An off-the-radar location, east-meets-west ambience, and a heritage history that traces back to 1755, Malabar House in Cochin is a cool, welcoming space that beats the humidity of this port city.
Tiger Prawn Biryani, Private Pool, And Fort Kochi: Check Into This Heritage Stay In Kerala
South Meets West
Colonial in architecture, Malabar House is replete with heritage goodness and antiquities-laden pathways, staircases, halls, and rooms. The property, consisting of two independent villas that are connected by a feel-good courtyard, provides all the modern-day amenities right down to free WiFi and mini-bars in the bedroom. The courtyard, that connects the two villas, is a beautiful niche that comprises of a blooming tree shading a small pool that’s just about perfect to dip your toes in while enjoying Kochi’s warm breeze.
Old Kerala Splendor
Converted into a boutique heritage hotel in the late 90s, it comes with a huge Duplex Malabar Suite, five roof garden suites on the top floor, and 11 snug deluxe rooms on the ground floor. While the duplex suites and garden suites offer an excellent view, the deluxe rooms have limited or no view. Furnished with essentials, the rooms are lavishly decorated with traditional and colonial antiquities such as carved cabinets, lamp stands, and paintings.
The in-house restaurant, Malabar Junction, is one place you can’t missing. Serving up a vibrant combination of South Indian and Western fares, it’s the seafood delicacies that set this place apart. Fresh catches are prepared using aromatic spices and flavours, that will leave you wondering how you had never tried this before. The Tiger Prawn Biryani, highly recommended, is the restaurant’s take on Malabar Biryani. The drinks menu focuses on Indian wines with the usual spread of sparkling, red, rose, and white wine.
Chinese Fishing Nets And Churches
Situated at the very heritage zone of Kochi, Fort Kochi is just a hop, skip, and jump away from here. Walk along the edges of the fort or snoop around the by-lanes for flea market shopping — the choice is yours. St. Francis Church, an icon in itself, is all at a walkable distance. In the evening, park yourself by the edge of the fort where the iconic Chinese fishing nets stand silhouetted against the evening sky. Instagram-worthy? Hell yeah!