Fort Kochi is the only place in India which was colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. It is thus a confluence of these three cultures set in a typically Kerala ethos. Mattanchery on the other hand was the centre of the spice trade and a magnet for traders, adventurers and fortune hunters.
"Walking through the big revolving door to Xandari is like stepping through time. For on its outside lie the old historic lanesof Mattancherry and on the inside stands a modern hotel with a manicured lawn and a turquoise infinity pool"
- DISCOVER INDIA.
The restaurant at Xandari Harbour is called 51 - named after the building number of the spice warehouse that it is housed in. The award winning heritage structure is restored as a fitting tribute to the spice route.
Spice rooms on the ground floor enjoy a private garden with direct access to the pool. Whilst, Spice Rooms on the first floor have large picture windows that frame charismatic panoramas of waters and sky.
Spacious balconies with waterfront views define the Harbour Rooms.
With two balconies, the Spice Suite invites guests to enjoy both the vibrant energy of the Bazar Road as well as dining with waterfront views.
History has not bypassed Mattancherry and it is a melting pot of communities who have settled here over centuries. Konkanis, Kutchi Muslims, Jains and Jews were the prominent communities that have made this their home, leading to Mattancherry's unique character. Jew street and the Jewish synagogue, Jain temple and Dutch Palace are not to be missed. Walk through the quaint streets of Jew town, lined on either side with tiny shops selling spices, antiques and knick-knacks.