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The old parts of town, Fort Cochin and Mattancherry are serene and historic, linked to the other islands via ferries and bridges, and home to some of the best places to stay in Kochi, and some of India’s best heritage accommodation. The modern part of town, Ernakulam, is on the mainland, and is also the local transport hub.

Each of these areas is worth exploring, but some of Kochi’s highlights are the Pardesi Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, the Maritime Museum, the Indo-Portuguese Museum and St. Francis Church, India’s oldest European built church, constructed by the Portuguese in 1503.

Kochi is a wonderful mix of cultures, a melting pot of medieval Portugal and the Netherlands and the last days of the British Raj, with a fishing industry with much in common with old China. And all located on the beautiful, colourful Malabar Coast. As you can imagine there is a huge range of accommodation on offer and the best places to stay in Kochi offer something for every possible taste and budget.

Best Places to Stay in Kochi

  • Fort House Hotel is a lovely, boutique-y, family-run property in a great spot within the historic fort. These 16 rooms are full of character but also represent great value for money

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  • Fort House Hotel

    Fort Kochi

    A lovely family-run boutique property in a great location in the historical town of Fort Kochi. Quiet, full of character and excellent value

    16 rooms from $48
    Other Activities  -  Front desk will order a variety of tours, including elephant rides
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
  • Kondai Lip Backwater Heritage Resort

    Kochi (Kerala)

    A collection of 11 ornately carved Keralan cottages this property provides an authentic stay right on the banks of the backwaters. Rooms are simple yet stylishly decorated with large beds and bathrooms, private terraces and river views. South Indian cuisine is served and massages are available.

    11 rooms from $63
    Cooking classes  -  Learn the art of Keralan cuisine or embark on a food tour - both fun and tasty activities!
    Fishing  -  The hotel can arrange day or even overnight trips aboard a traditional houseboat.
    Back to Nature  -  Located directly on the Keralan backwaters all rooms enjoy river views.
    Sights nearby  -  Fort Cochin is a day trip away and certainly worth a visit.
  • Eighth Bastion

    Kochi (Kerala)

    In a quiet corner of Dutch Cochin lies this 18th century property. Decor is chic and spacious on the inside yet true to its roots with period artwork, antique pieces and an overriding nautical theme. Rooms enjoy private balconies and cavernous baths. East Indies serves up tasty South Asian cuisine.

    18 rooms from $104
    Cooking classes  -  'Flavour' cooking class is popular for learning those famous South Indian dishes.
    Local markets  -  Antique lovers should pay a visit to the markets of 'Jew Town'.
    Sights nearby  -  The resplendent Paradesi Synagogue is just 2km away.
    Great walks  -  The 200m to the iconic Chinese fishing nets.
  • Xandari Harbour

    Kochi (Kerala)

    A contemporary property with unobstructed views of Cochin's famous harbour. Rooms are light and spacious all featuring separate lounge areas, some with private balconies and huge egg shaped baths. Restaurant 51 serves a fusion menu of Malabar and Mediterranean. The infinity pool has enviable views.

    16 rooms from $116
    Fishing  -  A visit to the Chinese fishing nets is truly interesting and a mandatory Keralan photo opp.
    Sights nearby  -  When visiting Kochi you must see Vasco Da Gama Church and Paradesi Synagogue.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
  • Old Harbour Hotel

    Kochi (Fort Cochin)

    In the sleepy colonial town of Fort Cochin lies this meticulously restored hotel. Cool verandas lead on to airy rooms where linen curtains billow. Rooms are furnished with dark wood four poster beds and Indian artworks. There is a restaurant serving that famous Keralan cuisine and a relaxing pool.

    13 rooms from $117
    Sights nearby  -  The guileded Paradesi Synagogue is an interesting insight into India's melting pot of religions.
    Cooking classes  -  Keralan cuisine is one of the most popular in the country. Learn the art with Nimmy Paul.
    Sailing  -  A visit to Kochi is not complete without a trip along Kerala's lush backwaters.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Privacy at Sanctuary Bay

    Kochi (Alleppey)

    Another near perfect, eco friendly offering from Malabar Escapes. Hung tiled cottages with terracotta flooring and colourful silks are divine as is the tailor made cuisine. There is an inviting pool overlooking the Vembanad Lake and plenty of activities on site. The ultimate Indian boutique chic.

    from $141
    Birdwatching  -  Day trips to the nearby bird sanctuary, home to many exotic birds, is great for nature enthusiasts.
    Back to Nature  -  Ensconced by Kerala's verdant landscapes this property is a world away from city life.
    Sights nearby  -  The historic town of Cochin is well worth a visit.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Trinity

    Kochi (Cochin)

    A truly boutique, three bed offering. Do not be fooled by the colonial exteriors - inside it is a haven of modern tranquility. Rooms are spacious with clean lines and chic interiors, peppered with antique pieces. There is a small plunge pool and guests can use nearby Malabar House's facilities.

    3 rooms from $144
    Fishing  -  The Chinese fishing nets are nearby. Try your hand at this traditional style of fishing or just opt for an iconic photo.
    Sights nearby  -  Historic Mattancherry Palace was a most generous present given to the then Raja and still impressive today.
    Spa  -  At sister hotel, Malabar House. Just a two minute walk away.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Le Colonial

    Kochi (Kerala)

    As with all Neemrana hotels Le Colonial is rich in history and strong on heritage. Packed with antiques and walls covered in original art, rooms are spacious with ornate four posters, bright silks and hand woven rugs. There is a small garden with inviting pool plus it is metres from Kochi's sights.

    7 rooms from $180
    Cooking classes  -  Take home the traditional Keralan 'Flavours' from this popular cooking school.
    Sailing  -  A day or overnight trip along Kerala's famous backwaters is a must.
    Sights nearby  -  Just 25m from the Chinese fishing nets and St. Francis Church.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Brunton Boatyard

    Kochi (Kerala)

    All 26 rooms enjoy unobstructed harbour views and are decorated with capacious four posters, antique rattan furnishings and white bathroom suites with dark wood shutters. Excellent dining options include The History restaurant, The Terrace and The Armoury Bar as well as high tea at Quadrangle.

    26 rooms from $231
    Great walks  -  The hotel arranges group walking tours which a certainly worth taking part in.
    Local markets  -  Hoarders and antique lovers will love the markets of 'Jewtown'.
    Sights nearby  -  Santa Cruz Basilica is a scenic ten minute walk away.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
  • The Malabar House

    Kochi (Kerala)

    This 18th century former Dutch residence has a reputation in town for all the right reasons. Boasting colonial architecture and works of art, rooms are decorated in comforting palettes of yellows and turquoise. The restaurant is famed for its fusion cuisine and the spa for its excellent treatments.

    17 rooms from $238
    Local markets  -  You will be sure to find treasures in the antique markets of Jewtown.
    Full of character
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
  • The Oberoi Vrinda

    Kochi (Willingdon Island)

    An unusual offering from the Oberoi chain in the form of a luxurious houseboat. The same five star service one would expect and rooms are smartly decorated and feature views across the lake. There is an Indian and Continental restaurant, bar and sun terrace. Experience Kerala's backwaters in style.

    8 rooms from $678
    Fishing  -  Visit the iconic Chinese fishing nets for a mandatory Keralan photo opportunity.
    Sights nearby  -  The historic Mattancherry Palace houses an excellent Indian art collection.
    Cooking classes  -  Either embark on a food tour or take part in a cooking class.
    Restrictions on children  -  Chlidren above the age of 12 are welcome.
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