Kochi Highlights – Fort Kochi, Tuk Tuk & Fisherman’s Village

KOC 116-201
  • Explore colonial influences and architecture within Kochi
  • Visit St. Francis Church – the first European church built in India
  • See the large Chinese Fishing Nets
  • Take a Tuk Tuk, auto rickshaw ride
  • Visit a local fisherman’s village and learn about their way of life
Program Overview
Country: India
Depart: 03/02/2017 0900
Return: 03/02/2017 1230
Duration: Half-Day
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min 20 / Max 30
Program Fee
$25 (early booking: $23)

Field Work Conflicts
  • MGT 340 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
  • HDFS 101 Individual and Family Development

Every foreign power that has set foot in Kochi has left their mark, which has added to the distinct character of the city. Fort Kochi is the home to some of the oldest European architecture in India and has been a significant settlement ever since Kochi Harbor was created. Unlike the bustling Ernakulum, the twin cities of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry have preserved an extraordinary wealth of early colonial architecture spanning the Portuguese, Dutch, and the British eras- a situation unparalleled in India.

On this tour, you will visit the Fort Cochin area to see the St. Francis Church – the first European Church to be built in India. The history of this Church reflects the colonial struggle of European powers in India, from the 15th to 20th Centuries. The Portuguese Vasco da Gama is claimed to be the first European to discover the sea route to India. In 1503, Alphonso Albuquerque was given permission by the Rajah of Kochi to build a fort at the mouth of the river. Within the Fort, colonizers erected a church of wood, which was dedicated to St. Bartholomew.

Within the port, you will also view the Chinese Fishing Nets, a unique remnant of the centuries-old Chinese influence on this coast. Chinese fishing nets in Kochi are locally known as Cheenavala. These nets are suspended in the midair all along the coast. The nets are set up on bamboo or teak poles and are basically fixed land installations. These nets are horizontally suspended over the sea, giving an appearance of a huge hammock. The technique used when fishing with these Chinese fishing nets differs from the techniques of ordinary fishing nets.

Afterwards, you will enjoy a Tuk Tuk, or auto rickshaw, ride to a local fisherman village. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with the fishermen and learn about their daily activities.

“Seeing the local city highlights and getting the chance to interact with locals was great.” – Daviyion J. Spring 2016 Staff/Faculty Voyager

“Riding a tuk tuk and participating in pulling the Chinese net up was the best part.” – Brittany L. Spring 2016 Staff/Faculty Voyager