Located 15 kms away from Ernakulam Town, Fort Kochi is a microcosm of colonial influences with forts, churches, palaces, streets and buildings still standing testimony to a bygone era. Colonized for extensive periods by the Portuguese, the Dutch and finally the British, Fort Kochi is a must visit on any tourist calendar.
Places to visit include St. Francis Church where Vasco Da Gama was once buried, Santa Cruz Basilica built by the Portuguese, the cantilevered Chinese Fishing Nets, The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, Koder House and the Jewish Synagogue at Mattancherry.
At Fort Kochi dusk brings in a timeless charm with Kathakali dance shows in full flow, the sea side brimming with fish stalls selling fish, tourists walking around the park and eateries filled with people.
Regular buses ply between the International Airport and Fort Kochi and you could check for timings at the reception desk.