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Superstar Libra - Destination Kochi
 




 

Arabian Sea Cruises Season: October 2005 to April 2006
Destination Kochi (Optional
Shore Excursions)
 

Kochi, has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Ancient mariners from Arabia, China, Holland, Britain and Portugal have all left their mark on this beautiful island city. Formerly known as Cochin, this tourist destination is set on a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and Backwaters. This harbour city of Kerala with its breathtaking beauty, will enthrall anyone with its aromatic spices and abundant availability of fresh bananas and coconuts. Kochi is also famous for its superb cuisine, fusioned with an array of mixed spices, seafood and meat dishes to delight any hungry visitor.

                                  Highlights of Kochi
 
 

Visit St Francis Church built in 1503, which is one of the oldest churches constructed by Europeans on Indian soil. Vasco de Gama, the first European to reach India by sailing around Africa, died in Kochi in 1524 and was buried here for 14 years until his body was transferred to Lisbon in Portugal.

Next, visit the Chinese Fishing Nets. Next depart for Mattancherry Palace built by the Portugese in 1567. The most important aspect of this palace, however is the astonishing murals in the bed chambers and

other rooms depicting the scenes from the Ramayana and Puranic legends connected with Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Kumara and Durga. Continue your tour with a visit to the Jewish Synagogue, which was built in 1568. This is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth. The present building was destroyed by shelling during a Portuguese raid in 1662 and was rebuilt two years later when the Dutch took over Kochi. Guests also have the opportunity to shop at the local Jewish Town.

                              Kochi Harbour Cruise

Cruise in a motorboat and discover Kochi which is a cluster of islands networked by lagoons and backwaters. This is one of the finest naturals harbours in the world and was once a major centre of trade and commerce with the Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and the British. While cruising through the harbour in a motorboat, you will be able to see the Chinese fishing nets, a glimpse of Kerala Village by the backwaters, churches, etc

                           Alleppey Houseboat Voyage

Depart for Alleppey, a 64 km journey, then board the local houseboats for a cruise at Alleppey. A unique way of sailing on the backwaters is by these houseboats, which are a modified version of the traditional ‘rice boat’ or ‘kettuvallam’. In the past, the village people living in the backwaters used these boats for transporting goods like paddy and other commercial goods. This unique web of lakes is an integral part of the backwaters of Kerala. Added to this experience is the freshly cooked Keralan meal served on the houseboat. After lunch disembark at Alleppey for the drive back to the pier.

                                   Kochi Delights

Depart to Fort Kochi for a photostop at St. Francis Church and the Chinese Fishing Nets. St Francis Chuch was built in 1503 and is one of the oldest churches constructed by Europeans on Indian soil. Vasco de Gama, the first European to reach India by sailing around Africa, died in Kochi in 1524 and was buried here for 14 years until his body was transferred to Lisbon in Portugal. Stop at MG Road, Ernakulam, a modern part of the city known for its many showrooms selling dress materials, Guests will have a choice to either disembark here or to disembark at Broadway – a local market famous for readymade garments and spices. Await your pick-up either at Broadway or MG Road before heading back to the ship.  Read more at Yachts India

                 
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