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  1. India
  2. Kerala
  3. Kochi
  4. Mattancherry

Fort Kochi & Chinese Fishing Nets Private Walking Tour

Product ID: 287230
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Enjoy a private walking tour of the landmarks of Fort Kochi, Matancherry and Jew Town. Explore the Chinese Fishing Nets and learn about the cultural and historical significance of the area with your local guide.
About this activity
Duration 3 - 4 hours
Printed voucher required
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup optional

Hotel pickup is available from hotels located in Kochi and Ernakulam. Exact pickup time will be communicated after booking. Guests are requested to wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to the pick up time.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Participate in a private guided tour of the highlights of Fort Kochi
  • Marvel at the mechanism of the Chinese Fishing Nets by the beach
  • Visit the centuries-old churches built by the Portuguese and the Dutch
  • Explore the bustling bazaar of the Jew Town and the Jewish Synagogue
Full description
Book yourself a private walking tour of the best highlights of Fort Kochi. This area displays a unique heritage from its Portuguese, Dutch, British and Malabar roots. Enjoy an engaging walking tour with a local guide - the best way to explore everything this area has to offer.

Guests residing in Fort Kochi can meet their guide at the hotel lobby, while other guests can meet the guide at the convenient meeting point, or can request a hotel pickup and drop off service. Visit the oldest church in India, the St. Francis Church, built in 1503. Find out how Vasco Da Gama, the first European explorer to discover the sea route to India, was initially buried here before his remains were taken to Lisbon. The impressive Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, also built in the 1500s, has beautiful paintings and murals inside. Keep your cameras ready for the Chinese Fishing Nets, a traditional method of fishing from the beach introduced by Chinese explorers.

Take a brief tuk-tuk ride to Matancherry and Jew Town. Learn about how The Matancherry Palace was gifted to the King of Kochi by the Portuguese and is home to beautiful murals from Hindu epics. Explore the Pardesi Synagogue, one of the oldest active Jewish place of worship in the world. After exploring the ornate interiors, spend time walking around the antique and spice shops in Jew Town before ending the tour.
Includes
  • English-speaking Guide
  • Tuktuk rides within landmarks of the tour
  • Entrance fees
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel transfer (if option selected)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point is at the local partner's office on 888 Princess Street, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001. Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
• Guests are requested to wear clothes that cover their shoulders and knees as this tour visits places of worship
• Photography may not be permitted inside some monuments or churches. Please ask your guide before taking photographs
• The Jewish Synagogue and Dutch Palace are closed on Fridays, Saturdays, and Jewish Holidays
• Please arrive 5 mins before the departure time
• This tour won't be provided to cruise ship passengers
• Hotel pickup and drop-off from Kochi and Ernakulam are available if option selected; the exact pick-up time will be confirmed after booking, based on location