Hotel Pearl Continental

SRM Road (South End), Lissie junction, Kochi, Kerala, 682 018, India
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Backwater cruise from Cochin

by dragonannie

We will be arriving in Cochin by cruise ship docking at 10am. We would like to do a boat trip on the backwaters. Are there any tour operators in Cochin that do a short trip for a few hours?

Re: Backwater cruise from Cochin

by dragonannie


I don't think the ship has any boat tours. I would really like to do one but wasn't sure whether I would need to book in advance or whether there would be people at the harbour - thanks.

Re: Backwater cruise from Cochin

by hb_capri

You can book one at the KTDC(Kerala Tourism Development Corporation) office on Marine Drive.check the link for details

happy travels!

Re: Backwater cruise from Cochin

by mandhiranaidu

Yes, they are many. But however pls get duped by them, I can suggest a company which can advise u on this matter - They are highly effiecient

Re: Backwater cruise from Cochin

by portlanddave

yeah, we were in fort kochi and did a half day, and believe me, it's enough. you get your fill after about 3 hours, and then it's just a relaxing uneventful ride.

ask any travel shop advertising the trips and try it out, it's really hard to tell what you will actually get, so i would just go for the one that seems to fit your budget.

and enjoy!

Re: Backwater cruise from Cochin

by dragonannie

Thanks for all the responses - and yes, I have been and gone! Unfortunately the day we were there we had torrential rain so a boat trip wasn 't a good idea but we hope to return and do that another time.

Re: Backwater cruise from Cochin

by lincylucy

Yes you can visit They helped me a lot to arrange the tour overall kerala with very affordable price. you can either send the enquiry or contact them through phone.

They arrange houseboat facility too.

Try it out...

Travel Tips for Kochi

Traditional Kathakali Dance Theatre

by ranger49

Kathakali as a theatrical dance form was unknown to me so I had no idea what to expect when I learned that arrangements had been made for an internationally known group to give a performance for us on board while we were docked in Kochi.
A member of the team would present a short lecture by way of introduction to the art and anyone who wished to watch their preparations - which take several hours - would be welcome.
Kathakali originated in Kerala centuries ago and is a complete theatrical experience of music, drama, movement, costume, mime, body language and special effects make -up.
An ancient form of sign language is used for commnication between the actors - who are all men playing both male and female roles.
Traditional Hindu stories of the exploits of the Gods in their battles with evil form the basis of the plots enacted to the accompaniment of music and singing.
It is a rigidly stylised art form with costume and make-up effects rigourously adhered to. Applying the make up and donning the ornate, heavy costumes appears to be an exhausting exercise lasting several hours before the performance begins..
A fascinating experience .

Prepaid Taxi at Cochin International

by cochinjew

As you leave the Customs area, directly in front of you is the Pre Paid Taxi office. They have set fees to take you to Cochin, fares depending upon where you wish to go. I am told there is a bus running to downtown ernakulam but after a flight with some luggage, i opted for the taxi
510 indian rupees slightly over ten dollars for the air conditioned white ambassador car to Hotel Metropolitan near the Railway station in Ernakulam

Fort Cochin....Harbour Cruise...Kathakali Dancing

by TracyLB

We took the ferry to Fort Cochin where we saw the Chinese Fishing nets, which are really cool.As well walked around and watched the fisherman clean and sell their fish (as well as other street vendors selling things)..But i must admit, the street vendors are not near as pushy as they were in Rajasthan!! Also visited the 17th century Jewish Synagogue....Walked around the spice market and shopped..Lots of really cool things and the store keepers were so friendly and not pushy at all...After that we took a harbour cruise and from there went to see a performance of Kathakali dancing..The actors depict characters from the Puranas and the Mahabharata..superhuman beings...demons and ordinary men and women...The dancers are all male and are wearing these huge skirts and headdress with their faces all made up...And they dance around and make these really strange facial movements..It was something to see, but rather strange!!

Dutch Cemetery

by Willettsworld

Consecrated in 1724, making it one of the oldest in India, the tombstones here are the most authentic record of the hundreds of Europeans who left their homeland on a mission to expand their colonial empires, an event which eventually had changed the course of history of this land.


by PierreZA

Ernukulam has such a different feeling to Fort Cochin. It is more like what you will find in other typical Indian cities.
Altough it does not have as many historical sights, the hussle and bustle makes it an experience in itself.
There are also some great restaurants and shops.


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