The Francis Residence

Cochin, Kerala and Karnataka, India

At a Glance

  • A centrally located homestay within walking distance of the Chinese fishing nets and shops and restaurants

  • Rosy will take you to the market to buy fresh produce and then show you how to make the most amazing Keralan dishes.

  • This is a homestay so no menu but Francis and Rosy will discuss your likes and dislikes and then go to the market and buy produce and prepare the most amazing dishes.

  • The joy of spending time here is that Francis and Rosy treat you as a family friend and will take you to places off the beaten track incuding restaurants and shops.

  • Probably the best breakfast in Kochi!

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Southern India’s tropical climate means the area isn’t as dry as much of India, though temperatures stay pretty consistent all year round. You can expect a light sprinkling of rain any time of year but the beaches are best visited during the months of November to February with warmer temperatures and minimal rainfall. The hot season between March to June brings high levels of humidity making it best to visit the hill stations which provide relief from the hotter lowlands. Monsoon season begins in July lasting until September, bringing marginally more rain than other times of the year. Once the monsoon subsides in September, the stunning emerald landscape marks an exceptional time for hiking or visiting hill stations.

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The Francis Residence is a welcoming homestay centrally located and within walking distance of the Chinese fishing nets and shops and restaurants. A wonderful home where you can learn the art of Keralan cuisine.

A vibrant and elegantly designed property, The Francis residence has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With only six rooms, there is an intimate feel, where guests are guaranteed comfort and first-class hospitality surrounded by the many highlights Fort Cochin has to offer.

The rooms are brightly and tastefully decorated as well as comfortable and well-appointed, acting as the perfect retreat after a day exploring the Fort Cochin area. Dining at the Francis Experience is a particularly special experience, where Mr. Francis and his wife prepare wonderfully flavoursome dishes using recipes passed down through generations. Particular specialities include Mrs. Rosy's Alleppey Prawn Curry, the Malabar Fish Curry and a wonderful Mixed Grill Seafood Platter.

The Francis residence is ideally situated, a hidden gem tucked away, yet within walking distance to the Chinese fishing nets and within easy reach of the Dutch palace and Jewish quarter amongst many other Fort Cochin attractions. The Residence itself is the perfect place to relax, where Mr Francis and his family will endeavour to make sure your stay in Fort Cochin is just how you would like. The Francis family also offer traditional cooking lessons, offering guests a fabulous insight into the preparation and history of delicious Keralan food.

The Francis Residence is the perfect place to stay for those seeking a welcoming family-run homestay experience. It is the perfect retreat, enviably positioned to experience all the wonders of surrounding Fort Cochin.

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Cochin, Kerala and Karnataka, India

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