Backwaters of Ernakulam (Kochi)

Accredited as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is a cluster of islands on the vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake. Some of these picturesque islands are Bolgatty, Vypeen , Gundu and Vallarpadam. Kochi located at the southwest coast of the Indian peninsula caresses the seafront of the Arabian Sea making it one of the finest natural harbors in the world. This natural advantage has helped Kochi uphold a fascinating blend of the diverse cultures and influences of explorers and traders like the Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and the British who visited this wealthy land. The Jewish synagogue, the Dutch palace, the Chinese fishing net and other remnants of European and Asian architecture are ample proof of the attempts by foreigners to merge smoothly into the traditional fabric of this seaport city. Kochi also provides Backwater cruise conducted by KTDC

a) Boat cruise (daily two trips: 0900 - 1230 & 1400 - 1730hrs) from Kochi harbor to Willington island , Mattancherry Palace, the Jewish Synagogue , Fort Kochi and Bolghatty Island

b) Sunset Cruise (1730 - 1900 hrs)

c) Three hour backwater village cruise which includes a trip through the villages, the coir industry and the expansive coconut plantations (daily).