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          A stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a memorable experience. Many European style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline. There are many factors that differentiate the beach from the other beaches of Kerala.




          The presence of the Chinese fishing nets is probably the most easily identifiable one. The trees and the greenery on the walkway to the beach add to the serene atmosphere there. It is on these beaches that the famous Cochin Carvinal is conducted on New Year’s Eve.


          Kochi was a fishing village in the Kingdom of Kochi in the pre-colonial Kerala. The territory that would be later known as Fort Kochi was granted to the Portuguese in 1503 by the Rajah of Kochi, after the forces of Afonso de Albuquerque helped him fighting the forces of Saamoothiri of Kozhikode. The Rajah also gave them permission to build a fort near the waterfront to protect their commercial interests.


 

          The first part of the name Fort Kochi comes from this fort, Fort Emmanuel, which was later destroyed by the Dutch. The Portuguese built their settlement behind the fort. They also built a wooden church, which was rebuilt in 1516 as a permanent structure, today known as the St Francis Church. Fort Kochi remained in Portuguese possession for 160 years.



          In 1683 the Dutch captured the territory from the Portuguese, destroyed many Portuguese institutions, particularly Catholic including convents. The Dutch held Fort Kochi in their possession for 112 years until 1795, when the British took control by defeating the Dutch. Foreign control of Fort Kochi ended in 1947 with the Indian independence. The chinese fishing nets are distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China! The Fort Kochi beach, with its clean premises and tranquil atmosphere, is frequented by tourists as well as the local people.






     Nearest Tourist Places in Ernakulam




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     Location


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 Nearest Airport:

 Cochin International Airport

 Road :

 From Airport to spot(44.6 km, 1 hours 06 mins )




   Directions :


1. Head north on Airport Rd/Domestic Terminal Rd
           450 m

2. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit
           180 m

3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Airport Rd Pass by State Bank of India (on the right in 300 m)
           4.6 km

4. Turn left at Athaani Airport Jct onto Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy Pass by BP Petrol Pump (on the left in 15.5 km)
           16.9 km

5. Turn left at Edapally Station Kavala to stay on Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy Pass by Punjab National Bank (on the left in 2.7 km)
           9.9 km

6. Turn right at Kundannoor Jct onto Kochi - Dhanushkodi Rd/Kundannoor Willington Island Rd Continue to follow Kundannoor Willington Island Rd Pass by Tristar Residency (on the left)
           5.4 km

7. Turn left at Cochin Port Jct onto Thoppumpady BOT Bridge
           700 m

8. Turn right at BOT Bridge Jct onto Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd/Aroor-Thoppumpady Rd Continue to follow Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd Pass by State Bank of Travancore (on the left)
           900 m

9. Turn left at Muthu Medicals onto Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd/P T Jacob Rd Pass by State Bank of India (on the left)
           1.7 km

10. Turn right onto K.J. Herschel Rd Pass by SNC Maritime Museum (on the left in 2.8 km)
           3.4 km

11. Slight right at Fort Heritage Hotel onto Elphinstone Rd
           170 m

12. Slight left at St John De Britto Anglo Indian High School onto Bishop Kureethara Rd
           91 m

13. At KWA Tank, continue onto Ridsdale Rd
           230 m

14. Turn right
           84 m

15.Spot





     Location




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 Nearest Railway station:

 Ernakulam South Railway Station

 Road :

 From Ernakulam South Railway Station to spot(13.1 km, 31 mins )




   Directions :



1. Head south on S Railway Station Rd
           150 m

2. Turn left to stay on S Railway Station Rd Pass by Tourist Land Tour & Travel (on the left)
           280 m

3. Turn left at South Jct onto Chittoor Rd Pass by Pioneer Placements & Services (on the left)
           400 m

4. Turn left at Valanjambalam Jct onto Ettumanoor - Ernakulam Rd/Sahodaran Ayyappan Rd
           38 m

5. Sharp right at Valanjambalam Jct to stay on Ettumanoor - Ernakulam Rd/Sahodaran Ayyappan Rd Pass by Medical Trust Hospital Out-Patient Block (on the left)
           180 m

6. Turn left at Pallimukku Jct onto Mahatma Gandhi Rd Pass by HSBC Bank (on the left)
           2.1 km

7. Continue onto Vikranth-Venduruthy Bridge
           850 m

8. Continue onto Old NH 47
           1.4 km

9. Turn left to stay on Old NH 47
           600 m

10. At Cochin Port Jct, continue onto Thoppumpady BOT Bridge
           650 m

11. Turn right at BOT Bridge Jct onto Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd/Aroor-Thoppumpady Rd Continue to follow Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd Pass by State Bank of Travancore (on the left)
           900 m

12. Turn left at Muthu Medicals onto Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd/P T Jacob Rd Pass by State Bank of India (on the left)
           1.7 km

13. Turn right onto K.J. Herschel Rd Pass by SNC Maritime Museum (on the left in 2.8 km)
           3.4 km

14. Slight right at Fort Heritage Hotel onto Elphinstone Rd
           170 m

15. Slight left at St John De Britto Anglo Indian High School onto Bishop Kureethara Rd
           91 m

16. At KWA Tank, continue onto Ridsdale Rd
           230 m

17. Turn right
           84 m

18.Spot



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