The commercial capital of Kerala and the most cosmopolitan of cities is Cochin. It has long been eulogized as the \'Queen of the Arabian Sea\'. This simple term does not do full justice to the city\'s myriad charms, which go beyond its stunning natural beauty and long maritime history. Centuries ago, seafarers and merchants from around the world called Cochin the trade in spices, seafood, rubber and coir. Kochi has been invaded by various foreign countries ranging from Portuguese to British at various times in the last millennium. Most of the invaders left behind their cultural marks on the land giving it a multi cultural facet.
The unmistakable imprints of these influences are seen in many landmarks such as the ubiquitous Chinese fishing nets dotting the shoreline and backwaters. The elegant Jewish synagogue at Mattancherry was built in 1568 by the prosperous Jewish community. The St. Francis Church was constructed by the Portuguese in 1503. The Santa Cruz Basilica was originally built by the Portuguese near the church. The Dutch Palace was built by the Portuguese and gifted to the Raja of Cochin in 1557 and later modified by the Dutch. The Bolgatty Palace was built in 1744 by the Dutch and now converted into a heritage hotel. Willingdon Island was created by Sir Robert Bristow out of the material dredged for building the modern Cochin Port. The Hill Palace Museum was the traditional seat of the Cochin Rajas, now converted into a museum complex.
Various religious entities including Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jews harmoniously inhabit the city making it a cultural potpourri among the religious festivals celebrated here are Onam, Vishu, Christmas, Easter, Eid ul-Fitr and Milad-e-sherif. North Indian festivals like Holi and Diwali are also celebrated.
Price on Twin sharing basis
2 * HOTELS - THE YANI /similar USD 301/- each
3* HOTELS - LORASI SUNSET HOTEL/similar USD 311/- each
4* HOTELS - HARRIS SUNSET ROAD /similar USD 329/-each
5* HOTELS - GRAND MIRAGE RESORTS/similar USD 405/-each
***Minimum 02 Pax. ***Conditions Apply.****
VALIDITY: September 2014
•3 Nights Accommodation on Twin Sharing Basis.
•Return Airport Transfers on SIC Basis.
•Sightseeing as mentioned
•Additional meals other than in the itinerary
•Government service tax @3.09%
•Hotels/rates/itinerary subject to change as per availability at the time of confirmation of the tour.
•All fares & rates are as prevailing today Taxes are calculated as on 01.01.2014
•Porterage at airports and seaports, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, insurance and all items of personal nature, also food and drinks not forming part of the tour
•Standard check-in time: 14.00-15.00 hrs (all Hotels)
•Standard check-out time : 12.00 hrs
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The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is owned and managed by Hotel Leelaventure Limited, which was established in 1987 in Mumbai. The company is part of The Leela Group whose portfolio includes luxury hotel and resort properties, IT and business parks, as well as real estate development.
Spearheading the group is chairman, Captain C. P. Krishnan Nair, whose vision has been inspired by his strong belief in India’s ability to compete with the world’s premier travel destinations. Captain C. P. Krishnan Nair has led a fulfilling life of hard work and dedication from starting the first Students’ Union while at school to joining the army during World War II and later taking the reins of his father-in-law’s handloom business - only to grow it into the country’s largest garment exporting house. Nair is a singular leader, who has worked hard, relentlessly, towards a focused goal.
His many business trips to Europe and America exposed him to hotels with high service standards, inspiring him to enter the world of luxury hospitality. At the age of 65, he started to build The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, which today has evolved into one of the most celebrated indigenous hospitality groups in the luxury segment.
Uthralikkavu temple is some two kilometers away in the direction of north from Wadackanchery on the Kodungallore-Shoranur state highway. Just aside the Thrissur - Shoranur Railway line, amidst the paddy fields and surrounded by a chain of highlands and hills, the temple compound forms a rather arena-like stage where the Pooram and its associated features such as elephant procession, fireworks, percussion orchestra etc. would be held. Despite the fact that the temple is rather small in size compared to its counterparts in Kerala and that it is located at an isolated rural part of the district, during the festival season, the temple and the village raises to media attraction and news fame.