Our most recommended things to do in Kochi
1. Kochi: Private Sightseeing Tuk-Tuk Tour
The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in your very own private tuk-tuk. Arrive at the first stop of the day and marvel at the city’s iconic Chinese fishing nets which were introduced by traders in the 14th century. Take a stroll along the shore to see the local fishermen who still use these nets today, then head to St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The church was constructed in 1503 by Portuguese friars, and is now the burial place of Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer who led the first ships that sailed directly from Europe to India. Continue the tour to the Santa Cruz Basilica, which is one of the largest and most impressive churches in India. Boasting two soaring spires and a bright, white-washed exterior, the church is a real treat for the eyes. Head inside and find the walls decorated with stunning frescoes, intricate murals, and large pa...
2. Kerala Houseboat and Mumbai City Tour from Cruise Port
Cochin Itinerary: Backwater Houseboat and Fishing Nets Duration 7 hours After pickup from the port, transfer to Alleppey, approx 1.5 hours, to board your houseboat. On arrival, check in and take a short motor boat transfer to the houseboat. Enjoy the slow, gentle cruise through the backwaters and village areas while enjoying a lunch of Keralan cuisine with rice, vegetable dishes, fish, chicken, and more. Lunch only option for the morning cruise, and tea and snacks for the afternoon cruise. The houseboat cruise lasts approximately 2 hours, at which point you will disembark and transfer to Fort Kochi. See and learn about the Chinese fishing nets that have dominated the coastline for more than 150 years. Later transfer to Cochin Port. Note for Cochin Tour 1: For the ship, which docks at cochin at 12:00 PM or later, only houseboat cruises will be arranged without visiting the Chinese Net...
3. Munnar Private Day Trip
After an early morning pick-up from your Kochi hotel, travel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for about 4 hours to Munnar. En route to Munnar, stop to see the Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls, and take a break for breakfast. Your local guide will meet you in Munnar to start the tour. Munnar is a hill station that is known for its vast tea plantations and natural beauty. It was once a favorite summer retreat for British colonials. Start your tour by visiting Mattupetty Dam and a tea museum, then take a short walk through the tea plantations. There will be a break for lunch before heading back to your hotel in Kochi, with a stop at a spice plantation along the way.
4. Jewish Heritage of Kochi: 6-Hour Tour
Discover India's Jewish Heritage in Kochi, home to the country's longest-established Jewish communities. Known as the Malayalam Jews, their history is vague but evidence suggests that the earliest settlers may have arrived in India after the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem in 70 CE. You'll see the city's most important Synagogues, including Chendamangalam and Kadvum Bagam, some of the region's key places of worship. Visit the Jewish Cemetery and Kochi's handloom weaving center. Then enjoy lunch at a serene Vedic village resort. The tour continues with a captivating 2-hour excursion around the area's backwaters, and a trip to the Judeo-Christian Ancestry Tower.
5. Kerala: 4-Day Tour with Tree House Stay & Houseboat Ride
Day 1: Arrive Cochin – Munnar by Road [135 kms / 4 hours] On your arrival in Cochin your driver will pick you up from Cochin airport or your other pre-arranged meeting point. Take a scenic drive to Hill Station in Munnar where you will enjoy your tree house stay. Check-in at the treehouse and take in the beautiful forest scenery. In the afternoon you will have the chance to do some sightseeing at major tourist hotspots such as: Eravikulam National park, Tea Museum, Mettupatty and Echo Point. You will have the evening to do your own exploring before you spend the night in your treehouse room which is fitted with modern amenities. Day 2: Munnar – Thekkady by Road [95 kms / approx. 3 hours] After a delicious breakfast, head towards Thekkady in an air-conditioned car with your driver. You will be taken to your accomodation upon reaching the destination. From your accomodation you will be...
6. Cochin: Private Heritage and Backwaters Houseboat Tour
You will be picked up from your hotel in Cochin or Cochin Cruise Port ships berth before beginning a 1.5-hour transfer to Alleppey to board your houseboat. You will then begin your journey, cruising slowly through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and more. There will be 3 staff members to look after you and make sure your experience is as relaxed as you could wish for. Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is located between the Arabian Sea and the web of rivers flowing into it. In the early 20th century, the Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon, was so mesmerized by the scenic beauty that he declared that Alleppey was the “Venice of the East.” You can enjoy a lunch of Keralan cuisine on the houseboat, before later transferring to Fort Kochi to visit the famous Chinese nets, St. Francis Church and Dhobi Khana. Your tour w...
7. Cochin: Alleppey Backwater Private Day Cruise by Houseboat
Explore the famous Kerala backwaters of Alleppey on board a traditional houseboat. Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is located between the Arabian Sea and a web of rivers flowing into it. In the early 20th century, the then Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon was so mesmerized by the scenic beauty he declared that Alleppey was “The Venice of the East.” Following a pickup from Cochin Cruise Port or from Cochin Hotels, transfer to Aleppey to board your houseboat. Cruise slowly through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and more. There’s no guide on board but there will be 3 staff members to look after you and make sure your experience is as relaxed as you could wish for. Enjoy a lunch of Keralan cusine as you gently cruise, before later transferring back to Cochin Port or your hotel.
Would definitely recommend this private tour We had the houseboat to ourselves and our driver took us to lots of extra places
8. Athirappilly Waterfall Excursion with Lunch from Cochin
In the morning after breakfast your driver will pick you up from your hotel between 08:00 – 08:30 am and you will take morning drive to Athirappilly. Athirappilly is a scintillating waterfall over 80 feet high. This breath-taking waterfall joins the river Chalakudy. Chalakudy, is 5 km away from the hill station Valparai which is famous for its serene tea-estate. On arrival to Athirappilly enjoy the scenic views and enjoy lunch in luxury resort or restaurant. After lunch you will be taken to another waterfall called the Vazhachal waterfall. The Vazhachal waterfall is also a part of the Chalakudy river and you will witness a wide variety of colorful flora and herbal plantation. This plantation is maintained by the forest department. Talking of forests, this breath-taking waterfall is situated amidst the lustrous green forest. After a heartfelt trip to the Athirappilly and spending the wh...
9. From Kochi: 2-Day Alappuzha Backwaters Houseboat Cruise
Alappuzha, also known as the "Venice of the East", is an important tourist destination in India and the backwaters of Alappuzha are the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. A houseboat cruise on these backwaters is a delightful experience. Alappuzha is a landmark between the broad Arabian Sea and the web of rivers flowing into it. It is a town in the Alappuzha District in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of the Indian Empire, made a visit to Alappuzha in the early 20th century. Fascinated by the scenic beauty of the place he said “here nature has spent up on the land her richest bounties”. Detailed itinerary: Day 1: After the pick-up from Cochin Port or at your hotel at 10:15, you will transfer to Alappuzha to board the houseboat around 12:00. Once aboard the houseboat you will slowly cruise through the backwaters an...
Friendly, helpful staff, very good local cuisine. Boat was comfortable not luxurious. Bed linen needs replacing....two single sheets on a double bed!! Decent bathrooms. Air-conditioning worked but was not available immediately, so be sure to check as it gets hot! All in all an enjoyable experience.
10. Same Day Backwater Cruise Of Alleppey from Cochin
You will be picked up from your accommodation and drive to Alleppey (1.5 hours), also known as Alappuzha. It is located between the Arabian Sea and a web of rivers flowing into it. On arrival at Cochin Port, you will meet the tour representative and drive directly to Alleppey, where he will assist you to embark on your private houseboat for a 3-4 hour cruise through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and more. Enjoy a traditional Kerala lunch (both veg and non veg), evening tea, coffee and snacks. Later, you will disembark at the jetty point and be driven back to your accommodation.
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What people are saying about Kochi
We were in a group of 12. This is a good size. Chance to meet fellow travellers and manageable for guide. Our guide's name was Jude and he was excellent. He had great english, was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. I would be delighted to use same tour company when i visit Cochin again.
Punctual guide! We were expected with a sign. He was attentive and attentive. 2 bottles of water were at our disposal. The vehicle was clean and we had an excellent driver Thanks to our guide Tomy for this excellent day.
Enjoyed this houseboat tour. Be prepared for a 2 hour ride each way. Interesting to see the communities. It is a long ride but worth it
Very knowledgable guide, Jude who lived locally. Lots of history explained in humourous banter. Very enjoyable, educational day.
Driver waiting at airport was on time, helpful and clearly signed as arranged.