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

Fortkochi Beach Inn
Fortkochi Beach Inn
2 out of 5
Napier Street, Fort Kochi, South Beach, Opp. Fab, Kochi, Kerala
The price is $20 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Fort Kochi, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fort Kochi Beach and St. Francis Church. Santa Cruz Cathedral and Chinese Fishing Nets are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Helpful staff and done well
"Great hotel with great staff, nothing was too much trouble."

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Fortkochi Beach Inn
Tissa's Inn
Tissa's Inn
3.5 out of 5
1/1128, Kunnumpuram, Opp. Canara Bank, Kochi, Kerala
The price is $45 per night from Feb 22 to Feb 23
Located in Fort Kochi, this inn is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Santa Cruz Cathedral and 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Fort Kochi Beach. St. Francis Church and Chinese Fishing ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (135 reviews)
"The staff, particularly Sanita, Christina and the head chef, were exceptionally helpful. Sanita and Christina resolved several on-ward travel requests for us and were always super pleasant. The head chef always checked on our satisfaction with the food, which was very good. The location is convenient ..."

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2020

Tissa's Inn
Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
5 out of 5
Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala
The price is $93 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
This family-friendly Kochi hotel is located on the waterfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of Jain Temple and Chinese Fishing Nets. Fort Kochi Beach is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (339 reviews)
"What I liked about this hotel is the location . Its a great place to unwind with views onto the sea . But if you are looking to go shopping or other activities its a 30 mins drive . What I did not like is that this hotel needs a revamp. Everything looks old . The bathrooms are not clean as expected ..."

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
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Phils Residency & Banquets
Phils Residency & Banquets
3.5 out of 5
Kunnumpuram Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala
The price is $32 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Located in Fort Kochi, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Fort Kochi Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Mattancherry Palace. Bolgatty Palace and Cherai Beach ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (15 reviews)
"We would have preferred a double bed instead of two single beds and better shampoos and shower gel but other than that everything was adequate to our needs. The manager was very polite and helpful and spoke good English."

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2019

Phils Residency & Banquets
Kent Baywatch Suites
Kent Baywatch Suites
4 out of 5
Kozhikudu Jn., Edakochi, Kochi, Kerala
The price is $60 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
Situated near the airport, this spa aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Vembanad Lake and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Kerala Folklore Museum. Rameshwaram Temple and ...
Kent Baywatch Suites
Fort Abode
Fort Abode
3 out of 5
1/1529-B, Kottavalappu, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala
The price is $45 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Fort Kochi, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Santa Cruz Cathedral and 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Fort Kochi Beach. St. Francis Church and Chinese ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (53 reviews)
"The manager and staff of this establishment are a real credit to India. We stayed during the very difficult COVID crisis and the staff were superb in their support for me and my husband. If I could give them an award for excellence in customer service, I would - they so deserve it."

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Fort Abode
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