On arrival you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Cochin or Kochi - a vibrant city situated on the south west coast of the Indian Peninsula, is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. This beautiful seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the West. Cochin is situated in the Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala and has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European Merchants. Called the “Queen of the Arabian Sea Kochi was an important spice trading port from the 14th century onwards. Occupied by the Portuguese in 1503, Kochi was the first European colonies in colonial India. After some time you will first embark on a sight seeing tour of Kochi that will include visit to St. Francis Church built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan Friars where Vasco Da Gama was buried for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisbon. Next visit will be the Chinese Fishing Nets, which are fixed land installations set up on bamboo and teak poles, which is a unique way of fishing. Close by is the Mattancherry Palace or “Dutch Palace – the central hall on the 1st Floor was the coronation hall of the Rajas of Kochi. The palace with Kerala murals and and Hindu temple art was built by the Portuguese. Visit the Jewish Synagogue, built by the Jewish community of Cochin. and Bolghatty Palace. Thereafter, in the evening enthrall yourself with a special presentation of the colourfully costumed Kathakali Dance Drama of Kerala. This is a mask dance form that is 1500 years old and has 24 mudras expressing the nine emotions of serenity, wonder, kindness, love, valour, fear, contempt, loathing and anger and is usually performed by males. Overnight at the Hotel.