Essential guide to Kochi, India

If you’re visiting Kochi and you have no idea where to start your sightseeing, look no further. This is your essential quick guide to the historical towns of southwest India’s coastal Kerala state.

Tea and sea

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At Fort Kochi, you are never far from a cafe and a relaxing cuppa. Teapot Cafe (Peter Celli Street, Fort Nagar, Tel: 91 484 221 8035) is an ode to tea, with the decor and menu devoted to the beverage. At Kashi Art Gallery, take in an art exhibition after dining at its cheerful garden cafe. And for a taste of fresh seafood (above) from the Malabar Coast, head to the atmospheric History Restaurant at Brunton Boatyard.

Reawaken the senses

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Kerala is the original home of Ayurveda, which means the science of life, and is a great place to visit for authentic therapies. Experience them at Ayurville (above) or Agastya Ayurveda. While these centres are recommended for intensive treatments, head to Jiva Spa at Vivanta by Taj or Sohum Spa at Crowne Plaza if you prefer a relaxing massage in a luxurious ambience.

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Passage of time

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Kochi is the proverbial melting pot of history, with a rich mix of European influences, including Portuguese, Dutch and British. Explore the city’s past on a walk with Cochin Magic or Hornbilltrails. Or opt for two wheels (above), with Art of Bicycle Trips. Stop to watch the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets by the coast, or stroll through Jew Town and stop by Paradesi Synagogue (Synagogue Lane, Jew Town, Kappalandimukku, Mattancherry), which was built in 1568.