Visit the gateway to Kerala, Kochi, a destination situated on the southwestern coast of the India, on a full-day tour. Kochi was the first European settlement in India and is located between blue waters of the Arabian Sea and Kerala’s emerald backwaters.
What to Expect
Discover the historical city of Kochi on a full-day tour. Visit the churches, synagogues, and museums in the city, and learn the rich history of this Indian city.
A gateway to Kerala, Kochi is situated on the southwestern coast of the India. The city was the first European settlement in India. Its location between blue waters of the Arabian Sea and Kerala’s emerald backwaters, and its rich medley of Indian and foreign architecture makes it a favorite tourist spot. It is also the industrial and commercial capital of South India.
Begin your trip with pick-up at your hotel, and then continue on to sightseeing. You will visit the Jewish Synagogue, which is the oldest synagogue in India, built in 1568. The synagogue is decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers.
Next, you will see St. Francis Church. The first European church of India, it is dedicated to St. Anthony. The church was built in 1516. it is famous for being the initial burial place for the explorer, Vasco de Gama, who was later taken to Lisbon.
Head to see the Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1557 as a gift to the Raja of Cochin. It is a 2-story building around a central courtyard and also has numerous temples. It is also known as Mattancherry Palace. After exploring the grounds, you will enjoy lunch at a city restaurant.
In the afternoon, make your way to the Indo-Portuguese Museum, established by Dr. Joseph Kureethra to protect the rich heritage of Portuguese influence on the city. The museum basically has 5 main sections which are Altar, Treasure, Procession, Civil Life, and Cathedral.
Finally, you will be taken to the Chinese Fishing Nets. Set up on teak wood and bamboo poles, these fishing nets have their origin in China. These were introduced by Chinese explorer Zheng He and the site has become a major tourist attraction. When you are done, you will be taken back to your hotel.
- Meeting and assistance by GeTS Holidays
- Transport by air-conditioned car as per the tour Itinerary, with all parking and toll tax
- English-speaking guide
- Monument entry fees
- All taxes
What's Not Included
- Any air and train fare
- Medical insurance
- Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances
- Personal expenses or items of a personal nature
- Camera fee at monuments
Know Before You Go
Dutch palace (closed on Fridays), Jewish synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays), St. Francis church and Indo Portugeese Museum (closed on Mondays and public holidays).