Kochi Books
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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Dale K
Augignac, France7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
What a great find. A small but packed upstairs bookshop owned and run by Vimal. Predominantly English language books published in India, Vimal very rapidly ordered in all the books I asked for.
Written 3 April 2015
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Ollossm
Brundall, UK1,295 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
Kochi Books is located above Shop n Save and is in the same building as Muziri's internet cafe.

There is a fair selection of books here and it doesn't take long to look around.

Problem for the shop is Idiom books is yards away and has a much better selection by far and also has a good range of 2nd hand books.

I'd suggest popping to Idiom first then trying here of you can't find what you were after.
Written 16 March 2015
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seafare74
SF, California2,150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
We enjoyed walking the many narrow streets and allyways that make up this area. There are many historical sites to take up a day or two. Also, ferry service to surrounding cities.
Yes if you let it the rubbish can spoil your trip but hey you are in India after all. If you are looking for pristine than go to Singapore.
Written 5 January 2015
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The_Grumpster
Perth, Australia490 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
It was closed when I visited, it should have been open but the shop keeper had popped out. So, I went to another bookshop that was just across the road, and it was fantastic. Thanks to Kochi Books being closed, the good book shop across the road got a great sale.
Written 2 April 2015
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Prathap P
18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited this place after our stay in Munnar and Allepey. We visited Cochin instead of varakala and I must admit it was a wrong decision. There is nothing much to visit except for salesman selling products for 10 times more money and some Chinese fishing net, and Nazar road close by where you can get some spices. Beach is dirty and it's crowded.
Written 6 January 2015
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javierlegeren
Buenos Aires, Argentina1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Friends
I am from Argentina and while visiting Kochi I had the pleasure to go to Kochi Books . The place is full of good atmosphere, incredible books of all kinds and warmly attended by Mr. Kumar. I highly recommend this place to all people who loves good literature, leisure, and curiosity ! Javier Legeren (Argentina)
Written 13 August 2015
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binvinnie
Melbourne, Australia362 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
I loved Fort Cochin. It is a treasure of a please to visit. It's just over an hour from Kochi (Cochin) airport to Fort Cochin. (I have attached a copy of the bus time table). Buses are new, air conditioned and very comfortable for this route. The bus was less than $2 per person (around 70 rupees). Taxis are are far more expensive (1100 rupees - $12) and not worth the extra expense. It doesn't look like the buses run late hours or through the night. The bus drops you near the Chinese fishing nets which are near everything.
I would definitely visit the Ginger Factory - an old gorgeous building they dry ginger in. I would also visit the laundry - its an outdoor laundry where they still use and old caste iron iron and hand wash clothes and bedding. Unbelievable hard workers. You can hire a tuk tuk driver for 50 rupees an hour and they will take you to all the points of interest. They will try and take you to all the local tourist shops as they get petrol vouchers. If you pay 50, you shouldn't have to go to any of these. There are many amazing places to eat and I have rated those we went to on here. I would think 3 days is plenty to see everything fort Cochin has to offer. You can also get a local boat over to the city for around 50 cents. It's a nice boat ride and takes about 15 minutes. Not a great deal to see in the city but worth a look for an hour or 2. You can not swim at the beach in Fort Cochin. The people were very welcoming. Nothing is open late and don't expect to come here and hang out in bars. There are limited places to drink and I would definitely cover up like the locals do to be respectful and avoid being stared at. A lot of guest hoses are popping up. We stayed at Saj House which was great. He is a true gentleman and couldn't be more helpful (see my review). I wouldn't recommend staying further out of the main area than Saj House. Rose Street and Princess Street are the main areas of Fort Cochin so stay within walking distance of there.
Written 20 December 2014
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D Purushothaman P
Doha, Qatar172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
AESTHETIC FORT KOCHI

By D Purushothaman Pillay

There are quite a few praiseworthy Hotels, Homestays & Restaurants that dot the pristine, laid back lanes of Fort Kochi worth visiting these days.

A casual stroll bears witness to a definite and discernable improvement in quality all around and aesthetic appeal is the first obvious beneficiary of this new conciousness among the various players across the board; be it a financially robust chain or a modest stand alone start up, they all seem to have joined the upgrade bandwagon. The result is a burst of positive buzz in the bustling neighbourhood.

It is indeed a pleasure to just hop from one place to another as each one is a different experience in its own unique way. The great thing is that both the discerning luxury traveller to the parsimonious budget backpacker, have great experiences waiting to be discovered; no one will feel shortchanged or left out in terms of the options on offer in the very same culture dense neighbourhood; they both clamour to stake out in; courtesy glowing words tatamount to tributes; that abound in all manner of pedigreed travel guides, following first hand experience of an erstwhile traveller; they refer, before making an informed choice. There are countless, in both categories, who have returned many times and swear by their surprise at the way this small geographic entity with its homegrown ambassadors of hospitality have rediscovered the place, for them to carry a different experience every time they go back, thereby also inspiring them to come back for more.

Kudos to the entrpreneurial spirit of those enterprising brains who keep this wonderful spirit of rediscovery in good health in Fort Kochi. I loved what I got to see in Kashi, Koder House, Old Harbour Hotel, David Hall, Oceanos, Cinnamon, Malabar House, Brunton Boatyard, Tea Pot, Raintree Lodge, Bristow Lodge, Old Coutyard & The Delta Study to name just a few. I love to amble along these dusty lazy bylanes abuzz and generously sprinkled with an abundance of multi-ethnic pleasure seekers cutting across national barriers all genuinely imbibing the heady energy that abounds the musty atmosphere of this backwater paradise.

Be advised, one must be there to feel it, and mind you once you feel it you will just love it. And when you love it; you just just go back for more and more. Oh my God, I didnt ever plan to write so much I just wanted to post the pictures, but then I just went with the flow and didnt realise; all it says is Fort Kochi today is a most captivating destination steeped in allure and enchantment.

My word, go see it, if you haven't already, you will fall in love with it!
Written 18 August 2013
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JohnFoster68
Singapore, Singapore820 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Solo
Fort Kochi is definitely overrated, probably by travelers who have not traveled much. There is nothing to see or do here at all, other than the fishing nets, which are pretty interesting or a few of the historical buildings in decay. It is just a small little town with a bunch of nice heritage hotels, restaurants, spice shops and the same expensive souvenir shops that are all over India where the tuk tuk drivers beg you to spend 5 minutes so they can get half a little of petrol. The beach and the waters are dirty and polluted. This is because they keep having to dredge the bay to make it deep enough so that the ships can pass between the islands, dumping all the dirty sands on both sides and giving the waters that depressive back color. You can take a ferry over to Vypin island or to Ernakulam, but there is even less to do. There are some remnants of the Dutch influence with some mansions or residence-cum-hotels and some vestiges of the Portuguese influence in far too many churches, with an imposing basilica that looks out of place. I would say this is a place worth of spending half a day on your way somewhere else.
Written 9 June 2013
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TheBallpark
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
I spent 6 weeks in Fort Kochi during the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2012, and was totally reliant on the local people, and in particular tuk tuk driver Mahin. Words that myself and fellow travellers use in regard to Mahin are honest, trustworthy, and kind. He has good English and can also speak Tamil, and a little French, Italian and German. But his local knowledge is legendary.

If you want to see all the usual spots, preshna milla ( no problem in Malayalam). If you want to go to popular Cherai or Marari Beach, no problem. If you want to go to beautiful beaches with hardly any people, ask Mahin. If you want to glide through backwaters on your own, ask Mahin. If you need an expensive camera lens fixed rather than buy a new one, ask Mahin. If you have an idea for a new outfit and want unusual trimming and fabric, ask Mahin. Or the most unusual antiques, the edgiest contemporary art, the best lassi, the most famous toddy shop, where to buy a second hand frig, the best coffee, a local fisher hat, award winning restaurants, and the most wonderful backwater seafood cafe. In fact he often takes phone calls from other drivers asking his advice. He can even take you to the archeological dig of an ancient Roman settlement, the site of the ancient city of Muziris.

He can organise drivers for trips further afield, and boats for day trips in the backwaters.
All of this is done with a smile and a laugh, and if you ask nicely, maybe a song. He is a true gem of Fort kochi.

But if you don't believe me, ask Mahin.

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Written 31 May 2013
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