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3 days

3 Day Private Tour

+ Tailor your stay to your personal style with our terrific selection of deluxe and luxury hotels, handpicked for their service, style and idyllic seaside settings.
+ Learn about the long history of Cochin as you tour the displays of royal costumes and lavish palanquins inside the 16th-century Mattancherry Palace.
+ Travel along the harbor front where local fishermen work with their Chinese fishing nets as they have for centuries.
+ Enjoy a thrilling performance of Kathakali, presented by skilled actor-dancers wearing elaborate masks, headpieces and colorful costumes.

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Day
1

Welcome to Cochin, India

Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to your choice of hotel. Surrounded by lush landscaped gardens, the inviting Trident Hotel offers just 77 guestrooms – classically styled and well appointed. Situated on Willingdon Island with delightful views of Cochin Harbor, the 5-star Vivanta by Taj is an enchanting retreat with resort amenities and outstanding restaurants.

Day
2

Privately Guided Sightseeing

After breakfast, your private car, driver and in-the-know guide will be waiting to show you the historic landmarks of Cochin, hailed by long-ago seafaring merchants as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Your exploration begins at the Dutch Palace. Also known as Mattancherry Palace, it was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555. Inside, you can admire displays of royal costumes and lavish palanquins. Colorful murals depict scenes from the Ramayana, the ancient epic Indian poem. At the 16th-century Jewish Synagogue, you’ll see great scrolls of the Old Testament, hand-painted Chinese ceramic tiles from the 1700’s and other extraordinary artifacts.
 
Then visit historic St. Francis Church, where the great Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama died in 1524. Traveling along the harbor front, you’ll to see local fishermen at work with their traditional Chinese-style nets, a timeless scene that has played out for centuries along these picturesque shores. After sightseeing, your time is free to relax, enjoy and dine as you wish. Tonight, we’ll take you to a lively performance of Kathakali, a colorful and ancient Indian art-form that blends dance and dramatic storytelling.  Meals B

Day
3

Depart Cochin

Your private car and driver will take you to the airport today for your onward journey.  Meals B

Prices are per person, double occupancy, and may vary during holidays and trade shows.

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