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Fort Cochin

Fort Kochi or Fort Cochin was the first European fort built on the Indian soil in 1530 by Portuguese with the permission of its then ruler. It was then known as 'Manuel Kotta'. The Dutch gained its possession in 1663 until British wrested it from them in 1795. Situated on one of the finest natural harbors of the state, it houses first European township that soon became an important commercial centre and trade centre that flourished under the British. It soon became a major military base, cultural hub, shipbuilding centre and centre for Christianity, all in one. The highlights of this fort are VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow, Jewish Synagogue, Bolgatty Palace and Chinese Fishing nets.

While the tourists throng to Vasco da Gama Square, where now-obsolete Chinese fishing nets are still in use, the stalls surrounding it coin the opportunity by making fresh delicious seafood and tender coconut available to them. The Portuguese originally built Dutch Palace within the fort. It later passed on to Raja of Kochi through the hands of Dutch, who placed high value on it and it was here that many coronations of the ruler of the region took place. Leslie Bungalow from the 19th century belonged to the coffee merchants who traded off in the name of Pierce Leslie & Co. and enchants one with its beauty that has distinct Portuguese, Dutch and native influences on it. Typical wood panels and waterfront verandahs make it all the more endearing to the visitors. The church of Santa Cruz Basilica, the Hill Palace museum, the Jew Town, Museum of Kerala History, Cherai Beach and St Francis Church, the oldest European church of India are other architectural delights of the region.

Cochin has a unique place in world history. Since the great flood of 1341, when Cochin became a natural harbor, it has been the center stage of early international trade between the West and the Far East. In the 13th century Chinese and Arabs were already trading at the port of Cochin. In 1500 AD the Portuguese led by Vasco da Gama arrived, marking the beginning of European colonialism. Subsequently Cochin has been dominated by the Dutch and the British. A large number of trading communities settled and 14 different languages were spoken at a time.

Fort INN Homestay

The Fort INN with all the laid back splendor of a colonial villa has been transformed by a design conscious restoration. Located in the crossroads of History & conceived as a Heritage Tourist INN. Built in 1855 in Dutch Architectural style & recently restored with modern amenities and carefully decorated with country antiques & by retaining the original heritage structure. Relax in cozy elegance at the historic, 4 - room Fort Inn Homestay, Bed & Breakfast located in the heart of Cochin town is a unique combination of yesterday's charm and today's conveniences. Within walking distance of the city's best restaurants and most popular tourist attractions. The Fort INN’s convenient location is a favorite for the midweek business traveler and weekend getaway couples visiting Fort Cochin. All rooms are furnished with a mix of contemporary crafted and select antique furniture. Original artifacts, bold splashes of vivid colors and state of the art lighting create an eclectic ambience, contemporary, yet romantic and always reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the ancient Malabar Coast.

Amenities :

Ensuite Bath
Hot & Cold WaterBreakfast
Room Service
Canopy Beds
Tourist Information Desk

Nearby Attractions :

Beach & Nature preserves
Chinese Fishing
Art Galleries
Historical areas
Antique Shops

Address : Fort Inn Homestay, Near Aspinwal Company, Calvathy Road, Cochin – 682001

Fort INN B&B at Fort Cochin (March - November)
Room Type
AC Deluxe Double Room
Rs. 2500
AC Deluxe 3 Bedded Room
Rs. 3000
Fort INN B&B at Fort Cochin (December - February)
Room Type
AC Deluxe Double
Rs. 3000
AC Deluxe 3 Bedded Room
Rs. 3500

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