Day 01: Cochin
Arrive Cochin by International flight. Assistance upon arrival and check-in at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Cochin The spirit of the Portuguese, Dutch and the English lingers in the narrow streets and the houses of Cochin. The city was put on the World Map by Vasco da Gama, who was also buried here in the St. Francis Church. The Mattencherry Palace, also called the Dutch Palace, houses a museum which has a collection of portraits of Maharajas of Cochin, their costumes, jewelry and seventeenth century depicting lively scenes from the Hindu mythologies. One of the oldest Jewish Synagogue of the Commonwealth is located here, built in 1568; it was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662 and was rebuilt by the Dutch in 1664. The floor of the synagogue is paved with hand-printed tiles of willow pattern brought from China and each of these tiles is different. The interiors of the Synagogue glitters with nineteenth century chandeliers and a brass pulpit. Also see the Chinese fishing nets on the harbour. Evening Kathakali dance performance - it is the traditional dance-drama of the state of Kerala. Dance, music, song, discourse - comic and serious, and drama are combined to bring alive well-known sequences from the epics. They wear elaborate costumes and mask like make up to mime stories. The story is of secondary importance. Traditionally, all dancers were male. Overnight.