Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi

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Fort Kochi is a heritage center in Kochi with a rich history. Throughout centuries, it was under the rule of Kochi kingdom, Portuguese, Dutch and the British. The place also gave asylum for Jews, Muslims, and Jains. It hence contains diverse relics that proclaim its prolific past. The historical monuments in Fort Kochi include Mattanchery palace (Dutch Palace), Jew Street, Synagogue, Jain Temple, Santacruz basilica, and so on which makes it a busy tourist attraction in Kochi.

Chinese fishing net, which is a common sight in Fort Kochi, is reminiscent of the era when Kochi had trade relations with China.  There are many churches in this tourism destination in Kochi with historical importance. St Francis Church is famous for the tomb of Vasco Da Gama. St George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Church is where the historical event of Koonan Kurish Sathyam (Oath of Koonan Cross) took place in 1653. The locality also hosts Kochi-Muziris Biennale, an international exhibition of contemporary arts every 2 years. The man-made Willington island and the Kerala Kathakali Center where the traditional art form Kathakali is promoted are other notable attractions.