Fort Kochi is situated towards the south-west of mainland Kochi and also famous as Old Kochi or West Kochi. It is one of Kerala’s most popular tourist spot in a stunning location between the backwater and Arabian Sea. Kochi is well known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’. Many historical monuments, churches, temples adorn this former colonial place. Indo Portuguese museum, Dutch cemetery, Southern Naval command maritime museum, St. Francis church, Sree Gopalakrishna devaswom temple (The only Daivajna Brahin temple in Kerala), Cochin Thirumala devaswom temple, Santa Cruz Basilica, Bishop’s house, Fort Emmanuel, Jewish synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, Jain temple, Chinese fishing nets, Fort Kochi beach are the main tourist attractions and devotional places in Fort Kochi. Top 10 hotels in Fort Kochi are Taj Vivanta – Malabar, Brunton Boatyard, Malabar House, Old Harbour Hotel, Tissa’s Inn, Tea Bunglow, Le Colonial, Fragrant Nature Kochi, Fort Heritage and Ann’s Residency.
Taj Vivanta – Malabar, Fort Kochi
Taj Vivanta, five star hotel is in the Willington Island at Fort Kochi and shares the splendid view of Cochin harbour. It is 41km away from the nearest Cochin airport and 12km from the Ernakulam city. The luxury hotel is full of greenery and two sides are covered with tranquil water from the Arabian Sea. The infinity pool gives a mesmerizing experience to the travelers. Cinnamon Coast is a luxury yacht at Taj and used for backwater cruises. Rice Boat restaurant, Dolphin’s Point, The Pepper, The Pavilion, Mattancherry Lounge, Sundowner Bar are the dining options. Superior view, Superior charm sea view, Premium indulgence sunset view room, Superior charm heritage, Superior charm heritage view, Deluxe allure suite, Premium temptation suite are the rooms and suites in Taj at Fort Kochi. The motifs in this luxurious hotel are fishing on the rice boat, back water cruise in the village and cruising and having the high tea, BBQ & breakfast at sea on the Cinnamon Coast Yacht. Conference and board room facilities are available and pool side lawns are used for theme wedding arrangements. The fitness center is equipped with most modern techno gym and cardio machines, free weights and Yoga sessions are conducted for guests. Taj Vivanta – Malabar tops the list of best hotels in Fort Kochi.
Brunton Boatyard, Fort Kochi
Brunton Boatyard is a five star hotel in a Victorian-style building managed by the Casino group on a former boatyard space in Fort Kochi. The hotel is constructed in Kerala architecture decorated with antique furnishing and wooden 4-poster beds. The luxurious rooms offer sea view and suites have separate sitting areas for guest. It is at a distance of 40km from the Cochin airport and Ernakulam town is 15km away. The famous 16th-century Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth is at a distance of 2.6km and the Fort Kochi-Vypin Ferry terminal is just 2 minutes walkable from the hotel. The main restaurant serves all kinds of dishes made of fresh vegetables, fish, meat, spices. A terrace café and a cozy bar, outdoor pool, spa and game room are the other amenities in the hotel. They offer bikes on hire, yoga sessions, cookery demonstrations and cruises in the backwaters. The speciality of the evening musical program is the Baul music conducted for the guests. Baul music is a mixture of spiritual and religious traditions, a blend of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sufi Islam. Dressed like gypsies the artist sings and dances and use tabala, ‘ektara- single stringed’ and ‘dotara – two stringed’ instruments mainly in the concert.
Malabar House, Fort Kochi
Malabar House aka Malabar Escapes is the first boutique heritage hotel located at Fort Kochi opposite to the St. Francis Church. The distance to Cochin airport is 45km and Ernakulam city is 15km from the hotel. The Jew town, famous for curios and antiques is at a distance of just 3km. Chinese nets are very close to the hotel, needs 3minutes walk only. The hotel has curated the antiques & artistic items and Malabar House is also classified as an art hotel. The rooms are known as duplex Malabar suite, roof garden suites and deluxe depending on their setting. Malabar junction – the main restaurant and Divine – the wine lounge are the dining options in the hotel. Swimming pool, Ayurvedic treatments and free cycles are available for guests. They provide the walking map through Fort Kochi for residents. The restaurant has been awarded as one of the finest seafood spot in South Kerala. The ‘Purespa’ at the hotel offer the soothing massages and wide range of treatments based on personal health conditions. The stay in this hotel incorporates heritage, art, design, music & dance, Spa and Ayurvedic treatments, sightseeing and fine dining.
Old Harbour Hotel, Fort Kochi
Old Harbour Hotel is a 300 year old building and was the first hotel in Old Kochi and depicts the Dutch and Portuguese style of architecture. It used to function as a residential home to the employees of English tea-broking firms and now reopened as an up-scale hotel. It is at a distance of 36km from the Cochin airport and Ernakulam town is 15km away. The famous Mattancherry Palace is just 2.6km and Mahatma Gandhi beach is just 5 minutes walk from this heritage hotel. The thirteen rooms in the hotel are named after the old streets in Fort Kochi in a unique manner. Some rooms include open-air showers, verandas and private ponds. A stage is set in the lawn to host cultural programs for guests. An Ayurvedic Spa and an open air terrace present a pleasant leisure time to residents. Organic soaps and lotions are provided to guests as complimentary. A stylish restaurant, outdoor pool and Ayurvedic and Spa treatments are the other amenities in the hotel.
Tissa’s Inn, Fort Kochi
Tissa’s Inn is an elegant boutique hotel located midway between Mattancherry, Fort Kochi and Jew town. The residents can easily visit the Chinese fishing nets, Fort Cochin beach, Dutch cemetery, Jewish synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica, Dutch palace as they are in close vicinity. The property is 36km distanced from Cochin airport and 18km from Ernakulam city. The nine rooms in the hotel are well furnished and appointed to provide the utmost comfort to the residents. Jackfruit Tree – restaurant serves Indian and Continental food and is specialized in seafood. The hotel arranges boat rides, city tours as per guest choice. Swimming pool, sundeck, yoga and meditation centre are the other amenities in Tissa’s Inn. The hotel is equipped with a sewage treatment plant and a solar energy plant and shares its own part in the responsible tourism. Cultural programs and ayurvedic treatments are organized as per requirement. The seafood section is a veritable delight with lobster, prawn, scampi, squid and fish fillets marinated and grilled as required.
Tea Bungalow, Fort Kochi
Tea Bungalow is a refined boutique hotel at Fort Kochi and described as an art lover’s paradise. The ornate carvings on the doors, exquisite paintings on the walls, miniatures of ancient sailing ship are showcased in the hotel. Ten rooms are named after the port cities – Cochin, Zanzibar, Galle, Mombasa, Muscat, Malacca, Mauritius, Cambay, Goa and Calicut and each room is uniquely designed with a matching theme as per the mentioned name. The hotel is at a distance of 37km from Cochin airport and 19km from Ernakulam city. Travancore Lounge is the coffee lounge with home theatre and library, Café Du Mahe – multi cuisine restaurant and Poolside Barbeque lounge are the available dining options in Tea Bungalow. Café Du Mahe is named after the 18th century Governor of Mauritius Bertrand – Francois Mahe de La Bourdonnais. It serves Indian, Kerala and continental cuisine to guests. Some seats are arranged near the pool area and some are open to garden view. Swimming pool, garden, sundeck are the other available amenities here. The Garden has stone benches and chairs laid under lawn umbrellas & in the shade of jackfruit tree, breadfruit tree and cinnamon tree. The exotic shaped bonsai plants also decorate the garden and present a magnificent feel to tourists.
Le Colonial, Fort Kochi
Le Colonial is renowned as the oldest colonial house in Fort Kochi that has been used by the former Portuguese Governor, Dutch Governor and British rulers and then sold to a legendary tea trader in Kochi. The 15th century building is now famous as a living museum owing to the artfully restored historical aspects of the five decades. The eight rooms are individually decorated in colonial style with all modern amenities for luxurious stay. Plenty of marble and mahogany is used for the furnishing and bath tubs are provided in suites. Suites also have a secluded terrace that offers extreme privacy to the residents. The hotel is at a distance of 36km from Cochin airport and 18km to Ernakulam the nearest city. Fort Kochi beach and St. Francis Church is just a couple of minute’s walkable distance from the hotel. Le Colonial is famous as one of the best beach hotels Fort Kochi. Tourists can enjoy a stroll in the Jew Street for antiques, jewelery and trendy clothing and visit the Chinese fishing nets, Dutch cemetery, Jewish synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica, Dutch palace at short distance from Le Colonial.
Fragrant Nature, Fort Kochi
Fragrant Nature is a five star boutique hotel located in the erstwhile office of East India Company, with a majestic frontage and a clock tower. The hotel lobby features period trompe-l’oeil art work by two popular English artists and it emphasize the importance of art element in the boutique design. The hotel is at a distance of 32km from Cochin airport and 5km to Ernakulam the nearest city. The contemporary rooms offer the magnificent harbour view. Rooms are categorized as Duke’s Chambers, Ocean Blue suites, Royal Dutch suites and private balcony is attached with the suites. All day dining – multi cuisine restaurant, Grills and Steaks – speciality restaurant, Pool Bar/Café are the dining arrangements in Fragrant Nature. Kerala art forms, mainly dance and music shows are organized for guests in the open air terrace lounge. Swimming pool and Gym are also available. Sightseeing, Spice walks – the guided tour through the spice bazaar & warehouses, cooking demonstration, Kathakali show, Boat cruises, Tuk–Tuk rides and Cycles through the narrow streets of Kochi are some of the outdoor activities organized by the hotel. Prana – wellness Spa at Fragrant Nature offers wellness treatments to guests.
Fort Heritage, Fort Kochi
Fort Heritage as the name suggests is a heritage hotel in Fort Kochi and it was a former Dutch palace of 17th Century. The palace building was built with Laterite, limestone, wood and tiles and recently it is beautifully restored and the originality is maintained. The available ten rooms and two suites are artistically decorated with paintings and period furniture. ‘Heritage Zone’ is the gracious dining area at Fort Heritage that serves Chinese, Continental, Syrian Christian, exotic local and traditional Indian barbeque. An Ayurvedic center with a massage room and steam bath facility is set in the hotel. The hotel is at a distance of 44km from Cochin airport and 16km to Ernakulam the nearest city. The main attractions in the close vicinity are St. Francis Xavier Church, The Bishops House, Fort Immanuel, Thakur House, David Hall, Baston Bungalow, The Dutch Cemetery, Santa Cruz Basilica, Princess Street, Parade Ground, Indo-Portuguese Museum, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Jew Town and Chinese Fishing Nets.
Ann’s Residency, Fort Kochi
Ann’s Residency is a colonial style hotel and offers a homely atmosphere in a five star environment in Fort Kochi. The Indo Portuguese Museum, Dutch Cemetry, St. Francis Church, Chinese fishing nets, Santa Cruz Basilica Church, Fort Kochi beach are located within a radius of 1km from the hotel. The property is 37km distanced from Cochin airport and 19km to Ernakulam the nearest city. The standard, deluxe and suite rooms are well decorated with colourful paintings and private bathrooms are equipped with bath tubs. The hotel provides cab services, Ayurveda massage and treatments, tickets for the traditional & martial arts display, sightseeing tours, all Kerala tours, back water trips as per guest choice.