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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.
Accommodation in Cochin
In a destination as popular Cochin, it should come as no surprise that there's no shortage of room and apartment options to choose from. You'll find 127 Cochin accommodation options on Expedia's easy-to-use booking website.
Be sure to check out the luxury services at the No.18 Hotel, located at Near Fort Kochi Bus Terminus, and The Avenue Regent, located at 39/2026 M. G. Road. The Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, Cochin and the Le Meridien Kochi can also be worth investigating. The address of the Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, Cochin is Willingdon Island, while the Le Meridien Kochi is located at Maradu.
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).
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.