. Menstruating women are not allowed inside the temple.

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    Princess Street

    by Donna_in_India Written Mar 7, 2013

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    Princess Street is one of the oldest streets in Fort Kochi and you will no doubt find yourself walking down the pleasant street at some time during your visit to Fort Kochi. Lined with colorful colonial style buildings, you'll find restaurants, homestays, mini-markets, travel agencies, and shops selling local/Indian crafts and souvenirs here.

    The shop owners are not overly-harassing although some of the prices are high so be sure to shop around. The mini-markets are the place to go for bottled water/sodas, snacks, toiletries, etc.

    The top end of the street meets Bastian Street while the other end takes you to the Chinese Fishing Nets/Vasco de Gama Square. Cafe Coffee Day is nearby on Bastian Street and the popular hangout, Loafer's Corner is located at Princess & Bastian Streets.

    With it's low lighting, it's a particularly nice place to walk at night.

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    Vasco de Gama Square, Fort Kochi Beach & Esplanade

    by Donna_in_India Written Feb 27, 2013

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    Vacsco de Gama square is a narrow promenade along the beach. It's a nice walk in the morning before it gets very hot but it really comes to life at night when the small stalls cook freshly caught fish from the Chinese nets nearby and local people come out. Sunset over the nets is the perfect photo opportunity as well.

    Much of the beach is dirty and littered but as you can further away from the Square, it's a little nicer, but I don't think I'd swim there! Seriously, it's not meant for swimming.

    There is a lot to see along your walk:

    The description on the Anchor from the Lord Willingdon: "One of the four anchors of the first dredger Lord Willingdon. Lord Willingdon was the principal instrument in the exception of Sir Robert Bristow's brilliant design of making Cochin a world class port. Lord Willingdon, which was brought from Scotland in 1938, had distinguished dredging career up to 1979 in which year she sunk in the outer channel of Arabian Sea in an accident."

    Goats & Stray Dogs: We were not bothered by either. Kasha tried to feed the goats and got doggie kisses from a stray.

    Fisherman in their canoe-type boats: on the beach repairing their nets and out in the water pulling up their catch.

    Colorful graffiti on the walls behind the beach.

    Description on the 2 huge Boilers: "Steam boilers of the cranes used in Cochin Dry Dock for twenty years from 1956. It used coke, coal and fire wood as fuel. Notable use of these cranes included attending the annual repairs of dredger Lord Willingdon and Lady Willingdon."

    Description on the Gunnary: "Part of the Fort Emmanuel, where the Gunnary, fitted with powerful guns to keep a check on the in-coming ships was located."

    If you come to Kochi, you will inevitably find yourself here! Please see my travelogues for additional photos of this area.

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    Basilica of Santa Cruz

    by Avieira67 Updated Jul 7, 2012

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    This Roman Catholic church was built by the first Portuguese viceroy, Francisco de Almeida, when he arrived in Kochi in 1505. In 1558, Pope Paul IV, raised the Santa Cruz church to the status of a Cathedral. In 1663, the Dutch conquered Kochi and destroyed all the Catholic buildings, except the Saint Francis Church and the Cathedral. The Dutch made the cathedral their arms storehouse. Later it fell into the hands of the British who demolished it when they took over Kochi in 1795. One of the decorative granite pillars of the destroyed Cathedral is still kept as a monument at the southeastern corner of the present Basilica premises.

    Bishop Dom João Gomes Ferreira, in 1887, took up the initiative to rebuild this monument, but only in 1905 the new cathedral could be sanctified by Dom Sebastião José Pereira, the bishop of Dmão. In 1984, Pope John Paul II raised the status of the Cathedral to a Basilica.

    Nowadays, this Basilica is the “capital church” of the diocese of Kochi and one of the eight Basilicas in India. The architecture of the monument is a blend of the Indo-European and the gothic style. The making of the pulpit and the wooden paneling of this cathedral is very impressive. Moreover, the Italian paintings dating from the time of the original foundation of the church adorning the interiors of the Santa Cruz Basilica give it a completely magnificent look.

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    Morning Meditation/Raga

    by mikeajtaylor Updated Feb 19, 2012

    A wonderful way to start your day in Fort Cochin is to take a trip to the Kathakali Centre near Santa Cruz Basillica. Between 8 and 9 a.m. each morning you can listen to a sitar and tabla recital of morning ragas

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    Kathakali- Keralan story-play

    by suvanki Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This ancient dance drama, presents stories based on the Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata and the Puranas.

    Dancers undergo rigorous disciplined training from about the age of 10 or 12, for at least 8 years.

    By useage of fabulous make up, costumes and intricate gestures, facial expressions and eye movement, the stories are narrated, accompanied by traditional music.

    Preparation of make up and dressing takes at least 2 hours, and viewing by the audience is encouraged. (bring your cameras!)

    This art form nearly became extinct about 40 years ago, but has been revived by the tourist industry.

    Art Kerala is one of the best places to gain an insight into Kathakali.

    Please see my Kerala and Kovalam pages for a more in depth insight of All the stages of Kathakali, and photographs of this fascinating art.

    A must see if you're visiting Kerala!!

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    Princess Street

    by illumina Written Dec 18, 2010

    Kochi was under the rule of many foreign empires, from the Portuguese to the Dutch and finally the British. Princess Street shows these influences in the style of architecture of the old colonial houses, each of which borrows from the fashion of their home nations. The end result is a very quaint little street which it is a delight to stroll up and down.

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