St. Francis Church is India's earliest European church. Built by the Portuguese in the early 1500's, this wooden church with its simple whitewashed facade became the model for later churches. It was... more
Lining the north shore of Fort Kochi are the Chinese fishing nets, probably the most famous image of Kochi/Kerala. The local name for the nets is cheena-wala (of China). It is believed that traders... more
Kathakali is the most widely-recognized of Kerala's many traditional dance forms. It is a combination of Literature (Sahithyam), Music (Sangeetham), Painting (Chithram), Acting (Natyam), and Dance... more
Mattancherry Palace, also known as Dutch Palace, was constructed in the mid-1550s by the Portuguese. It was given to the Maharaja of Kochi in exchange for trading rights. It was renovated by the Dutch... more
Fleeing Roman persecution, Jews reached the shores of south India (about 30 kms from Kochi) around the year 72 A.D. Over the centuries Jews migrated in waves. They became prosperous bankers and... more
Near Vasco de Gama Square and the Chinese Fishing Nets is a small fish market. The freshest seafood -fish, prawns, lobsters - can be purchased and cooked for you (made to order) in one of the stalls.... more
Built by the Portuguese Santa Cruz Basilica recently celebrated its 500th anniversary. It is one of only eight basilicas in India. It has a Gothic facade and soaring spires and is a very pretty... more
At the end of a narrow lane in Jew Town is Paradesi Synagogue. It is the oldest synagogue in India. The first Jewish settlers reached India in the early 1st century. Their settlement - then 32km north... more
KTDC charge 400/- half day(4 hrs) 650/-full day(7hrs) back water tour.. but some private companies.. charge only 450/- full day tour (7hrs) include lunch.. arround 20 peoples on the very good boat..... more
This important centre for understanding the Indo-Portuguese Christian Art heritage, which is still surviving, houses some honorable collections and is well known for its artistic and architectural... more
This imposing structure was built in 1568, when the Jews settled in Mattancherry, after their expulsion from Rahabi, who built a clock tower and paved the floor synagogue with hand painted willow... more
And this is what is looks like. This one has 2 bedrooms, kitchen, separate bathroom and toilet, but only one terrace.
The houseboats of today - huge, slow moving, exotic barge used for leisure trips... more
This lovely building was the residence of the Portuguese Governor. The 27th Bishop of the Diocese of Cochin, Domes Jos Gomes Ferreira, acquired this building which was built in 1557. Today it houses... more
The 282-year-old Dutch Cemetery in Fort Kochi is considered to be an authentic record of hundreds of Europeans - both the Dutch and the English - who arrived in India to expand their colonial empire.... more
Just a little way from Princess Street, on the corner of Bastion and Rose streets, is Vasco House. This sixteen century house is believed to have been the residence of Vasco da Gama and is also one of... more
Koder House is actually now a boutique hotel, but this three-storeyed building opposite the beach at Fort Kochi is a landmark for visitors, and is pointed out with the same reverence as the Francis... more
Kerala is different to any other place I've visited before in India. Kerela is on the West Coast (the Malabar Coast) of South India. Kochi is a city consisiting of a few islands, and Ernakulam on the...
In my Kochi page, I will try to bring out a more relax mood of traveling especially after all the rugged travel when I was at Mumbai, Aurangabad, Hyderabad & other destinations before this. I didn't...