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The Fort Kochi culture:
When in Kochi, never miss the younger essences of the place. The cafe culture is growing steadily here and it is hard to walk a street without inhaling the whiff of coffee.
Never miss out on the famous Kashi Art Cafe in Burgher Street which showcases a small art gallery by local artists. Another favorite place for coffee is the Teapot at Peter Celli where you can see 100 different types of teapots as you savor a cup of coffee.
Another attraction is the Princess Street where an amalgamation of new and old times can be seen. It is the perfect place for cafes, restaurants, bookstores, tea shops, art galleries, and souvenirs. It’s one of the oldest streets in Fort Kochi and has become the main tourist attraction.
The architecture of the Kochi
Kochi is a potpourri of various native as well as international ethnic communities. Syrian Christians were the first to reach the place, followed by the Jews, the Arabs and the Europeans. Over the centuries, this influx of cultures has left its marks in the place and it is literally a cultural museum in itself
Fort Cochin is simply another world. It has genuine historic samples that were left behind by the Portuguese, the Jews, the Dutch and the British. A walk through the streets of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry will make you believe that you are in another country.
Kochi is a potpourri of various native as well as international ethnic communities. Syrian Christians were the first to reach the place, followed by the Jews, the Arabs, and the Europeans. Over the centuries, this influx of cultures has left its marks in the place and it is literally a cultural museum in itself.
Heritage and Culture:
Fort Kochi and Mattancherry are best to explore on foot as each nook and corner holds something special for a tourist. There are some must-sees in this place that should never be missed on any account.
Temples of Mattanchery:
For those who love to walk, Mattanchery is the place for you. The little town is riddled with temples in every nook and corner of it. There are temples of Punjabis, Gujaratis, Konkinis, and many other ethnic groups. The streets and roads are relatively free and your walk may be interrupted only by an occasional auto-rickshaw or a car. It is best to start your walk by 3 in the afternoon and you can round up seeing the whole place in a couple of hours.
Also known as the Dutch Palace, it is a mix of Dutch as well as native architecture. It houses Kerala murals, temple arts and exhibits of Rajas of Kochi. There is also a temple attached to the palace.
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Upon arrival at Kochi (Cochin) early morning on the west coast of India, where you are greeted with a traditional Indian welcome on arrival at the airport and escorted to the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, we leave for a guided tour of Cochin. We visit the St. Francis considered the first European Church in India, built in 1562 by St. Francis; this is India’s oldest European-built church. Continue on to Mattanchery Duztch Palace (closed on Friday & Public Holiday), a double-storied palace. The most important feature of Mattancherry Palace is the murals in the bedchambers, which depict scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata. These murals are some of the most beautiful and extensive, one of the wonders of India.
Proceed to the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Saturdays), which was constructed in 1568 and is the oldest in the commonwealth. While driving along the coastline, at the Harbour’s mouth, one can also view the unique and still-in-use “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.
Return to the hotel after the visit, rest of the day is free.
Kochi – Periyar
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Periyar. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival.
Afternoon, we explore the Spice plantations tour by Jeep. This exotic land reminds of a colorful impressionistic painting stirred to life as if by a miracle. Thekkady’s fantabulous landscape is diffused with exotic spice plantations, green carpets of endless tea gardens and lush tropical forests. Garbed in vibrant hues and bountiful gifts of nature, Thekkady offers a perfect romantic escapade into the soothing laps of Mother Nature. Lunch is at the Spice Farm.
After the visit, we return to the hotel. Overnight is at hotel
Periyar – Allepey
Early morning we take our boat for a ride on Lake Periyar to see wildlife. One can see herds of elephants grazing near the edges of the shoreline. Deer, sambar, gaur and wild boars can be seen flocking around the place at regular intervals.
Late morning, you will drive to Alleppey and board the houseboat and sail through backwaters towards Alleppey for an overnight backwater cruise.
The boat cruise takes you to small islets & you get glimpses of village at the best of its serenity and innocence. Watch village girls picking mussels or laundering clothes or pots on the small ponds in front of their house, while menfolk are busy plucking coconuts, dates from the trees. Watch the village folk make the golden fiber called coir from coconut husk and transform it into various coir products. Rustling coconut groves abound. So stop over to drink calm fresh coconut water from the kernel and watch the toddy-taper tap at work. You can see birds like kingfishers, pheasants, cormorants, drogues, woodpecker, Bee-eater & kite. Meals are freshly cooked and served on the houseboat. Overnight in the Houseboat.
Alleppey – Mararikulam
After breakfast you will disembark from your Houseboat and proceed for Mararikulam – Nestled in the Alappuzha District of Kerala, Marari Beach is a perfect location for holidaying with family or friends. This beach in Kerala is eternal with coconut palm trees and golden sands. The beach is quite beautiful and the name ‘Marari’ arises from ‘Mararikulum’, which is a local village on the Arabian Sea Coast.
Full day relax on the beach or enjoy the Kerala Ayurvedic Treatment.
Breakfast is at leisure.
A full day is free to enjoy beach activity. Overnight is at hotel
Marari – Kovalam
After Breakfast is at leisure.
A full day is free to enjoy beach activity. Overnight is at hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel.
Full day free to enjoy on the beach. Overnight is at the hotel. (Breakfast)
Kovalam – Trivandrum Airport
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Trivandrum airport to board your onward flight home.