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Sightseeing in Cochin and Ernakulam

Excellent, 4.5

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Duration: 4 hours
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India’s oldest church, old-fashioned cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, winding streets and five hundred year old Portuguese houses together create the Cochin experience. An unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English country village exist in perfect harmony with the local tropical Malabar culture of this city.

The neon lights and upmarket chain stores of Ernakulam make way for the quaint and quiet Cochin beaches and classical kathakali dances. A must visit on a trip to India, Cochin is a historical and beautiful city.

Customer reviews

The guide was very good and friendly, and we enjoy the trip a lot. The only point I would like to make is that the title of the trip was a little misleading, ''Sightseeing in...

MR STEPHEN OWEN United Kingdom
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We had a very nice tour of fort cochin. it is nice to go on a tour like this to get a nice overview of the place. The guide was very good and explained very well about the...

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You will be picked up from your hotel and travel in an air-conditioned vehicle accompanied by an English-speaking local guide for a sightseeing tour of Cochin and Ernakulam. Among the major attractions, you will visit:

The Dutch Palace: The Mattancherry palace was built by the Portuguese in the middle of the 16th century. Later the Dutch took over, made some additions to it (hence the alternate name – Dutch Palace) before presenting it to the Rajas (kings) of Cochin. The palace is famous for its fine mythological murals in the tradition of Hindu temple art. The palace also contains rare examples of traditional Kerala flooring, which looks like polished black marble but is actually a mixture of burned coconut shells, charcoal, lime, plant juices and egg whites.

The Jewish Synagogue: Built in the 16th century, it features an ornate gold pulpit and hand-painted willow-pattern floor tiles brought from China. Don’t miss the stunningly-beautiful chandeliers and coloured-glass lamps.

St. Francis Church: Considered India’s oldest church, it was built in 1503. Vasco da Gama, who died in Cochin in 1524 lay buried here for 14 years before his remains were taken to Lisbon. You can see his tombstone in the church.

The Santa Cruz Basilica: It was built in 1902 and its interiors are painted in soothing pastel colours.

Later, drive along the coast and at the harbour’s mouth and see the fixed, cantilevered Chinese fishing nets introduced by the Chinese traders in the 14th Century. The tour ends in the Fort Kochi area where you can walk through the historical Dutch and Portuguese buildings. Some parts of this nearly 500-year-old Fort are still amazingly well preserved.

You will then be dropped back to your hotel where the tour ends.

Please note
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking local guide for sightseeing
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Expenses of personal nature such as table drinks, telephone calls, laundry, camera fee for still or video camera, tips to drivers and local guides
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Daily except Saturday
4 hours
Start time
Strat time: 0900h (09:00am)
Meeting point
Your hotel in Cochin.
(Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Ending point
Your hotel in Cochin
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Additional information
You will travel in an air-conditioned medium-sized car if there are 1-2 passengers, Toyota Innova if there are 3 passengers and a Tempo Traveller if there are 4 - 7 passengers.

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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No cancellation fees

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We will never charge you any administrative fees for cancellations. For most tours and activities, there is no penalty for bookings cancelled a week in advance.

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