Kochi Journals

Sleeping and Eating in Kochi

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A May 2013 trip to Kochi by phileasfogg

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Quote: Kochi—formerly known as Cochin, the busiest and most famous port on the Malabar coast—is full of lovely old heritage hotels in the Fort Cochin area. We stayed in one of these, and checked out some of the nearby eateries. Here’s what we found.

The Tower House

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Hotel | "‘The Hotel Keralafonia’? Thankfully, no"

The Tower House Photo, Kochi, India
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As we were waiting for the ferry to take our taxi across the narrow strip of water that separates Kochi from the mainland, we saw a poster for a Malayalam film named Hotel California. Only the name of the film was spelled in English; the rest was in Malayalam, and therefore incomprehensible to us. But it reminded me at once of this hilarious parody of The Eagles’ famous hit. Welcome to the Hotel Keralafonia, goes this version, and gives its opinion: "Such a lousy place, such a sad disgrace."Fortunately, The Tower House, where we’d booked a room for four nights, is part of the Neemrana Group of Hotels’ ‘non...Read More

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The Tower House
I/320 & 321, Tower Street
Kochi, Kerala

The Tower Restaurant and Lounge

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Restaurant | "No-frills, fairly good Keralan food"

The Tower Restaurant and Lounge Photo, Kochi, India
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On the day we arrived in Kochi, we checked in at The Tower House about 2 PM, already beyond our usual lunch hour. We were too hungry to go out looking for a place to eat, and anyway—since the hotel does have its own restaurant, it made sense to at least try it out. So we went to The Tower Restaurant and Lounge, on the ground floor (it’s open to guests who aren’t residents of the hotel, too). The restaurant is a small, neat little place, with white tablecloths, comfortable chairs, and paintings of traditional South Indian women (I think some were reproductions of the famous Raja Ravi Varma’s works).The menu is a mix of pretty uninspiring Western fare, some fairly predictable Indian food, and—...Read More

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The Tower Restaurant and Lounge
The Tower House, 1/320, Tower Road, Fort Cochin
Kochi, India
0484-2216960

Open Room

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Restaurant | "Teatime with a view"

Open Room Photo, Kochi, India
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Kochi’s two biggest and most famous churches, the Santa Cruz Basilica and the Church of St Francis, are about five minutes’ walk from each other. In between them, on the quiet and pretty Rose Street, sits the Hotel Arches (named for the semi-circular arches that form its façade). Happening to be in the vicinity at about 5 PM—when I start feeling the symptoms of caffeine deprivation—we decided we’d go and have our evening tea here, since a board outside the hotel advertised tea, coffee and desserts among the goodies on offer.Inside, we were directed to the rooftop restaurant, which sits on the second floor—up a beautifully polished wooden staircase. This opens out on to a spacious terrace, with a sl...Read More

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Open Room
Hotel Arches, 1/341, Rose Street, Fort Cochin
Kochi, India
0484-2215050

Cafe Cuba

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Restaurant | "The freshest seafood—but not worth it"

Cafe Cuba Photo, Kochi, India
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On our meanderings through Fort Cochin, we had noticed that Tower Road is flanked by two diametrically different sets of eating establishments. On one side of the road are fancy heritage hotels, like The Tower House, Old Harbour House, and Koder House, each with its own restaurants, all linen and attentive staff and relatively fancy food. Opposite these are a row of shacks, each running into the other (and, as we discovered, seeming to share employees, food, fans, etc). We first saw a couple of men sitting and sharing a mound of delicious-looking prawns here, and my husband developed a craving for seafood at one of these places.So, the next afternoon, an hour before we were to leave for a tour, we ...Read More

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Cafe Cuba
Fort Cochin
Kochi, India

Gelato

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Restaurant | "A limited range of pretty good gelati"

Gelato Photo, Kochi, India
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We’d noticed Gelato on our frequent perambulations down Princess Street, which was just around the corner from our hotel. Since my husband and I are both very fond of gelati, and we’d visited Kochi at a time when it was very hot and humid, we decided—one muggy afternoon—to have an unusual afternoon tea: hot tea (we need our caffeine fix), and gelato. Unorthodox, but so what.Gelato is part of the Old Courtyard Hotel, but it has a doorway leading onto the street, so you needn’t go into the hotel to enter the gelateria. Inside, the room is high-ceilinged and has some modern art—bright splashes of colour on rectangular and square canvases—on the walls. The wall facing the entrance is covered wit...Read More

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Gelato
The Old Courtyard Hotel, 1/371/372, Princess Street, Fort Cochin
Kochi, India
0484-2216302

Teapot Cafe

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Restaurant | "Good tea—and death to chocolate"

Teapot Cafe Photo, Kochi, India
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While wandering through Fort Kochi’s Princess Street area, we came across a sign for a tea shop named Tea Pot. My husband and I filed it away in our memories, and since it was just a hop, skip and jump away from our hotel, went there for tea one day. Both of us love interesting teas, so we were looking forward to seeing what Tea Pot had to offer.Our first glimpse of the place endeared us to it. Tea Pot sits in the narrow, very tranquil lane known as Peter Celli street, an extension of Princess Street. Tea Pot has all the trappings of quaintness: pretty lettering, lots of tea pots and tea kettles, ceramic as well as metal (many looking faux antique) lined up on racks. The walls are a mustard yellow,...Read More

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Teapot Cafe
Peter Celli Street
Kochi, Kerala