There is a lot of quaintness rolled into the package that is Fort Kochi. Let me tell you about 5 really interesting stops you should make while discovering this old port.
1. Large Rusted Drums
These two tall, rusted drums are now quasi garbage bins by the disrespectful passerby. They were once boilers on a ship. They stand harmlessly at one end of the Kochi Beach, rather quietly without any fanfare and it might cause you to walk by. But pause a bit, take a step back and then go right next to them and look. They were once the powerful boilers that pushed a ship across the ocean. It would be great if the Kerala Tourism / Government could actually figure out which ship these powered, and more importantly who was on that ship! If it was the colonising British, it might make me reconsider it’s worth… #justsaying
2. Anchor of a Dredger
Are you going huh, what’s that? (I looked it up too!)
3. A Stone Pillar
Just like that, lying at the end of Princess Street is a stone pillar. The romantic in me would like to believe it’s ancient, heritage and all of that. But the realist hopes that’s not so in the same breath. If it is really old then that’s terrible on our part. It should be in a museum or safe place – not subjected to even more wear and tear? It looks like the pillar is lying there in two parts.
4. Antique Items you can touch
You know you go to that museum and there is that DO NOT TOUCH sign everywhere. Do you find it frustrating? I do. Always. Every time. I feel the need to touch to understand and appreciate. As you can imagine, museums are frustrating places.
At Teapot Cafe you can do just that. They have old stuff from weighing scales to cigarette boxes and old, rusted kettles. You can touch them all. No one yelled at me so guessing they won’t yell at you either!
5. A Wry Stone Face
And again just like the pillar at Princess Street, a few kilometers away, in the parking lot in Jew Town – this chap is waiting and watching. Just lying there in the corner. And this is a parking lot, so people don’t even pause and walk slowly here – they are always rushing out of their cars or rushing in and leaving. I saw his / her only because I was walking to the Jew Cemetery and stepped in to ask for directions.
I like that his / her nose is WAY bigger than mine – gives me hope.