On our tour of Cochin this morning, you will visit the Jewish Synagogue, one of the oldest il} 1D9ia, the Dutch Palace well known for its mural paintings.")You will also see the Chinese fishing nets in operation, at the entrance of Kochi harbour. ... they are a fascinating sight! They were first brought by Chinese traders from Kublai Khan's court. Aftternoon cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. The complex network of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals fringing the coast of Kerala forms the basis of a distinct regional lifestyle , and travelling by boat along these backwaters is one of the highlights of our visit to this state. The boats cross shallow, palm-fringed lakes studded with Chinese fishing nets, and along narrow shady canals where coir (coconut fibre), copra and cashews are loaded onto boats. Stops are made at small settlements, where people live on carefully cultivated narrow strips of land only a few metres wide, and there's a chance to see traditional boats with huge sails, and prows carved into the shape of dragons. Overnight at the hotel.