TLFMagazine -The Ayana Fort Kochi is a great stay option

Stay in a 200 year old courthouse

Stay in a 200 year old courthouse

Ayana Fort Kochi,  a 200-year old courthouse that has been restored and renovated to its rightful glory, offering a luxurious stay to travellers

Ayana Hospitality promoted by the ICS Group (India) recently launched its flagship property – 'Ayana Fort Kochi', a luxury boutique hotel in Kochi, Kerala. The 16-room boutique hotel is located in the heart of historic Fort Kochi. Originally a courthouse, this heritage structure took on a new look as the first banking office of ANZ Grindlays, and then as a warehouse for spice and tea traders. Ayana inherited this structure and restored and renovated it into a modern sanctuary for both domestic as well as international guests. 

The interiors of the property were revamped under the direction of Kavita Premnarayen, Design Director of Ayana Hospitality, who envisioned an “Indian- Art Deco” Concept.The entire property exudes a colonial charm with its gorgeous rooms and checkered floors. The rooftop café and pool have been designed in an Art Deco style, the lingering fragrance of the Raat Ki Rani tree adds to the charm. The hotel’s monochromatic black and white palate lends itself to the striking artwork showcased throughout the property. Ayana’s commitment to promoting Indian artists is clearly visible as you walk through the hotel. Currently paintings from established artists such as T. Vaikuntam and Sakti Burman, as well as budding artists like Vaishali Dalvi and Sharanu Alloli are displayed all over the property. 

Rooms and Amenities

Choose from the smaller and cozier Deluxe Rooms or the spacious, glamorous Luxury Suites. Attend a rooftop yoga class or stay fit with a session at the gymnasium or simply cool off at the roof top pool, Ayana provides for all modern-day luxuries in a very historic setting.

Ayana places a high priority on food and offers fresh local produce and authentic flavours. Feast your senses at The Old Court, a stunning restaurant overlooking a private garden. It offers a sundry menu based on organic vegetables and only the freshest local catch.


The hotel offers various curated activities and guided tours. For historians, expect Kochi’s unique history of diverse influences come 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.

Depending on the mood and interest, 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, Ayana will open up whole worlds that most who explore Fort Kochi miss.

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For bookings and other details call 022 6244 3800 or 91 99670 45098