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6 Ways You Can Experience Kochi Like Never Before!

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A trip to Kerala is never complete without a visit to Kochi, central Kerala's port city. It has a distinct cultural identity with a unique blend of artistry, lifestyle and cuisine.

It is the gateway to Kerala and is known to be a culturally and historically rich city. The sight of the fishermen’s boats on the waves, the distinct fragrance of spices and vanilla pods are the smells that will welcome every traveller to Kochi.

It’s high time you head here for your next vacation for its heritage, aromatic food and relaxing locale. Return rich with memories only Kochi can bestow. Want to know how? Your ordinary experiences can be turned into memorable ones! Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty will make your Kerala holiday all the more mesmerising with its iconic architecture and luxurious suites, all nestled in dramatic views of the serene Vembanad backwaters. With their private houseboats, a relaxing and opulent stay is what’s in store for you.

Experience the best of this city, as with the help of Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty you turn anything ordinary into ‘moments of more’. Do you want to know how?


1. For an exhilarating experience on the Vembanad lake

For an exhilarating experience on the Vembanad lake Share source: Shutterstock

Vembanad lake is widely known for its alluring beauty. It’s a perfect spot for boating, fishing and sightseeing. There are 15 major islands in the lake and each has its own distinct flavour and feel. Have you ever wondered how an islander conducts his day to day life? About how toddy is tapped and consumed?

Check out what HolidayIQ traveller Dr Shekher says, “In my opinion the best thing to do here is star gazing. For a person living in big cities, it is a sight which will be remembered forever.”

There is no better way than spending your evening on a stargazing cruise on the backwaters of Kochi. Let Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty craft this experience for you. Accompanied by your tour expert, follow the moon on an exclusive luxury houseboat experience.

What more? Get your adrenaline surging with the kayaking experience on the Periyar River and top it off with the adventure camp by the lake!  

2. Birdwatching by the bay

Birdwatching by the bay Share source: Shutterstock

Kochi has small riverside villages where you can catch sight of different species of birds, in action in their natural habitat.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Niladri Banerjee adds, “The Periyar Lake, situated ideally in the centre surrounded by forests and mini hillocks, which are home to a wide variety of birds. Depending on your luck you can see different species of birds and much more, strolling around the vast expanse of open landscape.”

Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty will enhance your bird watching experience by taking you for the morning tour of the Dr Salim Ali bird sanctuary at Thattekad, on the banks of the Periyar River.

It’s an experience that will get you closer to over 50 endemic species of birds, including the Great Indian Hornbill, the state bird of Kerala. You’ll be accompanied by an ornithologist during your early morning tour and equip your knowledge on the plethora of bird species. How many bird sanctuaries can turn your ordinary experiences into extraordinary ‘moments of more’!



3. For its delectable seafood delights, Oh! My fish

For its delectable seafood delights, Oh! My fish Share source: Shutterstock

Kochi is a treasure trove of lip-smacking seafood and meat delicacies that are a fusion of Arabian, French and the state’s own unique tastes.  

HolidayIQ reviewer Vinod Nair says, Try the local delicacies of Kochi like the fish mappas, appams, stew and the traditional sadya on a plantain leaf here.“

Are you in search of authentic Malabari cuisine? The master chefs at the Malabar Cafe at Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty will make your dining experience memorable, thanks to their signature dish ‘Achayan Tharavu - Duck Roast’. You can also enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the Colony Clubhouse & Grill in Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty while you dig into their scrumptious Mud Crab Cakes or Saffron Butter Noodles.

Also, spend the day on a guided tour of the bustling fish market and auction centre located at Vypin fishing harbour, a few minutes away. You will also be visiting the Matsyafed fish farm, where you can catch sight of jumping fish as you pedal your way on the lake there.

Turn your gastronomic experience into ‘moments of more’ filled with delight at Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty.


4. Traditional lunch with breathtaking views

Traditional lunch with breathtaking views Share source: Shutterstock

How about relishing mouth-watering dishes by the side of pristine waterfalls gushing down from a height of 80 feet? We know exactly where you must be.

HolidayIQ reviewer Mahesh Pathak says, “We visited the mountain ranges that has a waterfall and lush greenery. You can enjoy driving down the roads, get drenched in the waterfall and enjoy nature at its best.”

With lush greenery all around and several nature trails crisscrossing the area, you’ll surely have an otherworldly experience. Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty will give you a phenomenal effect with delicious dining, overlooking Athirapally waterfalls, gifting you with ‘moments of more’.  

You will have private access to the waterfalls through an exclusive boutique resort offering great views of the falls. An added advantage, you’ll be guided to the falls by the tour companion, away from the regular crowd thus giving you a chance to explore the wilderness in private. On your way back, you can relax by the poolside after a delectable traditional lunch served at the bistro restaurant.


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5. A heritage safari (with a twist)

A heritage safari (with a twist) Share source: Shutterstock

Kochi is a fascinating destination with a significant past that is soaked in colonial history. It has developed its own cultural identity over the years and can experience the charm of the city as a whole. The lanes of the city are an amalgamation of the traditional and modern world.

This safari is not your regular one. It’s a safari with a twist! Experience the beautiful architecture of heritage worth buildings as you’re taken on a city tour.

HolidayIQ reviewer Ramit Batra says, “Kochi is one of my favourite cities. The Portuguese influence on the architecture, the churches and synagogues, the museums, the fabulous restaurants; there is something for all. Other popular sightseeing locations are Cherai beach, Paradesi Synagogue, Saint Francis Church, Bhagavati Temple, Kerala Folklore Museum and Kashi art gallery.”

Kochi is an encyclopedia of historical facts and has been shaped over centuries by the Portuguese, British, Dutch, Chinese and Arabs. Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty will let you experience Kochi the right way. You’ll get to explore both the old and new part of the town by making quick halts at every major landmark. The best part of this safari is that you will be accompanied by a tour companion taking this experience to the next level.


6. Live like a local with the ‘village affair’

Live like a local with the ‘village affair’ Share source: Shutterstock

Travelling comes alive when you experience the lives of the people there. Experiencing the myriad ways of the villagers and tuning in to their daily chores is definitely an unforgettable experience.

HolidayIQ reviewer Vijay Potluri says, “Cities have a modern face but the rural villages are traditional and culturally preserved. It's not just a tour but it's going to be an interesting memorable experience.”

Do you wish to see a countryman’s life in Kerala’s village? Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty will make you know what life is like for the locals and how you can enjoy its simple pleasures.

You can try your luck at fishing and interact with the locals. The best part is you can lend your hand in helping the women in their daily work. Weave coir and also try dishing out a sumptuous Malabar recipe for example. Later, you can take a walk through the beautiful countryside and explore more.

Synchronise yourself to the tune of Kerala’s scenic villages while discovering ‘moments of more’ in everything ordinary.

Now that you’ve had a glimpse of how ‘grand’ the Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty is, what are you waiting for? All you need to do is plan your holiday for an exotic getaway in Kochi, the Queen of the Arabian Sea.



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