Welcome to Mumbai, the commercial capital of India. Upon arrival, you are met at the international airport and transferred to your hotel. The city of Mumbai is vibrant, vivid and electrifying. The rise of this city from being the dowry given to the English King Charles II on his marriage to Portuguese Princess Catherine of Braganza in 1662 to becoming the country's foremost seaport, commercial centre and home to Bollywood - the world's largest film industry, has been nothing short of meteoric. Overnight in Mumbai.
Post breakfast this morning, you are transferred from your hotel to the airport in time for your flight to Cochin. On arrival at Cochin, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. In the afternoon, you proceed on a sightseeing tour of Cochin. The tour begins from The Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays), also known as Mattancherry Palace, built by Portuguese in 1555, which is famous for its murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the puranic legends. Adjacent to the palace is the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays) built in 1568. Also visit the St. Francis Church (closed on Sundays), established by the Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503. Vasco Da Gama was buried in the courtyard of this European church built in India. Other attractions include the traditional fishing hamlets and the fisher folk in their colourful costumes. The tour also includes a visit to the seaside where one can still see the, nearly a century old Chinese fishing nets, which are still in use.In the evening, witness a Kathakali dance performance at a local theatre, performed by various artists. Kathakali is a traditional dance form, depicting Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. The dancers have painted faces and colourful costumes. This dance has a lot of facial expressions and brisk, yet articulate body movements. Overnight in Cochin.
Post breakfast, you are transferred from your hotel to the airport in time for your flight to Mumbai. The afternoon is earmarked for a sightseeing tour of Mumbai. The tour begins at The Gateway of India, Mumbai's foremost landmark overlooking the harbour, was conceived following the visit of King George V in 1911 and officially opened in 1924. A drive up to the Malabar Hill, to the Hanging Gardens, gives a panoramic view of the city and the Queens Necklace - the Marine Drive. The tour concludes with a drive through the Flora Fountain and Fort area and view the Gothic and Victorian style buildings. Visit the Victoria Terminus (now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus), India's finest Gothic building and a bustling Railway Station. Continue your drive around the Horniman Circle and visit the Town Hall, located right beside the docks. Later in the evening, you are transfer to the International Airport for your onward flight.