Like most Asian countries, India’s history is marked by wars and mostly Western colonizers. Although the past for most colonized countries was quite scarred and bitter, the country of India, like all other nations, has moved on, and most of the remnants of the colonial past remain not as a scar but as a symbol of how life developed from then on.
India’s colonizers are chiefly the Dutch and the Portugese, and during those times, some parts of India were developed to their colonial preferences. Of course, today, the colonization era is long over, but the things the colonizers left behind remain.
My Bed for two nights
Fort Kochi, in the Indian State of Kerala is one those places in India that are considered heritage sites. It’s also needless to say that Fort Kochi has become a tourist attraction on its own, and your visit to India would never be complete without seeing most of Old Kochi.
As such, it is recommended that you stay in Eighth Bastion Boutique Hotel in Fort Kochi, Kerala, India (check rates). Eighth Bastion Boutique Hotel is strategically located within Fort Kochi itself, making it the perfect choice for Fort Kochi-vacationers and explorers.
Like most buildings within the area, Eighth Bastion Boutique Hotel (hotel info) is also of historical significance. Originally built by the Portugese, then followed by the Dutch, and then finally, restored by the Indian locals, this hotel is also a heritage house, with the interiors furnished with colonial Western themes.
View from my room
Eighth Bastion Boutique Hotel (check rates) has only opened its doors last 2012, but has nevertheless attracted tourists from all over the world. Its facilities—which include a bar, a lounge, air-conditioned rooms, hot water, a swimming pool, and, yes, even free high speed internet—will only make you want to stay some more.
Flourless Chocolate Mousse
The hotel’s restaurant also offers mostly authentic Indian cuisine. The hotel doesn’t have a license to sell alcohol (yet), but don’t worry, for government stores are just a few blocks ahead, and you can choose your own variety of wine there. The hotel won’t disallow you to bring a bottle or two on your table, or even to your room, so don’t worry.
The Eighth Bastion Boutique Hotel (book now) staff are also very attentive and friendly, so don’t be afraid to speak to them about any issues regarding your stay.
View from my Balcony
If you’re in for an authentic, Kerala nightlife, the stores nearby range from shops of anything Kerala, museums, cafes, and… take your pick. Still, just roaming around the streets of Fort Kochi would readily make you feel much of India’s colonial past. Malabar Coast is also just a stroll ahead.
Regardless of your plans, staying in Eighth Bastion Hotel will surely make your stay complete. It’s accommodating, historical, and… it offers a good view of the beach, and of Fort Kochi’s streets, which become festive during peak seasons (especially New Year), so you’re guaranteed to experience the best of Indian tradition, and India’s colonial past, all at the same time, in one, deluxe hotel.
Eighth Bastion Boutique Hotel – (online reservation)
Where: Napier Street, Fort Cochin 682001, Kerala. 42km from Cochin International Airport.
Accommodation: 19 deluxe rooms
Contact: 0484 221 3500
Email : [email protected]