At the exit gate of the port, you'll see your name on a placard, signaling the start of an epic tour. A short drive leads you to the un-rushed village of Vaikom. Strolling through this welcoming village, you'll be privy to see their simple homes and workshops before arriving at the Khadi Weaving Center, where you'll see how a variety of materials are hand-spun into beautiful items. Next, you'll visit the local potter to witness the creation of their wares, prior to enjoying a traditional lunch. This is the ideal tour for travelers interesting in an authentic India excursion.
Largely untouched by modernity, Vaikom is a quaint, old, and friendly village in the state of Kerala. Your English-speaking driver will provide cultural insights en-route to the unhurried village. On arrival, you'll be privy to see the where the villagers reside and how they earn their livelihood.
Upon reaching the Khadi Weaving Centre, artisans will show you how they produce beautiful hand-woven cloth from silk, wool, or cotton. Naturally, you'll be afforded the opportunity to purchase items prior to visiting the local potter. There, you'll see a variety of ethnic pots and vases created before your very eyes.
Soon after, a visit will be paid to a local restaurant (at your expense), where your lunch is served in a plantain leaf, just as the villagers eat. Book this relaxing Cochin tour for a truly authentic peek into how villagers in India have lived for hundreds of years.
Please Note: A tourist visa is required to debark in India. Since tourist visas are not provided by cruise lines to visit India, you will need to obtain one prior to your cruise. The e-Tourist Visa is NOT available for cruise line passengers.
For United States citizens, please CLICK HERE to visit the "Embassy of India - Washington, D.C." website for the latest information and CLICK HERE for the "Cox & Kings Global Services" website to start your visa application.
For citizens of other nations, please CLICK HERE to visit "Indian Visa Online."