Cochin Backwater Tour
When it comes to the beautiful natural harbours in the world, Cochin (Kochi) in Kerala proves to be the finest. Popular as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', Cochin is basically a cluster of islands on the vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake. This huge lake itself is a popular backwater destination in the green state of Kerala that is visited for the crystal clear waterways and totally distinctive flora.
As the city is known for its commercial importance, it has witnessed a huge inflow of various foreign powers in the past years. The lifestyle and the culture of the city still seems to be influenced by the Portuguese, Jewish, English, French, Dutch and the Chinese.
A ferry ride is considered a wonderful way to enjoy the true beauty of the backwaters in Cochin, as it takes you through the lush green lawns, coconut plantations and the coir villages. Apart from that, one can also hire a houseboat to explore the beauty of Cochin and the lifestyle and culture of the local villagers. These cruises take you to several prominent tourist sites in Kochi like the Bolghatty Island, Willington Island, Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), St. Francis Church, etc.
The best way to enjoy most of your relaxing holidays is lying comfortably on the couch with eyes closed and listening to the soft gurgling of the crystal clear water. While on your houseboat, you can also spot several colourful birds in dense greens dotted along side the shores. Lastly, during your houseboat holiday on the backwaters of Kochi, you can also avail various rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatments.