Cochin -- Cochin or Kochi as it is now called, is the commercial capital of the Southern Indian State of Kerala, is sometimes referred to as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'. Cochin proudly boasts a rich cultural heritage, but is 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.
Always a tourist favourite, this city offers visitors plenty. Forts, palaces, museums, old churches, cool backwaters, palm fringed lagoons, beaches and the practicality of a contemporary metro.Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.Kochi is the arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala, rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler's '50 greatest places of a lifetime'.
On arrival meet & assistance at Cochin airport. Check in to your hotel. In the afternoon, half day sightseeing tour of Cochin. Places of interest are Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Fort Kochi beach, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Cathedral, Chinese Fishing Net, Bolgatty island, Bolghatty Palace, Willington Island, Marine Drive & Broadway. Overnight at hotel.
Chinese fishing nets are a type of stationary lift net in India. They are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for fishing. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen. While such nets are used throughout coastal southern China and Indochina, in India they are mostly found in the Indian cities of Kochi and Kollam, where they have become a tourist attraction. This way of fishing is unusual in India and almost unique to the area, as it was introduced by Chinese explorers. Indeed, one interpretation of the city name Kochi is ‘co-chin', meaning ‘like China.’
Kochi has managed to attract many travelers and traders for centuries. So enticed were everyone who landed on its ports- be it the British, the Dutch, or the French- that they never wanted to go back. Fort Kochi is the heart of Kochi, which falls under the district of Ernakulam. But don’t go by its name. Fort Kochi is neither a walled city nor does it have a fort of its own. The moment you enter Kochi, you will be greeted with an alluding chilled-out vibe. You will be forced to follow it to the source. This is when you would discover the laid back region of Fort Kochi. This allure is what resulted into the unbelievable blend of the village with a Portuguese, Dutch, and French feel to it and the Malabar coast added the required spice to the mixture. Combine all this with uber-cool cafes and you have the perfect city to backpack to!
Marine is a beautiful and picturesque promenade in Kochi which faces towards the backwaters of Kochi. It's one of the famous must-visit places for tourists and local populace. It's 140 m walkway that stretches from the Jankar Jetty (north) to the Emakulam Boat Jetty (South). It is situated along the edge of backwaters that begins behind the Children's Park ending at the Shanmugham Road. It is surfaced with black-dotted, red-carpet ultra tiles. Wooden benches, cast-ironed, weather-proof seating on ash grey tiles offers utmost relaxation.
The St. Francis Church, well-known for its beautiful structural design and ambience, has an important place in history. It is here that the famous explorer, Vasco-da-Gama, was originally buried. His remains would be taken back 14 years later but to this day, the exact spot is clearly marked. The place is known for its deep Dutch and Portuguese influences and is an architectural marvel in itself.
Kavaratti Island is one of the destinations that retains its virginity and that acts as a key to tourism! Kavaratti Island serves as the capital of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. Tourism is the primary industry here. Lakshadweep is known for the white sand beaches. Pristine white sand shores and the endless lagoons in Kavaratti Island keep you amazed. Water sports are a big hit in Kavaratti Island and there are wide ranges of activities for the visitors. Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Water Skiing, Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Water Bikes, Wind Surfing and Glass Bottomed Boats are some of the famous water sports to try in Kavaratti Island.The nature itself is a big attraction here. The scenic vistas of Kavaratti Island will have a soothing effect. Pristine beaches, beautiful lagoons, colourful marine life, corals and coconut grooves keep you engaged in Kavaratti. Well-preserved nature and the water activities makes it worthwhile to visit Kavaratti Island.
Morning check out from the hotel and drive to Cochin airport for your onward journey . On arrival at Agatti airport our representative will assist you to finish arrival formalities and proceed to Guest House for Lunch. After Lunch proceed to embarkation point and by speed boat to Kavaratti, welcome drink on arrival at Kavaratti and check in room as per your booking.
Take rest or enjoy the evening at pristine beach.
After breakfast proceeds to beach for water sports activities. a well equipped and water sports center attached with resort. Please approach for actives like diving, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing and so on with unlimited fun available on payment.
Lunch, evening tea and dinner at resort restaurant.
Sometimes called the 'Jewel of the Lakshadweep', Bangaram Island is a sparsely populated haven. Teardrop shaped, thick with cool coconut plantations and encircled by a corona of silver sand, Bangaram lives up to every 'desert island' fantasy you've ever had.
Sparkling coral reefs unwind around turquoise blue lagoons, bursting with tropical life. The waters are calm, warm and perfect for swimming, snorkeling, diving or just plain wading and messing about.The island feels like it was designed specifically for languid strolls. Step out, stretch and watch the beach dances of hermit crabs, or listen to the raucous music of a hundred-piece seabird chorus. But should you feel the need for a little more adventure on your holiday, Bangaram island offers a whole set of activities.
After early breakfast proceeds to Agatti Island and from Agatti to Bangaram and stay at Bangaram island cottage. You can enjoy the water activities and enjoy the perfect relaxing holiday at the beach of Bangaram.
After breakfast proceeds to beach for water sports activities. a well equipped and water sports center attached with resort. Please approach for actives like diving, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing and so on with unlimited fun available on payment and proceed to Lunch, evening tea and dinner at resort restaurant.
This is the last day at Bangaram after breakfast proceeds to Agatti Airport for your onward journey . On arrival meet & assistance at Cochin airport. Proceed to sightseeing tour of Cochin and later proceed for your onward journey back to your home.
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