Also known as Old Kochi or West Kochi, Fort Kochi demands at least a full day of your Kerala trip. Start by checking out the only two churches left standing in Fort Kochi. Built by the Portugese, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is located right in the centre of town and is a prominent landmark; its white exteriors are deceptive because the church’s walls are covered with colourful frescoes and paintings.
Move onto the St. Francis Church which is actually the first church built by the Europeans in India and its most prominent feature is that it houses the erstwhile resting place of legendary explorer Vasco Da Gama.
Tea-totallers, check out Teapot Café at Peter Celli; they have a stunning display of 100 different kinds of teapots and tea chests that double up as tables. Stop to pick up souvenirs, knick-knacks and jewellery on Princess Street, aka Loafer’s Corner.
P.S. All that sightseeing will probably make you hungry, so we’d definitely suggest getting a flaky, Malabar paratha kathi roll at Dal Roti.