Explore Cochin's gorgeous backwaters and beaches

Nestled around a saltwater lagoon on India’s southwest coast, Cochin contrasts a cosmopolitan mainland with a natural harbour surrounded by some of Kerala’s backwaters. Made up of a series of islands and canals and dubbed the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, this vibrant city is famous for its spices.

Cochin holidays - perfect for...

  • Fort Cochin is one of the three main areas of the city, and it boasts a charming colonial atmosphere and streets that are lined with striking architecture
  • Fort Cochin was named for the 16th Century Fort Emmanuel, built by the Portuguese, remains of which can be found close to the waterfront
  • Here you can see the oldest church in India, Saint Francis Church another fine example of colonial Portuguese architecture
  • Be sure to head down to the waterfront in Fort Cochin to witness the iconic Chinese fishing nets
  • Cochin acts as a gateway to Southern India, including the beautiful Keralan backwaters and a hanful of our tours and car and driver intineraries departing from here