The coastal city of Cochin, now known as Kochi, is situated in the Ernakulam district of the Indian state of Kerala. Over the centuries, Cochin has gained popularity for its world-class port that has helped in developing this city into a spice trading hub. Its rich history of Arab, Chinese, British, Portuguese and Dutch is well-portrayed by the colonial buildings that are dotted across the city. Age-old edifices, churches and temples, along with opulent hotels, shopping malls and corporate offices, complete this ever-changing city.
Bounded by the Arabian Sea from the west and Western Ghats in the east, Cochin has been ranked as one of the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council. Featured in the '50 greatest places of a lifetime' issue of National Geographic Traveller magazine, Cochin has carved a niche on the tourism map of India and the world.
Attractions in Cochin
Fort Kochi Beach
Lined with coconut trees and Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi Beach is one of the most beautiful seafronts in Kerala. People flock here to behold the orange-tinted sky at the time of sunset.
St. Francis CSI Church
St. Francis CSI Church is the oldest European shrine established in India. Portuguese trader Vasco da Gama died in Cochin and was laid to rest here, before his remains were moved to Portugal.
Parikshit Thampuran Museum
Administered by the State Archaeological Department, Parikshit Thampuran Museum was named after the last living ruler of the Cochin royal family. Several paintings and artefacts belonging to the erstwhile rulers are displayed at this museum.
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
Built by the Portuguese, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is counted amongst the finest heritage structures of the state and is one of the eight basilicas in the Indian subcontinent. This splendid shrine is built using Gothic style of architecture, which looks marvellous.
Jewish Synagogue, alternatively known as Paradesi Synagogue, was constructed during the 16th century. Located in Jew Town, the synagogue houses antique Belgian chandeliers and precious gold crowns.
Built by Portuguese in mid 16th century, Dutch Palace was gifted to the king of Kochi by the Dutch. The palace has a temple within its premises, along with a fine assortment of murals that depict scenes from Hindu epics.
Hill Palace Museum
Hill Palace Museum is Kerala's largest archaeological and first heritage museum. Mural paintings, stone sculptures, inscriptions, coins and throne of the Cochin royal family are preserved in this museum.
Lined with shopping arcades and eateries, Marine Drive is a popular promenade in Kochi. The pathway is flocked by several locals and tourists, especially in the evening when the city lights brighten it up.
Our Recommended Hotels in Cochin
Major Road Vyttila Near Welcare Hospitalmore...
Major Road, Vyttila, Cochin
The Pride Hotel is a 5-star property, which is located at Vyttila in Cochin. There are a total of 88 well-maintained accommodation units in this hotel classified into Deluxe Rooms (44), Superior Rooms (22), Premium Rooms (11) and Suite Rooms (11) categories. For dining in this hotel, there is a coffee shop with a multi-cuisine restaurant that serve delicious food and exotic drinks to guests. There is a well-maintained conference hall and banquet hall available at the hotel, where meetings, seminars and private parties can be organised. Also, this hotel provides outdoor catering service to organise formal and informal gatherings.
Sahodaran Ayyappan Road, Elamkulam Junction Kadavantharmore...
Dream Cochin, a 5-star deluxe hotel, offers various accommodation options that are categorised as King Bed Room, Twin Bed Room, King Bed Suite and Queen Bed Suite. In terms of dining, this hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant and a well-stocked bar. From small to large formal and informal gatherings, all type of events can be organised in its well-equipped conference and banquet halls. There is a rooftop swimming pool, fitness centre and boutique shop in the premises of the hotel for recreation and leisure. It has a spa, where Thai massages and beauty treatments are offered, along with steam and sauna baths.
Le Meridien Cochin
Le Meridien Cochinclose
Le Meridien, a 5-star property, has 223 accommodation units that are categorised as Deluxe Rooms, Le Meridien Towers, Le Meridien Club Rooms, Le Meridien Club Lounge and The Presidential Suite. In terms of dinning, the luxury hotel has two multi-cuisine restaurants, a seafood speciality restaurant and a bar, where guests can enjoy a collection of beverages. There is an outdoor swimming pool, spa, beauty salon and gift shop in the hotel for recreation and wellness needs of guests. The hotel has 14 meeting, event and banquet spaces where up to 2500 guests can be accommodated for seminars, conferences and social gatherings.
1/498, Calvetty Road, Fort Kochimore...
Brunton Boatyard, spread across a lush green property, offers well-appointed Deluxe Sea Facing Suites and Standard Sea Facing Rooms that showcase an influence of Portuguese and Dutch architecture styles. The cuisine on offer at the property is a reflection of the cultural amalgamation of English, Dutch, Portuguese, Arab and Cochin delicacies, with Jewish grill dishes being the favourite. Swimming pool and Ayurveda services are offered at this accommodation to cater to the wellness needs of guests. Sightseeing trips, guided walking, cycling tours, and sunset and history cruises can be availed by guests that are provided by Brunton Boatyard for a fun-filled and enjoyable experience.
Warriam Road, Ernakulammore...
Travancore Court is a business hotel in Cochin that has 50 well-appointed accommodation units, which include 1 Presidential Suite, 30 Suites, 6 Executive Suites and 13 Deluxe Suites. More than a dozen suites at this property overlook the stunning Arabian Sea. There are two multi-cuisine restaurants, a rooftop barbeque restaurant and coffee bar in the premises that offer an array of international delicacies and drinks. In terms of leisure and wellness facilities, this hotel has a rooftop swimming pool and fitness centre with jacuzzi and sauna. The hotel has a conference hall, banquet halls, boardroom and a spacious terrace to host corporate and social gatherings.
1/283 Napier Street, Elphinstone Roadmore...
Fort Heritage, a beautiful property in Cochin, was once a Dutch Fort, which has now been converted into a heritage hotel. It has 12 spacious, air-conditioned accommodation units, which provided with all basic modern amenities to cater to the needs of guests. The dining room in the premises is the place where guests can relish a range of mouth-watering dishes from different cuisine. The lawn and the garden area are also choice of many for breakfast and dinner, and for leisure time relaxation. There is much to see and experience at this place including the islands, churches and other important landmarks.
Abad Airport Kochi
Cochin International Airport, Nedumbasserymore...
Abad Airport Kochiclose
Abad Airport Hotel is a luxury hotel in Nedumbassery, located opposite Cochin International Airport. It has 56 centrally air-conditioned guestrooms that are spacious, well-furnished and sound proof. Classified into rooms and suites, these are appointed with contemporary amenities like mini-bar, cable TV, tea/coffee maker, DVD player and internet. En suite bathrooms feature bathtub, shower and essential toiletries. To ensure a pleasurable experience for guests, the hotel offers various recreational facilities. Swimming pool, fitness centre, book shop and Ayurvedic centre. In the morning, guests can enjoy a leisurely walk in the beautiful garden on site. Besides, it offers 24-hour airport transfers, concierge, valet parking, laundry, currency exchange, tour assistance and meeting facilities. Guests would not have to move out to savour authentic local delicacies as the hotel has a restaurant and coffee shop in the premises itself.
Abad Fort Kochi
Moulana Azad Rd, Panayappilly, Chullickalmore...
Abad Fort Kochiclose
Abad Fort Kochi, located on Ernakulam-Fort Cochin main road, is a perfect blend of warm hospitality and contemporary facilities. Suite and Deluxe Room are the two categories of accommodation available here. These spacious guestrooms feature elegant décor, and appointed with modern amenities. Some of them are air conditioner, satellite TV, internet, DVD/CD player, tea/coffee maker and iron/ironing board. The property has many leisure facilities as well that make for a pleasant stay for guests. They can plunge into the swimming pool for a refreshing start of the day or work-out in the gymnasium. Other conveniences provided here are business centre, travel desk, concierge, currency exchange, laundry, airport transfers, elevator, car parking and complimentary Wi-Fi. The bathrooms have bathtub, shower and requisite toiletries. Guests can savour live music and palatable delicacies at the in-house restaurant.
CGH Casino Kochi
C V Iyer Rd, Willingdon Islandmore...
CGH Casino Kochiclose
Occupying a prime location on Willingdon Island, CGH Casino Kochi is a beautiful hotel desirable for both vacationers and business travellers. While Ayurvedic massages and swimming pool are available for leisure time engagement, the conference centre is provided fulfilling professional commitments. Guests can also do some purchasing for loved ones at the on-site gift shop. At leisure, they can read newspaper or chat with friends in the bright lounge area. Suites and rooms offered here are beautifully designed in modern décor with comfortable bedding and amenities. Theravadu – the multi-cuisine restaurant on site, serves special seafood and other local dishes.
Holiday Inn Kochi
33/1739 A, Chakkaraparambu Junction, National Highway Bypass, Vennalamore...
Holiday Inn Kochiclose
A pleasant hotel, Holiday Inn Cochin is situated on Chakkaraparambu Junction National Highway (NH 47) Bypass in Vennala. The property is around 40 minutes’ drive from Cochin International Airport. It features a host of modern facilities including business centre, infinity swimming pool, health club with jacuzzi and sauna room, and gift shop. Some of the other conveniences available here are same day dry cleaning, safety deposit box, lounge, concierge, multilingual staff and wireless internet. Accommodation here is available in 211 spacious rooms and suites, offered in three categories – Superior, Deluxe and Suites. In-room amenities provided are ergonomic chairs, iPod docking station, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar and LCD TV. The hotel has multiple dining and wining venues that offer a memorable culinary experience. While Masala, Roma and Deli KC serve world-class dishes, Stadia and Oasis has finest beverages.
Bristow Road, Willingdon Islandmore...
Positioned on Willingdon Island, Trident Kochi is in easy reach of famed attractions including Jewish Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace. With a perfect fusion of classic charm and chic interiors, its 77 rooms and 8 suites are great place to stay. These are appointed with wireless internet, direct dial telephone, personal bar, tea/coffee maker, LCD TV, electronic and many more modern amenities. Besides in-room conveniences, the hotel features a host of wellness and recreational facilities, such as swimming pool, fitness centre and Ayurveda centre. An advantage for corporate guests is the well-equipped conference and meeting venues on site. The hotel’s multiple restaurants take care of the various palates and moods. While Travancore serves a range of Indian, international and Kerala specialities, The Seafood Grill offers a selection of fresh sea food. The Cochin Trader Bar has relaxing settings for savouring wines and spirits.
Vivanta by Taj Malabar Kochi
Vivanta by Taj Malabar Kochiclose
Located on Willingdon Island, Vivanta by Taj Malabar Kochi is a luxury property offering a rich blend of modern conveniences and traditional hospitality. From therapeutic spa massages to swimming pool and fitness centre, the hotel has loads of recreational facilities. The property's business centre and multiple meeting rooms are ideal for hosting various official and social get-togethers. Guests can retreat in any of the seven opulent room categories, each featuring warm interiors and cutting-edge technology. Some of the amenities provided here are 32-inch LCD TV, electronic safe, Forest Essentials, hairdryer and high-speed wireless internet. Guests have the option to choose from in-room dining or feeling the vibrant ambience of restaurants on site. While The Pepper is a multi-cuisine restaurant, offering delightful views of backwaters, Dolphin's Point is perfect for evening alfresco. In addition, Mattancherry Bar is an ideal gateway to relaxation.
Map of Cochin
Cochin tour packages
Kerala and Kovalam
(10N / 11D)
Spices of Kerala
(09N / 10D)
Golden Triangle and Kerala
(12N / 13D)
Grand South India
(14N / 15D)
The Golden Chariot Southern Splendour
(07N / 08D)
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