Explore the historic town of Fort Kochi, is a jewel in the crown of Kerala with its European heritage and true cosmopolitan temperament. A leisurely walk through its streets is one of the best ways to discover all that the city has to offer like architectural marvels like 16th Century Basilicas, Dutch Palace,Pierce Leslie Bungalow, Synagogue of Jew Town, Indo-Portuguese Museum, Ancient Chines fishing nets, Libraries, Art Galleries, Cafe, Cultural Centres, Curio Stores, Kochi's natural harbour and many other historical & Cultural sites. A boat ride across the breathtaking blue lagoons and backwaters offers a glimpse of kochi's rural life and its true beauty.
KERALA KATHAKALI CENTRE
Kerala Kathakali Centre popularly known as school of traditional arts. Kerala kathakali centre is the kerala's foremost arts school and the only authentic theatre where kathakali,music,martial arts and other dance forms are demonstrated in traditional style with its real sence and reality. Kerala kathakali centre will show you rich culture and experience the world’s greatest art forms.
The Mattancherry Palace is located about 12 km from Ernakulam. One of the finest examples of the Kerala style of architecture mixed with colonial influences, the Portuguese built it as a gift to King Veera Kerala Verma. It came to be known as the Dutch Palace as it underwent major repairs at the hands of the Dutch. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the Fort Kochi area.
The Maritime Museum in Kochi is India’s ode to the glorious past of its majestic Navy. Here we get a glimpse of the formidable sagas, genesis and dealings of one of the top 10 naval powers in the world today. Located on the INS Dronacharya, the history and evolution of our naval forces is on full display here.
The Indo-Portuguese Museum situated in Fort Kochi tries to encapsulate this bond. Their influence on the art and architecture of the region is on full display here. The constant efforts of late Dr. Joseph Kureethra, Bishop of Kochi, played an integral role in its formation so that future generations could understand the Indo-Portuguese Christian Art heritage.
SANTA CRUZ CATHEDRAL BASILICA
The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica at Fort Kochi is one of the eight Basilicas in Kerala. Counted as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala, this church is one of the finest and most impressive churches in India and visited by tourists the whole year round. It is a place of devotion as well as a center of historic significance, endowed with architectural and artistic grandeur and colours of the gothic style.
CHINESE FISHING NETS
Chinese explorer, Zheng He, introduced the Chinese Fishing Nets to the fishermen in Kochi over 500 years ago. Even though he would leave, these would become staple sights in these parts. The Chinese fishing nets,or Cheenvala for the locals, have attracted visitors in the Fort Kochi area for centuries. Most tour guides swear that the Vasco da Gama Square is the best spot to get the perfect view of these massive structures.