Enjoy an engaging and unique introduction to the beauty of the Fort Kochi area and learn firsthand why Indians refer to Kerala as ‘God’s country!’ Your Kochi adventure begins with an auto rickshaw or tuk tuk ride towards the beach, where you get hydrated with a fresh coconut water and chat about the traditional fishing techniques (often referred to as Chinese fishing nets) used in Kerala. Then head towards the Dhobikhana (community laundry space), which is one of the oldest in Fort Kochi and is run by a friendly group of Tamil people. Next up is the famous Gujarati street ripe with merchants from the northern state of Gujarat who moved to this area centuries ago and since run flourishing businesses.
Explore the street’s hidden gems, admire its temples and numerous spice shops before visiting the papadum factory, where you’ll see first-hand how these delicious morsels are handmade by the locals. Then you head to a coconut oil extraction plant and see how pure oil is extracted from coconuts – an important in ingredient for everything from skin care to cooking! After working up an appetite, learning about local life and commerce, it’s time to try the best biryani ever at a joint famous for its signature biryani by Chef V.K. Kayee, known locally as Kayikka (Brother Kayee) who started his career as a cook and waiter in the British army in the 1940s!
After filling up on delicious meals, visit a very special initiative that’s been supporting women in the area for over 30 years. The enterprise is run by women and involves the production of various crafts, clothing and spices and is especially celebrated for its stunningly beautiful hand-woven sarees and unusual jewellery. Everything is made by up to 600 local families who live in the surrounding villages, giving local women the opportunity to earn money and break down social barriers. Prince Charles is a fan and has previously lent his support to these female superheroes! Finally, end your tour with a cup of delicious ginger tea as you soak up the stunning vistas of the Kochi bay waters beyond.
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Urban Adventures are a handpicked network of 150+ global destinations, locally owned and operated by professional and passionate urban explorers. Collectively they create and run 1000's of fun and unique day tour itineraries that support local communities and help travelers uncover the local side of a city. Urban Adventures has a team of passionate guides who are the heart and soul of the tours and guarantee a great time.
3.5 to 4 hours
Make you way to the Kaliveedu Lodge (a lodge in the Fort Kochi area). Address: Intrepid Kaliveedu Lodge, 1 387, Pattalam Rd, Amaravathy, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001.
Tour ends at Kaliveedu Lodge. Your guide can arrange a tuk tuk or taxi from Mattancherry to your hotel.
Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Pick up times are approximate. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organized activity to reconfirm.
So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 mins early.
Please wear whatever you wish to.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip — though not compulsory — is appropriate.
Our supplier can allow maximum of 12 people on the tour to go ahead.
In the unlikely case of a monsoon, you may not see the washer men in the Dhobikhanas.
This activity is adults (and older children) only. Little ones under the age of 10 years will have to sit this one out, we’re afraid.
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