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