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Hotel Score and Score Breakdown

8

Based on 782 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Hotel Dutch Bungalow, Fort Kochi, Kerala.

Clean

8

Comfort

6

Location

8

Staff

10

Services

7

Value for money

9

 

Parade Ground

Parade Ground, Fort Kochi, Kerala Tourism, Fort Kochi Beach, God's own country, Tourism, Sight Seeing

The four acre Parade Ground in Ernakulam district of Kerala, was where once the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British colonists conducted their military parades and drills. The buildings around the ground housed their defense establishments. Today, the largest open ground in Fort Kochi, the Parade Ground is a sports arena.

Vascodagama Square

Vascodagama Square, Fort Kochi, Kerala Tourism, Fort Kochi Beach, God's own country, Tourism, Sight Seeing

Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala, the last port of Vasco Da Gama, where you will find synagogues, mosques, churches and temples side by side, is a place with a fascinating history. The huge cantilevered fishing net, the Chinese fishing nets, seen here is a legacy of its spellbinding past. The nets, set up on teak and bamboo poles, were brought by one of the first visitors to the Malabar Coast, the traders from the court of Kublai Khan. An ideal place to watch fishermen use these nets is the Vasco da Gama square, a narrow promenade along the beach. The square, which has numerous stalls serving fresh delicious seafood, tender coconut and so on, is also perfect for a nice, relaxed evening.

Jewish Synagogue

Jewish Synagogue, Fort Kochi, Kerala Tourism, Fort Kochi Beach, God's own country, Tourism, Sight Seeing

The Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active[1] synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations,[2] located in Kochi, Kerala, in South India. Constructed in 1567, it is one of seven synagogues of the Malabar Yehudan or Yehudan Mappila people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. Paradesi is a word used in several Indian languages, and the literal meaning of the term is “foreigners”, applied to the synagogue because it was built by Sephardic or Spanish-speaking Jews, some of them from families exiled in Aleppo, Safed and other West Asian localities. It is also referred to as the Cochin Jewish Synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue.

The Dutch Palace

Dutch Palace, Fort Kochi, Kerala Tourism, Fort Kochi Beach, God's own country, Tourism, Sight Seeing

The palace is a quadrangular structure built in Nālukettu style, the traditional Kerala style of architecture, with a courtyard in the middle. In the courtyard there stands a small temple dedicated to ‘Pazhayannur Bhagavati’, the protective goddess of the Kochi royal family. There are two more temples on either side of the Palace, one dedicated to Lord Krishna and the other to Lord Siva. Certain elements of architecture, as for example the nature of its arches and the proportion of its chambers are indicative of European influence in basic Nālukettu style. The Dining Hall has carved wooden ornate ceiling decorated with a series of brass cups. The palace also contains rare examples of traditional Kerala flooring, which looks like polished black marble but is actually a mixture of burned coconut shells, charcoal, lime, plant juices and egg whites.

Dutch Cemetery

Dutch Cemetery, Fort Kochi, Kerala Tourism, Fort Kochi Beach, God's own country, Tourism, Sight Seeing

The Dutch connection of Fort Kochi does not end with the above mentioned two churches. Down the road from St Francis Church, that runs parallel to the beach, stands the Dutch Cemetery. The cemetery, which was consecrated in 1724, is believed to be the oldest in the country. The cemetery, built in the style of the Dutch architecture of the time, is surrounded by walls and the year 1724 is engraved on the entrance pillar. The epitaphs and tombs, numbering 104, carry the authentic records of hundreds of people of Dutch and British nationality. Many of the tombs are made of granite and red laterite and have no cross. There are big as well as small tombstones and the inscriptions on the epitaphs are in the old Dutch script. The cemetery is now managed by the Church of South India (CSI). The St. Francis CSI Church of Fort Kochi maintains a record of the people buried here. According to T W Venn, who published the book St Francis Church, Cochin, the last person who was laid to rest in this cemetery was Captain Joseph Ethelbert Winckler. His burial took place in 1913.

Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese Fishing Net, Fort Kochi, Kerala Tourism, Fort Kochi Beach, God's own country, Tourism

Chinese fishing nets are a type of stationary lift net in India. They are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for fishing. While commonly known as “Chinese fishing nets” in India, the more formal name for such nets is “shore operated lift nets”. The nets may have been introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He. The Chinese fishing nets have become a very popular tourist attraction. Their size and elegant construction is photogenic and the slow rhythm of their operation is quite hypnotic. In addition, catches can be purchased individually and need be taken only a short distance to a street entrepreneur who will cook it.

Santa Cruz Basilica

Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Kochi, Kerala Tourism, Fort Kochi Beach, God's own country, Tourism,

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.

The basilica serves as the Cathedral church of the Diocese of Cochin.

It was built originally by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558, was spared by the Dutch conquerors who destroyed many Catholic buildings. Later the British demolished the structure and João Gomes Ferreira[pt] commissioned a new building in 1887. Consecrated in 1905, Santa Cruz was proclaimed a Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1984.

St Francis Church

St Francies Church, Fort Kochi, Kerala tourism, Activities in Fort Kochi, Kerala Attractions, Fort Kochi Attractions, Things to do

St. Francis Church, in Fort Kochi, Kochi, originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India.