Spread across islands and peninsulas between the Arabian Sea and Kerala backwaters is the historic and picturesque city of Cochin (originally Kochi). This lively Indian city dates back to the 14th century when a flood formed a natural port and attracted spice traders from around the world. Cochin today presents a hearty mix of Asian, Arab and European cultures, all visible in the city’s diverse neighborhoods, architecture and markets.

Catch a ferry to Fort Cochin, a district of sleepy streets lined with grand colonial buildings, hotels and homestays. Visit the Portuguese-built St. Francis Church, India’s oldest European church. Investigate the huge Santa Cruz Cathedral, which lights up spectacularly after dark. Learn about one of the first Catholic groups in India at the Indo-Portuguese Museum.

See tombs of traders and explorers at the Dutch Cemetery. Walk along the waterfront where fishermen bring in the day’s catch via cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. Buy fresh fish from the small market and have it cooked on the spot at nearby food stands.

Walk or take a rickshaw to the Mattancherry district. Spot Hindu murals and portraits of maharajas at Mattancherry Palace, established by the Portuguese in the 1550s. Wander the streets of Jew Town and experience Spice Market’s colors and smells. See the pigeon-feeding ritual at Jain Temple or admire local art exhibitions at Kashi Art Gallery.

Cross to the mainland via bridge or ferry to Ernakulum, Cochin’s modern district. Stroll along Marine Drive, a waterfront promenade bustling with shopping malls and street vendors speaking the native Malayalam language.

Enjoy a colorful Kathakali dance performance at theaters such as the Kerala Kathakali Centre. Arrive early to watch performers meditate and meticulously apply their make-up.

Another highlight of Cochin is a tour of the Kerala backwaters. Relax on a houseboat as you glide along palm tree-fringed canals and lagoons past villages and settlements that epitomize Kerala’s rural culture.

Cochin is 954 miles (1,536 kilometers) south of Mumbai. Prepare for its hot equatorial climate.

Known for

Boating, Churches and Cathedrals

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Where to stay in Kochi

Fort Kochi
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Fort Kochi

Monuments, Dancing, Shopping

The Fort Kochi neighborhood welcomes visitors with convenient options for seafood restaurants. The neighborhood has many appealing features, among them its sunny weather. You can satisfy your cultural palate with the shopping and art scene.

Valummel
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Valummel

Valummel is a welcoming neighborhood.

Vyttila
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Vyttila

Vyttila is a welcoming neighborhood.

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Top Hotels in Kochi

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Le Meridien Kochi
5 out of 5
Maradu, Kochi
$58/night
Jul 18 - Jul 19
4.1/5Very Good! (187 reviews)

"The staff were very attentive, respectful and went out of their way to help us. Food was excellent."…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

Le Meridien Kochi
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Kochi Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Lulu International Shopping Mall, Kochi
$80/night
Jul 30 - Jul 31
4.5/5Wonderful! (284 reviews)

"Excellent customer service and every effort to communicate in multiple Languages."…"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2019

Kochi Marriott Hotel
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Flora Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Opp. Cochin International Airport, Alwaye
$52/night
Jul 31 - Aug 1
4.3/5Excellent! (319 reviews)

"The property is good. Only thing is they charge for an extra person but even after seeking do not provide for toiletries for the extra person. Also the in house restaurant service needs to improve quite a lot to match up with the service levels of the front desk"…"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

Flora Airport Hotel

Top activities in Kochi

Private Houseboat Cruise on Alleppey Backwaters with Lunch
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Private Houseboat Cruise on Alleppey Backwaters with Lunch

$92

Explore the fascinating complex of calm rivers, delightful canals, and shaded backwaters of Alleppey aboard a comfortable houseboat. Cruise past ancient fishing towns, pass by lush green landscapes, and immerse yourself into the peacefulness of the “Venice of the East.

Cochin Private Half-Day Tour
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Cochin Private Half-Day Tour

$25

Through significant religious sights and culturally diverse history, feel the heartbeat of Kochi on a half-day tour with the services of a private guide. See a medieval synagogue, the oldest European church in India, and the striking fishing nets—one of the distinguishing features of the city.

Kathakali Dance Show with Private Transfers
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Kathakali Dance Show with Private Transfers

$18

Discover a rich cultural tradition spanning centuries and enjoy a performance of a traditional Kathakali show at the Kochi Cultural Center. Go into the dressing rooms to see the meticulous preparation and take a seat in the audience to witness the sights and sounds of the impressive display.

Private Ayurvedic Massage Experience
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Private Ayurvedic Massage Experience

$96

Ayurveda is a system of traditional Hindu medicine, and tropical Kerala is often referred to as the cradle of this ancient art of well-being. A private car whisks you to venue to experience Ayurvedic Massage where you enjoy a 60 minute rejuvenating session by a professional masseur.

Private Day Tour for Munnar from Cochin
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Private Day Tour for Munnar from Cochin

$148

After an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Kochi, travel in a air-conditioned vehicle for about 4 hours to Munnar. En route to Munnar, stop to see the Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls, and take a break for breakfast.

Kerala Three days holiday (Starting from Kochi)
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Kerala Three days holiday (Starting from Kochi)

$292

Kerala three days trip from Cochi to Cochi. Covers Munnar, Alleppey, Cochi Back waters. Experience mountains, valleys, tea gardens, religion and faith. Organized trip. 100 percent guaranteed Pickup from Cochin city center hotel.

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