The principal port for southwestern India, Cochin has been a trading post for centuries and the Portuguese, Dutch and British influences remain evident.
Highlights of the city
The city is a series of islands but it is the Mattancherry Palace with its detailed frescos, the old spice warehouses, the Jewish synagogue and the churches in Fort Cochin that will occupy most of your time.
The Fort area retains a colonial charm with wide tree lined streets and a large central parade ground surrounded by grand buildings.
Chinese fishing nets
The huge Chinese fishing nets that cantilever over the shallows are the indelible image of Cochin. Best viewed on an evening boat cruise, they are still in daily use by the dedicated fishermen and their catch can be tried in the numerous food stalls that line the waters edge or in the more comfortable surroundings of a hotel restaurant.
A visit to a Kathakali dance centre to watch this stylised and theatrical art form retelling stories from Hindu legend is recommended.
Suggested itineraries featuring Cochin
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Cochin, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Cochin
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Places near Cochin
- Mararikulam 24 miles away
- Kothamangalam 27 miles away
- The Backwaters 31 miles away
- Munnar 56 miles away
- Palakkad 64 miles away
- Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary 73 miles away
- Ooty 106 miles away
- Kovalam 118 miles away
- Waynad 120 miles away
- Madurai 127 miles away
- Tellicherry 136 miles away
- Nagarhole National Park 146 miles away
- Mysore 166 miles away
- Chettinad 172 miles away
- Coorg 176 miles away
- Trichy 177 miles away
- Neeleshwar 179 miles away
- Tanjore 205 miles away
- Belur & Halebid 227 miles away
- Bangalore 229 miles away
- Tranquebar 256 miles away
- Pondicherry 280 miles away
Accommodation choices for Cochin
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Cochin. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ideas for experiencing Cochin
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