"Ernakulam & Fort Kochin..." India Things to Do Tip by coceng

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Still in the state of Kerala, I MUST mention Ernakulam & Fort Kochin.
I am glad that I started my backwaters Tour by arriving in Quilon first, which is the southern most big town in Kerala.
I ventured north (by boat & by train) until I reached Ernakulam.
Most people reach Ernakulam to catch their train connections to the north as it's a big station with good railway connections.

For me, reaching Ernakulam was because I wanted to see Fort Kochin !
Ernakulam is a big busy town in Kerala.
Shops, restaurants are plenty here.
I even stayed the night in Ernakulam.

40 minutes bus ride away, we could see Fort Kochin.
Fort Kochin was the center of spice trade for many centuries.
Fort Kochin was also the first European colonial settlement in India.
From 1503 to 1663, Fort Kochi was ruled by the Portugese.
We could just feel the colonial ambience of Fort Kochin where the old churches, the small alleys still exude that European air when it was settled by the Portugese !

I arrived here just in time to watch the famous sunset by the Chinese fishing nets.
The sky was so red, the smell & the sound are unmistakably India...
Certainly NOT to be missed !
You MUST spend a day or 2 in Fort Kochin.


Directions: If you come from the north, you might easily reach Ernakulam (hence Fort Kochin) first.
My advice is go to the south first, Quilon & make your way up to Ernakulam.
Lots of trains to/from Ernakulam Junction for other destinations in India.

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  • Written Jun 29, 2007
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