By our second day in Cochin we had already seen the "sights", so we headed to the local Cherai beach for a relaxing afternoon. Just a couple hundred meters away from the backwaters, the beach is "Indian" so bathing in Western beach attire was not appropriate and we spent the day mostly in the one restaurant that was on the beach, playing scrabble and the such. That evening, we went to the "mandatory" tourist attraction- seeing a Kathakali show. Basically, it is a performance of a Hindu story that is told through the body language and costumes of the performers with music accompaniment. To say we were minimally intrigued might be an overstatement.