Unlike the other big cities in India, Kochi lacks what can be called a great ‘nightlife’ in conventional terms. While the city does sleep early, with most places shutting down by around 10-11 pm, there are nonetheless, ways to enjoy the city after dark. From having fun in regular pubs to catching a dose of culture, here are eight unique ways you can be out and about in Kochi past sundown.
Enjoy the moonlight at Marine Drive
For those looking for a quiet night out, head to the Marine Drive where you can dig the night lights from the ships and vessels far out to sea, and of course the mellow moonlight. Listen to the sounds of the night and delight in the cool night time ocean breeze. Unlike its counterpart in Mumbai which throngs with crowds at night, Marine Drive in Kochi will be quite empty during the late hours.
Show your dance moves in Glow Discotheque
For those wanting to let their hair down for the night, Glow Discotheque is the perfect place. Located in Hotel Harbour View Residency, it is a fun getaway for party people wanting to groove on the dance floor. This place is known for its popular DJ nights and enthusiastic crowds.
Cost for two: Rs 2,500 (£30)
Ladies’ night: Fridays
Open till: 3 am
Happy hours: 8-11 pm
Glow Discotheque, Harbour View Residency, Ravipuram, +91 99958 02817
Indulge in late night snacking at Thattu Kada
Thattu kada or small shack-like stalls that sell cheap snacks and street food are a common sight all around Kerala. They are known for their delicious fare dished out at the cheapest rates. Get a kick out of the late night stalls that spring up in different parts of the city. Rejoice in the delights of parotta and beef, kappa biryani, chicken fry, and much more.
Cost for two: Rs 150 (£2)
Have a regal time at Sandunes – Hookah Lounge
Get a feel for the Arab world at Sandunes, a hookah lounge with a contemporary ambience. The seating area includes two levels – the lower level has plush seating and bean bags; the upper level is a roof top area with semi-private space. Both are ideal for hanging out with large groups in the company of some amazing flavours of hookah.
Cost for two: Rs 950 (£11)
Open till: 11 pm
Sandunes, TD Rd North End, +91 73567 47666
Mingle with bikers at Chillax Café
This is a favoured haunt of late night motorcyclists and those who stop over during long journeys. It is little wonder then, that the décor of the place is done up according to the taste of biking enthusiasts. As the name suggests, it’s an ideal place to chill and relax. You’ll also find board games and a pool table.
Cost for two: Rs 400 (£5)
Open till: 24 hrs
Chillax Café, Geethanjali Jn., Thammanam, +91 75588 71666
Drink the night away at a waterfront in Mattancherry Bar
Perhaps the best place to down a drink or two, Mattancherry Bar at Vivanta by Taj – Malabar, Cochin, located in Willingdon Island is the perfect picturesque place to appreciate alcohol. Lounge by the banks of the backwaters in the company of charming live music. The great service adds even more to the experience.
Cost for two: Rs 2,000 (£24)
Open till 11pm
Happy hours: 6 to 8pm
Mattancherry Bar, Vivanta by Taj – Malabar, Cochin, Wellingdon Island, +91 4846 643 000
Catch a game night at The Voyager
Open 24 hours, The Voyager is at its liveliest at night when night owls bring the place to life. It’s the perfect place to watch late night football with your buddies, and it also offers in-house board games such as Jenga. The food and beverages are also a great hit at this tiny venue.
Cost for two: Rs 600 (£7)
Open till: 24 hrs
The Voyager, Seaport – Airport Rd, Padamughal, +91 75608 37427
Immerse in culture and tradition at Kerala Kathakali Centre
The best place to watch the traditional art form of Kathakali in Kochi, Kerala Kathakali Centre offers a wonderful way to spend your night amidst the colours of culture. Kathakali is traditionally performed at night in temple grounds. You can watch it here, at the centre, in the comfort of indoors.
Cost per head: Rs 350 (£4)
Timings: 6 pm to 9 pm
Kerala Kathakali Centre, KB Jacob Rd, Fort Kochi, +91 4842 215 827