Located in tranquil Kerala, Kochi exemplifies the state’s diversity, with an abundance of natural resources and a rich cultural heritage. Straddling backwaters, with the Arabian Sea to the west, it is the state’s commercial capital and most cosmopolitan city. Blessed with one of the finest natural harbours in the world, Kochi has long been a centre of trade with the British, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, and Dutch.
Fort Kochi, an obscure fishing village, was shaped into the first European township in India, thereby giving it an eventful history such that cultural influences can still be seen in the many examples of Indo-European architecture. A leisurely walk around the area is the best way to discover this quaint town—everything from beaches and palaces to historic churches and museums. Enjoy a performance of the popular dance forms Kathakali and Mohiniyattam, part of the Keralites’ passion for art and culture.
Local sightseeing includes historic areas such as Fort Cochin (St. Francis Church) and Mattancherry (Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Jewish Quarter) where guests can experience the multicultural heritage of Kochi. Shopping comprises handmade gold jewellery, cotton and silk textiles, spices, antiques, and handicrafts.
The concierge can help organise sightseeing and shopping trips. Day trips can also be organised to places close by such as Athirappilly Falls, Cherai Beach, Alleppey, Kuttanad, and Kumarakom (famed for its backwaters). Exclusive overnight packages are available for touring the hill station of Munnar. Luxury houseboat programmes, day tours, and overnight tour packages are organised by the travel desk.
Experience the intricate lifestyle of the myriad waterways of Kerala on a day cruise of the resort’s backwaters. Our concierge can arrange visits to wildlife and bird sanctuaries, as well as dance performances.