Wednesday, October 6, 2010
1 Nights/2 Days
One of the finest natural harbors on the Arabian Sea coast, Kochi, earlier known as Cochin, has been a port of call for foreign traders from early times. Its cosmopolitan character is reflected in the buildings and structures that reflect the styles from round the world, a mark of the traders who made Kochi their home. A city of peninsulas and islands, Kochi is Kerala’s commercial hub.
Day 1: Arrival Cochin
Upon arrival in Cochin, a Yatra Representative will greet you at the airport and facilitate your transfer at a pre-booked hotel. The transfer will be arranged in an air-conditioned car.
After checking in at the hotel, proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city.
Kochi was an important destination for the spice trade with the Europeans and other West Asians. A sightseeing tour of the city will include the many highlights of Kochi’s many rulers: the Dutch Palace, regardless of the name was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Cochin is 1557. The Jewish Synagogue built in 1568 was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662, and rebuilt by the Dutch two years later. Scrolls of the Old Testament and copper plates inscribed in Hebrew script are preserved here. The St. Francis Church is the oldest Protestant Church in India, built by the Portuguese in 1510. Vasco da Gama, who died in 1524, was buried here. Chinese Fishing Nets at the entrance of Cochin harbor are a fascinating sight as well.
After the tour, head to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2: Departure from Cochin
After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, your transfer to the airport will be arranged.
- Standard check-in/check-out times at all hotels will be 12 noon.