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Pallipuram Fort Kochi Speaks a Lot about the History of Kochi

June 4, 2014

 Pallipuram Fort Kochi Outside View

Pallipuram Fort Kochi Outside View | Image Resource : mw2.google.com

Kochi is a beautiful place with palaces, ancient buildings, museums, cathedrals and lots more. One is never tired of exploring its various aspects. It has all the modern facilities and at the same time preserves its heritage and traditions. After visiting the amusement park in Kochi, I decided to visit one of the historic places in Kochi, the Pallipuram Fort. It is it is one of the heritage sites here and visited by a large number of tourists. It is located at the northern part of the Vypin Island and was built by the Portuguese in 1503. It is also known as Ayikkotta and Alikotta.

Entrance Of Pallipuram Fort Kochi

Entrance Of Pallipuram Fort Kochi | Image Resource : kochigallan.com

The fort is open for the public from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm on all days of the week. There is ferry service to the fort from Ernakulum boat jetty and Fort Kochi, besides bus service. We decided to choose the ferry, which took less time compared to travel by road, and reached Pallipuram within a few minutes.

On reaching the fort, I saw that it was hexagonal in shape we were told by some of the local people near the fort that each side of the for measured 32 ft in length and 34 ft in height. The thickness of the wall was 6 ft. it was 3 tiered and looked massive and imposing. The main entrance of the fort was towards the east and there was a small iron gate through which you can enter the fort. From the gate there were a few steps leading to a platform, which was about 5 ft above the ground. I saw a small opening to the right side which, I was told, led to a cellar used for storing guns and ammunitions. There was a square wall inside the fort which is believed to have been the source of fresh water.

The fort is constructed with laterite, mortar and wood and reflects the glory of the ancient India. We walked around in the fort examining each part of it and talking to the locals about its history. We saw that near the fort there was a Catholic Church, one of the pilgrim centers in the area.

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