Kochi peninsula shows through its monuments its rich historical past specially in Fort Kochi and Mattenchery. Don’t forget to visit San Francis church, basilica Santa Cruz, Pardesi Synagogue, Mattencherry palace and in Fort Kochi the surprising sight of fishing nets. All those monuments are the expression of the cultural mixing brought out by the trade in Kochi’s commercial port and that the city took advantage. Indo Portuguese Museum and Hill Palace Museum are worth visiting to improve your knowledge of Kochi’s History. In the North of Kochi, Vypeen island is skirted by beautiful beaches.
Then your driver can take you to Ernakulam a town livened up by many shops. North of Kochi, near Trichur there is Guruvayur temple dedicated to Sri Krishna. Elephants of the temple are hosted at Punnathur Kota. If you go by Trichur don’t hesitate it is worth a trip specially for elephants. Famous Kerala backwaters are a group of canals and lagoons. The best way to discover backwaters is to book a houseboat cruise . Kumarakom or Alleppey are excellent places to start your one or more days boat trip.
All the way through your cruise you will enjoy the quiet of backwaters, the charm of the landscape and you will discover the country life. Kumarakom village is a cluster of small islands on Wenbanad Lake. Close by there is Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, depending on the seasons you can watch many species of birds. Every August Alleppey comes to life for Nehru trophy boat race. It’s a race of long boats on which about a hundred men row in rhythm in order to bring their snakeboat to the win. A unique experience not to be missed, the ambiance is unforgettable !