Kochi

Description

The city of Kochi, situated on the southwest coast of India, is an enchanting place that's had an eclectic influence. Known as the "Gateway to Kerala," Kochi's culture and architecture will take you back in time to when the Dutch, Chinese, and Portuguese and British occupied the city. The architectural and historical sites in Fort Kochi are the biggest draws for most visitors.

For travelers that prefer to explore a city without needing to hop on a bus or take a taxi, Fort Kochi makes an ideal place as most places are reachable on foot or bicycle. The area is very accommodating for tourists, with delicious food, tons of things to do, and an array of 

The best way to acquaint you with Fort Kochi and the events that have shaped it is to begin with a guided heritage Walk covering the important landmarks. These include Fort Immanuel, the Dutch Cemetery, Santa Cruz Basilica, and Saint Francis Church (believed to be the oldest European church in India) built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Saint Francis is most famous for being the burial site of explorer Vasco de Gama, who died in Kochi in 1524, before his remains were taken back to Portugal.