Silversea Luxury Cruises À COCHIN

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Cochin, India
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Cochin, India
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Cochin, India

Kochi, formerly and still commonly known as Cochin, is one of the west coast's largest and oldest ports. The streets behind the docks of the historic Fort Cochin and Mattancherry districts are lined with old merchant houses, godowns (warehouses), and open courtyards heaped with betel nuts, ginger, peppercorns, and tea. Throughout the second millennium this ancient city exported spices, coffee, and coir (the fiber made from coconut husks), and imported culture and religion from Europe, China, and the Middle East. View more

Today Kochi has a synagogue, several mosques, Portuguese Catholic churches, Hindu temples, and the United Church of South India (an amalgamation of several Protestant denominations). The city is spread out over mainland, peninsula, and islands. Ernakulam, on the mainland 2 km (3 miles) from the harbor, is the commercial center and the one-time capital of the former state of Cochin. Willingdon Island, which was created by dredging the harbor, holds several luxury hotels as well as a navy base. The beautiful Bolghatty Island, north of Ernakulam, is a favorite picnic spot for locals. On it there's a government-run hotel in a colonial structure that was once used by the Dutch governor and later by the British Resident. Another local favorite is Cherai beach on Vypin Island, which is a 10-minute ferry ride from Fort Cochin. The Fort Cochin district, Kochi's historic center, is at the northern tip of the Mattancherry peninsula. Houses here often recall Tudor manors; some have been converted to hotels, others remain in the hands of the venerable tea and trading companies. South of Fort Cochin, in the Mattancherry district, is where you'll find the city's dwindling Jewish community. Their small neighborhood, called Jew Town, which is now dotted with cafés and shops selling curios and antiques, is centered on the synagogue.

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Excursions depuis COCHIN

A Glimpse of Rural Kerala

Experience the pristine natural beauty, teeming waters and local lifestyle of rural Kerala during this memorable excursion to Kumbalanghi and Kallancherry Island.


Kumbalanghi

Depart the pier for the approximately 30-minute drive west towards Kumbalanghi, a small, six-square-mile (15.5-square-kilometre) island-village surrounded by backwaters and lush green paddy fields. An abundance of mangroves separates land from water, and provides a breeding ground for prawns, crabs, oysters and small fish. A ring of Chinese fishing nets encircling Kumbalanghi bears witness to its rich aquatic life.


Backwater Ride to Kallancherry Island

Upon arrival at the Kumbalanghi Bridge, leave your vehicle, walk across to the jetty and embark your awaiting boat. Ride through the backwaters en route to Kallancherry Island, and see fisherman plying the waters en route. After disembarking your boat at the island, you are served a refreshing welcome drink.


Kallancherry Island Walking Tour

Next, explore village life during a guided walking tour. View weavers at work on coir, watch local ladies weave coconut leaves, and see how traditional Chinese fishing nets operate through a system of weights and levers. You can also observe ladies move in a row and 'grope' for fish with their bare hands. The village is also home to a crab farm, where you can try your hand at catching a crab.


Following your visit, embark a motorised rickshaw for the ride back to your coach, then commence the approximately 30-minute ride back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.7 miles (about 1.1 kilometres), at time over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat, and six-ten steps at Kumbalanghi Village. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, and bring insect repellent and sun protection from the ship. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Alleppey by Houseboat with Lunch

Embrace the spectacular natural beauty of Alappuzha in a unique new way during this scenic houseboat ride along the Kerala backwaters, with lunch at the Marari Beach Resort.


Scenic Drive to Alappuzha

Depart Cochin for the scenic, approximately 1.45-hour drive to Alappuzha. En route pass through a rural riverine expanse of verdant coconut groves and rice paddies, one of India's most beautiful and serene landscapes. In Malayalam, the language of Kerala, this region is known as Kuttanad, the land of the short people. This reference is attributed to the fact that the farmers are often seen working knee-deep in the paddy fields.


Kerala Backwaters Houseboat Ride

Alappuzha, previously called Alleppey, is nestled amidst a thick tangle of lush tropical waterways. Upon arrival, embark a houseboat and begin your idyllic journey through majestic forests and palm-shaded backwaters of the city and surroundings. This extensive network of rivers, lakes, canals and lagoons lace together the coast and interior south of Cochin. For centuries, these canals have provided a safe and efficient means of transportation for goods and people moving between the heartland and the port towns along the coast.


As you glide along shimmering waterways lined with dense tropical vegetation, observe rural Kerala lifestyles you would never see from the road. Your surroundings range from narrow canals lined with thick greenery to open vistas of brilliant green paddy fields. Papaya, mango, jackfruit and cassava grow along palm-lined banks. Along the way, see coconut harvesting and 'coir' factories, along with churches, mosques, temples and native bird species. Villagers bathe and wash their clothes, and sometimes their buffaloes, at the water's edge.


After your cruise you will return to Cochin by road, stopping along the way at Marari Beach Resort en route for lunch and some leisure time in the tropics. The resort is a new property built in the style of a traditional fishing village, with thatched villas that fit perfectly into the surroundings. Twenty-five acres of coconut palm groves lead down to a vast and unspoiled expanse of white sand beach.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with a short walk to the jetty on uneven ground, and a few steps required to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.

Ancient Treasures & Traditions of Cochin

Discover the many influences of explorers on the ancient port city of Cochin during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Cochin, Chinese Fishing Nets, Special Viewing and Demonstration

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to a local village to visit the large, graceful Chinese Fishing Nets, probably the single most familiar image of Kerala. The nets are said to have originated during the reign of Kublai Khan. Zheng He, explorer and fleet admiral from China's early-Ming Dynasty, brought them to this area. They cantilever over the harbour, and operate by a system of weights and levers. The nets, on wooden frames, are raised periodically to check the catch. During your visit, a special viewing and demonstration has been arranged by a local expert to learn more about this unique and fascinating system, still in use even after hundreds of years.


Fort Cochin, Historic Buildings, Church of St. Francis

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to Fort Cochin, site of Cochin's historic buildings. The main influence is that of the Portuguese and Alfonzo de Albuquerque from 1500. Albuquerque arrived with six ships bearing settlers and five friars, and built the first European church in India. Visit the Church of St. Francis, its simple style enhanced only by the handsome floor tiles that line the main aisle. The church reflects Dutch and Portuguese influences, and is, in fact, an architectural marvel. This is also where the famous explorer, Vasco da Gama, was originally buried. Your guide briefly talks about Vasco da Gama, who actually came to India 50 years after Zheng He.


Brunton Boatyard, Kalaripavattu Demonstration, Mattancherry, Paradesi Synagogue, Jew Town

Leaving Fort Cochin, re-board your coach and head to the Brunton Boatyard Hotel, a restored period building, for a demonstration of Kalaripayattu, the oldest martial art form in the world. Believed to be a synergy of art, science and medicine, the practice originated 3,000 years ago in the state of Kerala and is thought to be connected to Chinese Kung Fu. Kalaripavattu is characterised by the use of weapons such as short sticks, spears, daggers, swords and shields; performances have a distinctive, rhythmic quality to them, and are mesmerizing to watch. Afterward, head to Mattancherry for a stop at the Paradesi Synagogue, followed by some free time at your leisure in Jew Town. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.53 miles (about 0.85 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, two steps at the St. Francis Church, three steps at Paradesi Synagogue and six steps at the Brunton Boatyard Hotel. Walking in Jew Town is at the discretion of each guest; guests should carry local currency for purchases. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the church and synagogue; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Guests must remove their shoes at St. Francis Church if they plan on walking down the central, tiled aisle. A thick pair of socks is suggested, as the ground may be hot. If mass is taking place at the St. Francis Church, the guide cannot provide narration inside. The performance area at Brunton Boatyard is open and air-cooled. Expect busy streets, crowds, traffic, lines, and waiting times at the sites visited. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Photography/videography is prohibited inside the Paradesi Synagogue. Coaches, guides and equipment are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. The tour sequence may vary.

Cochin at a Glance

Experience Cochin, old and new, during this half-day sightseeing tour of the picturesque and historic city.


Ernakulam

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Ernakulam. Upon arrival, take a sightseeing tour of the city, whose architecture depicts its cultural diversity and influences. See the colourful markets, shops and temples lining Mahatma Gandhi Road, the main thoroughfare. Along the way, photo stops are made at various landmarks, including the Temple of Lord Shiva. Your sightseeing drive through Ernakulam ends at Fort Cochin.


Historic Cochin

During a guided walking tour of this historic area, note the Chinese fishing nets near the tip of Fort Cochin. These fixed, cantilevered contraptions are mainly used at high tide and operated via a system of counterweights. A photo stop is then made at St. Francis Church, which is adorned with lovely floor tiles lining the main aisle. Large swinging cloth fans, or punkahs, are suspended above the congregation and manually operated from outside the church.


David Hall

Your tour concludes with a stop at David Hall. A surviving legacy of Dutch colonial rule in these parts, David Hall is a part of three houses built by the Dutch East India Company in the late-17th century. The building has since been renovated and converted into an art gallery. During a refreshment stop at David Hall's café, you can browse through the art gallery. Depending upon the current exhibits, some artwork may be available for sale.


Following your visit, commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, for approximately 15 minutes in the historic area of Fort Cochin, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, two steps at St. Francis Church and four steps at David Hall. At the St. Francis Church, visitors must remove their shoes prior to walking down the central tiled aisle. If mass is taking place at the St. Francis Church, your guide cannot provide narration inside. Guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair can be seated at David Hall while the other guests walk through Fort Cochin. David Hall is not air-conditioned. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing covering the knees and shoulders, and bring sun protection. Expect crowds at the sites visited. Bring local currency for purchases.

Enchanted Evening in Cochin

Experience the enchantment, culture, traditions and flavours of Kochi during this memorable harbour cruise, Kathakali performance and dinner at the Taj Malabar Hotel.


Cochin Harbour Cruise

Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the boat jetty of the Taj Malabar Hotel, then embark a small boat for a picturesque ride through the waters of the city. The network of rivers and canals lace together through the coast and interior south of Cochin. For centuries, these canals have provided a safe and efficient means of transportation for goods and people moving between the heartland and port towns along the coast.


Glide along shimmering waterways past the Gundu and Vypeen islands. Along the way, see the large, traditional Chinese fishing nets that line the shore of Fort Cochin and are probably the single-most familiar image of Kerala. They cantilever over the harbour, and operate by a system of weights and levers. The nets, on wooden frames, are raised periodically to check the catch. Observe rural Kerala lifestyles as your boat drifts past old harbour buildings and private homes. Following your cruise, return to the jetty and disembark your boat.


Kathakali Performance

Next, view a Kathakali performance accompanied by light refreshments. One of the world's oldest forms of theatre, Kathakali originated in the area of southwestern India now known as the state of Kerala. During Kathakali, actors depict characters from the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Kathakali dance performance is very dramatic, and enacted with elaborate masks and costumes.


Dinner at Taj Malabar

This delightful outing concludes with a seafood dinner at the renowned Rice Boat restaurant at Taj Malabar. The seafood is hauled from the backwaters and displayed in a show kitchen where guests can interact with the chefs. After dinner, commence the brief transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with four steps to negotiate at the Taj Malabar Hotel, a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. While the coaches will be air-conditioned, there is no artificial cooling on the motorboats. Care should be taken when embarking/disembarking the boats. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, rubber-soled shoes, and bring sun protection and insect repellent from the ship. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Harbour Cruise & Kathakali Dance

Experience the splendid beauty, culture and traditions of Cochin during this scenic harbour cruise, and a memorable Kathakali performance at the Taj Malabar Hotel.


Cochin Harbour Cruise

Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the boat jetty of the Taj Malabar Hotel, then embark a small boat for a picturesque ride through the waters of the city. The extensive network of rivers and canals lace together through the coast and interior south of Cochin. For centuries, these canals have provided a safe and efficient means of transportation for goods and people moving between the heartland and the port towns along the coast.


Glide along shimmering waterways past the Gundu and Vypeen islands. Along the way, see the large, traditional Chinese fishing nets that line the shore of Fort Cochin and are probably the single-most familiar image of Kerala. They cantilever over the harbour, and operate by a system of weights and levers. The nets, on wooden frames, are raised periodically to check the catch. Observe rural Kerala lifestyles as your boat drifts past old harbour buildings and private homes. Following your cruise, return to the jetty and disembark your boat.


Kathakali Performance

Next, view a Kathakali performance accompanied by light refreshments. One of the world's oldest forms of theatre; Kathakali originated in the area of south-western India now known as the state of Kerala. During Kathakali, actors depict characters from the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Kathakali dance performance is very dramatic, and enacted with elaborate masks and costumes.


This delightful outing concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking, with four steps to negotiate at the Taj Malabar Hotel, a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. Care should be taken when embarking/disembarking the boats; guests must be agile and have good balance to participate. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. While the coaches will be air-conditioned, there is no artificial cooling on the motorboats. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, rubber-soled shoes, and bring sun protection and insect repellent from the ship.

Hues of Cochin

Explore the splendid history, architecture and local lifestyles of Kerala during this scenic, half-day excursion to colourful Cochin.


Cochin

Depart the pier for the short drive to the local market. En route, marvel at the beauty of tropical Cochin, an historic port city nestled between the Arabian Sea and its backwaters, and spread across coconut-covered islands and headlands. Cochin's unique history of foreign influence is reflected in a variety of architectural styles, including fine Colonial houses built by wealthy British traders, Dutch cottages with split farmhouse doors, and narrow streets where dwellings hide behind yellow walls.


Ernakulam, Local Market and Dhobi Khana

Your drive continues through the city of Ernakulam and drive along Mahatma Gandhi Road, the main thoroughfare filled with markets, shops and temples. Upon arrival at the bustling local market, take a guided stroll past colourful shops abounding with fragrant, exotic spices such betel nuts, ginger, peppercorns, cinnamon, and cardamom. From here, re-board your coach and head to the Dhobi Khana, or local laundry, for a fascinating look at local life in this part of the world, then continue on for a visit to the Mattancherry, or 'Dutch Palace'.


Dutch Palace, Jew Town and Ginger House Restaurant

The plain, squat walls surrounding this two-storey structure belie a delightful wooden interior adorned with a remarkable series of murals. In the Royal Bedroom alone are 45 paintings illustrating the Ramayana; every inch of space is covered with rich colour, and painstaking detail. In addition, view an interesting collection of Dutch maps of Old Cochin, coronation robes belonging to the maharajas, royal palanquins, weapons, and furniture. Afterward, some free time is made available to explore the surrounding area, Jew Town. Here, see a fascinating blend of antique shops, warehouses, spice auction rooms, and other landmarks that serve as a reminder of this once-thriving Jewish community. Following a refreshment stop, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.94 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, five steps at the Dhobi Khana, six steps at the Ginger House restaurant, and 15 steps at the Dutch Palace. Walking in Jew Town is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Anticipate crowds and waiting times at the sites visited. We thank you for your patience. Keep your belongings close-at-hand. Photography is prohibited inside the Dutch Palace. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Kerala Curries and Spices

Experience the unique flavours of Kerala during this memorable, half-day cooking excursion with lunch at the home of renowned culinary instructor Nimmy Paul.

Cochin, Kerala

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the home of renowned culinary instructor Nimmy Paul. Author of Kitchens of Kerala, she has been teaching traditional Kerala cooking for the past 15 years. Nimmy is famous in India, the U.S. and Europe, and was the only amateur from among nearly 60 chefs from Asia and India to be invited to the seventh-annual Worlds of Flavour International Conference and Festival in California. She has garnered accolades from R.W. Apple of The New York Times and Greg Drescher of the Culinary Institute of America, as well as cookbook authors Maya Kaimal and Linda Bladholm, and James Beard Award-winners Fred and Linda Griffith.

Local Home of Nimmy Paul, Cooking Demonstration, Lunch or Dinner

Upon arrival at her local home, meet Nimmy and begin your insightful, instructional cooking demonstration. Learn about the world of Kerala cuisine, and the vegetables, meat, seafood, curries, and spices utilised in its preparation. Next, Nimmy teaches you the basics of preparing Karala cuisine with easy-to-follow recipes. Following her cooking demonstration, you are served a buffet lunch or dinner consisting of the entrees she has prepared. Your meal is accompanied by mineral water (still or sparkling), soft drinks, coffee or tea. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 200 yards (about 183 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the home of Nimmy Paul. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests should respect the sentiments of the host, and only photograph parts of the home permitted. As this cooking demonstration takes place in a private residence, special dietary considerations cannot be accommodated, and no alcohol is served as per the owner's directive. Operation of this tour is subject to the availability of Nimmy Paul at the time requested. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Cochin at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 96 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Cochin at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 96 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Cochin at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if canceled within 96 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited up to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Cochin at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 96 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited up to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

The Cultures of Cochin

Discover a unique blend of diverse cultures, traditions and architecture during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion to Cochin.


Fort Cochin & St. Francis Church

Depart the pier for the approximately 30-minute drive to Fort Cochin. Located in a relatively small area along the southern peninsula of the tropical Malabar Coast, the older parts of Fort Cochin are home to an eclectic blend of Medieval Portuguese churches, Dutch buildings, and English country villages. Note the Chinese fishing nets near the tip of Fort Cochin. These fixed, cantilevered contraptions are mainly used at high tide and operated via a system of counterweights.


Next, a visit is made to the St. Francis Church. Also known as the 'Church of South India' it is Cochin's oldest European-built church. A tombstone inside the church marks the place where Vasco da Gama was interred in 1524. His remains were later transferred to Lisbon.


Dutch Palace & Jewish Town

From here, proceed for a visit to the Dutch Palace, built as a gift for the Chochin Rajah in the late-17th century. The upper rooms display fine murals and items once found in the maharajah's household.


Your tour concludes with a visit to the Jewish Town. This area, located next to the Royal Palace in Mattancherry, was presented to the Jews by the Raja of Kochi.


During your visit, some free time is made available to browse the fascinating mix of antique and speciality shops, old houses, warehouses and spice auction rooms before commencing the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 700 yards (about 640 metres) along flat streets and paths, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, two steps at the St. Francis Church and 15 steps at the Dutch Palace. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The Dutch Palace is not air-conditioned, and photography is not permitted here. At the St. Francis Church, visitors must remove their shoes prior to walking down the central tiled aisle. If mass is taking place at St. Francis Church, your guide cannot provide narration inside. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing covering the knees and shoulders, and bring sun protection and local currency for purchases made during the visit to Jew Town. Leave jewellery and all valuables on-board. Expect crowds at the sites visited.

Tracing the Kochi Dynasty

Your journey today takes you through the story of the Cochin Royal Family.


Cochin Royal Family, Hill Palace

One amongst three major royal dynasties of Kerala, the Cochin Royal Family played a significant role in shaping Kerala's history, both past and present. Your base for this learning is the Hill Palace - once the last seat of power of the Kings of Kochi, it is now Kerala's first heritage museum. Constructed in 1865, it was the official residence of the erstwhile rulers. Built in traditional Kerala-style, which is more restrained than palaces in northern India, it comprises of 49 buildings with 52 acres of terraced land surrounding it.


Residential Quarters

As you walk past murals, paintings, sculptures, manuscripts and belongings of the royal family your anecdotist will regale you with fascinating tales associated with them. This trail will explore the origin of the royals, rise and fall in their fortunes under Europeans and their eventual merger with the Indian Union. Learn about their role in developing the modern city of Kochi and their contributions in the field of art, culture, language, education and medicine. As it's taking place in any other city deep-rooted in heritage, you'll learn of the unfortunate and alarming pace at which both the royal family and the city are losing their heritage.


Family Private Residence, Refreshment

Move next to the residential quarters of the royal family. Radiating around the family temple it showcases some of the best in traditional and colonial architecture. Your trail ends with a visit to the extremely modest private residence of some of the present-day members. Enjoy an informal interaction and some light refreshments with them.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 0.94 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 120 steps at Hill Palace Museum, 20 steps at family residence. Walking in Jew Town is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Anticipate crowds and waiting times at the sites visited. We thank you for your patience. Keep your belongings close-at-hand. Photography is prohibited inside the Hill Palace Museum. Shoes, handbags, cameras and mobile phones are prohibited inside Hill Palace Museum. Guests will be provided a locker at the museum entrance for their belongings. The tour will be led by an expert on the subject and not a licensed guide. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Programmes d’excursions à terre depuis COCHIN

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: New Dehli, Agra & the Taj Mahal

A visit to India's treasured sites evokes images of erstwhile royalty and legendary tales of love and valour. There are few places in the world that compare with the mesmerising Taj Mahal and the awe-inspiring Agra Fort. These outstanding attractions are amongst the 'jewels in the crown', drawing thousands of visitors each year from all over the globe. From the magnificent and timeless beauty of the Taj Mahal to the massive Agra Fort, and from the architecturally avant garde Humayun's Tomb to a Sikh Temple guests are able to enjoy a treasure trove of unforgettable sights that will enthrall even the most jaded traveller. Your programme ends with panoramic tour of Mumbai.


03MIDCOK-B: New Dehli, Agra & the Taj Mahal

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Departs from: Cochin

Re-join ship: Mumbai

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment-in-full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. Booking made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests must be in possession of Indian visa obtained prior to joining the cruise. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Indian Rupee; however, Euros and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).




DAY ONE - Cochin /Delhi

Depart the ship early this morning and transfer to Cochin airport for a scheduled flight to Delhi of just approximately 3 hours in length. Upon arrival you will be taken to The Oberoi New Delhi Hotel for lunch.

Embark on a tour of New Delhi. Drive through "Lutyens' Delhi", commissioned in 1911 and inaugurated as recently as 1931. This magnificently planned area of Delhi is an architectural combination of British and Indian architecture. Travel past the War Memorial Arch, better known as India Gate, followed by a drive down Rajpath, past the Presidential House. Visit Humayun's Tomb - a magnificent monument built in red sandstone by Haji Begum, Humayun's first wife and mother of Emperor Akbar. Her design was way ahead of its times and is the basis for the design of the famous Taj Mahal, built almost a hundred years later!

Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi New Delhi.



DAY TWO - Delhi/Agra

After breakfast, commence your journey to Agra, a drive of approximately 3.5 hours with a rest stop en route.

Welcome to Agra! As the capital of the Mughal dynasties in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra also was the repository of many of the Mughals most famous monuments. The city has long astonished visitors with sites that date back to the Mughal empire.

Proceed directly to Agra Fort, the town's second important attraction after the Taj Mahal. The massive fort contains within its 1.5 mile-long (2.5 km-long), red sandstone walls the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises fairy-tale palaces, audience halls and two beautiful mosques. Founded in the 16th century, the vast complex experienced many additions by subsequent rulers. Here Shah Jehan was held captive by his son and spent his days gazing out from his room towards the Taj Mahal across the river. Proceed to your hotel for lunch followed by some time to settle in.


The Taj Mahal - Shah Jehan's enduring monument to love awaits you, where you will remain until sunset! This beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble is a thing of astonishing beauty and an architectural marvel. Its unique beauty and immaculately intricate execution all contribute to the breathtaking first impression as you pass through the arch of the entrance gateway. Emperor Shah Jehan, fifth of the great Mughals was devoted to his wife Mumtaz Mahal (jewel of the palace). She died at the age of 39 giving birth to her fourteenth child. He resolved to build his wife a memorial surpassing anything the world had ever seen in beauty and, it must be admitted, wild extravagance. Twenty thousand labourers and skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy were put into action to construct this unrivalled masterpiece. The rays of the setting sun make this monument a wonder to behold!

Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra.



DAY THREE - Agra/Delhi

An awe-inspiring sight awaits you early this morning - a sunrise view of the Taj Mahal! The most unusual story about the Taj is that there might have been two of them. The Emperor intended to build a second tomb in black marble, a negative image of the white Taj for Mumtaz. Tragically, before he could begin he was deposed by his son and imprisoned in Agra Fort, where he remained until his death, spending the rest of his life looking out along the river to the final resting-place of his wife. Shah Jehan and Mumtaz Mahal are now both buried in the underground chamber of the Taj Mahal. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Following breakfast, set-off on your return journey to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi and proceed to your hotel The Oberoi New Delhi for check in and lunch.

This afternoon visit Gandhi Smriti, where the Mahatma spent the last 144 days of his life and was assassinated. Originally a residence of an Indian business tycoon and devout follower of Mahatma Gandhi, it is now converted into a multimedia museum dedicated to the Father of Indian democracy. Proceed next to a Gurudwara (Sikh Temple). There are three main functions which are carried out in all public Gurudwaras - Kirtan (the singing of hymns), Katha (reading of the holy book, Guru Granth Sahib) and Langar (a free community kitchen for all visitors of all religions). Visit the community kitchen where you will see how food is cooked and served daily for a thousand visitors. We will arrange food supplies as a contribution for the day's meal and you are welcome to lend a helping hand. This is an experience like no other!

Overnight accommodation at The Oberoi New Delhi.



DAY FOUR - Mumbai

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. On arrival, your awaiting coaches will transfer you to the pier with a panoramic tour past the city's highlights. Re-join the ship.



Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone and gravel surfaces, with many steps to climb at visited sites. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. The driving distance between Delhi and Agra is approximately 3-3.5 hours in each direction. Coaches, guides and equipment are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. Pack lightly; the luggage weight restriction is limited to 33 pounds (about 15 kilograms). Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the temples; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Shoe covers are provided at the Taj Mahal to enter the mausoleum. Shoes and hats must be removed prior to entering the temples. The tour itinerary and sequence are subject to change without prior notice, and airline alterations to the flight schedules may affect the tour itinerary, tour sequence and/or programme content.


Programme Includes:

· Two-night stay at The Oberoi - New Delhi

· One-nigh stay at The Oberoi Amarvilas - Agra

· Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Cochin/Delhi and Delhi/Mumbai (Business-Class may be requested at a supplemental charge per flight, and is subject to availability. The availability of Business-Class flights is based on equipment utilised and each segment is quoted separately, if available)

· Three breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners

· Roundtrip transfer by battery operated vehicles to-and-from the Taj Mahal entrance gate

· Shoe covers at the Taj Mahal to enter mausoleum

· Still and video camera fees

· Bottled water on coach

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

· Gratuities on meals


Not Included:

Indian visa, any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: In search of tigers

Your Indian safari will begin with an overnight stop in Jaipur. Ranthambore National Park is a wildlife sanctuary, known for its tigers and is one of the best places to observe these animals in their natural habitat. Morning and afternoon game drives offer the best chance to see Royal Bengal Tigers in the wild, in addition to jackal, leopard, mongoose, gazelle and numerous species of birds.


03MIDCOK-C: In search of Tigers

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Departs from: Cochin

Re-join ship: Mumbai

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment-in-full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. Booking made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests must be in possession of Indian visa obtained prior to joining the cruise. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Indian Rupee; however, Euros and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).




DAY ONE - Cochin/Jaipur

Depart the ship and transfer to Cochin airport for a scheduled flight to Jaipur of approximately 2 hours in length. Upon arrival in Jaipur you are met and transferred to Rambagh Palace for dinner. Rambagh Palace, the 'Jewel of Jaipur' has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions. Its elegant rooms, marbled corridors and majestic gardens echo with history, and every corner has a story to tell. The sprawling hotel was built in Indo-Saracenic style and served as a royal residence for many years before being converted into one of the country's premier hotels.

Dinner and overnight accommodation at Rambagh Palace, Jaipur.


DAY TWO - Jaipur/Ranthambore

After breakfast commence on your approximately 3.5 hour drive to Ranthambore.

Settle in to your new surroundings before you embark on an afternoon game drive in search of the elusive Bengal Tiger! Ranthambore is one of the best locations to get a close view of the tigers, sometimes as near as 30 feet! Tigers are sighted almost daily especially during early mornings and very often one can get natural glimpses of tigers hunting and taking care of their cubs.

Dinner and overnight accommodation at The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore.


DAY THREE - Ranthambore

Enjoy another day of early morning and afternoon game drives exploring the game reserve, tracking the Tiger. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the hotel.

Overnight accommodation at The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore.


DAY FOUR - Ranthambore/Jaipur/Mumbai

After breakfast, drive back to Jaipur, the Pink City that glows with a singular beauty derived from the pink colour used everywhere in its construction. The effect of this glorious extravagance, most especially at sunset, has enchanted visitors for centuries. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at a local hotel, before you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai, transfer to the pier to re-join the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone and gravel surfaces, with many steps to climb at visited sites. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Coaches, guides and equipment are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. Pack lightly; the luggage weight restriction is limited to 33 pounds (about 15 kilograms). Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes. Sun protection and mosquitos repellent are recommended. The tour itinerary and sequence are subject to change without prior notice, and airline alterations to the flight schedules may affect the tour itinerary, tour sequence and/or programme content.



Programme Includes:

· Two-night stay at The Oberoi Vanyavilas - Ranthamborei

· One-nigh stay at Rambagh Palace - Jaipur

· Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Cochin/Delhi and Delhi/Mumbai (Business-Class may be requested at a supplemental charge per flight, and is subject to availability. The availability of Business-Class flights is based on equipment utilised and each segment is quoted separately, if available)

· Three breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners, one box lunch

Three game drives

· Still and video camera fees

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

· Gratuities on meals


Not Included:

Indian visa, any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

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