Fort Kochi vist was completely co-incidental. It was a Friday after our work and we had planned a ride to Kochin and a home stay in Vipin Island, Kochi(Kerala) to celebrate our weekend. But destiny had something else for us.
On the way from Coimbatore to Vipin, we came to know that the owner of the house at Vipin had some problems and requested us to arrange a stay elsewere. It was getting dark and we both were searching for a safe and good accommodation, it was then I remembered about Zostel @ Fort Kochi and asked Ebichan to check availability there.
People who are not aware of Zostels, let me give a small idea on what it is – It is the oldest & the biggest backpacker hostel brand of India. Its a chain of hostels found in different cities in India, they are meant for backpackers/group/solo travalers but they do encourage couple travelers as well.
It was around 10:00 pm when we reached Zostel, we stayed in dormitory as private rooms where already occupied, it was my first time experience to spent a night in a dorm and it was awesome. We share our room with a solo woman backpacker aami from Mumbai and guy from USA. I loved the bed and the peaceful sleep after a long ride.
Next day morning after roaming around zostel, it was time for breakfast. With our Avakkuttan we went out and wandered here and there in the narrow streets of Fort Kochin, as it was early morning there were health conscious people working hard to bring their sweat out, beautiful churchs, and most of the houses have an artistic touch and we could find colourful paintings all around, and some of which are the remaining Kochi Muziris binale 2017. Finally at dead end we found St.Joseph’s hotel ordered puttu-kadala-idiyappam and breaked the fasting.
After the breakfast we headed to see the beauty of Fort Kochi:

Fort Kochi Beach :

Visiting beach on sunday morning is really wonderful, you find the waves calm, people doing excercise and yoga.
Group of students and their mentors cleaning the beach.
Shopkeepers setting up the small stalls.
Fishermen busy fishing to get a net full of fishes and handful of  tourists who like us are enjoying these beautiful sights.

Jews Street :

We really loved strolling this street, there are so many attractive and colourful shops selling antique things. As we visited there just before the holi festival week many shops decorated heaps of colour powder in front of their shop. The end of jews street is synagogue. Walk through Jews street is a must.

Jews Synagogue :

It is the one of the major spot were the tourists visit. We could find many tourists here who where being educated about the history of synagogue by local guides.  Please not the timings when you can enter synagogue. As its a Saturday we could not enter

Spice Market, Mattanchery :

Here we could find the enchanting aroma of the finest ginger, turmeric, cloves, cardamom and other spices. We could find all these spices filled in big sacks and arranged in front of the shop.

Uru Art Harbor, Mattancherry :

URU art harbour, curated by Riyas Komu opened on August 12, 2017 in Mattancherry.

It features the history of labourers and working class, stories, and memories, of looking at and seeing Mattancherry, the place through its people.

Dutch Palace :

The Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace.

If you are visiting Fort Kochi noon time then we suggest you to visit Dutch Palace first, as you can save your self from sunburns and view the gallery of the Cochin Rajas and some of the best mythological murals in India.

Kayees Rahmathulla Cafe :

It is one of the highly hyped hotel in Fort Kochi famous for its signature biriyani which is yummy! Lunch time from 12:00 pm to 2:00 you can find good rush of people in the hotel.

We ordered chicken biriyani, they served biriyani with salad, sweet and spicy Dates pickle and pappad.

Things to consider:

  • Please note that Zostel does not entertain family stays how ever they do encourage couples.
  • If visiting Fort Kochi and if you are a Non-Veg then do try any beef dish or any biriyani from Kayees Restaurant.
  • Jewish Synagouge is not open all the time, Saturdays and Sundays they remain closed for visitors.
  • There are plenty of shops selling all attractive things. If you have the skill to bragain well then you will get a bag full of things at cheap price.