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I came as a young man to Fort Cochin, India’s oldest Indo – European town, founded by Vasco da Gama. Walking through history I went back to the hotel and booked the room for a month. It is 5 minutes walk from today’s Malabar House. We give you a walking map and let you discover the traces of Portuguese, Dutch & British history. Go to the old Cochin Club for a coffee, see St. Francis Church and the Harbour mouth dotted with Chinese nets. Take the ferry across the Harbour entrance to visit Vipeen church, browse in Idiom for books on everything Indian or visit the Museum of Indo – Portuguese history.
I live myself in the middle of historical Mattancherry, surrounded by its history, markets and pulsating street life. A Tuk - Tuk tour navigates you through this maze and introduces you to a different world. Get down in the cluster of Jew town with its antique market around the synagogue and palace and see the markets and ware houses along the old Bazaar road back to Fort Cochin with its churches and Chinese nets on the Harbour front. Permit yourself 3 hours.
Cochin Harbour cruise is a tour through the history of globalisation. On one side the waterfront of Mattancherry, dotted with ancient spice warehouses, in its centre of the port Willington Island, build by the British in the early 20th century with its cranes & docks, then the new Dubai Ports container terminal and beyond it palm dotted fishing villages in the backwaters.
The sun settles down in the Arabian Sea and covers 500 years of tangible history with its special light.