Floohoo Travels offer you the best Fort Cochin & Mattancherry Sight Seeing & Tour Packages. Choose from a wide range of tour packages based on your interests. Fort Kochi is a water bound region to the south west of mainland Kochi. Wandering through its serene by-lanes and bustling thoroughfares lined with examples of early colonial history in the subcontinent is indeed a special journey through time. After passing through cobbled lanes, archway framed entrances, secluded courtyards, and charming houses with tiled roofs, one arrives at the marketplace in Mattancherry where the air is redolent with the scents of spices that originally enticed colonial voyager merchants to these shores, and of course, no visit is complete without a trip to Fort Kochi Beach.
ST FRANCIS CHURCH
St. Francis Church was built in 1503 AD, making it the first of European built churches in India, as well as one of the great Kerala old churches. This small church was originally built by the Portuguese using brick and mud, but it was administered in succession by the Dutch, the English, and finally the Indians – being renovated throughout the process. Its tiled roof with gabled timber frames and stepped pinnacle house an arched nave, carved wooden pulpit, book rests, confessional, and baptism platform that work together to echo a venerable history.
Vasco da Gama was buried here in 1521 AD, and the area of his initial resting place is still clearly defined in a corner inside the church. Visitors will find a gravestone erected in his memory in the compound outside, along with those of other Portuguese and Dutch eminences of the era. A baptism and marriage register that was maintained in the church since 1751 today allows many Dutch travellers to trace their ancestry.