European influences are instantly apparent in this charming town picturesquely located on a number of islands squeezed between the Arabian Sea and the Kerala backwaters. The maritime history of Cochin is reflected in its blend of Dutch, Portuguese and British architecture.
Meander through the old districts of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin where the various European influences are most apparent with merchant houses and old warehouses cramming the waterfront and narrow streets. Take in the Pardesi Synagogue in Jew Town, St Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, and the highly decorated Santa Cruz Basilica. Allow time to admire the colourful murals, including depictions of the Ramayana, in the 16th century Dutch Palace. Linger in the colourful, pungent spice markets before moving on to the much-photographed Chinese nets that line the shore of Fort Cochin
Chottanikkara temple is dedicated to the Goddess Bhagawati, one of the most popular deities of Kerala. Besides, this temple is also enshrined with the deity of Lord Vishnu. The principal deity in this temple is Goddess Rajeshwari, which is worshipped in three different forms. Devotees worship the deity as goddess Saraswati in the morning, goddess Badrakali in the afternoon, while goddess Durga in the evening.
The epic Ramayana comes to life at a Kathakali performance, traditional Keralan dance, where the characters use larger than life gestures, wear outrageous costumes and dramatic make up
Take a ferry into the bustling metropolis of Ernakulum and spend the evening shopping and enjoying your last night in the city
Cruises where you can relax and watch the sunset.