Licence no - ROF/151/2015
 

Cochin

CITY HIGHLIGHTS AND HARBOUR CRUISE

Port Cochin • Level of difficulties Easy • Type Sightseeing, Drink included • Price Adults € • Duration in hours 5 • Shore excursion code

Description

A wonderful opportunity to visit the magical Cochin, this fishing city that attracts visitors with its small islands, the different art centers and architecture with the nuances of European and Chinese origin. And finally, a lovely cruise in the port to admire its beauty from another perspective.

What we will see

• Mattancherry
• Dutch Palace
• Jew Street
• Jewish Synagouge
• Fort Kochi
• St. Francis Church
• Indo-Portuguese Museum
• Chinese fishing nets
• Local fish market
• Santa Cruz Basilica
• Cruise in the Harbour
• Vallarpadam, Gundu and Bolghatty islands

What we will do

• We begin our excursion to the city of Kochi with a visit to the Mattancherry district, where we can admire the Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1555 and renovated by the Dutch in 1663.
• We then go down Jew Street with its typical houses and shops of various kinds, from grocers to antiques sellers.
• Our next stop is in the district where the first settlers were Portuguese: Fort Kochi, home to various vestiges of the colonial era, such as St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, which houses the tombs of various important Portuguese and Dutch figures.
• Continuing our visit we admire many more attractions, including the Indo-Portuguese Museum where a collection of Portuguese Christian artworks is held, the Chinese fishing nets, a powerful symbol of the centuries-old Chinese influence on this coast and the local fish market.
• Towards the end of our day in Kochi we visit the Santa Cruz Basilica whose foundations were laid in 1505, again by the Portuguese.
• It is now time for a truly evocative experience: at the Brunton Boatyard Hotel we will board a vessel for a cruise in the port, an opportunity to watch the fishermen at work and admire the islands of Vallarpadam, Gundu and Bolghatty, offering a glimpse of the local way of life.

What you need to know

• We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
• Dress code that is appropriate for the places of worship to be visited is recommended.
• Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.
• Adverse traffic conditions could alter the duration of the excursion. The streets may not be tarred.
• This excursion is not recommended to guests with mobility problems.
• In case of events or religious celebrations the visit of church or monuments will be done only by outside.
• If closed, the Dutch Palace will be replaced by the Indo Portuguese Museum in Fort Cochin.?

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BACKWATERS CRUISE (Half Day)

Port Cochin • Level of difficulties Easy • Type Sightseeing, Tasting • Price Adults € • Duration in hours 6 • Shore excursion code

Description

This is an opportunity not to be missed if you want to discover effortlessly the natural beauty of the backwaters of Kerala, sailing calmly along the waters of the lagoon, perhaps with a nice cool drink in hand.

What we will see

• Alappuzha
• Cruise on a houseboat
• The region’s lagoon, lakes and canals

What we will do

• After leaving Kochi, we travel by coach to Alappuzha, previously known as Alleppey, dubbed the Venice of the East thanks to its beautiful lagoon.
• Once we arrive, we board a houseboat, a genuine “floating house” with a comfortable bedroom, bathroom, fully furnished lounge and balcony at the bow and a tailor-made kitchen at the stern.
• The team, made up of the cook, the captain and the helmsman, will greet us with a cold drink.
• We sail along the region’s lagoon, lakes and narrow canals on a timeless journey to discover the local way of life in the nearby districts.

What you need to know

• The coach transfer from Kochi to Alappuzha will take around an hour and a half.
• The cruise will last approximately 2 hours.
• The excursion duration may vary depending on traffic conditions.
• You are advised to have a substantial breakfast as we will not return to the ship until the afternoon.
• The boats’ capacity can vary according to availability and the number of bookings. Passengers will be embarked depending on the boat capacity.
• Adverse traffic conditions could alter the duration of the excursion. The streets may not be tarred.
• Do not forget to bring insect repellent.
• This excursion is not recommended to guests with mobility problems.

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KERALA CULTURE: KUMBALANGI VILLAGE TOUR

Port Cochin • Level of difficulties Easy • Type Sightseeing, Nature excursion, Entertainment, Meal included • Price Adults € • Duration in ours 6.5 • Shore excursion code

Description

An excursion designed for those who love to discover new and fascinating cultures, which will make us live the experience of a delicious cruise along the waters of Kumbalangi and then it will take us to discover the traditions of this quiet and peaceful village, where the inhabitants’ survival depends only on the nature.

What we will see

• Cruise to discover local fishing techniques
• Village of Kumbalangi
• Everyday village activities
• Lunch with local specialities
• Chinese fishing nets
• Kolkali performance
• Rickshaw ride
• Shopping at Mattancherry
• Spectacular countryside with backwaters and fish farms

What we will do

• We travel from the port to the village of Kumbalangi, the starting point for our enchanting cruise, which offers an opportunity to observe the various local fishing techniques including veesuvala and padal.
• After leaving the boat we head for the village, where we are divided into small groups to watch the locals going about their day to day business: catching crabs and fish, preparing coconut milk punch, processing shellfish and coconut fibres, weaving rugs and oola madayal (special coconut leaves woven to create a roof covering), and making fishing nets.
• For lunch we enjoy local specialities in an open-air area with a view of the Chinese fishing nets resting on the surface of the water. We can see the way these nets are used and how the fishing system known as papu mari works.
• Such an exciting day would not be complete without a Kolkali performance, a traditional dance in which the dancers move in a circle, singing and dancing and tapping each other with sticks.
• And that is not all: after the performance we enjoy a brief rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of the village
• Our trip has come to an end and we return to Kochi, travelling through spectacular countryside with backwaters and fish farms on either side of the road.

What you need to know

• We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
• Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.
• Adverse traffic conditions could alter the duration of the excursion. The streets may not be tarred.
• This excursion is not recommended to guests with mobility problems.
• The trip to Kumbalangi will take place on boat and will last approximately 1h.
• Do not forget to bring insect repellent.?

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HIGHLIGHTS OF COCHIN

Port Cochin • Level of difficulties Easy • Type Cultural • Price Adults € • Duration in hours 4 • Shore excursion code

Description

A wonderful opportunity to visit the magical Cochin, this fishing city that attracts visitors with its small islands, the different art centers and architecture with the nuances of European and Chinese origin.

What we will see

• Fort Kochi
• St. Francis Church
• Chinese fishing nets
• Local fish market
• Santa Cruz Basilica (panoramic)
• Mattancherry
• Dutch Palace
• Jew Street
• Synagogue

What we will do

• Our visit to Kochi begins in the district where the first settlers were Portuguese: Fort Kochi, home to various vestiges of the colonial era such as St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, built by the Portuguese.
• We then visit many more fascinating attractions, including the Chinese fishing nets, a powerful symbol of the centuries-old Chinese influence on this coast and the famous local fish market where locals eat freshly caught fish that has just been cooked.
• We then go on to visit Santa Cruz Basilica whose foundations were laid in 1505, again by the Portuguese.
• Arriving at the Mattancherry district we can admire the Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1555 and renovated by the Dutch in 1663. The building is renowned for the frescoes featuring scenes from the Ramayana and the Puranas legends linked to Hindu gods.
• Another community that has left its mark on this city is the Jewish community, which has a street named in its honour. Here we admire the typical houses and the shops of various kinds, from grocers to antiques shops. At the end of the street is the Synagogue, the oldest in the entire Commonwealth. It was built in 1568 and is famous for its hand-painted blue Cantonese majolica tiles.

What you need to know

• We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
• Dress code that is appropriate for the places of worship to be visited is recommended.
• Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.
• Adverse traffic conditions could alter the duration of the excursion. The streets may not be tarred.
• This excursion is not recommended to guests with mobility problems.
• In case of events or religious celebrations the visit of church or monuments will be done only by outside.
• If closed, the Dutch Palace will be replaced by the Indo Portuguese Museum in Fort Cochin.

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