Fort Cochin is home to some of the oldest European architecture in India, and has been a significant settlement ever since Cochin Harbour was discovered. It has preserved an extraordinary wealth of early colonial architecture spanning the Portuguese, Dutch & British Eras.
Tom’s Old Mansion, a Dutch heritage building, stands right in the heart of the historic township of Fort Cochin. It is presently owned and run by Dr. John Kidangalil Thomas, hailing from the ancestral family Kolath Kidangalil from Central Travancore.
Tom’s Old Mansion is a building which has a 500 year old history that dates back to the Dutch Colonial era. Although slight alterations have been made in the past decades, all care has been taken to preserve the structure of this monumental building while converting it into a heritage hotel.
Its corridors, high wooden ceilings, spacious and airy rooms, the courtyard are the highlights of this old building and around you will find courteous and helpful hands to see to your needs.
Experience the heart and soul of authentic Fort Cochin best, with a memorable stay at the historic Tom’s Old Mansion, and be a part of history!
We are located in the heart of Princess Street, one of the oldest streets in Fort Cochin. A walk down this heritage street of European architectural structures takes you back to the colonial era of Cochin.
Places of tourist interest such as the St. Francis Church, the Chinese Fishing Nets, the Santa Cruz Basilica, the Portuguese Museum and the Fort Cochin beach are within walkable distance. Hence, you will find Tom’s Old Mansion an ideal place to stay.
Walking through Fort Cochin will transport you back to the last years of the 15th century, when the adventurous Vasco da Gamma and valiant Cabral led their religions to this land lured by the fabulous riches of the Malabar Coast and established flourishing trade relations.
In 1553, with the permission of the Maharaja of Cochin, Fort Immanuel, the first European Fort in India was constructed here. Within its vast confines, the Portuguese built houses, churches and other buildings while generously contributing to the indigenous cultural fabric, the standard of which still endures.
While traveling down the streets of Fort Cochin, the Dutch influence is profound. They laid out most of the town in its present form. In doing this, they cut down the Fort to about a third of its original extent, when they wrested it from the Portuguese in AD 1663.
During the Dutch era, Fort Cochin climbed the heights of fame as a rich commercial centre, major military base, an illustrious cultural hub, a noted ship building yard and an age-old centre of Christianity.
The last side of the colonial regime seen at Fort Cochin are those of the British, who took over the town in 1795. After those glorious years it was then relegated to the role of an administrative outpost. Yet, the spices and tea trade kept it in the limelight. In many of the bungalows here, you will notice the grandeur of a European villa – evidence of distinct strains of Indo-European Architecture that matured mostly in this period.