Sunday, November 17, 2019

Hari Shenoy's Bungalow

Location: near Thirumala Devaswom Temple, Cherlai, Mattanchery

Hari Shenoy's bungalow was the residence of R.S. Hari Shenoy(1849-1901), a nobleman and also a merchant. This aesthetically painted vernacular-style architectured building was built in 1874 and is located in front of the Thirmuala Devaswom temple whose administrator he had been then. The bungalow is built on half an acre of land that is currently owned by the temple. He was an eminent personality from the Konkani speaking Gowda Saraswath Brahmin community. After his death, this bungalow was handed over to the Thirumala Devaswom. 

Fort Emmanuel

Address: Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001
Where is that Fort that proudly gave the city the first part of its name? To answer the above question, we point to the remains of the demolished Fort Emmanuel which can be seen at the beach in Fort Kochi today. 
The fort was built in the first decade of the 16th century and named after the then king of Portugal, King Manuel I. But the fort was demolished by the Dutch after they conquered Cochin in 1806.
The remains of the fort are submerged under water for most part of the year but are visible occasionally. The below picture was taken at such a time.  

Pic courtesy: Malayala Manorma, 29.5.21


Dutch Cemetery

LOCATION: Dutch Cemetery Rd, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001

After visiting the St Francis church, famed for being the first resting place of the famous Portuguese traveller, Vasco da Gama, Visitors go to the nearby Dutch cemetery which is currently being operated under the Churches of South India(CSI). The cemetery was established in 1724 and therefore it is one of the oldest cemeteries existing in India. It has a number of tombstones having inscriptions in Dutch and the records of the people who are buried in this cemetery is available in the St. Francis Church. 

From the Ernakulam junction (South) railway station this place is only around 6 km and around 27 km away from the Cochin International Airport.