A warning before you have lunch at the Malabar House. Once you walk into this boutique hotel located in an 18th-century building on the Parade Ground, you may be tempted to stay in Kochi and let your ship leave without you. If you are willing to take that risk, you’ll find a restaurant that serves up the best of South Indian cuisine (which generally favors rice over the breads more typical of northern India, uses more fish and seafood and is essentially spicier). The setting in this exquisitely restored hotel makes the food that much more delicious. It’s pretty much the ideal place to wait out the midday sun.