Koonan Kurish Church at Mattancherry , Kochi, Kerala, India.
Koonan Kurish Church at Mattancherry , Kochi, Kerala, India. by Mattancherry koonan kurish

Kochi Hotels and Resorts

Fort Kochi is the best area for lodging in Kochi. It’s conveniently located in the heart of the action with Kochi’s star attractions nearby. This little slice of history has popular homestays, hostels, and boutique hotels for any budget.

Budget

There’s no reason to break the bank when charming, affordable accommodations abound. Backpackers, rest your gypsy souls at the clean, colourful Happy Camper Hostel, which features free wi-fi, air conditioning, daily housekeeping, and an airport shuttle (KL Bernard Master Rd, Fort Nagar, Amaravathy, Fort Kochi, Kochi). One hostel bed costs about INR450.

Nomads, families, and nomadic families rave about Sajhome in the centre of Fort Kochi. Kudos to the owner and his family for their hospitality. We’re looking at you, Siddiq Saj, and that delicious breakfast you whipped up. Guests will enjoy wifi, air conditioning, and airport shuttling for approximately INR2400 per night. Near Kunnumpuram Junction, Opp: St.Antony's Shrine Federal Bank ATM Building, Fort Kochi, Kochi.

Big and little globetrotters alike love the rooftop terrace at the family-friendly Namasthe Fort Kochi. This clean hotel has excellent service and is a steal of a deal. You can get wifi, air conditioning, airport transportation, laundry service, and non-smoking rooms for around INR650 per night. 1/1132 d, Kitkat road, Near Njaliparambu Junction, Fort Kochi, Kochi.

Mid-Range

Get your honeymoon on at The Gateway Hotel. The scenic views of the backwaters and Cochin Harbour will put the va-va-voom in your vacation. Start your morning with their sumptuous breakfast and enjoy a complimentary boat ride. Shanmugham Rd, Marine Drive, Ernakulam. Prices begin around INR4500 per night.

Western chains like Holiday Inn Cochin, Kochi Marriott, Ramada Resort Cochin, Crowne Plaza, and Le Meridien Kochi are all five-star digs near Fort Kochi. Price start around INR4800.00.

Top End

If you’re ready to go full Kochi, The Malabar House has an authentic Kochi vibe. This fancy boutique hotel even has yoga classes on the premises where yogis can downward dog to their hearts’ content. Enjoy a dip in the pool. The 17 swanky, unique rooms and suites have air conditioning, private balconies, flat-screen cable TVs, minibars, and coffee makers. 1/268 - 1/269 Parade Road, Cochin, Kerala. Rooms cost around 6500 per night.

Kochi has plenty of lounging for lovebirds. Lovers adore the fabulously restored Old Harbour Hotel. This 300-year-old building displays Dutch-style architecture. Its 13 rooms boast high ceilings and spectacular water views. You can lounge al fresco at your cottage with an open air shower and veranda. There is a spa, swimming pool, and a restaurant serving alcohol on site. 1/328, Tower Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi. Prices start at INR10000 per night.

If you’re looking to turn your champagne wishes and caviar dreams into reality, you can make it rain like a boss at Brunton Boatyard. The recreated period building arose from the remnants of a Victorian shipbuilding yard. Located on the waterfront, the breath-taking views and sunset cruises set hearts aflutter. Check out a cooking demonstration on grounds. Who can resist the executive chef’s First Class Railway Mutton Curry? Not us. It’s love at first bite. 1/498, Fort Cochin, Calwathi Road, Kochi. Price start around INR85000 per night.

Authentic Kochi experience

Looking for adventure? Most tourists spend at least one night on a Kettuvallam (houseboat) for the quintessential Kochi experience. Kettuvallams are large, slow barges with air-conditioned sleeping areas, Western-style toilets, decks for outdoor lounging, and living/dining rooms that are open on three sides for panoramic views. Your private staff will set out burning coals at night to keep the mosquitos away. You can rough it without air conditioning for about INR5000.

If you prefer to chill, splurge with air conditioning for around INR10000. Costs should cover freshly-cooked food and drinks made by an on-board cook. Be prepared to pay more from December until the end of January, which is the peak time for staying in a houseboat because the weather is cool and dry. Houseboats are available year round, though. Cruising between March and May? Get air conditioning! Shout out to our rock star guide, Peter, at Carnival Tours & Travels. Starting at INR10800.