As one of India's oldest port towns, Fort Kochi was home to traders and wayfarers from all continents. Though most of them are gone today, the remnants of their dwellings are refurbished into vintage cafes and boutique stays to welcome tourists and remote workers. Now you will find a hipster town with an old-world charm.
Kashi Art Cafe is an unmissable spot where you can work and pop into their art gallery whenever you need a break. The Loafer's Corner Cafe, housed in the 200-year-old Dutch-Portuguese building, can be another cozy work-friendly place. A 30-minute drive from Fort Kochi is the Fortune Cowork and Centre A, two adjacent coworking spaces with all the modern facilities of a corporate space.
The Fort Kochi beach is a bustling spot of local life, where you can witness a picturesque sunset with the settings of Chinese fishing nets, a 14th-century contribution of the Chinese explorers. Bordering the Fort Kochi beach locates Kerala’s first hotel, the Old Harbour Hotel, shortlisted for the UNESCO world heritage award, and Terrace Grill Restaurant, famous for its Jewish delicacies. If it is during the daytime, dine in at the Armoury Resto-bar, which is embellished with historic weaponry.
If you are up early, you can rent a bike and set your map to Mattancherry for a cycling expedition and enjoy pedaling through the narrow lanes and spice markets with colonial-era bungalows. Alternatively, if you’re more of a night owl, Fort Kochi has one of the most active nightlife in Kerala. Hotel Seagull is a top-notch place to sip a chilled beer while enjoying the beach view. The dim-lit Clubb 18 with an outdoor pool/jacuzzi will treat you with cocktails, spirits, or the daily shaken specials. 18 Degree Roof Top Bistro Sports Bar, with a view of the bay, is best to accommodate larger groups.
Sneha Thomas is a freelance journalist and writer based in India. She writes on sustainability, travel, and lifestyle.
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