Trader's Spice Harbor
Popularly known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochin is a cluster of picturesque islands on the vast expanse of the Lake Vembanad. The lake opens out into the Arabian Sea forming one of the finest natural harbors in the world. It is this natural advantage that has made Kochin a fascinating blend of the cultures and influences of explorers and traders who visited this wealthy land. It is an excellent blend of traditions and modernity and is a perfect reflection of the cosmopolitan society of Kerala. It is indeed one of the most spectacular cities of India, brimming with history, legends and natural beauty. Even a casual stroll through Fort Kochi is enough to make you feel transported to another world and time. The architectural style of the buildings and the town layout easily make Fort Cochin distinct from other cities and towns of Kerala. Since Fort Cochin was under the possession of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British at different points of time, the region still bear the influence of European architecture. A leisurely walk through the Fort Cochin area gives you a close look at the operation of the huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets introduced by Chinese traders which is still used in Kerala backwaters as a traditional way of fishing. St. Francis Church constructed by Portugal's Alfonzo de Albuquerque in 1500 and believed to be the first European Church in India. Albuquerque arrived with half a dozen ships bearing settlers and five friars who built the first European church in India where Vasco De Gama was originally buried. We then visit Mattancherry which was the center of spice trade for many centuries and still has the remnants of that glorious past with many of the godowns in dilapidated state . Visit the Dutch Palace which contains some excellent mythological murals and a rare example of traditional Kerala flooring (flooring has been covered by mats for preservation). Asia's best preserved Synagogue is our next call; a beautiful artifice embellished by Ezekiel Rahabi, who built a clock tower and paved the floor with hand-painted blue and white porcelain tiles (no two are alike) brought from Canton, China. Also walk through the Jew Street with the Jewish homes either side " but few remain now after migration to Israel. Majority of the homes are now converted into antique , handicraft and garment/spice shops.
Notes: Jewish Synagogue has a strict dress code. Shoulders should covered and hemlines should reach below the knees. Visitors are not allowed to carry bags, pouches, electronic items, camera, phones etc. inside the synagogue. Visitors should remove the footwear at St. Francis Church and the Jewish Synagogue. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard. .
Port: Kochi (Kochin)
Duration: 4 hours
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