Wow I can not believe that it is 5 years back that I spent a day at Fort Kochi ! To be fair we did spent a night on the beach after that, but well there are no pictures to share !!!
Are you wondering where we were and what I am talking about ??
Fort Kochi became the go to place whenever we have an afternoon to kill in Ernakulam . It is beautiful and surprisingly quiet. A little away from the heart of the city and away from the traffic, the streets here are lined with 18th century colonial era buildings. There is the St. Francis Church – India’s oldest European Church , Fort Immanuel -the bastion of the Portuguese, the Dutch Cemetery, Santa Cruz Basilica , and I could list a number of other heritage homes a number of old heritage homes nearby. Many of which are converted into stores and hotels.
The streets lead to the waterfront. This is not a beach for you to lay down and relax, but for people watching and shopping for curios. If you are lucky you can see the Chinese Fishing nets in action .
The fishermen were raising a net as we were strolling along.
This was not a big catch. But if you like seafood, there is nothing like fresh caught !!! Here are a few more shots from the waterfront :
You can buy fresh seafood and have it cooked in the nearby restaurants.
I found these tribal ladies hawking jewelry on the side. Now they are far away from home, roaming from place to place to make a living. I had to stop and buy something !!!
See the makeshift playpen for the baby ? The lil kid had just woken up as I was talking to his mom. If you ever find yourself fancying something that they sell , do bargain. That is the expectation. Every other hawker will be on your heels if you pay the full price. I am not discouraging anyone from being generous, but just asking you to be discreet.
There is something here for the history buff , the collector , the people watcher or the foodie in you . We were so taken in by the seafood and the people that time ran out before we could get good pictures of historic buildings . Well there is the reason to go back !!!