Kochi: Which is the best place for a cheap and safe retirement life? The question is from BBC and it sent eight explorers to find out if India fits the bill. Not only did India fit in, the eight member team found their retirement love in Kochi- Kerala's very own queen.

The eight member team included several famous names like Lionel Blaire, Amanda Barry, Snooker Champion Dennis Taylor, TV star Rusty Lee and Singer Leela Fergusson. The team that visited several places in India spent an entire month in Kochi likening it to Britain for its good weather and safe environs.

The program titled 'Real Marigold' broadcast its Kochi story last month. The team had visited the Bless Retirement Home at Vazhakulam, Aluva, to learn the aspects of Malayalee retirement life from closer quarters. Home director Babu Joseph said that several enquiries have been coming since the program was telecast.

The visiting team had stayed at Fort Kochi during their visit. They had tried a hand at yoga, Ayurveda and Kerala cuisine while on their stay. A Kochi-based yoga teacher had trained them in yoga.