Cochin Guide
Ernakulam, Fort Cochin - Concise City Guide

Cochin Guide gives you a quick overview of the city and its whereabouts. Cochin (Kochi) is the second largest city in Kerala. I think it is going to be the largest soon.

Cochin is the anglicized name of Kochi. Ernakualm is on the mainland and is the very heart of the city.

Kochi and other places around are either islands or length of land jutted out in to the sea and backwaters.

Kochi is the major port and commercial hub of Kerala. It is smaller than Truivandrum but holds more big-city feel than the capital.

The city has high-rise tower blocks in the waterfront, constant maritime traffic through the port and a modern Ernakulam in the mainland.

Cochin Guide to Arrival and Local Transport

Kochi's modern, efficient international airport is at Nedumbassery, near Alwaye (Aluva), some 30 km north of Ernakulam.

You can take a pre-paid taxi from the airport to the city. Modern, comfortable air conditioned Volvo buses also cover the route hourly.

There are two main railway stations in the city. Ernakualam Junction is popularly known as South Railway Station. The second one is Ernakulam Town two km further north popularly known as North Railway Station.

No trains run to the Fort Cochin or Mattancherry.

The local buses are the cheapest option available. But they tend to get crowded, especially during the peak hours. If you are new to the city, it is best to avoid it.

The KSRTC central bus stand is for state run long-distance services.

From Kaloor private bus stand you get bus to the almost all destinations inside and around the city.

High court bus stand has long distance private buses to Hi-range and north to Thrissur, Guruvayaoor and Kodungallur.

Auto-rickshaws are plentiful and reliable in Ernakulalm.

Kochi's excellent ferry system provides a relaxing way to get around. Two main jetties are used by the ferries in Ernakulam.

The main jetty is near the South Railway Station, Oh I mean Ernakulam Junction. The other one is near the High court.

Bicycles can be rented from many of hotels and guesthouses in Fort Cochin.

Cochin Guide to Information, Tours and Harbour Cruises

State Department of Tourism Offices

Airport Information Counter

International Terminal
Tel: +91 484 2611308
Domestic Terminal
Tel: +91 484 2611309

Tourist Information Officer

Boat Jetty (Main)
Tel: +91 484 2351015

Tourist Information Centre

Fort Kochi
Tel: +91 484 2216567

KTDC (Kerala Tourism Development Corporation)

Tourist Reception Centre

KTDC Limited
Shanmugham Road
Tel: +91 484 2353234

District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC)

DTPC Tourist Information Centre

Old Collectorate Bldg.
Park Avenue
Tel: +91 484 2367334 / 2383988

Govt. of India

Govt. of India Tourist Office

Willingdon Island
Tel: +91 484 2668352 / 1913

Cochin Guide to Things to See and Do.

The richest sightseeing is in the heritage quarter of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry.

Spend the evenings in Ernakulam's shops and cafes. Be sure to take a ferry ride to islands in the backwaters like Kothad to the north or Kumbalanghi to the south.

The distance between the interesting places in Fort Kochi is short.

You can get everywhere comfortably by foot. This is the best way to experience this quarter.

There is history at every second step here.

Chinese Fishing Nets

The huge, elegant Chinese fishing nets line the northern shore of Fort Cochin.

The most familiar photographic image of Kerala, the Chinese nets add grace to the waterfront view.

Traders from the court of Kublai Khan are said to have introduced them to the Malabar Coast.

St. Francis Church

It is the oldest European church in India. Its name and form changed with every new coloniser who claimed the land as theirs.

Santa Cruz Basilica

The church constructed on the site of a much older Portuguese church in 1887. The British demolished the older one.

Mattancherry Palace

Locally know as Dutch Palace. The two-storey building was actually built by the Portuguese, as a gift to the Raja of Cochin.

Paradesi Synagogue

It was originally built in 1524. The synagogue was rebuilt in 1664 after the attack of the Portuguese.

Ernakulam is the modern face of Kerala. Durbar Hall Art Gallery and Folklore Museum are worth the visit.

In M G Road you will find some of the largest textile stores, jewellery shops and hotels.

Prime leisure destinations for the city's middle class are the massive shopping malls in NH By-pass.

Cochin Guide to where to Eat

Fort Cochin and Willingdon Island


Elphinstone Road

Arca Nova

Fort House Hotel
Calvathy Road

Dal Roti

Lilly Street

David Hall Gallery

Parade Ground

Fort Cochin

Casino Hotel
Willingdon Island

The History

Brunton Boatyard
Bellar Road

Kashi Art Cafe

Burgher Street

Malabar Junction

Malabar House Hotel
Parade Road

The Old Courtyard

Princess Street


Peter Celli Street


Burgher Street

Vasco Cafe

Bastion Street

Where to Eat in Ernakulam


Ground Floor
Maple Regency
Near Main Boat Jetty

Coffe Beanz



Shanmugham Road

Grand Pavilion

M G Road


Bharath Tourist Home
Durbar Hall Road


Bypass Road


Ground Floor
Bharath Tourist Home
Durbar Hall Road

Cochin Guide to Where to Stay

Vivanta by Taj - Malabar

Willingdon Island
Tel: + 91 484 6643000

Le Meridien Kochi

Tel: +91 484 2705777

The Gateway Hotel

Marine Drive
Tel: +91 484 6673300

Dream Cochin

Elamkulam Junction
Tel: +91 484 4129999

Trident Cochin

Bristow Road
Willingdon Island
Tel: +91 484 3081000

Casino Hotel

Willingdon Island
Tel: +91 484 3011711

The Wyte Fort

N.H. 47
Tel: +91 484 2706952

The Avenue Regent

M.G. Road
Tel: +91 484 237797

The Gokulam Park

Tel :+91 484 2400707

Hotel Presidency

Ernakulam North
Tel :+91 484 2394300

More Cochin / Ernakulam Hotels

The Renai Cochin

(Formerly The Renaissance Cochin)
Tel: +91 484 2344463

Brunton Boatyard

Fort Cochin
Tel: +91 484 2218485

Koder House

Fort Cochin
Tel: +91 484 2218485

Malabar House

Fort Cochin
Tel: +91 484 2216666

The Old Harbour

Fort Cochin
Tel: +91 484 2218006

The Old Lighthouse Bristow

Fort Cochin
Tel: +91 484 3050102

Tea Bungalow

Fort Cochin
Tel: +91 484 3019200

The Tower House

Fort Cochin
Tel: +91 484 2216960

Hotel Le Colonial

Fort Cochin
Tel: +91 484 2217181

Trinity House

Fort Cochin
Tel: +91 484 2216666

Heritage Methanam

Tel: +91 484 3118999

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