Hostel By The Sea, Kochi

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Hostel By The Sea, created by the Kerala Council, is a government-run place. While it is quite decent with a modern upbeat feel to it, the Council does not do much advertising, so the place is surprisingly empty even during peak seasons; of course, this might be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on what you prefer.

The Location

It is important to point out that Fort Cochi is located on an island, and the ferry is the most convenient means of transportation to reach it. Therefore, if you arrive at the mainland station of Ernakulam late at night or need to leave early in the morning, it won't be possible to stay here. The hostel is located right in the middle of Fort Cochi, with one ferry dock right opposite its entrance, the market starting on its side and the famous Keralan dance performance centre just right next door to it. Moreover, every single sight of the town is in walking distance from here.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The place is really modern and is equipped with colourful furniture that is in perfect condition. There are only two rooms, both of which are mixed dorms. These are really spacious and come with air conditioning and lockers. Both of them have en suite bathrooms, which are spotlessly clean.

Common Spaces

Behind the reception, there is a decent-sized area for socialising, even if it has not been fully furnished yet. There is a mini ping-pong table, a library, and beanbags where you can chill. There is also a kitchen available for guests to use, even if it does not have a kettle, toaster, or too many utensils. The view from the hostel is quite nice, so you might just want to chill facing the windows and looking out at the sea. However, if you stay here, you are likely to stay out late enjoying the closeness of the beach and everything Fort Cochi has to offer.


While Hostel By The Sea is in the more on the expensive side amongst backpackers' in Fort Cochi, it is really not a bad choice! With its extremely central location, clean and modern rooms, and spacious areas that offer a lot of privacy, it can be a good option if you need some me time for a few days.
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JudyM Staff Reviewer
Published on Apr 8, 2019

Location and Contact


• Located in Nedumbassery, 36km from the Airport this is the largest airport in Kerala and one of major gateway to India. It is also India's 4th busiest International Airport. Tourist Visa on Arrival is available for 11 nationalities as per Government of India's Immigration Policy at Bureau of Immigration's VOA Counters inside the airport.
• KSRTC operates two classes of bus service from the airport: fast passenger (White-Blue Livery), super fast express (Green or Red Bus) (operate every 10-20 minutes to most of the nearby towns and places. Both services are basic and no-frills in nature. All the bus services stop only at the bus point located near Central Block (city-side). KSRTC also operates premium air-conditioned service which consists of modern Volvo fleet, better known as Orange Buses. These operates every 30-40 mins to Kochi City via Aluva, Kalamassery, Vytilla and terminates at Fort Cochin. Cost is 70 Rs or less. The journey takes 1 hour 40 minutes. There is an Orange Bus in every 30 Minutes frequency from the Airport and from Fort Kochi .The property is a step away from the last bus stop.
• You can make use of Free Cochin Bus Finder app to search for KSRTC and Private bus time and route. The free app can be downloaded from Google Play
• By prepaid taxi
• All taxis operated from Cochin airport belongs to Cochin Airport Taxi Society (CATS)[2] which is a pre-paid taxi service. While outside taxis can drop-off passengers at airport, only CATS taxis are allowed to pick and drop passengers from airport. CATS charges government fixed rate and process is simple. Take a receipt from CATS counter in arrivals hall and walk to the prepaid taxi stand to find your taxi. For airport/city transfers, the standard charge is Rs 684 for non air-conditioned cab or Rs 828 for A/C cab. The standard rate for all vehicles is Rs 19 per Km for Non Air-conditioned vehicles and Rs 23 for Air-conditioned vehicle. The Minimum fare is Rs 400 with distance of 22 Kms. All the rates are inclusive fare for Up & Down.
• By Radio Taxi Aggregaters
• Radio Taxi Aggregate providers like Uber, Ola provide taxi services thro' multiple platform based aggregation of local taxi. These services can be used through their dedicated mobile apps or through call center support. They are fairly better due to easy tracking of services as well as technology driven support.
• Uber- World's largest Taxi Aggregator services are available in Kochi. There is no dial a cab facility for Uber, rather all bookings made via their dedicated mobile app. The service is highly popular due to their cheap rates and fast access. Uber also introduced cash payment directly to driver system apart from their traditional E-Wallet system.
• Ola - India's version of Uber. The service is available over phone apart from app based support. Ola Cabs will feature Ola stickers to recognize.
• By car
• Many car rental companies like operates counters in the arrival area of both terminals. Many hotels and travel agents provide free pick-up/drop-off services in their cars.
• By train
• The Airport railway station is under construction. The nearest railway stations are Aluva (10 Kms south) or Angamally railway station (6 kms north) where almost all major express & passengers trains to all over Kerala halts.
• By autos
• Three-wheeler autos are not allowed to ply inside airport, to protect interests of CATS Taxis. However its pretty easy to get an auto outside the airport premises which is ideal for budget conscious travelers. An auto ride from airport to nearest railway station like Angamally or Aluva costs less than Rs 50. Be prepared to bargain. Getting autos in early mornings and late nights is pretty difficult. All autos will be allowed only upto Cargo Terminal Area, not inside airport's drop-off point. Passengers need to walk to Airline Center area, to get Auto services.
• By train
• Kochi is well connected by train from all parts of India. Most Kerala-bound trains have a major stop here. There are two major rail terminals inside the city limits.
• Ernakulam Town Station (North Station), is mainly for Inter City trains and a few long distance trains.
• Ernakulam Junction Station (South Station), is a major Indian railways station. Most of the long distance trains to and from Kerala pass through here. There is a good food court, large waiting areas, book shops, a medical shop and a few retiring rooms along with a dorm.
• Kochi has many suburban railway stations where long distance trains stop, such as Aluva, Thripunithura and Angamally. Book in advance, as trains are usually crowded. Reservations are available from 3 months in advance of the travel date. Depending upon the season and day bookings may close up to several days prior to departure with all remaining travellers going onto a waiting list. You can also try using Tatkal which is an emergency booking system costing Rs 150 above the normal rate. The 'Tatkal service opens one day(excluding the day of journey from the train originating station) before the departure of the train.
• One of the best ways to get to Kochi is to take the Konkan Railway train from Mumbai. The train ride is renowned for the breathtaking scenery and the natural beauty of the terrain. This train does NOT go to Kerala, but ends at Goa.

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Airport Pickup



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning



Cable TV

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange



Evening Entertainment



Hot Showers




Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental


Table Tennis


Curfew: No Curfew

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

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