Why you should consider Fort Kochi as your next holiday destination

By Air

Kochi has regular flights from Chennai and Mumbai. The airport is located at the outskirts and it takes roughly 1.5 hours to reach Fort Kochi from Kochi airport.

By Train

A train ride through Kerala is an experience in itself. Finding trains to Kerala is never a problem. Make sure you enjoy the scenic route.

Fort Kochi

When you think of a relaxing vacation in India, what place comes to your mind? Goa? Manali? Pondicherry? Let me give you an alternative which is just as appealing but with a lesser crowd. Fort Kochi. Why, you ask? Watching lungi-clad fishermen get to work at the break of dawn, wandering around the Jewish synagogue window shopping for antiquities, having a hearty meal at one of the many art cafes and finally watching the sun go down from the Fort Kochi beach is nothing short of mesmerizing. I've put together a list of all the reasons that can compell you to visit Fort Kochi!

Plenty of Sightseeing Options

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Whether its Chinese fishing nets, the beach, a palace or Jewish Synagogue, there’s plenty to do and see. If you stay where I did, you can catch fishermen at work early in the morning. Then, grab a hearty breakfast at any nearby art café (there’s a plethora of those nearby). Next, head to Mattancherry which is a 5 min auto ride or 20 min walk away. There you can explore Mattancherry palace and finally walk around the Jewish Synagogue area.

The Countless Art Cafes

Having brunch while looking at some fabulous art displays? Count me in! it’s mind-boggling how many cafes in Fort Kochi double up as art galleries. The amount of culture present in that tiny region had me stunned. Whether it was the ambiance of these cafes or the delectable food, I couldn’t help myself from wanting to spend all my days just sitting at one of the other cafes.

A Boutique Hotel with a View to Die For

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I’m a sucker for boutique hotels. Although I’m an advocate of staying at hostels, once in a while, I don’t shy away from spoiling myself a little bit. In Fort Kochi, I stayed at Neemrama’s The Tower House. The hotel had a sparkling pool, a library, wood paneled floors, a Colonial vibe and spacious, cozy rooms. What was even better was the widespread breakfast buffet serving items ranging from South Indian, eggs, toast, bounty of jams, fruits and drinks. I'm saving you the trouble of finding hotels in Fort Kochi so get yourself to this wonderful Fort Kochi boutique hotel.

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Close Proximity to Alleppey

The backwaters of Alleppey are famous for the boat rides that offer a glimpse of the expansive canals of Kerala. Not only does Alleppey offer houseboat rides, it also has a beautiful beach and offers stunning sunsets. Fort Kochi to Alleppey is a distance of 60 km which can be covered by state run buses or by hiring a cab.

Ayurveda

Since ancient times, Kerala has been the hub of ayurvedic research and treatment. If you’re looking to rejuvenate yourself with an ayurvedic massage, this is the place to be. Most hotels here offer massage services and it’s just what you will need to top off your vacation!

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Splish - splash 💧 ✨ If you're ever in the need of a purely relaxing vacation, Fort Kochi would be my top recommendation. I spent 3 days unwinding at Neemrana's The Tower House. Everything about this hotel oozes a colonial charm. Wood panelled floors, vintage posters, lots of lamps, a courtyard and library stole my heart. The inviting pool was the best part of the entire experience. The hotel faces the Chinese fishing nets AND is has tons of art cafés all around it. I couldn't recommend this place enough 💙 P.S. What do you think of my tripod skills? ✨ ✨ #FortKochi #Kochi #Kerala #KochiDiaries #FortKochiDiaries #GodsOwnCountry #Travelista #PoolGoals #VintageCharm #VintageVibes #VintageLook #ChicStyleFiles #GoaBlogger #SheIsNotLost #FemaleTravelBloggers #GirlsLoveTravel #TravelinLadies #YogasiniTravels #DameTraveller #SheTravels #TravelGirl #PassionPassport #CnTravellerIndia #NatGeoTravellerIndia #TheSpicyJourney

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I went to Kochi at a time when Kerala had just been affected by one of the worst floods in its history and had begun picking itself up. On the other hand I needed to take a break from my stressful environment back in Goa and cool off for a while. I happened to book an impromptu trip after a brief conversation with a friend. The unadulterated beauty of Kerala and the peaceful environment at Fort Kochi was just what I needed to heal my mind. Right now, Kerala needs all our support in bringing back tourism to the state and help generate revenue for those who rely on that industry for their daily bread and butter. The area is completely safe for tourists now. Fort Kochi will not disappoint!

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