Meals Include: Breakfast+(Lunch or Dinner)
Famous as an important port in south India, Kochi is an important city in the state of Kerala in terms of sea trading and naval base. Also called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’ since 14th century, the port has served as an important spice trading centre. Similar to Goa, Kochi was also occupied by Portuguese in 15th century and became the first European colony in Colonial India. Kochi is on the top list of Kerala where international and domestic tourist arrives in Kerala. Besides, it is the sixth best tourist destination in India as ranked by Outlook travel Magazine.
Since the city has been an important Portuguese port during 15th century onwards, you can witness the influences on the architecture of the city. Kochi Fort, colonial bungalows, catholic churches and other structures boasts the Portugal architecture and colonial settlement. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.
Some of the major attractions in Kochi include St. Francis Church, original site of Vasco Da Gama’s burial when he died in 1524, Santa Cruz Basilica, famous for its mute interiors, and Paradesi Synogogue, that features Chinese blue-and-white ceramic floor tiles. Another attraction Mattancherry Palace built in 16th century by the Portuguese and later renovated by the Dutch, showcases vivid Hindu murals.
Day 1: Cochin
As you land in Kochi or Cochin Airport, our representative will help you to get to the hotel where you will check in and unwind. Later in the day, begin your local sightseeing tour in Cochin. Visit Synagogue in the Jew town, Mattancherry Palace, Santa Cruz Basilica, Chinese fishing nets, Ernakulam Shiva temple, St. Francis Church, and others. You get to see an influence of Portuguese architect in the city and the Marine Drive in Cochin offers a beautiful walkway while enjoying the sunset on the beach. Return to hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 2: Cochin- Kumarakom
On day 2, begin your journey towards Kumarakom. On reaching at your destination, check into the hotel and relax while enjoying the hospitality of the hotel. Lulled by the cold waters of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a beautiful village famous for its Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and backwaters. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to many species including cuckoos and Siberian storks. Nearby, the Bay Island Driftwood Museum displays wooden sculpture.
Day 3: Alleppey
On day 3, begin your journey towards Alleppey. Cruise towards Alleppey on the house boat and enjoy the ride back to Alleppey while exploring the vast backwaters of Kerala. Enjoy your overnight cruise to Alleppey from Kumarakom while admiring the environs around. Spend the night on board and enjoy your night.
Day 4: Quilon
On day 4 of your Cochin tour, you will be driving towards Quilon or Kollam. Upon arrival at Kollam, check in to the hotel and rest for some while. Later, visit the major tourist attractions like Thevally Palace, Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard, Palaruvi Falls, Thangassery Beach etc. Stroll around the local markets of the town and return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Kollam - Trivandrum
On the last day of your tour, you will be leaving for Trivandrum. At Trivandrum visit, prime tourist attractions such as the City Museum, Shri Chitra Art Gallery and Padmanabha Swamy Temple.
Later in the day, get an assisted transfer to the airport or railway station for your onward journey.