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Nikita Rudra Apr 11 2014

Where to shop, stay and eat in Kochi?

Benazir Khan Apr 11 2014
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Antique shops are mostly centred round Jew Street in Fort Kochi. Smart bargaining is a prerequisite. Spices are available here and on Broadway, Ernakulam. Grand Bazaar stocks gift items. Both Kashi Art Gallery and Dravidia
Art and Performance Gallery, Fort Kochi, offer local handicrafts and art for sale, to promote local traditions and talent. MG Road is the upmarket face of Kochi and a mecca for gold jewellery. Books, VCDs and CDs on Kerala traditions and culture are available in plenty at Idiom (Fort Kochi), Shankar’s, Paico (both MG Road), DC Books and Current Books (Bannerji Road).


A photo of Kochi (by Sanif)


Brunton Boatyard (Tel: +91-484-2215461-65; Tariff: INR 9,500-12,000), all of 100
years, restored and run by the CGH Earth group, is one of the best places to stay in Kochi. The CGH Earth group runs a number of other properties in and near Kochi, including the Casino Hotel (Tel: +91-484-2668421; Tariff: INR 5,000-
8,000) at Willingdon Island. Comfortable houseboat stays are also provided. Kochi’s Portuguese heritage is also preserved in the most romantic heritage
hotels in Kochi category, The Old Courtyard (Tel: +91-484-2216302, 2215035; Tariff: INR 3,500-
5,500).

Malabar House (Tel: +91-484-2216666; Tariff: INR 9,100-26,600), feted as “the cashmere tracksuit of boutique hotels” by Time, has stunning interiors and a
gorgeous courtyard with a swimming pool. Taj Malabar (Tel: +91-484-6643000; Tariff: INR 16,000-35,000) retains a heritage wing at the Willingdon Island and The Gateway Hotel (Tel: +91-484-6673300; Tariff: INR 9,500-18,000) has the best location in Ernakulam — on the Kayaal, near the High Court jetty on Marine Drive.
Another option is Trident Cochin (Tel: +91-484-3081000; Tariff: INR 10,200-18,000), also situated on Willingdon Island.


A photo of Kochi by night (by Dhruvaraj S)


The KTDC-run heritage hotel, Bolgatty Palace (Tel: +91-484-2750500; Tariff: INR
8,000, inclusive of two meals), built in 1744, is the oldest Dutch palace outside
Holland. It shares an entire island with a village. It was also the British governor’s residence for sometime. It comprises the hotel, cottages, a minigolf course and a mangrove forest. It is accessible by ferry and bridge. Try the 10-minute backwater ferry ride from Ernakulam.

Koder House (Tel: +91-484-2218485; Tariff: INR 5,000-11,000), opposite the beach on Tower Road, is a heritage boutique hotel, listed in INTACH’s list of heritage sites. The Delight Tourist Resort (Tel: +91-484-2217658; Tariff: INR 1,000- 2,000) is a big favourite for its cleanliness, affordability, lovely location and
very helpful owners. In Ernakulam town, the Abad Group’s four properties include Abad Plaza (Tel: +91-484-4144000; Tariff: INR 3,000-5,000). There’s also Woodlands (Tel: +91-484-2368900, 2382051; Tariff: INR 1,550-2,650) on MG Road.



A photo of typical Kerala cuisine (by Augustus Binu)


Kochi gives you whatever you ask for, from fiery fish to bland Continental food. The best bet? Keralite cuisine, undoubtedly. Don’t miss the fish, fried and curried, which you’ll find in plenty. The open-air Tea Lounge on the lawn or the Armoury at Brunton Boatyard are lovely places to relax with beer and sandwiches in the evenings. Don’t miss out on the Keralite cuisine though, particularly their excellent
Malabar parottas with Keralite fish curries.

If you are floored by the dish, you can reinvent it at home later — the hotel’s staff is generous enough to let you in on the recipes. Walk in for a cup of tea or a good á lá carté menu with mussels at the Old Courtyard House, a part of Koder House among several other places to eat in Kochi. Casino Hotel on Willingdon Island serves excellent Kerala food. Their seafood dinners are legendary. The seafood is displayed in a trolley and you get to choose what you want to eat and how you want it cooked.


A photo of the typical meen curry (fish curry) of Kerala (by Kalakki)


Those who like it spicy can try meen porichadu (fish fry) and fish curry. Vegetarians can opt for a banana leaf meal with avial, olan and 10 other accompaniments. Try Pepper, the multicuisine restaurant of Taj Malabar, Willingdon Island, for South Indian dishes and the typical Keralite thali, which comes with rice and at least 17 accompaniments. At their Rice Boat restaurant, you get excellent Keralite seafood, ranging from Alleppey fish curry to kozhi vartharachadu and thengapal fish fry (made with coconut milk).


Abad Plaza offers a choice of cuisines. They also serve the best karimeen (pearlspot fish) curry. Ceylon Bake House, with branches off MG Road, is famous for their idiappams. Avenue Regent on MG Road serves Continental and Keralite food. You can choose from karimeen pollichadu, meen moilee, best had with appams (fluffy pancakes), roast pork cooked Kerala style and beef ullarichudu (beef with dry coconut). Vegetarians can try vegetarian stew with appams or the traditional kadala (chickpeas) curry and puttu (steamed rice cake). Kerala is known for that. Frys Village Restaurant, Chittoor Road, is an excellent place to try Kerala parotta with mutton curry or korma.



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