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Brunton Boatyard is located at Fort Cochin right in the middle of all the historic monuments at the harbour mouth overlooking the busy ship channel, all rooms boast magnificent view of the sea and the Delta.


It is designed and built in the style and principles of early Dutch and Portuguese architecture the hotel blends very well to the old colonial buildings of Fort Cochin and the huge Chinese fishing nets nearby. The private boat jetty also work as a cafe over looking the pool, garden and the sea. For what is essentially a small and intimate city resort hotel, The Brunton Boatyard possesses a remarkable sense of scale, evident the moment you turn into the tiled forecourt.


The lobby is a vault of sunlight and air, framed by arches and overhung with punkahs - enormous, old-fashioned fans of Indo-Portuguese origin. A rich, and colourful history marks this spot, once the century old boatyard of Geo. Brunton and Sons. On this site we recreated the splendour of the city's illustrious past, using the materials of fin de sieclé Cochin - lime, terracotta, wood and tile.


The hotel's nautical past seems to follow you around. On one wall, old Dutch maps, on another, a small navigation device, in the grassy courtyard, an ancient anchor. Walk further, turn a corner, and you find yourself outside the Armory Bar. Perhaps later, you could enjoy a sundowner here, with old Portuguese armour and musketry for company.


A short saunter down the corridor brings you to a little doorway. Pass through and suddenly, the whole vista of Cochin harbour opens up beyond the pool's inviting waters. This is the spot to read a boring historical novel, work on your tan and watch the ships sail by, so close you can almost reach out and touch them. Crane your neck a bit and you can spot a serried rank of Cochin's famed fishing nets. They first made their appearance in 1350 a.d. and their much-photographed preying mantis shapes form one of the city's most enduring images.


Also near the pool is the hotel's jetty. The heritage of Cochin is most evident around its enormous harbour, and this is a not-to-be-missed experience.


All of the Brunton Boatyard Hotel's 22 rooms overlook the sea, and so, by happy circumstance, do the en-suite bathrooms. Few pleasures rival a long hot soak in your tub of an evening, watching the dolphins play tag with the trading ships of the globe.


Your super-rested muscles should then have just enough energy to carry you to the quaint four poster bed that dominates your room. (A little footstool has been thoughtfully provided to assist the process).


At the Brunton Boatyard, we think not. Relaxation, in fact, may well be a necessity after a meal at The Brunton Boatyard Hotel. We must hastily add that our menus offer many healthy, low-fat options, but we also urge you to indulge yourself at least once. For here is your chance to dine from, literally, a melting pot.



To the basic melody of black pepper, ginger and cardamom, each group that came to Kerala added a counterpoint of its own.


The Portuguese came to trade in spice, but left behind the ' Indian' red chili. The Syriac Christians brought a variety of meat dishes, that co-incidentally, tasted fabulous with the native string hoppers.The Jews found coriander both Kosher and delicious, so into the pot it went. And Dutch puddings were found to benefit greatly from a spot of fresh cinnamon.


At the History cafe, these cuisines have been given a new lease of life. We coaxed some carefully guarded secret recipes from the old families of Cochin, and every evening, they are faithfully recreated for your pleasure.


You can, for example, try that Raj standby, Mulligatawny soup, followed by the da Cunha clan's Pork Vindaloo, and Awaal arubyan bil Kabaneh, an Arab pulao (rice dish) tempered with local spices and yoghurt. There should be just enough room for Pazham Nirachatu, a Malabar dessert made from steamed bananas with a delectable stuffing.


Armed with a map (ask at the reception) and some comfortable footwear, you can tour the historic Fort Cochin area where the hotel stands. Sadly, little remains of the fort itself, but the other legacies of history are everywhere. Here, Vasco da Gama's grave is still marked with a plaque and a brass rail, though his remains are back home in Portugal. Artefacts of that era abound in the old St. Francis' Church area, not far from the gravesite.



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