Our first day in Fort Cochin we actually spent in the big shiny city across the jetty called Ernakulam. We went in search of cheap brand- name peanut butter (which we eventually found 3 days later!),
we also checked out a couple of the many art galleries located in both Ernakulam and Fort Cochin. We went to Pizza Hut for lunch and met a couple from California on the ferry back who we went to dinner with.
The next day we spent in an area in Fort Cochin called Jew Town and also in Matttancherry. Jew town is a busy port area and even has a synagogue (which was closed for lunch when we were there) and also a centre for spice trade, with numerous spice markets that sold spices such as ginger, cardamom, cumin, turmeric, and cloves, quite the aromas! Mattancherry is also home to numerous art galleries of which we went to several.