Fort Kochi can boast of not only about the trading and interaction with the colonial powers, but it was also once a major ship building facility for the Europeans, thanks to the Brunton Boatyard, set up here by George Brunton about a century back.
The Brunton Boatyard was on its peak of popularity during the middle of the 20th century and it is said that the British used the ships built here during the World War II. Gradually, the predominance of the company and the Brunton Boatyard declined and the building here was abandoned for quite some time.
The building has been converted to a heritage hotel nowadays, facing the sea. The huge corridors, high ceilings, spacious passageways were the peculiarities of the old building and they are still retained.