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Top Choice Museum in Kochi (Cochin)

Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace was a generous gift presented to the Raja of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma (1537–61), as a gesture of goodwill by the Portuguese in 1555. The Dutch renovated the palace in 1663, hence its alternative…
Top Choice Synagogue in Kochi (Cochin)

Pardesi Synagogue

Originally built in 1568, this synagogue was partially destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662, and rebuilt two years later when the Dutch took Kochi. It features an ornate gold pulpit and elaborate hand-painted, willow…
Top Choice Indian in Kochi (Cochin)

Dal Roti

There's a lot to like about busy Dal Roti. Friendly and knowledgeable owner Ramesh will hold your hand through his expansive North Indian menu, which even sports its own glossary, and help you dive into his deliciou…
Top Choice International in Kochi (Cochin)

Malabar Junction

Set in an open-sided pavilion, the restaurant at Malabar House is movie-star cool, with white-tableclothed tables in a courtyard close to the small pool. There’s a seafood-based, European-style menu – the signature …
Top Choice Indian in Kochi (Cochin)

Ginger House

Hidden behind a massive antique-filled godown (warehouse) is this fantastic waterfront restaurant, where you can feast on Indian dishes and snacks – ginger prawns, ginger ice cream, ginger lassi … you get the pictur…
Cultural Program in Kochi (Cochin)

Kerala Kathakali Centre

In an intimate, wood-lined theatre, this recommended place provides a useful introduction to Kathakali, complete with handy translations of the night’s story. The centre also hosts performances of the martial art of…
Cultural Program in Kochi (Cochin)

See India Foundation

One of the oldest Kathakali theatres in Kerala, it has small-scale shows with an emphasis on the religious and philosophical roots of Kathakali.
Clothing in Kochi (Cochin)


Cinnamon sells gorgeous Indian-designed clothing, jewellery and homewares in an ultrachic white retail space.
Keralan in Kochi (Cochin)

Frys Village Restaurant

This brightly decorated and breezy place with an arched ceiling is a great family restaurant with authentic Keralan food, especially seafood like pollichathu or crab roast. Fish/veg thalis are available for lunch.
Indian in Kochi (Cochin)

Ramathula Hotel

This place is legendary among locals for its chicken and mutton biryanis – get here early or miss out. It’s better known by the chef’s name, Kayikka’s.