Cochin: Full Day Guided Tour
- Duration: 4 hours
Book yourself a private walking tour of the best highlights of Fort Kochi. This area displays a unique heritage from its Portuguese, Dutch, British and Malabar roots. Enjoy an engaging walking tour with a local guide - the best way to explore everything this area has to offer. Guests residing in Fort Kochi can meet their guide at the hotel lobby, while other guests can meet the guide at the convenient meeting point, or can request a hotel pickup and drop off service. Visit the oldest church in India, the St. Francis Church, built in 1503. Find out how Vasco Da Gama, the first European explorer to discover the sea route to India, was initially buried here before his remains were taken to Lisbon. The impressive Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, also built in the 1500s, has beautiful paintings and murals inside. Keep your cameras ready for the Chinese Fishing Nets, a traditional method of fis...
Experience Cochin on this full day tour with a professional guide. Meet at the Cochin Port cruise terminal and take the ferry to the vibrant Mattancherry. Take an iconic local Tuc-Tuc to visit the Pardesi Synagogue, the Dutch Palace, the spice market, Fort Kochi, and various other must-see attractions. This fun and eclectic tour will show you the diversity that India and Cochin has to offer, exploring various cultures and traditions and experiencing new and exotic cuisines. Your local guide will be able to teach you some of the fun facts and hidden gems of the area.
Discover the highlights of Kochi from a local’s perspective as you ride around in a traditional tuk-tuk. See the city’s historical monuments, learn about its colonial past, and benefit from a convenient hotel pickup and drop-off. Travel to the spice markets and learn about Kochi’s central role in the Indian spice trade for many centuries and its popularity by foreign traders. See the old buildings that most clearly reveal this deep-rooted colonial influence. Kochi was the first European colony for Portugal in India from the year 1500-1663, followed by the Dutch and later the British. Explore the fishing village’s ancient Chinese fishing nets, historical European settlements like the Vasco de Gama church, and the Dutch cemetery and towards the Dutch palace. Stop by a museum under ASI and spend time walking through the historical Jewish district and visit the Jewish synagogue.
Day 1: Pickup from Kochi airport or railway station and transfer to your hotel in Fort Kochi. In the late afternoon start your private tour of Fort Kochi by visiting the Chinese fishing nets that were introduced by traders in the 14th century. Kochi fishermen still use these fishing nets to earn their livelihoods. Continue your stroll down to St Francis Church, one of the oldest churches in India. The church was constructed in 1503 by Portuguese friars. Next, see the Santa Cruz Basilica, one of the largest and most impressive churches in India. Then visit the Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555. Next door is the Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India. Admire the ornate brass pulpit, the glass chandelier, and hand-painted Chinese porcelain floor tiles. In the evening, watch a live Kathakali dance performance at...
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Bebu was my guide and he was amazing! I recommend it! Really nice tour!