This morning we left the hotel at 9:00 and drove to Cochin where we stopped at the old Jewish Synagogue, in an area known locally as "Jewtown". Jews first came to India in 72 A.D. and this synagogue was built in 1568. It is beautiful, with tiles from China covering the floor. Each tile is hand-painted, and no two are the same. They are all blue on white. On the short walk from our car to the synagogue, we were hounded all the way by shop owners saying the classic line "just look, no buy". Yeah, sure! If you express any interest you are in for it.
We then came to our hotel, the exquisite boutique hotel, Malabar House, right in heart of the best sights in Cochin - near the Chinese fishing nets and the old British parade ground.
That evening, the hotel had booked us a one-hour sunset harbor cruise at 5:30. We took an autorickshaw (three-wheeler), with an driver who called it his Ferrari, for a very short drive to the dock. To our surprise, we boarded a small tugboat, just us, the captain and a guide. We were lucky - the sunset was great, and the sight of the setting sun behind the Chinese fishing nets (see photos), for which Cochin is famous, was spectacular. We then saw many, many fishing boats all docked, some loading ice for the next day, and others cleaning their fishing nets. One boat was lifting and hauling their large net as a team, and chanting a work song led by the boss - that was enchanting!
Dinner at our hotel was delicious - Tom had spiny lobster and Anne had prawns - and even chocolate dessert! The was live Indian music (Indian violin and drum - no loudspeaker)) in the dining area.