I take extreme pleasure in my visit to any heritage site. The Pallipuram Fort Kochi was a perfect heritage site to grant me that pleasure. Situated in Ernakulam, Kerala, this fort was built by the Portuguese in 1503. It is one of the most ancient European forts housing a huge collection of rich cultural heritage. It is located in the northern extreme part of Vypeen Islands which is accessible by a 1 km long main boat jetty. This grand structure beholds a majestic history within the territory.
I could easily spot tourists from all over the country taking a walk inside the alleyways of history and admiring the beautiful architecture. I could relive the European memories that place unraveled from within as I took every step ahead. Amidst huge trees ascending to the skies, this fort holds a royal position in the center. I discovered that this was the oldest surviving European monument in India also called ‘Alikotta’. The huge hexagonal shaped architecture of the fort is truly a work of art. The fort has been constructed with the use of laterite, wood and chunam while the walls comprise of thickly plastered mortar. The outer bounds of the fort were designed to mount countless guns round the fort with the cellar used as a magazine at that time.
The local people hoed a belief that the cellar was a secret tunnel that leads to Cheraman Masjid. There is the Manjumatha church dedicated to the Lady of Snow located in close proximity. Palli means church that is where this fort got its name as the area surrounding church is called PalliPuram. Fort also consisted of giant gates, door posts and beautiful carved lintels. There is also present a square well inside the premises itself which used to be a fresh water source in the ancient period. I could reckon three embrasures; piled one on the other installed at all the faces of the fort. The amazing past and the grandeur of the Pallipuram Fort Kochi compel every tourist to pay a visit to this primary tourist destination in Kochi. After all the museums and the forts, it was time for some relaxation at the Cherai Beach Kochi.
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