Arrive Cochin airport by any convenient flight. Meet upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon free for relax. This evening learn about Kerala’s fascinating art form, Kathakali. The Kathakali performers begin to train for their art at a young age, and their study continues for a lifetime. Today you will enjoy a dance performance. Return to you hotel for an overnight’s stay. Overnight stay in the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for the sightseeing of Cochin city visit the Jewish Synagogue (of 1568) which is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth. It is an interesting little place with hand painted willow pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in China in the mid 18th century. The synagogue is located in an area called Jew Town which also is one of the centers of the spice trade in the region. Also visit the ancient Mattancherry (Dutch) Palace built by the Portuguese in 1557. This palace was presented to the ruler of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. The Palace’s alternative name “Dutch Palace” resulted from substantial renovations by the Dutch after 1663.
The most important feature of the palace is the astonishing murals that adorn some of the palace rooms, depicting scenes from the Ramayana, the Mahabharta and the Puranic legends connected with Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Kumara and Durga. Another stop is made at the St. Francis Church, the oldest European built church in India. Constructed in 1503 by the Portuguese Franciscan Friars, the expedition was led by Pedro Alvarez Cabral. He famed Vasco de Gama, the first European to reach India by sailing around Africa, died in Cochin in 1524 and was buried here for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisbon. His tombstone can be seen inside the church. Also pay a visit to the amazing Chinese fishing nets operating on principles of physics advanced for their times. Return to hotel for relax. Overnight stay in hotel.