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7 Best things to do in Fort Kochi

7 Best things to do in Fort Kochi
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By Ruchi Joshi

27 Mar, 2023

“Kattappa ne Bahubali ko kyu mara?” We have come a long way from this question. We all know why. But do you know where that waterfall scene at the beginning of the movie Bahubali was shot? A location as beautiful as it looks in the movie, Fort Kochi is a lesser explored destination that is definitely a must-visit. Need help planning? Read on. 

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Here Are 7 Things You Can Do When In Fort Kochi -
 

1. Aesthetic Marvel

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The footprints of the Portuguese, Dutch and British are still very much alive through the essence of European architecture and culture left behind. Fort Kochi will leave your camera roll full and your heart yearning to know more about its rich history, colonial rule and the distinct architectural attributes. Amongst all the beauty, the charm of the churches of Fort Kochi is unique. Similarly, it is awe-striking to watch pristine sunsets on the blue waters. Those seeking some adventure and thrill must definitely check out Athirappilly Falls (AKA Bahubali Waterfall) located near Fort Kochi. It is considered to be the largest waterfall in Kerala with a height of 80 feet.

2. Paddle Paddle Paddle

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The quaint town of Fort Kochi is like those wonderful paintings in museums and the best way to be a part of this painting is to paddle your way around. You can easily rent a bicycle as it is a fun-filled and energizing activity to indulge in. The fresh wave of air as the wind passes through your hair, the feeling of peace in contrast to the honking of city life, clean oxygen for your lungs and positive thoughts for your mind, isn’t that your dream vacation? A chance to experience backwater cycling is possible in Fort Kochi. In conclusion, paddling along the path of shore and water will help you create memories to last for a lifetime. 

3. Home To Princess

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We mean - the Princess Street (XD). It is one of the most popular spots in Fort Kochi with the old charm still retained. The houses and buildings here have either Dutch, Portuguese or British architectural styles and will definitely transport you back in time. For this reason, it feels like the thumping pulse of the town with cafes and clubs at every nook. Popularly known as Loafer’s Street, you can find all the party animals and shopaholics here. Bring your wishlist to Princess Street and shop for some amazing handicrafts, traditional crafts, jewellery and pretty clothes. When you get tired of shopping you can take a break where you try out the numerous cafes, restaurants and clubs to fill the fuel and chill. A perfect day out for wanderlusters, do add this to your bucket list.

4. Set Your Trap

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The most unique thing about Fort Kochi is the Chinese fishing nets that can become your muse like many others before you. It is believed that during the reign of Kublai Khan around 500 years ago, some Chinese travellers had come to Kochi and introduced the fishermen here to the huge Chinese fishing nets. They are massive in size and it takes at least 6 fishermen to use them. Watching the local fishermen operate them is a sight to behold. Above all, at sunset, the Chinese fishing nets with the backdrop of orange sky steal the show. Get your cameras ready for a fabulous click or maybe just take the whole experience and vibe in.

5. Blend Of Culture And Art

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Fort Kochi is nothing short of a piece of art in itself. The raw and seductive beauty of this quaint town only gets exaggerated with the amalgamation of varied cultures and art. A synagogue is a Jewish place of worship and you can find one of the oldest Jewish synagogues in the entire British Commonwealth – Paradesi Synagogue, right here. Just adjacent to Paradesi Synagogue is yet another popular landmark and tourist attraction – Mattancherry Palace. It was built way back in the 1500s by the Portuguese. Along with that, the epitome of culture and art are Kerala Folklore Theater & Museum and Kerala Kathakali Center. This is your chance to get exposed to the rich culture and traditional art forms of Kerala. You are in for one awesome ride with this one.

6. Café Hopping

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Fort Kochi has some really nice and fun cafes around. From a few located in centuries old Dutch-Portuguese-style buildings to the ones with unique aesthetics and theme, the choices here are endless. All the foodies out there, when you are in Fort Kochi give don't forget to try out the local dishes like the Sadhya, Malabar Biriyani, Kerala Syrian fish delicacies and Banana chips. Moreover, a must-check-out place at Fort Kochi is Kashi Art Café which serves authentic Kochi delicacies and fascinating art pieces from sculptures and handicrafts to paintings. A paradise for art lovers, lose yourself in the beauty of this town and take in the rich culture that invites you to explore more.

7. Tick The Antiques

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Find historical artefacts, quirky antiques and art pieces at Jew Town. It is a market that serves you with rare items and if you are someone who loves collecting bits and parts from history, this is going to be a heaven for you. If you love decorating your living space, some of the most interesting items and decor can be found here. Your wish to have a Pinterest-styled room gets fulfilled right here at Fort Kochi’s Jew Town. Located near Mattancherry Palace and Paradesi Synagogue, fill your shopping bags with unqiue items and your hearts with fun memories of your trip as you take back a lot more than just the things you've shopped. 

Where To Stay?

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We understand the importance of budget-friendly accommodation without compromising on comfort. Our hostel in Fort Kochi offers a range of room types to suit the needs of different travellers, from solo backpackers to families. Rest assured, cleanliness, comfort, and safety are our top priorities. Our well-maintained dormitories and private rooms are designed to provide a comfortable and secure stay at an affordable price, allowing you to make the most of your travel budget. Check out The Hosteller Fort Kochi. 

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