Brunton Boatyard, Fort Kochi, Kerala

Fort Kochi, Kerala

A cocktail of cultures

The Brunton Boatyard is a prestigious address in historical Fort Cochin today. Its antecedents are even more captivating. Geo Brunton and Sons were respected ship builders in Kochi. The location of their old boatyard in was perfect for us to recreate a setting that would bring alive again 19th century Malabar in the heart of Fort Cochin, where every lane still whispers tales from its alluring past. Since Fort Cochin was under the possession of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British at different points of time, the region still bear the influence of European architecture and heritage. Kochi has been drawing traders, explorers and travellers to its shores for over 600 years. Nowhere else in India could you find such an intriguing mix: giant fishing nets from China, a 400-year-old synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses and the crumbling remains of the British Raj. The result is an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. It’s a delightful place to spend some time and nap in some of India’s finest homestays and heritage accommodation. Kochi is also a centre for Keralan arts and one of the best places to see Kathakali and kalarippayat. Mainland Ernakulam is the hectic transport and cosmopolitan hub of Kochi, while the historical towns of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry, though well-touristed, remain wonderfully atmospheric – thick with the smell of the past. Other islands, including Willingdon and Vypeen, are linked by a network of ferries and bridges.


The land on which the historical Brunton & Sons Boatyard once stood, is now home to a new boutique hotel, which is an amalgamation of the history of Fort Kochi. They transformed what used to be a bustling, noisy boatyard into a truly unique hotel. Here, the flavours of Fort Kochi blend harmoniously with the echoes of the now long forgotten but ever-present influences of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British.


The atmosphere of Brunton Boatyard reflects the historical past of Fort Kochi. Even the raintrees in the green courtyard were planted by the British. The lounge is reminiscent of the days of the Raj, with its high lofty ceiling and old-fashioned ‘punkhas’ of Rudyard Kipling’s memories. The field sloping roofs and terracotta tiled flooring are all relics of a forgotten style of gracious, spacious architecture. The large, comfortable armchairs, the deceptively delicate cane chairs, the wrought iron sofas and divans, the antique solid spice chests made of mahogany and teak, bound with brass, and many other artifacts will catch your eye.


Our rooms and suites offer a magnificent view of the sea and the delta, as Brunton Boatyard is located at the mouth of the Arabian Sea. While some overlook the bustling streets of Fort Kochi, lined with heritage buildings. The view of the sea gives you a glimpse of life at the harbour, where you can see quaint fishing boats and brightly coloured country craft, motor boats that ply between the jetties of Fort Kochi and the small islands that dot the sea just around Kochi. And if you are really lucky, a school of dolphins.


Spend an afternoon gazing at the sea and watching the ships glide by, as you dine on our promenade. At History Restaurant, you can enjoy different kinds of cuisines from various communities like the Dutch, Arab, Portuguese, British, Indian and the Jews, who settled in Cochin. The culture and cuisine of these communities was influenced by the native Keralites and vice versa, thus producing an entirely new flavour in the kitchens of Kerala. Our chefs offer you an eclectic menu from this melting pot of cultures at the History Restaurant.


The Terrace Grill overlooks the bustling jetty and serves you fresh seafood, grilled and served the way you like it. Though it is only open for dinner, their catch-of-theday is not to be missed. Being an open-air restaurant, service here is restricted during the monsoon season. The Armoury Restaurant, the cocktail lounge and restaurant gets its name from the replica antique weapons displayed on its walls. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves Kerala and international cuisine. You must try the Cardamom Spiced Ganache or the seafood meals here.


Enjoy traditional Kerala cooking demos in an interactive session with the chef and enter the magical world of Indian spices.

Indulge in various healing Ayurveda services at ‘Aryatheeram’. At sunset, you can take a cruise around the Cochin Harbour, organized by Brunton Boatyard and departing from our private jetty. Unwind and relax by the pool. Or explore Fort Kochi in the heritage walking tours organized by the hotel.


Stroll down to Mattancherry Spice Market where you can catch a glimpse of spices being dried, sorted and packed, as spice merchants try to get a bargain. Or take a walk along the beach to watch the Chinese Fishing Nets that were erected in 1350-1450 AD, being lowered into the sea. The architecture and cuisine of Fort Kochi showcase a 650-year-old legacy with Dutch, Portuguese and Jewish influences that thrive in beautiful harmony with the local Malabar heritage. These magnificent landmarks and monuments reflect the rich, glorious past of Kochi.


The city’s art scene is thriving at art galleries and cafés such as David Hall, where local and globally renowned artists express themselves through paintings, sculptures and installations. You can also explore other galleries, designer boutiques, shops, and art stores, around Fort Kochi.

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Amenities and Services:

All the 22 rooms of the Brunton Boatyard overlook the sea as do all their en-suite bathrooms. There are few pleasures to rival that of watching lazy ships and fishing boats or gamboling dolphins while going about your ablutions. You will also catch some stunning sunsets over the palm-fringed shores of Vypin Island close by and hear the cry of cormorants and gulls from your room, drawing you into a different world.

  • Check-in at 2 pm & Check-out at 11 am

  • A Fine Selection of Teas

  • Tea / Coffee Maker

  • Dental Kit

  • Shaving Kit

  • Comb

  • Bathrobe

  • Hairdryer

  • Footwear

  • Tea / Coffee Maker

  • Bottled Packaged Drinking Water

  • Safe Deposit Locker

  • Hot & Cold Water

  • Air Conditioned Rooms

  • WiFi (Complimentary)

  • 24 hr Room Service

  • Laundry Facilities

  • Left Luggage Facility

  • Foreign Exchange

  • Bicycles available on hire


Spacious and spread over three floors, the suites comprise of a bedroom, living and dining area, pantry, bathroom, foyer, patio and a powder room. Bathrooms have bathtubs and shower cubicles. Their balconies afford a sweeping view of the harbor and the water traffic.


These rooms are located on the first and second floors and comprise of a bedroom, bathroom, foyer and a patio. The bathrooms have bathtubs and shower cubicles.


Spread over three floors, these rooms comprise of a bedroom, bathroom, foyer and a patio. The bathrooms have bathtubs and shower cubicles. They afford a sweeping view of the harbor and the water traffic.


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