It’s been a better part of the week since our pop-up set up shop at the Kochi Muziris Biennale. We’re at David Hall, right beside a Garden Cafe that’s canopied in green, and we’re here for a while, which suits us just fine because Fort Kochi is meant to be explored slowly, in a fashion that complements the sleepy town’s unhurried pace. Best not by foot, or by autos, but on a cycle.
Rent a cycle, or, if you must, a motorbike or scooter but we strongly urge you choose a cycle for that little bit of extra exertion (we never say no to anything that leads us to toned legs), and for that extra bit of quiet. You’ll find a number of options on Princess Street.
We set off from our pop-up shop at David Hall, right beside the huge expanse of the Parade Ground. This Dutch building was built in the 1600s and it is, even today, spotless, its white exterior offset by a roof of earth-toned flat faced rafters, giving it the appearance of an upturned hill. It is the Biennale’s staging ground: two galleries that host art exhibits and dance performances. Park your cycles outside the main gate (there’s a back entrance as well, if you want to skip everything and go straight to The Nicobar Edit), and head inside for a little sampler of the Biennale. Further in, like many other structure in Fort Kochi, you’re met with age-old trees and their gnarly roots, housed within an open-air courtyard. Nature and structures exist in harmony here. Linger here for a while, taking in the unhurried air of this place. The pizzas at the Garden Cafe are delicious, and there are a few vegan options for the discerning foodie.