The treasures of Kochi, ‘the Queen of Arabian Sea’, are its water bodies. The main reason for Kochi emerging as the most important trading centre of Kerala was its geography. The floods of the 14th century gave birth to a port in Kochi. The Arabian Sea bordering Kochi was once the only route available for the foreign traders to come here. These traders were welcomed by the then rulers of Kochi. Today, the Fort Kochi Beach is one of the favourite tourist destinations in Kochi.
The beach offers a very scenic view. The sight of the mighty ocean is loved both by foreign tourists as well as locals. Visitors play on the beach, and the less adventurous ones stroll on the walk-ways. Hawkers selling their goods can be seen along these walk-ways. The walk-way extends till the famous Fort Kochi fish market. One can also see huge Chinese Fishing Nets across the shore, which are an iconic tourist attraction at Kochi.
Across the shoreline, there are various landmarks of historical importance. There are many colonial style bungalows which tell the tales of colonialism in Kochi. The famous Cochin Carnival, celebrated yearly on New Year’s Eve happens on this beach. On the last day of every year, people of Kochi irrespective of caste and religion gather at the Fort Kochi beach at midnight, to burn the effigy of ‘Pappanji’, a tradition related to a local myth which refers to the passing of time.
Forts were built on the beach at Fort Kochi by the different colonisers of Kochi – the Portuguese in the 16th century and the Dutch in the 17th century. Although these structures are not standing today, the remnants of these forts are buried under the layers of sand of the Fort Kochi beach.