Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading. Kochi has always been at the heart of the Indian spice trade.The Portuguese first colonised Kochi in the 16th century, before the city was conquered by the Dutch in the 17th century and the British in the 19th century. The city’s architecture has been shaped by its colonial rulers, yet today it remains a vibrant and busy commercial center with a multicultural atmosphere and a cosmopolitan heart. As well as showcasing Kerala’s traditional dance and martial art forms throughout the year, Cochin plays host to several annual celebrations, including the Cochin Carnival every December, and the colorful contemporary art festival, Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Interests

  • Heritage
  • Wine & Food

Highlights

  • Fort Kochi Harbor
  • Matancherry
  • Pardesi Synagogue
  • St. Francis Church

Places to Stay

Brunton Boatyard

Style: Boutique

The magical appeal of the Brunton Boatyard lies in its unparalleled dominance of the waterfront at Fort Kochi.

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The dining room at Eighth Bastion hotel in Cochin, South India
Eighth Bastion

Style: Boutique

Legendary tales claim there were 7 bastions in Fort Kochi built by the Portuguese and strengthened by the Dutch.

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Evening at Malabar hotel in Cochin, South India
Malabar House

Style: Boutique

The Malabar House is a slice of heaven with its old temple carvings, turquoise and white walls, 'Eden' like courtyard, vanilla creepers and a petal-sprinkled plunge pool.

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Old Harbour

Style: Boutique

At the heart of ancient Fort Cochin, the Old Harbour Hotel exudes history and culture.

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Room at Tea Bungalow in Cochin, South India, India
Tea Bungalow

Style: Boutique

The Tea Bungalow is a charming mansion style boutique hotel with an elegant design and high level of comfort that fits in perfectly with the heritage of Fort Cochin.

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The Francis Residence

Style: Guest house

The Francis Residence Fort Cochin is nestled amid historic architecture and flanked by the azure Arabian Sea, in the heritage town of Fort Kochi in Cochin.

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Xandari Harbour

Style: Boutique

Xandari Harbour Fort Kochi is a beautifully restored property on the waterfront of Fort Kochi’s vibrant spice trading district of…

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Activities in Cochin

Visit to Dhobi Khana at Cochin

This once pulsating activity at Fort Kochi..the ‘dhobi khana’ (est. 1975)..is now just a trickle of a nearly extinct industry, presenting a shadow of its former self. Nestled in a corner of Veli maidan in Fort Kochi, a group of washer-folk yet continue to practice this traditional way of washing clothes in concrete water tubs lined in rows..pressing them..then home-delivering. This washing community was formed during the British rule, where washer-men were brought in from various Tamil Nadu villages to do their laundry. These folk were nomadic..with no definite place to work/stay. The same work was passed down generations..thus the ‘Dhobi Khana/Ghat’ came about. Visit also a ‘Halwa Centre’, where sweet items like Kerala’s famous banana chips and jackfruit, yam, tapioca chips are made.

Kodanad Elephant Camp at Cochin

Kodanad Elephant Camp on the south side of the Periyar River, is a countryside village in Cochin. It is known for elephant rescue, as a care centre, and a mini zoo; as well as the largest elephant training centre in south India. Experience a morning hands-on bathing and massage of an adult and baby elephant by the riverside..under the supervision of its ‘mahouts’. Venture on an elephant safari in the main park area. Watch the feeding of elephants… up to about 80% of an elephant’s day is spent on feeding! Be amazed by how elephants feed themselves amid their natural environs. Enjoy watching baby elephants washing and splashing..it is a delight to see them during their early training years of life just beginning for them.

City Highlights of Cochin

Kochi, formerly Cochin, is a vibrant, engaging city to explore, from the absorbing views of Fort Kochi harbor with its huge Chinese fishing nets to ancient mosques, Portuguese architecture and the crumbling remnants of the British Raj. Explore Matancherry where you can observe murals and antiquities at the Dutch Palace and Cemetery, and the 400 year old Pardesi Synagogue in the Jewish quarter. Visit the grave of Vasco da Gama in St. Francis Church. Discover the Hill Palace and Tripunithura and browse the spice and antique markets. Enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance or the captivating display of Kalaripayattu, a 3,000 year old martial art form.

Ayurveda massage at Brunton, a 45 min Guest specific

Shirodhara Ayurveda Massage at Brunton Boatyard in Cochin, 45 min

Complementary activtiy Harbor Cruise-Brunton Boatyard

(Only if staying at Brunton Boatyard) Punted by two boatmen equipped with long bamboo poles, the boat glides silently out across the water as flocks of teals and other migratory and other resident birds return to their lakeside roots in such thick formations they cloud the evening sky.

2h-Sunset Cruise at Cochin

Experience a cruise on the famous serene backwaters around the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Perennial rivers and streams feed these backwaters that open out into the sea, thereby allowing for a picturesque setting of islands, narrow canals and tropical coconut palms. Cruise the maze of canals on Vembanad lake, sailing around Cochin Harbor in your private boat. Delight in spectacular views of the Marine Drive, the famous Chinese fishing nets, and Bolgatty Island. Admire the sunset from the boat where the Kochi Lagoon opens out into the Arabian Sea.

2h-Classical Dance Class at Kerala Kathakali Centre

Kochi’s ‘Kerala Kathakali Centre’ founded in 1990, focusses on popularizing and encouraging Kerala’s classical arts, and discovering new talents..along with rigorous discipline and dedication. Enjoy a session in classical dance..especially suited for dance enthusiasts interested in Indian dances and who perhaps wish to take a refresher course in Kathakali or Mohiniyattam (famous South Indian dance forms). Learn the complex rhythm and artistic skills of popular classical dance forms at a privately organized 2hr class here at the Kerala Kathakali Centre. The most popular is the Kathakali..dance, music and make-up..be a part of the action, drama, unique costumes; enjoy a combination of musical instruments and voice, and talents.

1-2h Classical dance Class at Greenix

Enjoy a training class in Kathakali, Mohiniyattam or Bharathanatyam at Greenix Village..a cultural art centre promoting Kerala’s varied art forms. Kerala’s dances represent its vibrant and energetic culture, with Kathakali perhaps the most famous and popular..having a unique blend of dance, drama, music, literature and painting. Detailed make up, grand costumes and intricate gestures characterize this art form.

Half Day Kumbalanghi Village Tour

Discover a unique fisheries and tourism village near Kochi! The first of its kind, Kumbalanghi boasts a lush green landscape as well as its own unique culture and heritage. Set out from your hotel in the morning towards the village, which is just half an hour away from the city. At the village, your guide will take you to a coir yarn processing unit to witness how coconut fibre is separated from the husk and then used to create beautiful carpets. The village is home to several other cottage industries which include the making of fishing nets, clam meat processing and weaving together of coconut leaves. Once you’ve seen how the nets are made, discover how these are cast by the local fishermen. Watch the ladies of the village as they move in a line and catch fish from the backwaters. End your tour on a leisurely note with a ride in a wooden country boat, while you watch the fishermen at work.
(Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer, Time of Activity: Morning is preferable, Travel time to activity: 30 mins, Duration: 5 hrs, Fitness level: Easy, Luch included. Please bring sturdy walking boots.)

Cooking Class At Brunton

Discover the intricacies of Keralan cuisine! The food of Cochin speaks volumes about its incredible Anglo-Indian and Portuguese heritage. Accompanied by the chef of Brunton Boatyard and his team, you have to chance to discover some signature dishes for yourself. On the menu is a three-course meal, including a starter, a main course and a traditional desert. Learn how various different elements and the famous spices of Cochin come together to form beautiful, traditional dishes that grace the tables of Cochin’s oldest inhabitants. Once the dishes are prepared, sit down to a hearty meal and savor the fruits of your labor.
(Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer, Duration: 3 hrs, Travel time to Activity: 10-20 mins depending on your hotel, Fitness level: Easy, Meal included; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the activity at the best available time.)

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