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Cochin Vacation Packages

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.


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£70
Kochi Marriott Hotel

Kochi Marriott Hotel

Lulu International Shopping Mall, Cochin
4.6
of 5, from 40 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ernakulam, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lulu Mall, Adyanpara Waterfalls, and Changampuzha Park. Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

£37
Flora Airport Hotel

Flora Airport Hotel

Opp. Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery
4.2
of 5, from 78 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is 10 mi (16 km) from Chalakudy River and 11.5 mi (18.4 km) from Kodanand Elephant Training Centre. Lulu Mall and Changampuzha Park are also within 16 mi (25 km).

£73
Courtyard Kochi Airport

Courtyard Kochi Airport

VIP Road, Nedumbassery
4.6
of 5, from 48 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 9.5 mi (15.3 km) from Chalakudy River and 12 mi (19.4 km) from Kodanand Elephant Training Centre. Lulu Mall and Changampuzha Park are also within 16 mi (25 km).

£58
The Gateway Hotel Marine Drive Ernakulam

The Gateway Hotel Marine Drive Ernakulam

Marine Drive Ernakulam, Cochin
4.2
of 5, from 93 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cochin hotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Centre Square Mall and Durbar Hall Art Gallery. Bolgatty Palace and Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£64
Le Meridien Kochi

Le Meridien Kochi

Maradu, Cochin
4.1
of 5, from 36 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cochin hotel is located on the waterfront, 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Kerala Folklore Museum, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Centre Square Mall and Spice Market. Durbar Hall Art Gallery and Hill Palace are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£93
Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, Cochin

Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, Cochin

Willingdon Island, Cochin
4.6
of 5, from 105 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cochin hotel is located on the waterfront, 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Centre Square Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Spice Market and Kerala Folklore Museum. Durbar Hall Art Gallery and Mattancherry Synagogue are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£27
The International Hotel

The International Hotel

P.B. No. 3563, Veekshanam Road, Cochin
3.4
of 5, from 40 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ernakulam, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Centre Square Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Durbar Hall Art Gallery and Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium. Bolgatty Palace is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

£9
Niyati - Boutique Stay

Niyati - Boutique Stay

H No: 1/635, Quiros Street, Cochin
4.2
of 5, from 14 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Fort Kochi, this hotel is steps from St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Cathedral. Chinese Fishing Nets and Jain Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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