A Historical & Cultural interlude
Cochin is a Port city of 1.1 million people, and is built on a series of islands and peninsulas. It is the heart of Kerala and reflects the history and diverse cultures. Here you can see the oldest church in India, winding streets, mosques, and 500 years old Portuguese houses, cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish community, 16th Century synagogue, and a Portuguese palace; latter renovated by the Dutch containing beautiful murals. The older parts of Fort Cochin and Matancherry are a unique blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and English country village put together on the tropical Malabar Coast.
Brunton Boat Yard
It is also a good place to witness a performance of Kathakali dance drama, and “Kalaripattu” martial arts.
There is plenty of choice between modern and heritage hotels. You need at least two nights for cochin. Our choice is the up market Brunton Boat Yard and the mid priced Fort Heritage. Scroll below for more information.
A heritage hotel overlooking the sea lanes
The hotel replicates early Dutch and Portuguese architecture of Fort Cochin. An ancient boatyard has been imaginatively converted into a heritage hotel. It is situated at the best location at the harbor mouth overlooking the busy ship channel. All rooms boast of magnificent view of the sea and delta. The rooms are colonial in furnishing and décor .
The Historic Restaurant offers unique recipes gleaned from the descendants of Fort Cochin’s oldest families. It really is a unique gastronomic exploration of Fort Cochin.
Other facilities include the Terrace Grill, and The Armory with breathtaking view of the delta, which serves mini meals, light snacks and tall drinks all day and major part of the night.
The hotel has its own private jetty and a swimming pool overlooking the sea, in addition to all 5 star facilities.
Fort Heritage Hotel
A Dutch palace built in the Seventeenth century; has been tastefully converted by the Syrian Christian family who own it, to a heritage hotel. It has been beautifully restored, retaining every feature of the structure, including the original laterite, limestone, wood and tile construction
Located a step away from the sparkling Fort Cochin Beach dotted with Chinese fishing nets and the historic church of St Francis, Fort Heritage presents a blend of old world charm and modern comforts
There are only Ten spacious air-conditioned rooms exquisitely furnished with period furniture and paintings of the 17th century world masters The gracious dining room serves cuisine of continental, Chinese, Syrian Christian, and local delicacies, varieties of seafood and traditional Indian barbecue
Cochin historical & cultural Tour
Day 01: Arrive, transfer to hotel. In the evening attend performance of Khathakali dance drama.
Day 02: Conducted tour with guide to Jewish Synagogue, Dutch palace, Chinese fishing nets, church of St Francis Xavier, Bolgatty Palace and Museum of Kerala history. Witness performance of "Kalarpati" martial arts
Day 03: Depart for next destination
Prices: on request