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St. Francis Church Tours and Activities

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St. Francis Church
St. Francis Church is the oldest church in India, built in 1516 by Portuguese settlers to replace an older wooden church constructed in 1503 on the same site. It was once the burial site of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who died in Kochi, and though his gravestone is still in place here, his remains have since been moved to Lisbon.
 
The Basics
This magnificent whitewashed structure was the only church the Dutch didn't destroyed when they took over colonial Kochi from the Portuguese; instead, they converted it into a government church. It was later dedicated to Saint Francis under British rule (it had previously been dedicated to St. Anthony). Today, the church is run by the protestant Church of South India, though it’s protected as a monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. The church is a stop on Kochi heritage walking and tuk tuk tours as well as half- and full-day excursions of the city.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Remember to dress modestly; men and women alike should avoid wearing shorts and opt for clothing that covers the knees and shoulders.
  • While the church is open daily, mass is usually only on Sundays and special holidays.
  • Wheelchair users might find the church difficult to access without some assistance.
 
How to Get There
This church is located at the northwestern tip of Kochi, right in the Fort Kochi area known for its charming old Dutch-style houses and buildings. Depending on traffic, it takes anywhere from a half-hour to an hour to reach this part of town from the Ernakulam mainland, where many of the area's hotels are located.
 
When to Get There
Saint Francis Church is open throughout the year and can be particularly fun to visit at Christmastime or Easter. However, travelers who are sensitive to heat or humidity are best off visiting during the dryer months of December through February. The hottest months are from March through May, and this is when the crowds are fewest, while the wet season starts in June and can go on as late as November.
 
Saint Francis: Patron Saint of Animals
One of the most beloved Catholic saints, St. Francis was a medieval Italian friar best known as the patron saint of animals and the environment. His feast day is on October 4 and the order he founded (the Franciscans) is one of the largest and influential Catholic orders to this day.
Address: Bastion Street, Fort Cochin, Kerala, India
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Half Day Kochi City Tour and a Kathakali Classical Dance Performance

Half Day Kochi City Tour and a Kathakali Classical Dance Performance

Enjoy the highlights of Kochi on this private half-day tour. Visit must-see attractions like the Chinese fishing nets, Jew Town, and St. Francis Church without the hassle of hailing autos, or getting hot walking around. After the tour, relax in the evening at a classical Kathakali performance, where actors wear vivid makeup and dramatic costumes and act out Hindu stories.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.00
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$201.00
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Half Day Kochi City Tour, a Kathakali Classical Dance Performance and Dinner

Half Day Kochi City Tour, a Kathakali Classical Dance Performance and Dinner

Travelers short on time in Kochi, or who just want to experience its highlights in a short time, will love this convenient half-day tour with Kathakali show and dinner. Spend the afternoon touring Kochi's highlights—such as the Chinese Fishing Nets, Jew Town, and St. Francis Church—then relax as you watch a dramatic Kathakali classical dance performance. Round off the day with a tasty dinner in a local restaurant.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$240.00
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$240.00
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5 Days Premium Kerala Tour Package - Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay

5 Days Premium Kerala Tour Package - Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay

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In this 5 days tour we will take you to - Munnar hill station, Periyar wildlife sanctuary (Thekkady) and Alleppey Backwaters. Stay in a private Moving Premium Houseboat
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$352.00
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$352.00
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Private Tuk Tuk Tours in Kochi with Hotel Pickup

Private Tuk Tuk Tours in Kochi with Hotel Pickup

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Benefit from personalized attention and a fully customizable itinerary on this private tour of Kochi and Mattanchery in a tuk-tuk (auto-rickshaw). Ride through the streets like a local, listening to commentary on Kochi's history and culture from your driver-guide. Visit highlights such as the Chinese fishing nets, the Dutch Palace, the Jain temple, and St. Francis church. Hotel or port pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.00
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$15.00
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Private Guided Kochi Tuk tuk Tours with Pickup from Cruise Ships

Private Guided Kochi Tuk tuk Tours with Pickup from Cruise Ships

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Explore the best of Kochi on a private tuk-tuk tour. Discover the city’s key landmarks including the traditional Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, the Dutch Palace, and the Jewish synagogue and learn about the history of Kochi from your tour guide. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors and is a great way to explore the city like a local as you ride in the back of a tuk-tuk.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00
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Highlights of Cochin - Group Shore Excursion from Pier

Highlights of Cochin - Group Shore Excursion from Pier

This is a great choice for travelers with limited time in Cochin. Enjoy a hassle-free day trip around the highlights of Cochin with a guide to accompany you. Save time booking transport by having port pickup and drop-off included. Sights you’ll visit include St. Francis Church, the Chinese Fishing Nets area, Santa Cruz Basilica, Mattancherry Palace, and Paradesi Synagogue.
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  • 4 hours
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$26.00
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$26.00

Highlights of Kochi - Half Day Guided Tour

Highlights of Kochi - Half Day Guided Tour

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Get a chance to explore highlights of Kochi, a major port city in Kerala. The biggest city in the state is a must-visit to discover the history of India of colonial times. Chinese Fishing Net, origin unclear, but said to be bought by a Chinese explorer Zheng He, is one of the major attractions. Dig in the history of Kochi by grabbing this opportunity to discover Fort Kochi Beach, Bastion Bungalow, Ernakulam Shiva Temple, and much more accompanied by a marine drive. This guided tour for four hours and thirty minutes will leave you with memories you will cherish for years. The comfortable cars will help you reach all the places and allow you to have a seamless experience. Morning Tour: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm Afternoon Tour: 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$28.80
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$28.80
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Best of kochi ! A private tour in kochi with a local guide !

Best of kochi ! A private tour in kochi with a local guide !

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Travel with a local ,Is the best way of seeing things. During the tour , you will be with a local guide from the same city, which will make your day an experience rather than a tour. Know the history ,life and cultures of the old city where more than 30 communities live together in peace and harmony.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$98.80
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$98.80
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Munnar Package Tour.

Munnar Package Tour.

Specially designed for Celebrity cruise passengers, this scenic off-shore excursion gives you the best of Kerala in a single day. Cover the highlights of history-filled Kochi, from Portuguese palaces to the bustling spice market. Or, opt to spend the day drifting in a traditional houseboat on the stunning backwaters, with a curry lunch cooked onboard by your own private chef.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$525.00
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$525.00
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A Heritage walking tour in Fort kochi and Mattancherry with a local guide !

A Heritage walking tour in Fort kochi and Mattancherry with a local guide !

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Explore the Fort Kochi and Mattancherry areas on a walking tour with a local host. See a few of Kochi’s key landmarks including the traditional Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, Old Hindu Temple, and the Jewish synagogue. Learn about the history of the area and the many cultures who came through Kochi’s ports over the years as you explore on foot.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.00
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$22.00
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Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour in Fort Kochi

Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour in Fort Kochi

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Our unique private Tuk-tuk tour of Fort Kochi is tailored to suit all your needs. You can explore all the historical Sightseeing attractions, explore local culture, taste local food and shopping....
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$11.88
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Private guided VIP tour in kochi with pickup !

Private guided VIP tour in kochi with pickup !

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Discover the highlights of kochi like a VIP, in an Air conditioned premier vehicle with a private guide. Kochi was the centre of Indian spice trade for many centuries, because of her rich spice history, kochi was attracted by most of the foreign traders. Kochi was the first european colonies for Portuguese in the colonial India from the year 1500-1663, followed by Dutch and later by the British. It is the old buildings which most clearly reveal this deep-rooted colonial influence. In 1947, when India gained independence from the British colonial rule, Cochin was the first princely state to join the Indian Union willingly. During the tour in the old city , we will discover the traditional landmarks of historical Kochi, which includes ancient Chinese fishing nets, the historical European settlements like Vasco de gama church and dutch cemetry and later towards the Dutch palace, a museum under Archeology and spend time walking through the historical Jew town towards the Jewish synagogue.
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  • 4 hours
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$59.00
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Kerala Package for 8 Days Includes All Transfer,Sightseeing and Accommodation

Kerala Package for 8 Days Includes All Transfer,Sightseeing and Accommodation

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Experience the best of Kerala without the hassle on this eight-day tour. Starting in Cochin and ending in Kovallam, you’ll enjoy the highlights of the small South Indian state, including beaches, a backwater cruise, tea estates, mountains, and wildlife. You’ll cover a lot of ground in just over a week, and see more than you could comfortably fit in if traveling alone. This is an ideal tour for families or groups who want to avoid complicated travel logistics and just relax and have a good time.
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  • 8 days
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$610.00
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$610.00
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Group Tour for half day with hotel or port pickup and drop-Off

Group Tour for half day with hotel or port pickup and drop-Off

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See the best of Cochin with your own personal guide on this private half-day tour, with hotel or cruise port pickup and drop-off. Traveling between sites by private air-conditioned vehicle, hop out to explore the lanes of Fort Kochi, viewing must-sees like St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Cathedral. Plus, admire the famous Chinese fishing nets and visit the old Jewish quarter of Mattancherry, with its spice market and Paradesi Synagogue. Entrance fees included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Cochin Private guided Tuk Tuk tours with pick up from cruise ships

Cochin Private guided Tuk Tuk tours with pick up from cruise ships

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During this Private Guided tour in kochi , you will be provided quaranteed pick up from the cruise terminal and drop off. You will Experience various Historical Landmarks of kochi in an airconditioned van or cab with a professional guide. The main highlight of this tour is Ride on a Tuk Tuk (Auto Rickshaw) through the local streets experiencing the life of local people in Dhobhi( Laundry), Pappadam making, bazar markets, spice / ginger warehouses, Hindu temples , local shopping areas etc. The other main places visited during your tour with local guide are : (1) Fortkochi where you will find old colonial buildings,traditional fishing nets, St Francis church ( first european church in India), Santa cruz Basilica church,Chinese fishing Nets, Dutch cemetery etc. (2) Mattancherry, where Royal Family of cochin Kingdom and Jewish community were living , Dutch palace, a museum under Archeology and the historical Jewish quarters and the only functioning Jewish synagogue (Pardesi Synagogue).
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$99.00
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$99.00
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Highlights of Cochin Group Tour by Local Ferry ,Tuc-Tuc ,Local Bus and Foot .

Highlights of Cochin Group Tour by Local Ferry ,Tuc-Tuc ,Local Bus and Foot .

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This Group shore excursion is the perfect way to make the most of your time in Kochi. Tour the incredible sites on a four-hour journey by Local Ferry ,Local Bus ,Tuc -Tuc and foot , to visit the Chinese Nets ,Santa Cruz Basilica ,St Francis Church ,Jew Town ,Jewish Paradesi Synagogue, Mattancherry Dutch Palace ,Spice Market ,Dhobi Khana (local laundry) etc . You'll learn about local life from your professional guide and explore the best this incredible Southern Indian city has to offer.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.00
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$52.00

Kochi Private Tour: 3-Hour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour

Kochi Private Tour: 3-Hour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour

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Want to experience the beauty, history and culture of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry on foot? Then this tour is for you. Travel back in time and through the streets as you follow your expert guide between the Chinese fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace that stand as icons of India's southern state. See beautiful murals that portray scenes out of Hindu scripture and learn how this incredible destination has come to be.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$26.00
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$26.00
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Private Custom Tour: Kochi (Cochin) local Sightseeing with guide

Private Custom Tour: Kochi (Cochin) local Sightseeing with guide

Join us for the private full-day sightseeing tour & explore Kochi (Cochin) city in an air-conditioned transport with a professional guide. Explore the vastly diverse and rich culture of this city, which included Jews, structures left behind by people of Portuguese, heritage of passed on by Chinese traders and so much more. The beautiful city is not only popular for its antique monuments, forts, etc. but also for its striking beauty.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.07
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$81.07
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Fort Kochi Bike Tour with Pickup from Cruise Ships

Fort Kochi Bike Tour with Pickup from Cruise Ships

Ride to the heritage sites in the island of Fort Kochi and take a stroll in the numerous antique and spice stores in Jew Town located in Mattancherry
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  • 4 hours
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$63.44
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Private Tour : Glimpse of Kochi

Private Tour : Glimpse of Kochi

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This shore excursion is the perfect way to make the most of your time in Kochi. Tour the incredible sites on a four-hour journey through Fort Kochi, Mattanchery and the Jewish Synagogue. You'll learn about local life from your professional guide, get an up close look at the famous Chinese fishing nets that dot the coastline and explore the best this incredible Southern Indian city has to offer.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$78.00
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$78.00
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Kochi Super - The Best Of Kochi

Kochi Super - The Best Of Kochi

We always want the passengers to have a free and unique experience when booking with us. We try to customize the trip as much as possible as per the Guest requirement even when the tour has started. Nothing is impossible, book and enjoy the Kochi _ City.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.67
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Highlights Of South India With Luxury Accomodation

Highlights Of South India With Luxury Accomodation

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• KATHAKALI DANCE SHOW • CRUISE DINNER  • ONE AYURVEDIC MASSAGE • DEWALOKAM VILLAGE HOME STAY Activities In The Village  1)Spice Walk 2)Village Walk 3)Cooking Demo 4)Yoga Class Depending on adverse weather conditions or other unavoidable inconveniences, the hosts may cancel any of the activities. THEKKADY • PERIYAR BOAT RIDE  • PERIYAR BAMBOO RAFTING MUNNAR  • JEEP SAFARI ALLEPPY • HOUSEBOAT (ALL MEALS INCLUDED)
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$1,267.76
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$1,267.76
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Private Guided Fort Kochi Tuk Tuk Tour by Tyndis

Private Guided Fort Kochi Tuk Tuk Tour by Tyndis

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Tyndis tuk tuk tour will take you to experience the rich culture and heritage of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry, which were under the colonial rule for more than 444 years. During this tour we will take you to a few unique places like Dhobi Khana (Manual Washing place of the washerman community), Freedom Struggle Prison, Spice Market etc. 500 Years of immigration has gifted Fort Kochi a deep sense of multiculturalism. At Least 32 communities live here speaking at least 16 languages. Our Tyndis story telling driver Mr. Karthik born and brought up in Fort Kochi itself, Other than local history he is very passionate about football and fitness. He has an experience of 10 years in storytelling, and you can hear a lot of unique stories about the locality from him
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.32
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$34.32
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Shore Excursion for

Shore Excursion for "Nautica" passengers to Kochi: Pick & Drop @ ship:

Cruise ship passengers short on time on land will appreciate this well-designed tour of Kochi that maximizes your time. You'll be picked up directly from your ship, so you won't need to worry about getting lost in a new place. Choose from two itineraries to suit your interests: a tour of Kochi's highlights (including Jew Town, Fort Kochi, and the Chinese Fishing Nets), or a tranquil backwater cruise on a refurbished rice barge.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.00
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$40.00
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6D/5N in Kochi-Munnar-Thekkady- Alleppey - A Guided Tour

6D/5N in Kochi-Munnar-Thekkady- Alleppey - A Guided Tour

Kerala is also known as the heavenly state because of its mesmerizing beauty. It is an ideal place to be planned for getaway with your family or friends. With this tour you will be exploring four most beautiful places of Kerala. Your tour will start from Kochi where you will visit the famous attractions of this place and the you will be driven in a comfortable car along with professional driver cum guide to Munnar where you will be witnessing the beautiful spots after that you will visit Thekkady and get to witness the beauty of Periyar National Park and at last you will be visiting Alleppey and will get a chance to enjoy the houseboat experience . You will be amused by the beauty that Kerala holds within. Duration- 6 Day-4 Nights
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  • 6 days
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$109.83
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Kerala Luxury Tour from Cochin - 7 days (Hotel, Houseboat & Transportation)

Kerala Luxury Tour from Cochin - 7 days (Hotel, Houseboat & Transportation)

Kerala, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Named as one of the ten paradises of the world by National Geographic Traveler. Kerala is famous especially for its ecotourism initiatives and beautiful backwaters. It’s unique culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demography, have made Kerala one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Kerala is an established destination for both domestic as well as foreign tourists. Kerala is well known for its beaches, backwaters in Alappuzha and Kollam, mountain ranges and wildlife sanctuaries In Thekkedy and Hill Station of Munnar with Tea Gardens’.
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  • 7 days
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$501.94
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Francis Church can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 53 St. Francis Church tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Francis Church costs USD 201.00. Guided St. Francis Church tours start around USD 201.00 per person. See all 53 St. Francis Church tickets and tours on Viator.
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