On the shores of Kochi, lies the perfect picturesque seaside neighborhood called Fort Kochi. Its delightful cobble stoned lanes are filled with stories from all around the world, an eventful history that began with spice trade. Being a popular tourist spots, it is one of the main reasons why hotels in Fort Kochi are flourishing due to its immensely rich heritage and history.
A brief history of Fort Kochi is as follows:
- It is believed that Fort Kochi was an important epic center for spice trade with commercial links to important kingdoms from as early as 3000 BC.
- Until 1341, Muziris more recently known as Kodungallur was the major port for spice trade. But a devastating flood in Periyar river closed up this port and created a new natural harbor in Kochi, to where all the trade was shifted.
- In 1497, famous Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama made his way to Malabar Coast paving way for spice trade, construction of the first European church St. Francis Church and the main reason for the Portuguese influence in this region.
- In the 17th century, Dutch came over to rule after a siege from Portuguese and ruled this area then collectively known as Dutch Malabar until the British came into power.
- Fort Kochi also has a rich Jewish legacy, as in the past it had a sizeable population of Jews. The Paradesi Synagogue is an epitome of Jewish culture and faith embedded in the lands of Fort Kochi.
- Kochi’s most favorite tourist spot the Chinese Fishing Nets was introduced by Chinese travelers who came in the 13th century to the court of Kublai Khan.
Engage in the streets of the present day Fort Kochi, a relaxed stroll on which can give you beautiful views of colonial mansions, heritage hotels, art galleries, beautiful churches and fragrant spice markets.