The Immanuel Fort at Kochi
, built in 1503, symbolizes the strategic alliance that existed between the Maharajah of Kochi and the Monarch of Portugal, after whom it was named. Though once reinforced in 1538, the fort had taken most of the brunt of the Dutch and British invasion in the 18th century. Most of its walls and bastions were destroyed in the attack. The remains of this once imposing structure can still be found along the beach. Hundreds of tourists visit this place every year.