Best Places for Second Hand Book Shopping in Kochi

Best Places for Second Hand Book Shopping in Kochi

Best Places for Second Hand Book Shopping in Kochi


Kochi or Cochin is a busy commercial port city in India with a long history in trading and merchandising. Located on the south-west coast of India with a population of more than 2 million, Kochi is the financial and commercial capital of Kerala. 

Also referred as Queen of Arabian Sea, Kochi has its unique blend of Indian and Western culture that offers countless attractions to locals and tourists. Consisting of various islands connected by ferries, Kochi offers many attractions to locals and visitors. From large art galleries to vintage markets, shopping malls to cultural heritage sites we believe everyone can find something appeal to their taste in this cosmopolitan city. 

Today, we want to share the best places to buy and sell second hand books in this amazing city for those who enjoy second hand book shopping. 

Here, you can find our picks from many second hand book stores in Kochi. 

1.Used Book Factory 

2. Blossom Book Fair

3. Sarima Books

4. Sam Books

5. Marino Books

6. Mathrubhumi Books

7. Idiom Book Sellers

8. Kurukshetra Books

Used Books Factory

Used Books Factory is the best option to buy second hand books for us due to it's convenience, affordable prices and many more. Used Books Factory is a online platform where you can buy secondhand books across India from the comfort of your home. They hold many books regarding 12 different genres, in various languages. With the advantage of partneships, you can find almost any educational book you need and get it delivered to your door with just one click. Another advantage is that you can request any book you need online, and they will bring it to you once you make the payment. Besides their cheap prices, Used Book Factory also offers free shipping anywhere across India, including Kochi. We would absolutely recommend Used Books Factory for those who enjoys online shopping and buying secondhand books.

Google rating:4.7/5

Blossom Book Fair


Located on the Press Club Road, Blossom Book Fair is one of the largest stores in Kochi that offers second hand books. What makes Blossom Book Fair special is their extremely large collection, you can find almost any book across many of genres in multiple languages. They offer variety of books in English, Hindi, Malayam and in many more languages. We can assure you their magnificent collection probably has any book you may need, but if you can not find what you are looking for, just let the customer service staff know and they will reach out to you once it is back on stock. Blossom Book Fair already offers one of the best choices for second hand books in terms of cheap prices but it is very likely that you might run into their special discounts which would make your book shopping even more delightful. In addition to these, they have reasonable offers for those who prefer to sell their books as well. Lastly, the best thing about Blossom Book Fair for us is that they are open on seven days a week, which means you can enjoy spending your sunday afternoon buying some second hand books! 


Address: Press Club, Press Club Rd, Opp, Ernakulam, Kerala 682031, India

Hours: 10 am - 8 pm (everday)

Google rating: 4.5/5


Sarima Books


Sarima Books is also a very affordable option for second hand book lovers. We recommend Sarima especially to students since they offer a wide range of options in academic fields. You can find textbooks for your university courses, as well as other academics related books for cheap prices at Sarima Books. Their collection includes many fiction and non fiction book options as well. If you prefer, you can sell your old books and buy new second hand books with discount. With their polite and helpful staff, we think you would enjoy your visit at Sarima Books.


Adress: Market Rd, Shenoys, Kochi, Kerala 682035, India 

Hours: 9 am - 7 pm (closed on Sunday)

Google rating: 4.3/5


Sam Books


Sam books offer a delightful experience to all book enthusiasts at its convenient location at Grand Tourist Home Building, across Railway Station in Kochi. Their collection also offers variety of options in terms of novels, non-fiction literature ,examination prep books and many more but they especially specialize in engineering and management books. If you are in need of engineering books, we highly recommend you to take a look at Sam Books. For us, the best thing about Sam Books is the option of having books delivered to your preferred adress in Kochi. You can order your desired books, have them delivered to your adress and enjoy reading without leaving your home in these unprecedented times. Just a heads up to those you would prefer going to store in person, please bear in mind that the store only accepts cash. If interested, you can check out their website 


Adress: Railway Station, Grand Tourist Home Building, Near Town, Xavier Arakkal Rd, Ernakulam North, Kochi, Kerala 682018, India

Hours: 10 am – 7 pm (closed on Sunday)

Google Rating: 4.8/5


Marino Books


If you are an engineering major you should definitely check out Marino Books for your text books. Marino Books offer wide variety of options in the field of engineering, STEM fields, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Medical Science. Marino Books is known for the exceptional customer service. The staff at Marino’s have the knowledge on almost all the types of books offered in the store and they are extremely helpful if you ever need assistance. They offer reasonable prices for both selling and buying second hand books. Located near the Town Hall, the store is easily accessible via public transport, it is only a short walk away from Ernakulam North Station in Kochi. 


Adress: Paramara Rd, Ernakulam North, Kacheripady, Ernakulam, Kerala 682018, India

Hours: 9 am – 7 pm (closed on Sunday)

Google rating: 4.1/5

Mathrubhumi Books


Spread over 1400 squarefeet, the Mathrubhumi book store on the Kaloor - Kadavanthara road Mathrubhumi Books offers extensive options in twenty seven different genres available in various languages from Malayalam to English. Although it is Mathrubhumi’s store, they do not only sell Mathrubhumi published books, but also books from other publishers as well. Especially, there are many options in English fiction and non-fiction. For the comics fans, you can find DC books here for a very reasonable price. If interested in academic publications, Journals and Magazines of Mathrubhumi can be easily found at the store. Also, they have an extensive collection on children books, which makes it a nice place to visit if you are looking for activities to do with your kid. With the store’s well lit, bright environment, neat and accessible organization and nice overall design, we can guarantee that you will have an amazing experience at the store. There is a large parking space for those who prefer to visit by car, and also they offer delivery and in store pick up for those who might not prefer in store shopping. If interested, you can check their website.


Adress: Express Gardens, Kaloor - Kadavanthara Rd, Kochi, Kerala 682017, India

Hours: 9 am – 7 pm (closed on Sunday)


Idiom Book Sellers


Located in Fort Kochi, Idiom Book Sellers is a must see for every book lover if you are visit Fort Kochi. Located at the opposite of the post office on Bastion Road, it is a small, 20 year old local store with a very nice and cute ambiance. Even though it is small, you may found many options in terms of second hand books, especially in the areas of South Indian and Indian History. It is very organized and you can find everything you need with the help of clear labeled shelves. Idiom Book Sellers is also a great place if you are looking for some gifts for your family and friends due to their large collection of interesting books on niche topics from cooking to Indian Mythology. The store is open everyday, including Sundays. We recommend stopping by here if you have an interest in book shopping since Idiom Book Sellers offer an incredible experience that will definitely worth your time. 


Adress: 1/348 Bastion Street, Kochi, India

Hours: 9.30 am – 9 pm (everyday)

Google rating: 4.2/5

Kurukshetra Books


Established in 1992, Kurukshetra Books is nice option in terms of religious books as well as books related to Indian and Hindu culture. The books are mostly focused on Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, Translations of Sangha literature. Books from publications other than Kurukshetra Books can be found here as well. You can find variety of options in second hand section with affordable prices related to traditional literature, Indian History, emergency period and many more which you might struggle finding at other stores. 


Adress: Kaloor, Kochi, Kerala 682017, India

Hours: 9.30 am – 6 pm (closed on sundays)

Google rating: 4.2/5

Overall, located at the center of trade as a busy commercial port, Kochi is a multi cultured, cosmopolitan city which enables its habitants and visitors experience many cultural activities. Due to it’s convenient location and abundance of commerce opportunities, bookstores have access to wide range of selections to offer their customers. Depending on your taste and preferences, we believe you can find anything you need at the second hand book market of Kochi. 


  • Name:Selin Feyzioglu

    Very useful! Thanks a lot!

  • Name:George

    I mentioned earlier about my plan to start a book store show room, with used and new furniture. Your advise will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. George .

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