Kochi

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Centuries of history and architecture, traditional dance performances, food and spice markets lure visitors to the principal destination in India’s Kerala state.

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.

Where to stay in Kochi

Casino Hotel - Cgh Earth, Cochin
Casino Hotel - Cgh Earth, Cochin
5 out of 5
Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala, 682 003
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The price is $50 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
$50
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kochi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious rooms in our reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (39 reviews)
"Not impressed with the staff and service. The staff at the front desk wasn't as friendly and/or happy to be there. The hotel itself is what you expect, historic (and so was everything in it). The exterior of some of the room doors was painted and the smell was strong in our rooms since the doors ..."

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

Casino Hotel - Cgh Earth, Cochin
Trident, Cochin
Trident, Cochin
4.5 out of 5
Bristow Road Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala, 682003
The price is $61 per night from Feb 21 to Feb 22
$61
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Kochi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (189 reviews)
"The hotel is excellent, only exceeded by the attentiveness of the staff. The GM, Jishu, and his team proactively look out for guest needs and go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome. Will definitely book again!"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2023

Trident, Cochin
Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
5 out of 5
Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala, 682009
The price is $159 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
$159
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kochi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (355 reviews)
"Good view and very caring staff .. breakfast was packed for early travellers .. very good for family as well"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
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Kent Baywatch Suites
Kent Baywatch Suites
4 out of 5
Kozhikudu Jn., Edakochi, Kochi, Kerala, 682010
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Kochi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Popular attractions Church of Saint Francis and Santhanagopala-Krishnaswamy ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"New clean property. Although room has small kitchen, ther are no utensils so you cannot cook. Like all Indian hotels we visit only one towel provided. You need to ask for more."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Kent Baywatch Suites
Amã Stays & Trails Sherly'S Ente Kumbalanghi, Kochi
Amã Stays & Trails Sherly'S Ente Kumbalanghi, Kochi
5 out of 5
Sherlys Ente Kumbalanghi, 14 /42B Mahatma Gandhi Road Kumbalanghi, Kochi, 682007
Stay at this 5-star luxury villa in Kochi. Enjoy free WiFi, a kitchen, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Santhanagopala-Krishnaswamy Temple and Church ...
Amã Stays & Trails Sherly'S Ente Kumbalanghi, Kochi
Beach Gate Bungalows CGH Earth
Beach Gate Bungalows CGH Earth
3 out of 5
K.J. Herschel Rd, Kochi, KL, 682001
Stay at this 3-star villa in Kochi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Pierce Leslie Bungalow and SNC Maritime Museum ...
Beach Gate Bungalows CGH Earth
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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