Little Flower of Jesus Church at Kunnumpuram in Fort Kochi was established in 1956. This church is under the Syro-Malabar Church of Ernakulam, Angamaly Archeparchy.
Decoration of the Christmas tree at St. Francis Church in Fort Kochi, the first European church in India, is a popular activity before Christmas which attracts hundreds of people annually.
This temple is in the compound of the Gujarati School in Mattancherry. The idol in the temple is of Lord Siva. Gujarati Brahma Samaj, one of the members of Cochin Gujarati Mahajan, the association for all Gujaratis in Kochi, manages the Manikeshwar Mahadev Temple.
Manjakuli, a festival of the Konkani community in Kochi, is a ritual to prevent diseases. This is done by bathing in turmeric water and burning the effigy of bothan who is understood to be a demon representing summer diseases.
Today, Mattancherry is well connected to Ernakulam by road. Another interesting way to reach here is by boat or the ferry service run by the Government of Kerala.
Mulapalika is a ritual which is part of the festival at the Kamakshi Amman Temple at Mattancherry, owned by the Telugu-speaking 24 Manai Telugu Chetiyars (24 MTC) community. The three-day festival falls in May.
Holy Family Church at Nazareth in Fort Kochi is popularly known as Nazareth Church. Established in 1901, this church is under the Diocese of Cochin at present. It is dedicated to Jesus Christ and his parents Mary and Joseph. The Feast of St.
The Mariyamman temple in Pandikudy is owned by the Tamil-speaking Vaniyar community. Mariyamman is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Kali.
Uru is a cultural space founded by the eminent contemporary artist Riyas Komu, who is also the co-founder and Director of Programs at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Uru was inaugurated on November 12th 2016.
Venkala Poovodu is a ritual which is a part of the festival at Sri Nagakaleeshwari Amman and Mariyamman temples at Kappalandimukku. These temples function under a trust, which is run by a joint-committee of the Tamil-speaking Yadavas and the Telugu-speaking 24 Manai Telugu Chettiyars.
Mulakoottu is a festival of the Tamil-speaking Vannan community who migrated from Tamil Nadu and settled down on Dhobi Street in Fort Kochi. Mariyamman temple on Dhobi street is the focal point of the 8-day long Mulakkoottu festival. The festival begins on the 8th of August.
Fort Emmanuel was the first European colonial fort in India, built by the Portuguese in the year 1503. It was destroyed in a war at the end of 1662 by the Dutch.
Kochi was the only place in India where three European colonial powers, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English, ruled, and the total colonial period was from the beginning of the 16th century till Indian Independence in 1947.
Taluk Hospital on T M Muhammad Road in Kunnumpuram at Fort Kochi is one of the oldest centres of medical care in Kerala. The hospital buildings are of colonial heritage, as they were built during the British period.
‘Freemasons’ are an internationally known secret society. The Freemasons Lodge on Beach Road in Kochi shows the presence of the Freemason society in Kochi. There are numerous legends and theories on Freemasons all over the world.
As the name indicates, it is a hospital run by the Government for women and children. It was established by the British in 1912. Because of the presence of British doctors, this hospital was locally called ‘Madama Hospital’ which means ‘hospital of the British lady’.
Owned by the Cochin Gujarati Mahajan, Gujarat Bhavan was built in 2005. It serves as a guest house for Gujaratis who visit Kochi. A kindergarten and a library also function in this Bhavan. Kochi's evolution as a port in the 14th century saw Gujaratis come to Kochi for trade.
Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) in Kochi is one of the oldest organisations of its kind in the country. This organisation represents the trading and business community in Kochi.
Located in Jew Town in Mattancherry and inaugurated in 2010, the International Tourism Police Station and Police Museum is the first of its kind in India.
Seventy-five year old Iqbal Library at Mattancherry was established by the Cutchi Memons, a trading community who migrated to Kochi from the Kutch region of Gujarat in the 19th century.
Jew Town, situated at the heart of Mattanchery, is famous for spices, handicrafts, and antiques. It is a busy street between the Mattancherry or Dutch Palace and the Paradesi Synagogue, and was an important Jewish settlement in India.
Most people think that the Paradesi Synagogue is the only Jewish place of worship in Mattancherry. About 150 meters south of Paradesi Synagogue in Jew Town one can find a structure in a dilapidated condition which was once a Jewish place of worship.
This temple is owned by the Telugu-speaking 24 Manai Telugu Chettiyars (24 MTC) who migrated a century ago to Kochi from Pollachi in Tamil Nadu. The 24 MTC community migrated to Kochi with the business of buffalo milk and milk products.
Kappiri Thara, located at Mangattumukku in Mattancherry, is the shrine of ‘Kappiri Muthappan'. In Malayalam, the language of the natives of Kerala, kappiri is a word used to refer to a 'black African'.
Karanthayar Palayam Maha Samooham Temple situated at Anavathil in Mattancherry is popularly known as the Thekkemadom temple. This temple is mainly a place of worship for the Tamil-speaking Brahmin community, who migrated to Kochi from the Tirunelveli and Palakkad regions.
As a community, Gujaratis have contributed tremendously to Kochi and the Gowshala is one among these contributions. A gowshala is a place where cows are protected and worshipped.The Gujarati community in Kochi established the Gowshala in Mattancherry in 1883.
The Jain Temple in Mattancherry is the place of worship for the Jain community, and is also a point of attraction for tourists who visit Kochi.
Dariyasthan Temple is where Dariyalal, who is considered to be an avatar of Varuna, the Sea God, is worshipped. Dariyalal is also called Jhulelal or Uderolal.
Sri Gopala Krishna Temple, built in 1879, is famous for ‘Ganesh utsav’, the festival of Lord Ganesh. The temple is owned by Maharashtra Brahmins who migrated to Kochi in the 1850s.
Sri Gujarati Vidyalaya Higher Secondary School, owned by the Sri Cochin Gujarati Mahajan (SCGM), an organization of the nearly 650 Gujarati families living in Mattancherry, is one of the two schools in Kerala where the Gujarati language is offered by the board of studies till the 10th stand