by evening highlights. At dinner, we chose from a mouth-watering five-course a la carte menu, then we went onto enjoy a variety of top evening shows.
The sights and sounds of India again greeted us when we berthed in Kochi (Cochin); the drum band were accompanied by swaying dancers wearing colourful saris.
Our trip took us to the backwaters of Alappuzha, where we transferred to an authentic houseboat, which had a stylish interior of teak, mahogany and polished coconut.
We cruised lakes, rivers and narrow
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