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From Cochin: Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Sightseeing Tour

Product ID: 148011
Make the most of your time in Kochi with this 4-hour shore excursion. Enjoy a guided tour of the top attractions in Fort Kochi and Mattancherry.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
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Pickup optional

From your hotel in Cochin
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • See the top sights of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry on a shore excursion
  • Learn about South India's Jewish heritage at the Paradesi Synagogue
  • Admire the Santa Cruz Basilica and St. Francis Church
Full description
See the Chinese fishing nets introduced in Kochi by traders from the court of Kublai Khan in the 14th century. See also the 16th-century St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, and the burial place of the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.

Next on the 4-hour shore excursion is Santa Cruz Basilica. Admire the interior decorated with frescoes, murals, and paintings depicting scenes from the life of Christ.

Visit the Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese. See murals with scenes from Hindu tales. Next door is the Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India. Admire the brass pulpit, glass chandelier, and hand-painted Chinese porcelain floor tiles.
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • Driver
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (recommended)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Know before you go
• Tour departures: 8:30 AM for ship arrival at 7:00 AM, 9:15 AM for ship arrival at 8:30 AM, and 12:45 PM for ship arrival at 12:00 PM
• A tour representative will be waiting for you at the ship's berth holding a "Carnival" sign with a blue umbrella
• When entering places of worship and selected museums, a dress code must be followed. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed, and both men and women must have their knees and shoulders covered. You risk being refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
• A small amount of walking is involved, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended
• The Jewish Synagogue/Dutch Palace will be closed on Fridays, Saturdays, Jewish Holidays, and Jewish Passover days
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.2 / 5
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Great overview of Kochi! The tour guide (Jude) was very knowledgeable, spoke great English, and was very friendly. Highly enjoyed this experience, would recommend this tour!

27 December 2019

13 December 2019

Very interesting and lots of information.

28 April 2019

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Product ID: 148011