Cochin (Fort Cochin)

(Also known as Fort Cochin )

Kerala | India
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Cochin (Fort Cochin) is categorised as Heritage / Beachside

Chinese Fishing nets (Nivalink Trip Dated - 23 September 2008)
Harbour Views (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 September 2018)
Around Fort Cochin (Nivalink Trip Dated - 30 September 2018)
Typical Heritage Hotel in Fort Cochin (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Harbour Views (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Fort Cochin beach (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Fort cochin Beach views (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
St Francis Church (Photo Courtesy: Thesmi Thomas)
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica (photo Courtesy: albany_tim)
St Francis Church (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 May 2008)
Jewish Synagogue Fort Cochin (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Greenix Village Interior
Greenix Village Interior (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Matancherry Palace (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Hill Palace Museum (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)

Reasons to Visit
  • Fort Cochin alongwith Vypeen, Willingdon and Bolgatty are four islands that now merge with Ernakulam mainland to be known as “Cochin” the way we know today.
  • Fort Cochin is a heritage area a few kilometers further away from mainland Cochin and is perhaps the best area of accommodation for leisure travelers.
  • Fort Cochin area is full of Old Dutch heritage homes, small heritage hotels and charming restaurants. Guests stay here anywhere from a night to a week for a heritage experience.
  • Fort Cochin is characterised by heritage bylanes, quiet beaches, small charming hotels and an idyllic character.
  • Everything in Fort Cochin area is within 1.5 km radius and therefore easily can be walked or done on a bicycle.
  • Fort Cochin for its sheer heritage character, laidback charm and being cut off from the mainland crowd and traffic and harbour front and access to so many small charming restaurants at different heritage hotels makes for a very romantic stay experience.
  • Fort Cochin is also base point to visit the Kumbhalangi Backwaters area.
  • Greenix Village in Fort Cochin is one that offers guests a comprehensive experience in culture, heritage, dance forms and crafts of Kerala
  • Destinations for First time Holidays Travellers to Kerala"Fort Cochin (45 kms from Cochin Airport and 60 kms from Alleppey) is a charming heritage area that is recommended for Honeymooners. Fort Cochin offers heritage walks, charming hotels / restaurants and from here excursions to nearby Islands can be planned. Fort Cochin is recommended for honeymooners for 2 night stay."
  • Seaside Destinations in India with Colonial Heritage"Fort Cochin heritage area in Cochin is renowned for its small heritage hotels that are high on character. The bylanes are quaint and cut off from rest of the Cochin city traffic and therefore excellent for bicycling, heritage walks and renowned for its charming restaurants. The area is hugely popular with honeymooners and Inbound travellers."
  • Destinations in and around Cochin"Fort Cochin is a charming heritage area having many small heritage hotels, heritage walks, monuments, Chinese fishing nets and wide ranging restaurants."
Access Information

Cochin (Fort Cochin) has 17 Hotels approved and listed with Nivalink

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10 verified holiday itineraries are listed for Cochin (Fort Cochin)

Short Break (4-6 nights)5
Holiday (7 or more)5

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List of Holidays for Cochin (Fort Cochin)

Short Break

  • Fort Cochin - Thekkady Experiential Break (4 Nights)
  • Fort Cochin - Thekkady Experiential Break with Alleppey Houseboat (5 Nights)
  • Fort Cochin Marari Experiential Break (4 Nights)
  • Kerala Experiential Break (6 Nights)
  • Kerala's Beaches and Backwaters (5 Nights)


  • Captivating Kerala with Kovalam (10 Nights)
  • Captivating Kerala with Mesmerizing Mumbai (12 Nights)
  • Kerala in Monsoon (7 Nights)
  • Picturesque South with Goa (21 Nights)
  • South India Coastal Explorer (12 Nights)

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Cochin (Fort Cochin) has 2 Transport services that can be booked online. Click here for reviewing and booking them.

Airport Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Transfers between Cochin Airport and Fort CochinRs. 2074

Car On Disposal

ServicesRates Starting From
4 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Munnar, Alleppey and Cochin TripRs. 11779

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Cochin (Fort Cochin) has 18 Add Ons approved and listed with Nivalink.

Bird Watching2
Guide Services2

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List of Service Add Ons for Cochin (Fort Cochin)


Services Rates Starting From
Cycle along the Kochi CoastRs. 1950
Half Day Kayaking in the Backwaters of AlleppeyRs. 3334
Hike Bike & Kayak in KeralaRs. 4300
Kayaking at ThattekkadRs. 4000
The Backwater ExperienceRs. 4200

Bird Watching

Services Rates Starting From
Full Day Guided Bird Watching in ThattekadRs. 1445
Half Day Guided Bird Watching in ThattekadRs. 1167


Services Rates Starting From
Cycle along the Kochi CoastRs. 1950
Cycling through Fort CochinRs. 4000
Cycling through the Beaches and Backwaters Cochin (Fort Cochin)Rs. 3500
Fort Kochi on bikesRs. 1100
Hike Bike & Kayak in KeralaRs. 4300
The Backwater ExperienceRs. 4200


Services Rates Starting From
Cultural Art PerformanceRs. 650
Cycle along the Kochi CoastRs. 1950
Kalari ProgrammeRs. 300
Kalari Training ClassesRs. 556
Kathakali Make up & PerformanceRs. 350
Learn Yoga in CochinRs. 1667
The Backwater ExperienceRs. 4200
Visit to the Cultural MuseumRs. 56

Guide Services

Services Rates Starting From
Audio Guide for AlleppeyRs. 250
Audio Guide for KochiRs. 250


Services Rates Starting From
Hike Bike & Kayak in KeralaRs. 4300

16 Travel Ideas listed for Cochin (Fort Cochin). Click here for reviewing them.

Destination Ideas

  • Bird Watching In Thattekad
  • Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Pilgrimage
  • Cuisine Experiences in Kerala
  • Elephant Training Camp At Kodanad
  • Experiences in Kerala
  • Fort Cochin Experience
  • Golden Chariot - Luxury Train Experience
  • Kerala Craft, Culture, Churches, Temples, Festivals and Heritage
  • Kerala Homestay / Small Owner managed stay Experience
  • Kerala in Monsoon

Stay Ideas

  • Brunton Boatyard Experience
  • Le Colonial Experience
  • Malabar House Experience
  • Old Lighthouse Bristow hotel Experience

Festivals linked to Cochin (Fort Cochin) (Kerala)

  • Malayattoor Perunnal
  • Thrissur Pooram

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    St Francis Church is a tourist attraction at Fort Cochin. It was built in 1503 and is the oldest European church in India
    Roman Catholic Church
    A craft village at Fort cochin that offers a wide ranging live performances. A visit here is very popular with guests to Fort cochin.
    Arts Crafts Culture
    Cultural Centre, Live Performances
    A place that offers a wide ranging live performances of art forms such as Kathakali, Indian Classical Dance, India Classical Music, Martial Art (Kalaripayattu), typically in evenings. It also offers Meditation and Yoga classes in mornings.
    Arts Crafts Culture
    Live Performances
    The Dharmanath Jain temple at Mattancherry is over 100 years old and is one of the prime places of worship for Jains in Kerala.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Jain Temple
    Jewish Synagogue at Fort Cochin was built in 1568 and is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations.
    Heritage Site
    Santa Cruz Cathedral was built in 1905. Santa Cruz was proclaimed a Basilica by the Pope John Paul II in 1984.
    Roman Catholic Church
    Mattancherry Palace known as the Dutch Palace features Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the royal family of Kochi.
    Heritage Site
    Royal Heritage
    At Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum one gets a glimpse of Kerala art and crafts. There are live performances in the evening. A visit here is very popular with guests to Kerala.
    Arts Crafts Culture
    Cultural Centre, Live Performances
    Vadakkunnathan Temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple at Thrissur. This temple is a classic example of Kerala style temple architecture. Mural paintings depicting various episodes from Mahabharata can be seen inside the temple.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    10 kms from Fort Cochin are a set of backwaters overlooking Kumbhalangi village, a fishermen village having 100+ chinese fishing nets.
    View Point
    Lake Views
    The Palace is over 450 years old having a typical Kerala Architecture and houses a collection of historic documents and relic
    Heritage Site
    Royal Heritage
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    A complex spread over 54 acres. The complex has an archaeological Museum, a Heritage Museum, a Deer Park, a prehistoric park and a childrens park.
    Archeological Museum, Heritage Museum
    Chottanikkara Temple is a renowned pilgrim centre of Hindu goddess Bhagawati near Ernakulam.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Devi Temple
    Museum of Kerala History is where Important scenes of Kerala history are portrayed through sculptures
    The Catholic Church at Pallippuram known as Church of "Our Lady of Snow" or "Manjumatha" is an important pilgrim centre for Christians near Ernakulam (20 kms).
    Roman Catholic Church
    An elephant training camp on Cochin - Munnar route and a popular for overseas travellers and families with kids for a bit of fun with elephants and a touristy elephant ride.
    Elephant Experience
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Fort Cochin heritage walk is one recommended for any heritage traveller. The Fort cochin heritage area is home to buildings that date back to the dutch settlements in the area and still laidback and full of character. Within a short walk one can visit Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing nets and St Francis Church. There are several renowned heritage hotels here.
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    The ancient St. Sebastian Church at Arthunkal was built by the Portuguese and is a popular centre of pilgrimage for the Christians of Kerala. The feast of St. Sebastian is held every January.
    Portuguese Church, Roman Catholic Church

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  • Theni ( 200 Km )

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Getting There

Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
Bazaar StreetAn aea about 500 meters from the Jetty where Greenix village is situated alongwith hotels overlooking the harbour.Holiday1
Dutch CemeteryA quiet bylane overlooking the Arabian sea where Dutch Cemetary is situated.Holiday4
Fort Cochin OutskirtsAn area just before one enters Fort cochin heritage area. Here there are value segment hotels, either for local business travellers or overseas guests looking for moderately priced accommodations.Holiday2
JettyAn area right in the town centre overlooking the harbour and Arabian Sea where guests travelling from Willingdon Island, Bolgatty Island and Vypeen Island by ferry alight.Holiday1
Napier StreetA heritage bylane originating from St Francis Church area and where a number of value segment heritage hotels are situated.Holiday/Experiential1
Princess StreetA heritage bylane originating from the town centre area where a number of mid-segment heritage hotels are situated.Holiday/Experiential2
Rose StreetA heritage bylane right next to Princess streetHoliday/Experiential-
St. Francis ChurchSt Francis Church is located on the road that connects Jetty with Dutch Cemetary and other heritage bylanes.Holiday/Experiential2
MattancherryMattancherry is a locality in the city of Kochi, India. It is about 9 km from the city center. Previously, the neighbourhood was notable for trading spices and tea. This is where many heritage hotels are situated.Experiential3
Nearest Airport in Cochin (Fort Cochin)
  • Cochin International Airport ( COK ) , Cochin (Ernakulam)-13 Kms
Nearest Railway Stations in Cochin (Fort Cochin)
  • Ernakulam Junction (South) ( ERS ), Cochin (Ernakulam)-13 Kms
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