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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.

Where to stay in Kochi

Hotel Airlink Castle
Hotel Airlink Castle
5 out of 5
Near Cochin International Airport, Athani, Ernakulam, Alwaye, Kerala
The price is Rs2,900 per night from 6 Aug to 6 Aug
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Lulu Mall, Prestige TMS Square and Changampuzha Park. Cherai Beach and Wonderla ...
3.9/5Very Good! (36 reviews)
"Good hotel. Food is reasonable price."

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2021

Hotel Airlink Castle
Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty
Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty
5 out of 5
Bolgatty Island, Ernakulam, Kerala
The price is Rs8,500 per night from 6 Aug to 6 Aug
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! (70 reviews)
Luxury towers by the river with all you need.
"Incredible facilities and rooms. Food was great. Rooms adequate for the Grand Hyatt brand. Overall a great stay. Upper management seemed a little junior but otherwise the rest of the staff was great."

Reviewed on 4 Apr 2021

Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty
Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
5 out of 5
Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala
The price is Rs4,200 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
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! (334 reviews)
"This is an excellent hotel with stunning views of Arabian sea. If you want to enjoy the Kerala monsoon, this is the best location. The staffs are super friendly. The hotel is very neat and clean and food was excellent. Overall an excellent hotel to spend a family vacation."

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2021

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa, Cochin
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.
Shalom Residency
Shalom Residency
3.5 out of 5
The price is Rs1,352 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Situated in Ernakulam, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Prestige TMS Square and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Lulu Mall. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Changampuzha ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
"Near City center and shopping mall. Calm and quite area"

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2019

Shalom Residency
Kent Baywatch Suites
Kent Baywatch Suites
4 out of 5
Kozhikudu Jn., Edakochi, Kochi, Kerala
The price is Rs4,500 per night from 9 Aug to 9 Aug
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 Rs2,212 per night from 6 Aug to 6 Aug
Located in Fort Kochi, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Cruz Cathedral and Fort Kochi Beach. St. Francis Church and Chinese Fishing Nets are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (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 17 Mar 2020

Fort Abode
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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