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KochiIndia

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

Top Hotels in Kochi

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
5 out of 5
Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala
The price is $57 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

This family-friendly Kochi hotel is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Jain Temple and Fort Kochi Beach. Spice Market and Centre Square Mall are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (325 reviews)

"The property is located on a beautiful coast. Unfortunately there is nothing to do within walking distance. But they do have a free boat shuttle to Fort Kochi. The furniture and electrical needs to be updated. For TAJ we were expecting a bit more modern interior with USB ports for charging for cellphones. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
Flora Airport Hotel and Convention Centre Kochi
Flora Airport Hotel and Convention Centre Kochi
4 out of 5
Opp. Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery Nayathodu, Alwaye, Kerala
The price is $37 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

This family-friendly Nedumbassery hotel is located near the airport, 13.8 mi (22.3 km) from Lulu Mall, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Cherai Beach and Fort Kochi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (366 reviews)

"Excellent comfortable stay and warm hospitality. Airport pickup and drop provided at no cost. Upgraded to suite on first visit."…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

Flora Airport Hotel and Convention Centre Kochi
The Silvertips
The Silvertips
3.5 out of 5
Aluva - Munnar Rd, opposite Revenue Tower, Kothamangalam, Kerala
The price is $34 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Situated in Kothamangalam, this hotel is 7.8 mi (12.5 km) from Kallil Devi Temple and within 25 mi (40 km) of Thattekad Bird Sanctuary and Valara Waterfalls. ...

The Silvertips
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.

Vacation Rentals in Kochi

OYO 14271 Home Exotic Stay Near Lulu Mall
OYO 14271 Home Exotic Stay Near Lulu Mall
2 out of 5
1 Marottichuvadu, Edapally, Ernakulam, Kerala
The price is $28 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 11

Situated in Edapalli, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Prestige TMS Square and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Lulu Mall and Changampuzha ...

OYO 14271 Home Exotic Stay Near Lulu Mall
The Nook Home - Gorgeous two Storied House in Kaloor - We Offer the Best
The Nook Home - Gorgeous two Storied House in Kaloor - We Offer the Best
Kochi, Kerala
The price is $30 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Situated in Kaloor, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Lulu Mall, and Bolgatty Palace. Changampuzha Park and Centre Square ...

The Nook Home - Gorgeous two Storied House in Kaloor - We Offer the Best
Premium Home Stay With In-house Ayurveda Body Massage
Premium Home Stay With In-house Ayurveda Body Massage
Cherthala, Kerala
The price is $69 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Situated in Cherthala, this vacation home is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Andhakaranazhi Beach and 12.2 mi (19.6 km) from Vembanad Lake. Kerala Folklore Museum and Marari ...

Premium Home Stay With In-house Ayurveda Body Massage
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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Reviews of Kochi

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 27, 2020

Fun place to enjoy sea food

4/5 - Good

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Jan 20, 2020

We took a backwaters tour and enjoyed the tourist area of Fort Kochi

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 21, 2019

beautiful and stay in Le Meridien make your trip perfect ;)

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 16, 2019

Of course I grew up in Cochi during 1950s. But that Cochi has changed 

4/5 - Good

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Nov 15, 2019

Jew Town is fun but expensive. The food is amazing and the locals are very friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 22, 2019

I fell in love with the Cochin backwaters. I found peace that only nature and silence can bring.

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