Cochin City Tour - Arrival Cochin, Meet you at the cruise ship terminal, Pick-up at hotel
Free for childrens up to 10 years
The port city of Kochi has a very colorful and rich history. It was formerly known as Cochin and used to serve as an important trading center in the ancient times. The city occupies a very strategic position geographically, being flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west.
Cochin Sightseeing Tour (Twice daily)
1st Tour – 9.30 am to 12.00 pm
2nd Tour – 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Places covered: Dutch Palace (Friday Holiday), Synagogue (Friday & Saturday Holiday), St. Francis Church ,Santa Cruz basilica and Chinese Fishing Nets with Spectacular view of Willington Island, Kochi Harbour and Bolgatty Island.
Tour Price $ 70 per person
Discover the rich European legacy and historical charm of Kochi. On this private sightseeing tour of Kochi, walk along its streets and explore all its highlights, from the beautiful natural harbor to the Portuguese and Dutch heritage sites. Enjoy personalized service and expert commentary from your local private guide.
After being picked up from your Kochi hotel in a private vehicle, start your private walking tour at Fort Cochin and see the suspended Chinese fishing nets, which were introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan in the 14th century. Kochi fishermen still use these fishing nets to earn their livelihoods.
Continue your stroll down 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. The church has a large cemetery that serves as a resting ground for many Portuguese army officials and soldiers.
Next, see Santa Cruz Basilica, one the largest and most impressive churches in India. The church has two soaring spires and a bright, white-washed exterior. Inside, you will find walls decorated with frescoes, murals, and large paintings depicting scenes from the life of Jesus Christ.
Finish your tour at Mattancherry Palace. It was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555. The palace is famous for its stunning murals portraying scenes from Hindu tales, such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Next door is the Paradesi (also called Pardesi) Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India. Admire the ornate brass pulpit, the Belgian glass chandelier and hand-painted Chinese porcelain floor tiles. Wander around the neighboring Jew Town, a central location for the spice trade, and inhale the aroma of ginger, cardamom, turmeric and cloves.
Your guide will drop you off at your hotel at the conclusion of the tour.