Cochin, Kerala and Karnataka, India
At a Glance
All the rooms are decorated differently
Not a spot for sunbathing as the swimming pool is quite small but the courtyard is a lovely place to relax and read a book, after a day exploring Cochin
All the rooms are furnished with antiques and local artwork chosen by the owner
Free wifi throughout
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.
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Malabar House is a charming small boutique hotel located in the heart of Fort Cochin, an ideal place from which to explore this fascinating city. It is also a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel collection.
Malabar House is set in lush tropical gardens with a swimming pool, just a five minute walk from the harbor and the lines of Chinese fishing nets. The building dates back to 1755 and was previously owned by spice traders, tea traders and bankers. It became Fort Cochin's first boutique heritage hotel in 1996.
Each room is furnished with handcrafted furniture and local artifacts that reflect the diversity of South Indian heritage. Rooms feature air-conditioning, cable TV, telephone, minibar, coffee maker, WiFi, and safe deposit boxes.
The hotel’s restaurant is famed for having some of the finest seafood cuisine in Kerala and there is a wine lounge serving delicious tapas. The Ayurvedic spa offers a full range of treatments which will rejuvenate the body and soul.
From the hotel a boat can be easily arranged to go across to the fort. Time can be spent exploring the old fortifications, Mattancherry Palace, the markets, Chinese fishing nets and the old churches of Fort Cochin. You can also take cruises to explore the backwaters of Kerala.
Malabar House offers 11 Deluxe Rooms which are stylish, cosy and surround the main courtyard with their own private gardens with seating. The five Roof Garden Suites provide a spacious outdoor private terrace with a sitting area. The Malabar Suite is the largest room category and is ideal for families, it is spread over two floors with a downstairs sitting room, upstairs bedroom and bathroom and large private terrace with swing seat.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Malabar House. However, please be aware there are no specific facilities available for them.
Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, restaurant, wine lounge, Ayurvedic spa and email facilities. The restaurant offers acclaimed gourmet cuisine as part of Relais and Chateux, a culinary dialogue between Mediterranean fine dining and traditional food of Kerala.
There is plenty to keep guests entertained in Fort Cochin. Situated opposite St Francis Church, discover the history of the area. You are also just three minutes from the Chinese fishing nets, so don't forget your camera. At the hotel there is also a small pool as well as an Ayurvedic spa.
Charlotte Winter (Staff)
Malabar House is a charming, boutique heritage property, located in the center of Fort Cochin. The hotel has an amazing collection of art pieces from both Kerala and elsewhere. There are only 17 rooms at the hotel with a selection of Deluxe Rooms and Suites, and the property also has a wonderful swimming pool in the center. The Malabar Junction, the hotels acclaimed restaurant, is definitely worth visiting, although I did find that service was a little slower here. However, there are live musicians playing in the evening which makes for a very atmospheric dinner after a long day exploring Cochin.
Mr Peter Bruun (Guest)
Great location, great service - especially the receptionist!
However, if opting for a massage, be prepared for a very rustic experience...
Jessica Cator (Staff)
Compared to many of the properties in Fort Cochin Malabar House has a more modern feel to it. The building is about 300 years old, but the hotel has been designed to be open planned and contemporary. It is also a great place to head to if you want to be in the social hub of Cochin as the restaurant is famously good and attracts people from all over.
Backwaters - Experience Kumarakom
Kumarakom is a village based on the edge of Lake Vembanadu. The village is beautifully laid out over a number of different picturesque islands and is a wonderful example of how people live in the backwaters.
Periyar - Boating at Lake Periyar
Boating in the splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. Spot some fascinating wildlife from the boat including animals coming to drink on the lake.
Location & directions
Cochin, Kerala and Karnataka, India
The Malabar House is in the heart of historical Fort Cochin opposite St. Francis Church and a 3-minute walk to the Chinese fishing nets.
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