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Full Day Private Kochi (Cochin) Shore Excursion

Kochi, India
Full Day Private Kochi (Cochin) Shore Excursion

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icon6 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
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Explore the landmarks and heritage of Cochin (Kochi) on a full-day tour with your own private guide. Highlights includes a visit to the Dutch Palace, the Paradesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, the Chinese fishing nets, and take a walking tour in Fort Cochin.
  • Private full-day tour of Cochin
  • Visit the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, and the oldest European church in India
  • Snap photos of the Chinese fishing nets and soak up the ambiance of the old city during the walking tour
  • Personalize the tour in consultation with your private guide
  • Includes entrance fees, transportation, and port or hotel pickup and drop-off
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Port / Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
Professional local private tour guide
Bottled water
Entrance fees
Food and drinks
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions

Departure Point

Kochi, Kerala, India

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your day starts with morning pickup from your Cochin hotel, the cruise port, or airport, then set off in an air-conditioned vehicle to explore the city.

Your first destination is Mattancherry Palace, aka the Dutch Palace, which features superb murals that depict scenes from Hindu legends, along with a collection of old Dutch maps of Kochi, royal palanquins, and coronation robes.

Next up, visit the Paradesi Synagogue (aka Mattancherry Synagogue), which dates to 1568 and contains artifacts from the old Jewish community in Kerala. Continue to St. Francis Church, built in 1503 and one of the oldest European churches in India, and the first burial site of the 15th-century Portugese explorer Vasco da Gama.

Take in one of the most famous sites in Cochin, the Chinese fishing nets, built about 500 years ago when Chinese traders were traveling to southern India. The large cantilevered fishing nets that are otherwise only found in China.

Stop at a local restaurant for lunch (own expense), then follow your guide on a leisurely 2-hour walking tour of Fort Cochin. Gain insight into the region's history and the combination of Dutch, Portuguese, British, and Jewish influences as you visit the old quarter picturesque streets and seaside promenade.

Your tour ends in the late afternoon with drop-off at your starting point.
Stop At:  
Mattancherry Palace
Pick-up from Sea Port and leave to explore Kochi (Cochin) with your private guide. Visit Mattancherry Palace, commonly known as the Dutch Palace, is an archaeological wonder. The palace has a fascinating collection of beautiful murals painted that depict scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, and some of the Puranic Hindu legends. The palace also houses Dutch maps of old Kochi, royal palanquins, coronation robes of former rulers of Kochi. Note: Mattancherry Palace is closed on every Friday.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Paradesi Synagogue
Also referred to as the Cochin Jewish Synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue. It is the oldest synagogue in all the 53 member-countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, constructed in 1568. It houses numerous antiques related to the old history of Kerala with Jews. Enter the synagogue and the large main hall arrests your attention with display of rare antique objects that add to the grandeur of the place. Note: Paradesi Synagogue is closed on every Friday, Saturday and on all Jewish Holidays.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica at Fort Kochi is one of the eight Basilicas in Kerala. Counted as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala, this church is one of the finest and most impressive churches in India and visited by tourists the whole year round.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chinese Fishing Nets
The huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets that droop towards the waters like over-sized hammocks have become a hallmark that represents Fort Kochi on the tourist map. The fishing nets are thought to have been built 500-600 years ago as Chinese traders were initially exploring the southern coastline of India. The sight of the Chinese nets is undoubtedly one of the most photographed sights in Kochi. Lunch Break, Enjoy lunch at one of the best local AC restaurants (at own expense).
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fort Kochi Beach
This walking tour gives you a glimpse into Cochin’s rich history and heritage, showcasing the mixed Dutch, Portuguese, British and Jewish influences that make the city unique. During the tour, we will visit the old quarter of Fort Kochi, exploring the quaint streets of this city on foot. We will also visit Fort Kochi’s seaside promenade, and get a glimpse of daily life in Kochi.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Cochin Port
After the sightseeing tour you will be dropped back off at the sea port, your hotel,  the airport or your desired location in Cochin.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems, heart complaints, or other serious medical conditions
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Pacific Classic Tours India
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full Day Private Kochi (Cochin) Shore Excursion?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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    What is the policy on sanitization during Full Day Private Kochi (Cochin) Shore Excursion?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Full Day Private Kochi (Cochin) Shore Excursion.
    What is the social distancing policy during Full Day Private Kochi (Cochin) Shore Excursion?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Full Day Private Kochi (Cochin) Shore Excursion.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full Day Private Kochi (Cochin) Shore Excursion?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Full Day Private Kochi (Cochin) Shore Excursion.

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