Street, Fort Cochin, Kerala, India

Cochin

Cochin (also known as ‘Kochi’) is often hailed as “The Queen of Arabian Sea.” Indeed, the title is well deserved because this port city in the state of Kerala has an air of beauty lent to it by the multiple cultures and traditions that have influenced it.

The major places of interest include the St. Francis Church, built by the Portugese in the 15th century. Vasco-Da-Gama’s gravestone remains here although his mortal remains were later taken back to Portugal. The Cochin Fort was built by the Portugese and is the entrance to this Port. The Chinese nets at the entrance to the harbor, forms a silhouette against the evening sky and is the subject of many beautiful photographs. The Bolgatty Palace was constructed by the Dutch in 1744 AD and has been now converted into a luxury hotel by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. The Jewish Synagogue located in Cochin, is the oldest Synagogue in the commonwealth.

A large number of gigantic shopping malls and Cinemas are located in and around the city leading to a vibrant night life. This beautiful port city is definitely worth a visit for the Portugese and Dutch architecture and the luxuries afforded by a metropolitan city.


COCHIN | TOUR CODE: 0306

2 NIGHTS / 3 DAYS * COCHIN*

COCHIN - Queen of the Arabian Sea- Believed to be the finest natural harbour in the world. With ferry rides commanding its breath taking view. As you cruise around man-made islands with lush green lawns sloping down to the water's edge.

Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India recording a history of visitors who came, saw and stayed for hundreds of years. Layered impressions - Chinese, Arab, Jewish, British, French and Portuguese are contained within its environment.

DAY 1: TO COCHIN

Arrive Cochin & transfer to hotel. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing of the satellite towns of Kochi (Cochin) visiting - the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays), the Jewish Synagogue - (remains closed on Saturdays) St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. While driving along the coastline, at the Harbour's mouth, one can also view the unique and still-inuse "Chinese Fishing Nets" which were introduced by the Chinese traders in the 14th Century.

The tour ends in the Fort Kochi area where you can walk through the historical Dutch and Portuguese buildings. Some parts of this nearly 500-year-old Fort are still amazingly well preserved. In the evening, proceed to theater for Kathakali Dance performance by the experienced dancers. Kathakali dance drama is one of India's most remarkable performing arts.

An operatic spectacle involving pantomime, abstract dance, singing, instrumental accompaniment, and elaborate, stylized costumes and makeup – by Ayurvedic herbals, it is truly a multimedia presentation. Kathakali, which literally means "story play," was developed in the 17th century in Kerala as a courtly dance drama enacting mythic stories of the Hindu gods and goddesses.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: COCHIN

Morning after breakfast, full-day at leisure or take optional excursion to Alleppey Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3: TO NEXT DESTINATION

Check-out and proceed to your next destination.

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