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Fort Cochin

Fort Kochi takes its name from the Fort Immanuel that adorned the shores of Cochin, once upon a time. Fort Kochi is now a bustling tourist town on the Arabian Coast. Its historical and cultural background there for all of us to learn. The walkways, wide streets, rows of bungalows are all reminiscent of its old glory. Even before Vasco da Gama helped bring in the Portuguese, Fort Kochi was already a trade town - the Jews and Arabs had started trade relations with South India, via Fort Kochi.

There are many interesting places to visit in Fort Kochi. The beach itself would keep you mesmerized. Then there is the St Francis Church built by Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503. It was also conquered and used by the Dutch, and later the British. The Dutch Palace, Governor's Bungalow, Dutch Cemetery, Maritime Museum and the Indo-Portuguese Museum are other attractions. Do not miss to watch how fishermen operate the Chinese Fishing Nets on the Fort Kochi beach and around.

Fort Kochi is only 16km from the heart of Cochin town. You can reach here by taxis and AC buses. There are ferries that will take you to Cochin mainland and Vypeen.


Vasco House

Vasco House is a unique heritage property in the heart of Fort Cochin. 
The Vasco House is more than 500 years old and is believed to have been the residence of the famous explorer, Vasco-da-Gama until his death in 1524.

The picturesque heritage village of Fort Cochin was discovered by the Portuguese explorer. The Portuguese, Dutch and the British have etched their presence on this land. You can witness the same in the architecture, cuisine and the lifestyle of this part of the city.

The rooms of Vasco House are large, with high wooden ceiling and large windows opening towards the historic St Francis Church where Vasco da Gama was buried. Two spacious rooms are meant for the guests. Both rooms have 2 double bed and single bed. Mosquito net, running hot and cold water, cable TV are provided for your comfortable stay.

Mr Santosh the owner of the Vasco House has been running this home-stay for past 16 years. There are many new hotels and homestay named after Vasco but Vasco House is the one that is accepted by historians. Vasco House stands at the corner where Rose Street meet Bastion street, facing St Francis Church. The Post Office is opposite the building. The old stone staircase is still used as it was during the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British rule of Cochin. This heritage value drove Santosh to start this exotic home stay, which in turn is a good enough reason to protect this monument.

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