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Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi is a town located in the Cochin City of Kerala India. It is in the south-west of the mainland of Cochin surrounded by water region all over . Fort Kochi glorifies the Portuguese period of Kerala and is a great historic town . Mattancherry is located nearby the town . Fort Kochi shows the charm of Portuguese era in its architecture and surroundings. The streets will show reunite you with the ancient times of Kerala . There are buildings designed in the Portuguese style architecture and many monuments are located here in Fort Kochi.

Historic Importance of Fort Kochi

In Fort Kochi you will see the streets lined up with many buildings in Portuguese, Dutch and British architectural styles that once used to rule here. Kochi in Pre Colonial times was the fishing village of Kingdom of Cochin. When Portuguese arrived here and helped King of Cochin in battle with their enemy the King of Cochin granted Fort Cochin region for their settlement . The king also gave them permission to build a fort near the waterfront to protect their commercial interests. Fort Kochi name came up from the Fort Emmanuel built by Portuguese there. The fort was later destroyed by Dutch who invaded Portuguese from here . The Dutch held Fort Kochi in their possession for 112 years until 1795, when the British took control by defeating the Dutch.

Fort Kochi have various Dutch and Portuguese monuments like Santa Cruz Basilica , St Fracis Church , Dutch Palace. Here you will also find huge fishing nets also called as Chinese Fishing Nets .

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How to Reach Fort Kochi

By AirCochin International Airport About 45 Km away.

By TrainErnakulam Junction About 13 Km away. It is a major Railway Station of Kerala and is connected to most cities of Kerala and other states.

By Road – Kochi is well connected by road from all parts of the state as well as other major cities. To reach Fort Kochi you can either take the road journey or you can go by ferries . Ferries here run at regular interval .

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Chinese Fishing Nets at Fort Kochi


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