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by Pool Builders on 06-17-2013 in Articles

Cochin means harbour and even before the building of Ancient Rome, spices, silks, ivory and sandalwood were traded here. Cochin proudly boasts a rich cultural heritage, but is also one of the most fast-paced and modern cities in India. It is also one of the finest natural harbours of the world and a major Indian port. It is its charm and a relatively good infrastructure that make it the ideal gateway to the state. This has been the case since 1341, the year nature carved out Cochin's harbor with a massive flood. As a result, Cochin became the first port of call for Arabs and came to be known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea." This city offers visitors Forts, palaces, museums, old churches, cool backwaters, palm fringed lagoons, beaches and the practicality of a contemporary metro.

Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by our representative who will present you with a welcome pack including all necessary documentation and arrange your transfer to the Trident hotel for check-in. No activity is scheduled today, since most of the International flights arrive into India close to midnight only. Overnight at hotel.

Kerala Backwaters
Trident: Located on Willingdon Island, Trident, Cochin is twenty minutes from the business district and within easy distance of Fort Cochin, a well known tourist attraction. The hotel offers contemporary facilities in a relaxed and serene ambience to both business and leisure travelers. The hotel boasts of well appointed rooms built around a picturesque central courtyard with a swimming pool and beautiful landscaped garden.

Those looking for more authentic Kerala style accommodation, can choose to upgrade to the Brunton Boatyard --- The Hotel, built to resemble a 19th century Boat yard, is considered a great tribute to the city of Cochin. Designed and built in the style and principle of the early Dutch and Portuguese architecture of Fort Cochin, it blends very well into the Cochin sky line. It's hard to believe that the Brunton is a new building since it resembles the old colonial buildings of Cochin. The simple lime washed walls, sloping tile roof and terra-cotta floors and a Giant "Rain Tree" completing the picture. It is located right at the point where the waters of the Indian ocean and the famed backwaters of Kerala meet. It's a hotel unlike the normal, yet boasts of everything one could expect in the finest hotels of the world, with a swimming pool, restaurant and above all, every room has magnificent views of the Harbour mouth.

Those looking to stay at Cochin's finest and most luxurios waterfront resort, can choose to upgrade to the Taj Malabar:- This hotel is situated on Willingdon Island (Named after the British officer who commissioned it in 1920), with a magnificent view of the Cochin harbor and beautiful backwaters. The hotel offers excellent facilities like a swimming pool, coffee shop, restaurants, bars and an Ayurvedic massage center.


Day 02: Cochin - Kumarakom
This morning you are collected from your hotel for half day sightseeing tour of Cochin. This tour includes a visit to Fort Cochin - a home to a unique community of Eurasians, commonly known as "Anglo-Indians". The architecture of the quiet streets in this enclave is very definitely, European with fine houses built by wealthy British traders, and Dutch cottages with split farmhouse doors.

Mattancherry Palace -locally known as the Dutch Palace, the two storey building was actually erected by the Portuguese, as a gift to the Cochin Raja. St. Francis Church - this Protestant church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1510 A.D. It is considered to be India's oldest European church. Today it is governed by the Church of South India (CSI). Vasco Da Gama was buried here before his remains were taken back to Portugal 14 years later. Jewish synagogue - dates from 1568 and is adorned with fine glass lamps and floor tiles. Bolghatty Island - This is a beautiful island lying close to Ernakulam. Built by the Dutch in 1774, Bolghatty Palace, the home of the former British Resident of Kochi is situated here. At the end of your tour visit the harbor near Vasco da Gama Square, where you can watch fishermen hoisting their catch from the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets that line the shore.

Your sightseeing tour is followed by a drive to Kumarakom (85 kms/02 hrs.), the next stop on your South India tour. Kumarakom, is set amidst the lush green Kerala backwaters and is on the banks of the lake Vembanad.

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