See the sites of beautiful Cochin on India's Arabian Sea coast. Visit the Portuguese-built Dutch Palace and the fascinating Jewish Synagogue. Discover the oldest European church in India and explore the handsome Basilica of Santa Cruz.
What to Expect
Cochin is the jewel in the crown of Kerala with its European heritage and true cosmopolitan temperament. Take a leisurely walk through its streets and discover all that the city has to offer, from its natural harbor to its historic sites.
The sightseeing of Fort Cochin excursion tours all the most important attractions of Cochin, including Fort Kochi, the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue and St. Francis Church.
Fort Kochi was founded in 1503, and is a place where history, like a friendly phantom, still stalks the lonely streets. One can see many remains of Indo-European architecture that still exist here. One of the fascinating sights on the Kochi shoreline is the huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets which were brought here by traders from the court of Kubla Khan.
Visit the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry. It was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja in 1555. The palace acquired its present name in 1663 when the Dutch carried out some extensions and repairs to it. The main attractions of the palace lie in its wall murals that depict the scenes from the Ramayana.
Continue to the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called Jew Town. The synagogue of the white Jews near Mattancherry palace is now a fascinating mixture of shops, warehouses and spice auction rooms.
At St. Francis Church you will discover the oldest European church in India. St. Francis Church was built in the early 16th-Century and it was here that the great explorer Vasco da Gama was first buried in 1562, before his mortal remains were taken back to Portugal by his son 16 years later.
You will also visit Santa Cruz Basilica. Originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese, the Santa Cruz Basilica was used as a warehouse by the British in the 18th-Century. The Basilica, with its beautiful carved wooden panels and pulpit, was rebuilt in the early 20th-Century.
- English Speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
What's Not Included
- Tips to chauffeur & guide
- Camera/video fee at the visiting sites
Know Before You Go
Supplement of USD 10 per person will be applicable if you require a guide in any other language than English, such as German, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian etc. This is payable directly to the driver and is subject to minimum of 2 paying guests.
• If you are arrive by cruise ship, an extra supplement cost of USD 20 per person is applicable, payable directly to our driver.
• Please note that hotels located in the suburbs of Mumbai will incur an extra pick-up charge of USD 10 per person, payable directly to the driver and subject to minimum of 2 paying guests.