Kochi Culture & history

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Kochi: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour with Hotel Pickup

1. Kochi: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour with Hotel Pickup

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.

Glimpse of Cochin: Guided Tour

2. Glimpse of Cochin: Guided Tour

Experience Cochin on this full day tour with a professional guide. Meet at the Cochin Port cruise terminal or your Hotel at Cochin and transfer to to the vibrant Mattancherry to visit the Pardesi Synagogue, the Dutch Palace, the spice market and later visit Fort Kochi Chinese Nets ,Santa Cruz Basilica ,St Francis Church etc 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 Your local guide will be able to teach you some of the fun facts and hidden gems of the area.

Fort Kochi & Chinese Fishing Nets Private Walking Tour

3. Fort Kochi & Chinese Fishing Nets Private Walking Tour

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 fishing from the beach introduced by Chinese explorers. Take a brief tuk-tuk ride to Matancherry and Jew Town. Learn about how The Matancherry Palace was gifted to the King of Kochi by the Portuguese and is home to beautiful murals from Hindu epics. Explore the Pardesi Synagogue, one of the oldest active Jewish place of worship in the world. After exploring the ornate interiors, spend time walking around the antique and spice shops in Jew Town before ending the tour.

Discovering Cochin: a Day in the Life of a Local

4. Discovering Cochin: a Day in the Life of a Local

Spend time in Fort Cochin, popularly known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, as a local might. This industrial capital of Kerala, located on the South-West coast of India, is the commercial hub of the thriving state. Explore the city with a knowledgeable and friendly guide and get the local experience. Your guide will meet you at your predetermined destination to pick you up and drive you to Fort Cochin. Once there, you'll visit the local spice and vegetable market and take in all the sights, sounds and smells. Your next destination will be a stroll through the colonial roads of Fort Cochin, where you can visit the Fish market, and see Chinese fishing nets amongst other things. Then head over to the St. Francis church to see Vasco de Gama’s tomb, followed by a visit to the Santa Cruse Basilica. After that you can enjoy a cruise through the Harbor before enjoying lunch. After lunch you still have quite a few activities in store for you as you’ll visit the Dutch Palace museum and Jewish town. Finally, before ending your tour, you will see the Paradesi Synagogue.

Kochi: Full-Day Christian Heritage Tour

5. Kochi: Full-Day Christian Heritage Tour

Discover the Indian roots of Christianity on this full-day Christian heritage tour of Kochi. Dating back to the 1st century, Christianity in India predates the religions official recognition in Europe by 300 years. The Apostle St Thomas is said to have arrived at the ancient seaport of Muzris in 42 A.D. During his stay he founded seven churches along the Kerala coast, some of which are included in this tour. Visit the first Church of St Thomas, and the oldest Christian Church in India, the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Palayoor. Explore the Indian Christian Historical Museum. See two more St. Thomas churches; The Marthoma Church and the Kottakavu Church, both dating to 53 A.D. Also included on the tour are visits to the Kottapuram Cathedral, the Jewish-Christian Ancestor Tower, Our Lady of Snow Church, and the Vypeekotta Seminary.

Kerala Full-Day Tour from Kochi with Lunch

6. Kerala Full-Day Tour from Kochi with Lunch

Head out from Kochi on a tour of Kerala that will cover many of the must-see sights in this beautiful region of South West India. Start by visiting the first Christian church in India, St. Thomas, home to many important relics. Then continue on to see the Pariyanempatta Bhagavathi Temple and the first mosque in India, followed by a trip to an excavation site. Next up, head to the Shiva Temple and the Guruvayoor Temple. The former is more than 2,000 years old, and the latter is a place where Hindu marriages are regularly performed. Your next stop of the day will be at an elephant sanctuary, home to more than 68 elephants. Then board a country boat for a village backwater tour. This will be followed up by a visit to a fishing harbor and market, a stop at the Mahadeva Temple, and a stroll along Cherai Beach. At some point during the day, you will also get to enjoy a lovely seafood lunch at Vedic Village Resort.

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What people are saying about Kochi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Stanly, our guide, was very knowledgeable and accommodating. It turned out to be a tour of the various Catholic churches. I would have liked to see some Protestant ones too but I am very glad I did the tour.

I really enjoyed the tour. Guide had knowledge About the monuments and the history it self. Friendly,well spoken in english I can only recommend him. Thank your for the tour