Upon arrival at the Cochin airport, meet our tour representative who will help you with guided transfer to one of the pre decided hotels. Complete the check-in formalities and settle in the comforts of your room. Relax for a while and afterwards get ready for visiting the top tourist destinations of Cochin.
Start your tour with St. Francis Church. The 15th century church amazingly exhibits Portuguese architecture. Believed to be one of a kind amongst all European churches in India, the place is a haven for peace and solitude seekers. The body of the famous explorer Vasco da Gama was buried here. However, his mortal remains were transferred to the Lisbon but a tomb here still grabs the attention.
Next, you will be visiting the Jewish Synagogue. Out of the 7 synagogues, this is the only one in operation. Painted Chinese tiles adorn the church and the best part is that none of these tiles are alike. Grand lightings and Belgian chandeliers add to the charm of the sacred place.
Dutch Palace is the next stopover. Also, known as Mattancherry Palace, the edifice boasts of beautiful interiors. The historical palace is also a museum which exhibits paraphernalia belonging to the royals of Kochi. The central courtyard preserves the deity of the royal family.
Another attraction is the Hill Palace Museum. The Palace was the official residence of erstwhile rulers of Kochi. But now it is counted as Kerala’s first ever Heritage Museum. Built in traditional Kerala style, the edifice is full-fledged Ethno-Archaeological Museum. Witness the murals, oil-paintings, manuscripts, sculptures etc.
Get ready for a time travel by visiting Fort Kochi. Fort Kochi is a seaside town which displays an old-world colonial charm. The ancient town is a myriad of edifices that are the vital evidences of the Dutch or Portuguese colonialism.
Post this, you will be taken to witness the Chinese Fishing Nets being lowered at the Vasco-da-Gama square. These nets draw a huge number of tourists from all around the world. Also known as Cheena vala, these nets are fixed installations which are used for fishing in a unique way. The distinctive and unique design of the nets make them very photogenic. Also, the rhythm of their operation is really mesmerizing.
Evening is reserved for taking a leisurely walk in the Cochin Spice market. Shop for finest quality of spices. The pleasing aroma of cloves, ginger, turmeric, cardamom and pepper lingers on your mind for long. Once done with shopping, return to the hotel for having delicious dinner.
Stay overnight in a heritage hotel or a similar category of hotel.