Fort Kochi Beach, Kerala

Fort Kochi Beach

A very beautiful Fort Kochi beach is located on the western coast of India and is often known as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'. It's a serene beach that offers a scenic view and natural beauty to its visitors. With its pristine water and tranquil ambience, it is extremely admired by tourists and local people as well. Whether you are alone or with your loved ones, this beach offers a soothing atmosphere to relax and chill out. The main attraction of this beach is the historic fort, which is the perfect example of the European architecture and the annual Kochi Festival that takes place every year on the white sands of the Fort Kochi Beach. Holiday trip to this beach is like an ideal blend of the historical and cultural moments.

Stroll along the Fort Kochi beach and over the slippery sands, where you'll view the Chinese Fishing Nets. View exuberant waves washing off your footprints. One must enjoy the Kochi Carnival, the very popular festival, which is celebrated every year during the New Year eve. If you are bored with the hustle and bustle of the city, then this beach is a perfect getaway for you. Foodies can find several restaurants and eating joints that offer delicious cuisines. Hence, Fort Kochi beach has become a retreat for visitors of different part of the world.

Things to Do

Beach Activities- You can indulge yourself in various activities like boat cruise, beach walk, fishing, sun bath, sand castles building, dolphin sighting, and swimming.

Boat Ride- You can enjoy the view of backwaters separating Ernakulam from the Fort Kochi and Mattanchery are with numerous small and midsized islands. Go and experience the boat ride through the backwaters.

Kathakali Performance- You can enjoy the Kathakali performances which are organized every year in places like:

  • See India Foundation- Kalathiparambil Road, near the Ernakulam Railhead
  • The Cochin Cultural Centre- Manikath Road, behind Medical Trust Hospital
  • Art Kerala-Kannanthodathu Lane, near Valanjambalam Temple

Marine Drive- A leisurely walk along the long coastal pathway is worth to spend some quality time with dear ones. The hustling backwaters, flecked with speedboats, ships, tankers and passenger boats are found from this walkway that encloses the coast.

Festivals- To make your trip memorable and interesting, you can enjoy the festivals of Kochi, which are celebrated every year like Onam, Holi, Christmas, Easter, Milad-e-sherif, , Eid ul-Fitr, Cochin Carnival etc. Visit during festive season and have some good time here.

Dining & Food Facility- Dinning at Fort Kochi Beach is a wonderful experience as the sea foods and vegetarian cuisines are very delicious and mouth watering.

Tourist Spots/Attractions

Cuddled amidst green bushes, coconut trees, and tenderly lashing seawaters, the Fort Kochi beach happens to be the favorite destination of everyone. Not only the locals, but also the tourists are found here basking up the serene atmosphere at the seashore. There are many tourist attractions in and around the beach that draws thousands of tourists from all over the world.

Some of the popular attractions are:

Streets of Fort Kochi- The major attraction of this place is its streets that beautifully showcase all about the Fort Kochi. Rose Street, Princess Street, Tower Road, Burger Street, etc., are some popular spots that captivate one and all. Strolling along the Matanchery roads, you'll get Palace Road, Jew Street and TD School Road that highlight a different culture.

Chinese Fishing Nets- Also known as Cheenavala, these fishing nets are distinctly different to Kochi. There are many fishermen who earn their livelihood by fishing and by using these nets. A complete stretch of the seashore along the Vypeen and Fort Kochi are dotted with these nets.

St.Francis Church, Fort Kochi- It's one of the oldest churches built by Europeans in India. On the third visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama (the Portuguese trader) arrived India from Europe by sea but unfortunately he fell ill and died in Kochi. So, he was buried in this church and that spot was marked out in this church.

Santa Cruz Basilica- This church was built by the Portuguese in the year 1505 and later on became popular as a Cathedral in the year 1558. It's one of the eight Basilicas in India, empowered with architectural & artistic magnificence and the colors of the medieval style.

Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry- Built in the year 1568, this Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest Judaism temple in the Commonwealth of Nations. Here, you can get giant scrolls of the Old Testament and it is marvelously embellished by Belgian chandeliers and Chinese tiles.

Dutch Palace, Mattancherry- Also known as the Mattancherry Palace, It's a Portuguese palace commonly known as the Dutch Palace featuring the murals of Kerala highlighting the art of Hindu Temple, portraits and exhibits of the Kochi's Rajas. It displays the culture implication of the palace.

Handicrafts Shops- Visit handicraft shops at the Kalvathy and Jew streets, where you may do a wonderful shopping with a wide collection of amazing arts and crafts. This palace has a good collection of mural paintings showing scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary- A protected bird sanctuary located in the heart of Kochi city is a home to numerous migratory and resident birds of different varieties.

Cherai Beach- An ideal beach towards the north end of Vypeen island, which encloses coconut groves and paddy fields.

Indo Portuguese and Maritime Navy Museums- Situated in the premises of the INS Dronacharya, this museum was set up before the World War II in two built up ammunition bunkers. It elicits admiration and curiosity as well. Indo Portuguese museum displays the influences of the Portuguese on Fort Kochi and the nearby areas.

Other attractions near to Kochi are Hill Palace, Alleppey (Alapuzha),Cheruthuruthy,Kalady, Kodanad, Kodanad, Kodungalloor,Munnar, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, etc.

Where To Stay

There are many hotels ranging from luxury to reasonable ones.
Here it goes:

  • Fort Cochin Houseboat
  • Heritage Hotels
  • Bolgatty Palace
  • Adams Wood House
  • Ballard Bungalow
  • Bastian Home Stay
  • Beechboro Home Stay
  • Bright Heritage 
  • Brisbane Lodge
  • Brunton Boatyard
  • ChristVille Homestay
  • Costa Gama Homestay

How to Reach

Nearest Airport- Cochin International Airport (45 km)

Nearest Rail- Ernakulam (approx 1½ km) from the main boat jetty

Nearest Roadways- Kochi has good network of roads and bus routes as it generates from NH 47, 49 and 17 connecting Kanyakumari, Mumbai and Madurai respectively. There are numerous private buses available from Ernakulam to other major cities. They operate from High Court Junction, Railway Station and Kaloor Junction as well.

Cochin has very excellent network of roads and adequate bus travel facilities for getting here because road links for the city generates from National highways No. 47, 49, and 17 leading to Kanyakumari, Mumbai and Madurai, respectively.

Ferries- Ferries are the best way to reach faster and that too it is quite cheaper than buses or autos. Other options are Goshree Bridge from Ernakulam, which unfolds across the backwaters joining various islands like Mulavukadu, Vallarpadam and Vypeen. There are two ferry stations in Ernakulam i.e. the major Boat Jetty is just a km from the Junction railway station and the other is nearby High Court.

Best Time to Visit- October to March

If you are the one who want to saunter in a serene and natural environment, then Fort Kochi Beach is an ideal place to sojourn. So, plan your trip to this very place and get exciting deals on Kerala Holiday Packages at Tour My India.