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Cochin, India Luxury Cruises

Sitting by the sea on India's southern tip, Cochin has been an important trade port for centuries – most notably the capital of India's spice trade. The second city of India's west coast after Mumbai, Cochin (known locally as Kochi) is an exciting tourist destination as rich in heritage as it is breathtakingly beautiful.

Its moderate climate, coupled with the sun-soaked Arabian Sea before it and the lush green Ghat mountains behind make the city and its surrounding countryside a place of outstanding natural beauty – and a gorgeous port of call for a better look at India's relaxed, multicultural side.

Sightseeing in Cochin

The plentiful equatorial sunlight gives the colours of Cochin a vivid, vibrant quality – from the palm-lined backwaters to the modern developments and historical landmarks of the city itself. Portuguese, Chinese and Dutch influences run through the city, thanks to Cochin's place in history as a major port of call for ocean traders for hundreds of years. As such, there's no shortage of cultural attractions for visitors to the so-called ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea':

Chinese fishing nets

Arguably some of the most graceful man-made structures to stand by the sea, the iconic slender fishing scaffolds on and around Fort Cochin Beach are a must-see when you visit the region. Originally thought to have been introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He, the nets' design are now known to have come from the Portuguese colonial settlers of Macau near Hong Kong. Make sure you have a camera handy if you visit the structures around sundown – the wispy nets and spidery frames often stand in stunning silhouette against rich, golden sunsets over the sea.

Fort Cochin

You may have the opportunity to walk the streets of historic Cochin, a treasure trove of Indo-European culture and architecture stemming from the town's mix of colonial Dutch and native Indian cross-culture. Follow tree-lined streets past a wealth of landmarks, including the white-walled St Francis Church built in 1503; and close by, the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica – a strange juxtaposition of white-walled European gothic architecture, complete with stained glass windows and heavy wooden doors, surrounded outside by the palms and cloudless blue skies of Southern India.

Mattancherry Palace

Built in the mid-16th century by Portuguese settlers, and added to by Dutch settlers a century later, Mattancherry Palace presents visitors with a unique style of construction – a European interpretation of the native South Indian, courtyard-centred Nalukettu style. Popularly known as the Dutch Palace, the museum boasts a portrait gallery of the town's rajas in its former Coronation Hall as well as stunning, brightly-coloured Hindu murals throughout. Exhibits in the museum include royal ceremonial dress, coins, stamps and carriages.

Shopping in Cochin

The city does good trade in souvenirs and curios, and carved rosewood paperweights and animal figurines are a particular local speciality. You'll find arts and crafts shops on Broadway, a street also famous for its clothes and spices, and various emporia selling a wide variety of fascinating objects, both old and new.

Jew Town in Cochin is best known for its antique shops – look out for stores which deal in wooden jewellery boxes, Chinese ceramics and ancient Indian arts and handicrafts. The synagogue also lies in this truly historic part of town, where you can step back in time to see the centuries-old, hand-painted Chinese floor tiles that are testament to the city's international history. The shopping in this part of the city also includes spice traders, silk merchants, clothing, carpets and jewellery, as well as the odd café and bookshop too.

Eating Out in Cochin

As a coastal city there's no shortage of delicious seafood on Cochin's local menus. There are some bright, breezy restaurants around Rose Street that get consistently great reviews, serving grilled prawns, masala fish and cold beer – what better way to enjoy a taste of Cochin?

Spices, banana and coconut are common ingredients in many local dishes, like the bright yellow, yogurt-based kaalan or pachadi vegetable side-dish. Conversely, visitors may also find eateries that specialise in a taste of Northern Indian food in the heart of the South – serving rich, aromatic Mughlai cuisine as a great contrast to the local fare.

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1 Gems Of The Spice Route
07 November 2020 - 28 nights

Dubai | Doha, Qatar | Sir Bani Yas Island | Muscat | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Cochin | Sabang, Pulau We | Phuket | Langkawi | Singapore | Semarang | Surabaya | Probolinggo, Java | Bali (Celukan Bawang), Indonesia | Komodo, Indonesia | Bali (Benoa) | Bali (Benoa) more

Fly Cruise £9659pp
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2 Dubai to Singapore
08 November 2020 - 29 nights

Dubai | Dubai | Doha, Qatar | Doha, Qatar | Manama | Abu Dhabi | Abu Dhabi | Muscat | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Cochin | Colombo | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Phuket | Penang | Kuala Lumpur, Port Kelang, Malaysia | Singapore | Singapore more

Fly Cruise £7879pp
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3 Spice Route Voyage
20 November 2020 - 19 nights

Dubai | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Kochi, India | Kochi, India | Colombo | Colombo | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Singapore more

Fly Cruise £4289pp
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4 Dubai to Singapore
22 November 2020 - 27 nights

Dubai | Abu Dhabi | Doha, Qatar | Muscat | Muscat | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Mormugao, Goa | New Mangalore (India) | Cochin | Cochin | Colombo | Colombo | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Phuket | Singapore | Singapore more

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5 Pearls Of Arabia & India
23 November 2020 - 16 nights

Dubai | Cochin | Chennai/Madras, India | Chennai/Madras, India | Sabang, Pulau We | Phuket | Porto Malai | Singapore more

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6 Dubai to Singapore
28 November 2020 - 22 nights

Dubai | Fujairah | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Goa (Mormugao) | Mangalore | Cochin | Colombo | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Phuket | Penang | Kuala Lumpur, Port Kelang, Malaysia | Singapore | Singapore more

Fly Cruise £11599pp
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7 Mumbai to Singapore
01 December 2020 - 18 nights

Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Mormugao, Goa | New Mangalore (India) | Cochin | Cochin | Colombo | Colombo | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Phuket | Singapore | Singapore more

Fly Cruise £6399pp
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8 Souks, Spices & Sands
21 December 2020 - 15 nights

Dubai | Dubai | Abu Dhabi | Fujairah | Muscat | Male | Male | Cochin | Mangalore | Mormugao, Goa | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Bombay/Mumbai (India) more

Fly Cruise £4039pp
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9 Indian Ocean Jewels
05 January 2021 - 15 nights

Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Mormugao, Goa | Mangalore | Cochin | Male | Male | Sabang, Indonesia | Phuket | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon more

Fly Cruise £4059pp
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10 The Finest World Tour - Florida to New York
07 January 2021 - 150 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Key West | Belize | Belize | Roatan | San Blas Islands | Guayaquil, Ecuador | Guayaquil, Ecuador | Callao | Callao | Easter Island | Easter Island | Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands | Papeete, Tahiti | Moorea | Moorea | Bora Bora | Rarotonga, Cook Islands | Auckland | Bay Of Islands | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Cairns | Darwin | Bali (Benoa) | Bali (Benoa) | Coron, Philippines | Manila | Kaohsiung | Taipei (Keelung) | Incheon | Incheon | Osaka | Osaka | Tokyo | Tokyo | Tokyo | Kagoshima | Shanghai | Shanghai | Shanghai | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Ho Chi Minh City | Ho Chi Minh City | Singapore | Singapore | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Trincomalee, Sri Lanka | Colombo | Colombo | Cochin | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Salalah | Aqaba, Jordan | Luxor (Safaga) | Ashdod | Haifa | Athens (Piraeus) | Athens (Piraeus) | Dubrovnik | Korcula | Venice | Venice | Split | Valletta | Barcelona | Barcelona | Malaga (Spain) | Lisbon | Lisbon | Funchal, Madeira | Hamilton | Hamilton | New York | New York more

Fly Cruise £48449pp
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11 Odyssey of the Stars
25 January 2021 - 164 nights

Los Angeles | Nawiliwili | Honolulu | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Papeete, Tahiti | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Suva | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Whitsunday | Cairns | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin | Komodo, Indonesia | Bali | Bali (Celukan Bawang), Indonesia | Kota Kinabalu | Manila | Kaohsiung | Taipei (Keelung) | Ishigaki (Sakishima Islands) | Okinawa | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hue | Ho Chi Minh City | Ho Chi Minh City | Sihanoukville | Bangkok | Bangkok | Ko Samui | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur, Port Kelang, Malaysia | Penang | Phuket | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Cochin | Mangalore | Mormugao, Goa | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Dubai | Dubai | Fujairah | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba, Jordan | Luxor (Safaga) | Luxor (Safaga) | Jerusalem, Israel | Jerusalem, Israel | Alanya | Rhodes | Santorini, Greece | Kusadasi | Mitilini (Lesbos) | Istanbul | Istanbul | Istanbul | Kavala | Mykonos | Athens (Piraeus) | Dubrovnik | Venice | Venice | Taormina | Sorrento | Rome (Civitavecchia) | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Saint-Tropez, France | Barcelona | Alicante | Almeria | Gibraltar | Seville (Cadiz) | Seville (Cadiz) | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Saint-Malo | Southampton | Dublin | Belfast | Shetland Islands (Lerwick) | Torshavn | Akureyri, Iceland | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Nuuk, Godthab, Greenland | Paamiut (Frederikshab) | Qaqortoq | Gulf Of St. Lawrence | Sydney, Canada | Halifax | Bar Harbor | Boston, Massachusetts | New York more

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12 Singapore to Mumbai
12 March 2021 - 15 nights

Singapore | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Colombo | Colombo | Cochin | Cochin | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Bombay/Mumbai (India) more

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13 Jewels Of India & Arabia
14 March 2021 - 18 nights

Singapore | Porto Malai | Phuket | Phuket | Sabang, Pulau We | Cochin | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Muscat | Sir Bani Yas Island | Abu Dhabi | Dubai more

Fly Cruise £7399pp
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14 Grand Tropical Expedition
23 March 2021 - 52 nights

Lautoka | Ambrym Island, Vanuatu | Pentecost Island | Champagne Bay | Nendo Island | Santa Ana, Solomon Islands | Rabaul | Garove Island, Papua New Guinea | Madang | Tami Islands, Papua New Guinea | Dobu Island | Dei Dei Hot Springs, Fergusson Island | Samarai And Kwato | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin | King George | Hunter River | Hunter River | Buccaneer Archipelago | Ende, Flores | Kalabahi (Takpala), Indonesia | Pulau Kital | Anano Island, Indonesia | Bau-Bau, Indonesia | Palopo, Sulawesi, Indonesia | Semarang | Singapore | Singapore | Anak Krakatoa, Indonesia | Karimunjawa Archipelago - Java, Indonesia | Padang,Sumatra For Cupek, Indonesia | Bawemataluwo, Indonesia | Belawan, Indonesia | Belawan, Indonesia | Galle | Colombo | Cochin | Cochin more

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15 Shrines & Skyscrapers
06 April 2021 - 20 nights

Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur, Port Kelang, Malaysia | Penang | Phuket | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Cochin | Mangalore | Mormugao, Goa | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Dubai | Dubai more

Fly Cruise £4939pp
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16 Singapore to Mumbai
08 April 2021 - 15 nights

Singapore | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Trincomalee, Sri Lanka | Colombo | Colombo | Cochin | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Bombay/Mumbai (India) more

Fly Cruise £5219pp
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17 Opulent Empires
01 May 2021 - 36 nights

Tokyo | Shimizu | Kyoto (Kobe) | Hiroshima | Shanghai | Shanghai | Ishigaki (Sakishima Islands) | Taipei (Keelung) | Hong Kong | Hue | Nha Trang | Ho Chi Minh City | Ho Chi Minh City | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur, Port Kelang, Malaysia | Penang | Phuket | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Cochin | Mangalore | Mormugao, Goa | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Fujairah | Dubai more

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18 Cochin to Piraeus
14 May 2021 - 19 nights

Cochin | Mormugao, Goa | Muscat | Sur | Salalah | Luxor (Safaga) | Rhodes | Symi | Naxos | Folegandros | Athens (Piraeus) more

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19 Grand Northern Expedition
14 May 2021 - 63 nights

Cochin | Mormugao, Goa | Muscat | Sur | Salalah | Luxor (Safaga) | Rhodes | Naxos | Symi | Athens (Piraeus) | Monemvasia | Itea, Greece | Nafpaktos | Ksamil | Sousse | Porto Empedocle (Sicily), Italy | Trapani | Cagliari | Bejaia, Algeria | Seville (Cadiz) | Seville (Cadiz) | Portimao | Lisbon | Leixoes | La Coruna | Saint-Malo | Honfleur | London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK | St Peter Port | St Mary's | Tresco, Isles Of Scilly | Pembroke, United Kingdom | Iona | Fort William | St. Kilda, Scotland | Vestmannaeyjar | Surtsey | Reykjavik | Dyjandi | Latrabjarg Cliffs | Vigur | Akureyri, Iceland | Jan Mayen | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Gjesvaerstappan, Norway | Skarsvag | Tromso more

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20 Far East Mystique
19 May 2021 - 18 nights

Singapore | Kuala Lumpur, Port Kelang, Malaysia | Penang | Phuket | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Cochin | Mangalore | Mormugao, Goa | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Fujairah | Dubai more

Fly Cruise £4019pp
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21 Tokyo to Tokyo
11 October 2021 - 12 nights

Tokyo | Nagoya | Osaka | Osaka | Okinawa (Naha) | Naze (Oshima Island), Japan | Nagasaki | Busan | Cochin | Shimizu | Tokyo more

Fly Cruise £7929pp
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22 Los Angeles to New York
06 January 2022 - 180 nights

Los Angeles | Nawiliwili | Honolulu | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Rangiroa | Papeete, Tahiti | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Suva | Lautoka | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand | Napier | Wellington | Akaroa | Dunedin | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Burnie | Melbourne | Melbourne | Geelong | Adelaide, Australia | Albany, Australia | Fremantle | Fremantle | Geraldton, Australia | Exmouth | Broome | Bali | Bali | Surabaya, Indonesia | Muara | Kota Kinabalu | Manila | Okinawa | Amami Oshima (Naze) | Tokyo | Tokyo | Shimizu | Kyoto (Kobe) | Kyoto (Kobe) | Hiroshima | Beppu | Kagoshima | Nagasaki | Seoul (Incheon), South Korea | Shanghai | Shanghai | Xiamen | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hanoi (Ha Long Bay) | Hanoi (Ha Long Bay) | Hue | Hue | Nha Trang | Ho Chi Minh City | Ho Chi Minh City | Kampot, Cambodia | Bangkok | Bangkok | Ko Samui | Singapore | Phuket | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Cochin | Mangalore | Male | Mahe | Mahe | Mahe | La Digue | Zanzibar | Nosey Be | Mayotte | Maputo | Richards Bay | Mossel Bay | Cape Town | Cape Town | Luderitz | Walvis Bay | Sao Tome | Lome | Sekondi-Takoradi | Abidjan | Banjul | Dakar | Mindelo (Sao Vicente) | St. Cruz De Tenerife (Canary Islands) | Arrecife | Agadir | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Honfleur | London, Tilbury | London, Tilbury | Amsterdam | Amsterdam | Waterford | Dublin | Belfast | St. John's, Newfoundland | New York | New York more

Fly Cruise £35739pp
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23 Singapore to Dubai
07 April 2022 - 18 nights

Singapore | Kuala Lumpur, Port Kelang, Malaysia | Penang | Phuket | Colombo | Colombo | Cochin | Mangalore | Goa (Mormugao) | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Bombay/Mumbai (India) | Muscat | Fujairah | Dubai | Dubai more

Fly Cruise £10229pp
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