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Book flights to Kochi and discover a modern art scene amid a city of historical significance. It's a must-visit in South India.

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  • You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), children, and infants.
  • Each adult or OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to receive the tax exemption.
  • Children traveling alone, or in a different cabin class from their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and must pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.
  • You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), teenagers, children, and infants.
  • Each adult or OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to receive the tax exemption.
  • Children traveling alone, or in a different cabin class from their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and must pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.
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Flights to Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi, or Cochin as it used to be called, is one of the most unique destinations in Asia. Thanks to its history as Kerala’s port city, people from all over the world, from China to Portugal to the Middle East, have passed through Kochi and left their cultural imprint. Today it’s still one of South India’s most important cities, and the many travelers catching flights to Kochi have helped preserve its cosmopolitan roots.

Kochi is one of South India’s busiest cities, too, with 600,000 people calling it home. The city is spread across a series of peninsulas and islands, connected by a network of water taxis and bridges. Think of it as broadly divided among three main areas: the city of Ernakulam on the mainland, Willingdon Island, and the peninsula of Fort Kochi to the west. It’s on the peninsula, in Mattancherry and Fort Kochi, that you’ll find the city’s top attractions, including St. Francis Church and Mattancherry Palace, and the best heritage hotels, plus some fantastic restaurants and cafes.

But it’s not just about the historic sites. There’s a modern side to Kochi as well, including one of the most interesting art communities in India. That’s thanks in no small part to its role as host of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India’s first art biennale, an event that attracts creative people from all over the world.

Kochi is an easy place to explore on foot and the pace of life is a lot more laid-back than other parts of India. For an even more relaxing experience, head north to Vypeen Island and seek out Cherai Beach. It’s a popular spot for sunbathing and, depending on the season, you might even spot some dolphins.

What to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Watch Kathakali performances

In Kochi, you’re pretty much guaranteed to see a live performance of Kathakali, a form of Keralan dance-drama, either in tourist venues, such as the Folklore Museum or the Kerala Kathakali Centre, or at a temple festival. Arrive an hour early for a backstage peek at the performers applying their makeup.

Kerala Kathakali Centre
Near Santa Cruz Basilica
KB Jacob Road
Fort Kochi
682001
+91 484 221 5827

Take Maria’s South Indian cooking class

Learn about Keralan cuisine at Maria’s South Indian Cooking Class. Maria is highly regarded throughout Kochi for her knowledge of the region’s spices and for the authenticity of her food. If you’re interested in touring Kochi’s fish markets as well, check out TravSpire’s home cooking experience.

Maria’s South Indian Cooking Class
Burgher Street
Fort Kochi
682001
+91 974 688 7454

Tour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry

This is one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in Kochi to explore. In Fort Kochi you’ll find St. Francis Church, India’s oldest European-built church, and the imposing Santa Cruz Basilica. Just north of here stands the Hindu mural–adorned Mattancherry Palace (known as the Dutch Palace).

Mattancherry Palace
Mattancherry
682002
+91 484 236 7334

Where to eat in Kochi (Cochin)

Kashi Art Café (Cafe)

You’ll know when you’re getting close to Kashi Art Café—the excellent coffee is so aromatic, you can smell it from the street. Part art gallery, part cafe, this is a welcome stop-off point on the Fort Kochi sightseeing trail. Drop in for the all-day breakfasts or the wickedly good cakes.

1/440 Burgher Street
Fort Kochi
+91 484 221 5769

The Malabar Junction (Mediterranean/Keralan)

East meets West at the Malabar Junction, a hugely popular restaurant that serves Mediterranean-Keralan fusion cuisine. If Kochi has one place to see and be seen, this is it, so it's advisable to make a reservation well ahead. Be sure to try the seafood platter, and round off your meal with the chocolate samosas.

1/268-269 Parade Road
682001
+91 484 221 6666

Ginger House Restaurant (International)

This evocative waterfront cafe and restaurant forms part of the antique-filled Heritage Arts Museum, in the heart of Mattancherry. As its name suggests, the menu champions ginger, which plays a starring role in lassis and ice creams, as well as glazes for various fish and seafood dishes.

Jew Town Road
Kappalandimukku
Mattancherry
682002
+91 484 221 2123

Places to stay in Kochi (Cochin)

The Brunton Boatyard

Standing on the former site of a Victorian shipyard, the Brunton Boatyard is perfect if you're looking for peace and quiet in a sophisticated setting. Located on a stunning stretch of Fort Kochi waterfront, the hotel’s 26 luxurious rooms, swimming pool, and gourmet in-house restaurant all have amazing views of the sea.

1/498 Calvetty Road
Fort Kochi
682001
+91 484 221 5461

The Malabar House

This Kochi institution has attracted a cult following since opening as one of India’s first boutique hotels in 1996. Join the hip crowd and book a room; this pair of charming 18th-century colonial villas has just 17 rooms and suites.

1/268-269 Parade Road
Fort Kochi
682001
+91 484 221 6666

Le Colonial

Even by Kochi’s standards, few houses are as historically rich as Le Colonial. Built in 1506, it’s been home to Vasco da Gama, Ian Vas Spall, and many Dutch governors. Sensitively restored by the Neemrana Group, this seven-suite property has all the facilities of a boutique hotel, but with the warm welcome of a homestay.

1/315 Church Road
Vasco da Gama Square
Fort Kochi
682001
+91 484 221 7181

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