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Kochi
Travel Guide

Cochin showing a river or creek and tropical scenes

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.

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
5 out of 5
Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala
The price is £46 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr

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! (329 reviews)

"Excellent ambiance. Sorry, swimming pool was not available."…"

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
Holiday Inn Cochin, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Cochin, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
The price is £27 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr

This family-friendly Ernakulam hotel is located in the business district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Prestige TMS Square, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Changampuzha ...

4.2/5Excellent! (119 reviews)

"It was a great stay. I loved it. Would come back again."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2021

Holiday Inn Cochin, an IHG Hotel
Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty
Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty
5 out of 5
Bolgatty Island, Ernakulam, Kerala
The price is £98 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr

This family-friendly Ernakulam hotel is located on the waterfront, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Bolgatty Palace, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Chinese Fishing Nets and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (67 reviews)

"Excellent Hotel with caring staff. Had an enjoyable time"…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty
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Premium Home Stay With In-house Ayurveda Body Massage
Premium Home Stay With In-house Ayurveda Body Massage
The price is £64 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr

Situated in Cherthala, this holiday home is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Andhakaranazhi Beach and 12.3 mi (19.7 km) from Vembanad Lake. Fort Kochi Beach and Kerala Folklore ...

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Thanal Villa, A Place to Call Your Home
Thanal Villa, A Place to Call Your Home
The price is £60 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr

Situated in Muvattupuzha, this romantic holiday home is 9.4 mi (15.1 km) from Kallil Devi Temple and within 20 miles (32 km) of Chottanikkara Devi Temple and ...

Thanal Villa, A Place to Call Your Home
OYO 14271 Home Exotic Stay Near Lulu Mall
OYO 14271 Home Exotic Stay Near Lulu Mall
2 out of 5
The price is £34 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr

Situated in Ernakulam, 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
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25 Feb 2020

Kochi is a large place and the best way to get around is by local ferries which are excellent. Fort Cochin is an island with lots of tourist things, whilst Willingdon island is a port, albeit with the largest hotels.

3/5 - Okay

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24 Dec 2019

Didn't enjoy trip found lack of English speakers so communication was difficult. Very nice churches.

3/5 - Okay

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23 Dec 2019

Not geared to tourists

3/5 - Okay

Aravind

14 Dec 2019

Food If improved can make it A 5 star

5/5 - Excellent

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25 Nov 2019

Friendly people everywhere

4/5 - Good

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28 Oct 2019

Very interesting part of the world, but when we were there they had just had a flood, but everyone was very helpful and just got on with tidying everything up and getting on with life.

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