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Kochi: Private Sightseeing Tuk-Tuk Tour

Product ID: 275822
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Discover the very best that Kochi has to offer on this private, tuk-tuk tour. See the city’s most iconic sights, including St. Francis Church and the Dutch Place, and immerse yourself in Kochi’s unique culture, history, and heritage.
About this activity
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Duration: 3 - 4 hours
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English

Pickup optional

Pickup from your hotel reception.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Travel around Kochi's most iconic sights in a private tuk-tuk
  • Visit the Chinese fishing nets, Santa Cruz Basilica, Paradesi Synagogue, and more
  • Wander around the bustling Jew Town and soak up the aromas of the spice market
  • Enjoy free time to explore on your own and shop for souvenirs
Full description
The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in your very own private tuk-tuk. Arrive at the first stop of the day and marvel at the city’s iconic Chinese fishing nets which were introduced by traders in the 14th century. Take a stroll along the shore to see the local fishermen who still use these nets today, then head 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.

Continue the tour to the Santa Cruz Basilica, which is one of the largest and most impressive churches in India. Boasting two soaring spires and a bright, white-washed exterior, the church is a real treat for the eyes. Head inside and find the walls decorated with stunning frescoes, intricate murals, and large paintings that depict the life of Jesus. Hop back in the tuk-tuk and make your way to Mattancherry Palace, which was also built by the Portuguese in the 1500s. The palace is famous for its breathtaking murals which portray classic Hindu tales such as Ramanaya and Mahabharata.

Later, take a trip to the Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India. Admire the synagogue's ornate brass pulpit, Belgian glass chandeliers, and hand-painted Chinese porcelain floor tiles. From the synagogue, wander around the neighboring Jew Town, a central location for the spice trade. As you peruse the stalls, soak up the vibrant atmosphere of locals going about their day and be enveloped by the aroma of ginger, cardamom, turmeric, and cloves. At the end of an unforgettable experience, sit back and relax in the tuk-tuk on the return journey to your accommodation.
Includes
  • Private tuk-tuk ride (not air-conditioned)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Fort Kochi and Mattancherry)
  • Cruse terminal pickup and drop-off (shared van transfer to the tuk-tuk starting point, then return to the terminal gate)
What’s Not Included
  • Tour guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Head to the Kochi Cruise Terminal Pier and look for staff holding a Get Your Guide sign board with a blue umbrella.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Not allowed
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Pickup and drop-off is available directly to/from hotels in Fort Kochi and Mattancherry
• For passengers arriving at the cruise terminal, locate the local partner's staff who will be waiting at the pier holding a Get Your Guide sign and a blue umbrella. On the return journey, the driver will drop you off at the cruise terminal gate
• Please note there is no guide provided in this tour. The tuk-tuk driver will take you to all the attractions as per the itinerary, but the driver does not speak fluent English

From US$ 30 per person

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Product ID: 275822