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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

Vyttila, Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Vyttila

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Vyttila and surrounding area, you can visit Lulu Mall and Bolgatty Palace.

Vyttila
Valummel, Kochi, Kerala, India

Valummel

When in Valummel, you can plan a visit to Rameshwaram Temple and Fort Kochi Beach, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Valummel

Top hotels in Kochi

Four Points by Sheraton Kochi Infopark
Four Points by Sheraton Kochi Infopark
5 out of 5
Infopark Kochi Phase 1 Campus, Infopark, Kakkanad, Kakkanad
The price is Rs2,199 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

Located in the heart of Kakkanad, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Wonderla, Lulu Mall and Hill Palace. Vembanad Lake and Amrita Hospital are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)

"Staff were brilliant! So helpful and caring towards my parents - it really meant a lot to have service with a smile. In particular, Selina at breakfast (which was great - lots of choice!) started our days off very happily and Louis on reception was always checking if all was well. Suraj downstairs ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Kochi Infopark
Crowne Plaza Kochi
Crowne Plaza Kochi
5 out of 5
The price is Rs3,399 per night from 22 Nov to 23 Nov

Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Kerala Folklore Museum, Centre Square Mall, and Prestige TMS Square. Spice Market ...

4.2/5Excellent! (110 reviews)

"Back water view is beautiful. Breakfast hygiene not great"…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Crowne Plaza Kochi
Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty
Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty
5 out of 5
Bolgatty Island, Ernakulam, Kerala
The price is Rs7,225 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

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! (65 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Kochi

Kent Baywatch Suites
Kent Baywatch Suites
4 out of 5
Kozhikudu Jn., Edakochi, Kochi, Kerala
The price is Rs3,000 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

Situated in Kochi, this 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 Spice Market ...

Kent Baywatch Suites
OYO 14271 Home Exotic Stay Near Lulu Mall
OYO 14271 Home Exotic Stay Near Lulu Mall
2 out of 5
The price is Rs1,122 per night from 15 Nov to 16 Nov

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
Sapphire Hotel Apartment
Sapphire Hotel Apartment
2.5 out of 5
The price is Rs900 per night from 4 Nov to 5 Nov

Situated in Kakkanad, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Wonderla, Lulu Mall and Amrita Hospital. Bolgatty Palace and Vembanad Lake are also within 9 ...

3/5 (2 reviews)
Worst Visit Ever.

"Completely Dissatisfied, the reason I booked this Service apartment is because it was newly constructed and opened. I booked a single room for my parents, they lend us a room within an apartment which is already occupied by someone else, We had to share the hall, and no access to kitchen and Zero ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2019

Sapphire Hotel Apartment
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.

Popular places to visit in Kochi

Fort Kochi Beach
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Fort Kochi Beach

4/5(25 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Fort Kochi Beach, a popular beach in Kochi. Discover the area's shops and seek out its fishing spots.

Cherai Beach
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Cherai Beach

4/5(11 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Cherai Beach, a popular beach in Kuzhuppilly.

Chinese Fishing Nets
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Chinese Fishing Nets

4/5(35 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Kochi when you stop by Chinese Fishing Nets. Experience the entertainment venues or attend a sporting event in this culturally rich area.

Reviews of Kochi

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

24 Dec 2019

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

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

25 Nov 2019

Friendly people everywhere

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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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