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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.

Highlights of Cochin: Group Tour from Cochin Port

2. Highlights of Cochin: Group Tour from Cochin Port

You will be picked up from Kochi Port Ships Berth and transfered to Fort Kochi to visit your first stop, the Chinese Fishing Nets. Introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan in the 14th century, Kochi fishermen still use the 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. Next you will visit 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. Stop at Local Laundry or Dhobi Khanna. Later, visit the Mattancherry Palace, 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 Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India. Admire the ornate brass pulpit, the Belgian glass chandelier, and hand-painted Chinese porcelain floor tiles. Before the tour is concluded, you can wander around Jew Town and Jewish Synagogue, a central location for the spice trade and inhale the aroma of ginger, cardamom, turmeric, and cloves. If your schedule allows, you can also do some shopping for spices, handicrafts, and antiques, or have a casual lunch. When the tour ends, you will be transferred back to Kochi Port to board your cruise on time.

Kochi Tuk-Tuk Tour with Pickup from Cruise Ships

3. Kochi Tuk-Tuk Tour with Pickup from Cruise Ships

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and history of this coastal town as you zip through its narrow streets and alleys. Feast your eyes on the stunning colonial architecture and colorful street art that decorate the buildings. Savor the aromas of the bustling spice markets and indulge in the local cuisine at the best eateries. From the iconic Chinese fishing nets to the ancient St. Francis Church, our expert guides will take you on a journey that will leave you spellbound. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure on our Highlights of Kochi visite en tuk-tuk tour!

Jewish Town Walk (2 Hours Guided Walking Experience)

4. Jewish Town Walk (2 Hours Guided Walking Experience)

We implement a unique 'infotainment' approach to ensure that you enjoy the tour and don't get bored; whether you like history or not, our walking tour will be a unique, fun, and unforgettable experience for you. Capture the bright colors of the Jewish neighborhood in the city, with its twisting alleyways, ancient architecture, markets, houses, which range forts, and pleasant locals who make everything so beautiful and vibrant. Exploring these sights will significantly enhance your experience of touring the city, and if you are an observer, these enthralling spots will undoubtedly charm and hold your interest during the tour. We wish to prevent you from ruining the surprise. This tour includes an interesting mix of venues to help you experience the Jewish features of Kochi, some of which you may miss if you were exploring the city on your own.

Fort Kochi & Mattanchery 3-Hour Walking Tour

5. Fort Kochi & Mattanchery 3-Hour Walking Tour

Start your private walking tour at Fort Kochi visiting 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, find walls decorated with frescoes, murals, and large paintings depicting scenes from the life of Jesus Christ.  Visit the Mattancherry Palace, 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 Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India. Admire the ornate brass pulpit, the Belgian glass chandelier, and hand-painted Chinese porcelain floor tiles. Finish by wandering around the neighboring Jew Town, a central location for the spice trade, and inhale the aroma of ginger, cardamom, turmeric, and cloves. 

From Cochin: 8 Days Kerala Tour Package with Houseboat Stay

6. From Cochin: 8 Days Kerala Tour Package with Houseboat Stay

Day 1: Arrival Cochin Once you reach the Cochin airport or the railway station. Move to your hotel. After getting freshened up, have your lunch and leave for sightseeing. Go across the Cochin Harbor, where you will visit attractions like Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing nets, Dutch Palace, and India's oldest European Church, St. Francis Church. After enjoying the sightseeing, you will return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Day 2: Cochin - Munnar Once you have finished your breakfast, leave by road for Munnar. En route, you will enjoy the fantastic view of the lush tea plantations and Cardamom Hills. Finally, reach Munnar and check in at the resort. After lunch, move out of your room to trek around the tea estates. You will come to your hotel and enjoy a tasty dinner as the sun gets down. Overnight in Munnar. Day 3: Munnar Sightseeing Tour Today your day will start with the trekking to Letchmi Hills. After lunch, your guided tour will continue exploring Old Munnar Town and the market. Finally, have an overnight stay at the hotel. Day 4: Munnar - Thekkady The 4th day of this Kerala tour simultaneously gives you a dose of thrill and fun. After breakfast, hit the road to reach Periyar wildlife sanctuary. Once you arrive there, check into a jungle lodge or resort. Enjoy the surrounding lush nature for a while. After lunch, embark on a boat safari on the Periyar Lake in the park. While boat riding, you will spot several wildlife species such as deer, elephants, monkeys, wild boar, and various avifauna species. Back to the lodge/resort for an overnight stay. Day 5: Thekkady - Kumarakom Post breakfast on the 5th day; begin your road journey for Kumarakom. On the way, you are going to enjoy the picturesque locations. On arrival, check into a hotel alongside Vembanad Lake. Enjoy the natural beauty around. In the evening, venture out of your room and stroll around the lake or the nearby locations. If you want, you can also indulge in boat riding. After enjoying the day, you will return to your hotel to stay overnight. Day 6: Kumarakom to Alleppey Today after breakfast, you will be transported by road to Alleppey. Once you reach Alleppey, go on board a houseboat. Treat your eyes to the blissful nature around. During your journey you will cruise along the calm nearby villages, paddy fields, etc. Observe the mesmerizing sunset too. Overnight stay on the houseboat. Day 7: Alleppey - Cochin In the morning, after having your breakfast, de-board the houseboat and hit the road to reach Cochin. Complete the check-in formalities once you arrive. On the second visit exploring the famous markets of Cochin (Kochi). After that, you can shop for some unique handicrafts and silk clothes. Finally, spend the evening at leisure. Overnight stay. Day 8: Departure Today is the last day you will get an on-time transfer to the Cochin Airport or the Railway station for the journey to your onward destination.

Kerala: 4-Day Tour with Tree House Stay & Houseboat Ride

7. Kerala: 4-Day Tour with Tree House Stay & Houseboat Ride

Day 1: Arrive Cochin – Munnar by Road [135 kms / 4 hours] On your arrival in Cochin your driver will pick you up from Cochin airport or your other pre-arranged meeting point. Take a scenic drive to Hill Station in Munnar where you will enjoy your tree house stay. Check-in at the treehouse and take in the beautiful forest scenery. In the afternoon you will have the chance to do some sightseeing at major tourist hotspots such as: Eravikulam National park, Tea Museum, Mettupatty and Echo Point. You will have the evening to do your own exploring before you spend the night in your treehouse room which is fitted with modern amenities.  Day 2: Munnar – Thekkady by Road [95 kms / approx. 3 hours] After a delicious breakfast, head towards Thekkady in an air-conditioned car with your driver. You will be taken to your accomodation upon reaching the destination. From your accomodation you will be taken to some of the most important sightseeing locations in the area, such as: Thekkady Lake, Periyar Tiger reserve, Vandanmedu, Plantations (tea, coffee, etc), Pullumadu, etc. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you ride a boat in the tranquility of Periyar Lake. After this you will be directed back to the hotel in Thekkady for an overnight stay. Day 3: Thekkady – Alleppey by Road [135 kms / approx. 4 hours] After breakfast you will be ready to leave for Alleppey, taken by your chauffeur in an air-conditioned car. You will be taken to your houseboat upon reaching Alleppey. Board your houseboat fitted with all modern facilities and enjoy an overnight ride gliding along the backwater toward your next destination, Kumarkom. All meals will be cooked and served on board. Enjoy an amazing meal and relax onboard for the rest of the evening.  Day 4: Kumarakom – Cochin [55 kms / approx. 1 ½ hours] – Departure Wake up to a delicious breakfast on board in Kumarkom. Kumarkom is where you will deboard the houseboat. Your driver will be present to receive and take you to Cochin city. Cochin also called Kochi, is a major port city of Kerala with a surreal mix of English, Dutch and Portuguese architectures. Enjoy the day sightseeing and visiting: Willingdon Island, Fort Kochi, Marine Drive, Bolgatty Palace, Mattancherry Palace, Paradesi Synagogue and Chinese Fishing Nets. Your tour will finish after the city tour of Cochin and you will be safely dropped at the Cochin airport or other pre-arranged drop-off point.

Kochi: Full-Day Private City Tour with Guide and Transfers

8. Kochi: Full-Day Private City Tour with Guide and Transfers

Visit the Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1555 and presented to the Raja of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. Admire the Jewish Synagogue, originally constructed in 1568, but destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662, then rebuilt 2 years later when the Dutch took over Cochin. See St. Francis Church, constructed in 1503, where Vasco Da Gama was buried for 14 years before his remains were taken to Lisbon. In the evening, witness Kerala’s traditional and colorful dance for an extra cost.

Highlights of Kochi, Guided Half-Day Tour by Car

9. Highlights of Kochi, Guided Half-Day Tour by Car

Discover all of Kochi's gorgeous and iconic landmarks, such as Fort Kochi, Jew Town, and the Ernakulam Shiva Temple. Taste local specialties on this great 4-hour trip in an air-conditioned car with a personal guide. If you are short on time or simply want to see tourist attractions in and around the city, a half-day city trip is the perfect alternative. Highlights: Explore the city's ancient ruins, magnificent structures, vibrant marketplaces, and beaches. We created this lovely garland of all the locations in our Trails of Kochi trip, an unrivalled history experience with amazing anecdotes to help you grasp a city's existence, culture, and local knowledge. 1. Explore the gorgeous & beautiful historic fort Kochi side, beaches, and learn about the city's history,culture & life. 2. Visit the famed Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town, Kochi's bazaar, old lanes, twisting avenues, & so forth. 3. Finish the journey with a big smile on your face & wonderful moments to treasure in your photos.

Glimpse of Cochin: Guided Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Mattancherry Palace

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Overall great value for money. First night hotel was definitely not a 4 star but the others were great. Driver and guides superb. Highlight is the houseboat a little rustic but has a charm. Be prepared to walk when doing the tea plantations and remember kerala is a dry state so it's difficult to get a beer. My tip would be 5 star hotels they tend to accommodate.

The activity was as good as my driver Basil, who showed me his country and its life, so that I felt I really saw the real Kerala. The country is beautiful, the people are nice and friendly. The food is great and to me the place is exotic . I think it is a well kept secret that this is paradise and I hope it won’t be spoiled by being too popular

I really enjoyed our guide, Babu. He was knowledgable and also tuned into what we were more interested in. He took us to all the places as advertised. I definitely enjoyed the historic places much more with him as a guide than if I had gone alone.

Best was the very knowledgeable guide. Quick coffee stop half way would have been welcome.

We got a nice overview about Kochi. Our guides was friendly and helpful.