Konkani Temple, Fort Kochi
The Konkani temple at Fort Kochi in Kerala is another proof of the cultural and social integration of Kochi. Konkani people are mainly settled in the Konkan coast of western India and Konkani is their mother tongue. Racially and linguistically this group originated from an assimilation of Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Proto-Australoid, Indo-Scythian, Indo-Greeks and Indo-Iranian ethnic or linguistic ancestries.
The Konkani community has a sizeable presence in Kochi and most of them are into trade and commerce. It is believed that the deity of the temple, Venkatachalapathi Tirumala Devar, looks after the prosperity of these people. The temple was built in the year 1599. The outer walls of the temple are massive and resemble those of a fort.