Let us know what you are most interested in and we will curate for you an unforgettable excursion deep into Fort Kochi with our trusted and expert local guide.
For historians, our guides will bring Kochi’s unique history of diverse influences alive around you, from the Santa Cruz Basilica and the Dutch Palace to the Chinese fishing nets and the Ginger Factory. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the traditional culture with authentic regional dance performances, interactive exhibitions of the local form of martial arts, Kalari, and personal stories from someone inside the community. Choose to focus instead on the ways in which Fort Kochi is leading high culture today, touring sleek cafés and contemporary galleries where internationally acclaimed art is displayed in connection with the famous Kochi Biennale.
Whatever your interests, a day of local bargains in high end antique stores and the vibrant street bazaars of the Jewish Market, unique personal stories of Kochi, and hole-in-the-wall chai stalls will open up whole worlds that most who explore Fort Kochi miss.
Ayana Fort Kochi
Get off the beaten track with a personalized tour of Fort Kochi. Our knowledgeable guides will take you down Kochi’s narrow streets on an unforgettable personalized excursion. Embark on foot, bike, or private car to venture behind the scenes into any and every side of Kochi, from its vibrant markets to inviting cafes.
Ayana Fort Kochi
Backwaters of Kerala
Amongst its many attractions, Kerala is most famous for its network of meandering canals and serene lagoons known as the Backwaters. We organize trips for guests to experience this unparalleled tranquility; go for a day cruise, evening outing or slow things down entirely with an overnight on a legendary kettuvallam or traditional houseboat. In whichever way you choose to experience the Backwaters, it is easy to see what all the fuss is about when you watch the sun sink below this forgotten corner of the Arabian Sea.
EMBRACE A MILLENARY TRADITION
Healing has always been deeply rooted in the history and identity of Kerala. To this day, the south Indian state remains a leader in Ayurvedic treatments. Embrace this rejuvenating spirit at Ayana Fort Kochi. Salute the rising sun in a rooftop yoga class, work up a sweat in the gym, cool off in our pool with views over Fort Kochi and the ocean.
Sample the Melting Pot
The flavors of Fort Kochi have attracted foreigners from around the world throughout history. Borne by European, Chinese and Arab traders, Kochi’s cinnamon, cardamom, clove and peppercorn (or black gold as they were known) flavored dishes have been appreciated the world over.
Today the combination of fresh seafood, diverse European, Arab and Syrian Christian influences added to the rich tropical flavors make for some incredible food. Immerse yourself in this gastronomic world with an interactive culinary experience.
Let our chef guide you through the entire process, or just part of it, from selecting the freshest catches at the markets down the streets, to making the most of the fresh ingredients at your disposal in preparing your favorite dishes in the kitchen. Whatever your tastes, your time in the South Indian kitchen is sure to be a highlight. Finish your afternoon with real skills and unique knowledge of the spicy and sophisticated Indian kitchen; as if enjoying the fruits of your labor were not enough.
Alternatively, if you are an ardent food connoisseur, our in-depth culinary tour is for you. Sample the hidden culinary treasures of Fort Kochi, guided by a local expert. Hear about the fascinating cultural role food has played in Kochi’s history as you sip spicy chai masala from the best hole in the wall tea stand in Kochi and learn the secret ingredients that makes this stall’s Portuguese roast pork the most succulent in town.