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Around Fort Cochin…the Islands and the Palaces

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This third visual tour of the city takes in the islands around Fort Cochin, and the city of Ernakulam on the mainland. Setting sail from Fort Cochin, we first make landfall on Vypin island, just across from Fort Cochin. From … Continue reading

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Mattancherry, Cochin

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Mattancherry is Cochin’s ancient trade and commercial hub. Since before the Europeans arrived, this has been a place trading vessels would come to for spices. And certainly it has remained the bustling commercial centre of Cochin through the colonial period … Continue reading

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A Stroll through Fort Cochin

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The first visual tour of Cochin takes us through the heart of Fort Cochin. This was the site of the original Portuguese fortified settlement here, which was subsequently expanded by the Dutch, and then taken over by the British. This … Continue reading

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The Tamil Quarter, Tranquebar

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From the Danish Quarter of Tranquebar, we amble down Post Office Road to explore the Tamil Quarter.  Like in Pondicherry, the Tamil Quarter is also segregated into a Hindu Quarter and a Muslim Quarter. The walk down Post Office takes … Continue reading

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The Tamil Quarter, Pondicherry

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The Tamil Quarter (or erstwhile “Black Town”) of Pondicherry sits to the West of the French Quarter. It was separated from the latter by a Grand Canal that bisected downtown Pondicherry, and still runs through the city today. In size, … Continue reading

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Le Quartier Français, Pondichéry

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We begin our tour of Pondicherry in the Ville Blanche, or White Town. This is the town the French built, and it as Gallic and Mediterranean as it can be, thousands of miles away from Marseille. Most of the buildings … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III-4: Pondicherry (Puducherry)… Ville française

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Pondicherry was established in 1674, when La Compagnie française des Indes orientales, otherwise known as the French East India Company acquired a plot of land on the Coromandel Coast from the Sultan of Bijapur. As trading settlements went, Pondicherry was a … Continue reading

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