Kochi (Cochin)

Kerala

(Goa, Kerala & South India)

The diverse city of Kochi that is an urban jungle but yet has pockets of local culture is a cosmopolitan city to visit in Kerala. A place of financial importance as it houses one of the largest commercial ports of India, the city with its embracing nature and sense of familiarity.


The diverse city of Kochi that is an urban jungle but yet has pockets of local culture is a cosmopolitan city to visit in Kerala. A place of financial importance as it houses one of the largest commercial ports of India, the city with its embracing nature and sense of familiarity.

Exploring the City Born of a Storm
As you make your way through the beautiful city of Kochi, you can see the influence of the numerous European empires that used the city as a battle ground to settle score. However, the colourful past of the region has least impacted the riches or the heritage of the city. With numerous sights around town, make sure you experience all the little things here. From the Buddhism influenced town centres with shops selling collectibles to the picturesque Chinese fishing nets that line the coast, make sure you do not leave your hotel without your camera. A Gourmand’s Journey
Kochi is also a celebrated destination for gourmands. Not only do they have a number of fine dining restaurants but the small places tucked away in nooks and crannies offer some of the most authentic delicacies to sample.

Cochin City Tour

The tour of Fort Cochin includes the Jewish synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, the Chinese (cantilever) fishing nets and St. Francis Church. You may also enjoy walking around the Jew Town or visit Santa Cruz Basilica and Dutch Cemetery.

Mattancherry Palace was established by the Portuguese in 1557 to gift to Raja of Cochin in exchange of the trading rights. The Dutch renovated it in 1663 and hence it got its name. The traditional Keralan pattern of four buildings �nalukettus� can be seen in the layout. The 17th century ecstatic murals are painted with pine resins and mineral and vegetable based colours and depict the stories of Mahabharata and Ramayana.

The Jewish synagogue was established in 1568 in the Jew Town. The Belgian glass chandeliers adorn the ceiling and 18th century Chinese hand painted ceramic tiles cover the floor. Only 4 Jewish families with 14 people are left in the town. The synagogue remains closed on Fridays and Saturdays for visitors.

The colonial struggle for India is reflected in St. Francis Church. It passed to Dutch as a reformed Church from 1664-1804; though originally dedicated to the patron saint of Portugal- San Antonio. The church is now a part of South India and became Anglican from 1804-1947.

Santa Cruz Basilica is an 1887 colourful church originally built by the Portuguese in 1558

Heritage Walk through Fort Kochi

Kochi (Cochin), Kerala

Catch a glimpse of Cochin’s rich history and heritage, showcasing the mixed Dutch, Portuguese, British and Jewish influences that make the city unique and feel its pulse.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

Pricing: $ 36 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Broadway Bazaar Walk Cochin

Kochi (Cochin), Kerala

If you are charmed by colourful bazaars; if you like discovering local food and culture, you will thoroughly enjoy an exploration of Ernakulam's Broadway area – the traditional nerve-centre of business in the city, which appeals due to its knack of selling everything under the sun and its proximity to one of Cochin’s most popular promenades - Marine Drive.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

Pricing: $ 32 per person for minimum 2 participants.

A Day in Cochin (Cochin Must-See’s by car)

Kochi (Cochin), Kerala

Cochin was the epicentre of Indian spice trade for many centuries, well-known to the Greeks as well as Romans, Jews, Arabs, and Chinese since ancient times. Its port rose into prominence in the mid-1300s, when the nearby port of Cranganore was flooded. Its rulers often changed hands – the Portuguese arrived in 1500AD but they were overthrown by the Dutch in 1663. Eventually, Cochin was ceded to the British in 1814, and it joined India at Independence.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

Pricing: $ 45 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Kuttanad Cuisine Trail and Farm Visit

Kochi (Cochin), Kerala

Island farms in the Kuttanad region backwaters are accessible by sailing on country boats through the pristine backwaters. The farm that we visit has been reclaimed from the lake, typical to this region and is 2meters below lake level. The retaining dyke around the perimeter keeps the lake water from entering the farm. En route an amazing insight is gained in Southern Indian village life.

Culinary Experience
Off the Beaten Path

Pricing: $ 61 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Muziris Heritage Tour: A Confluence of Cultures

Kochi (Cochin), Kerala

Muziris, an ancient port city in Kerala traded in spices, silk, and precious stones; with exports to Rome, Greece, Egypt, etc. Enriched by trade contacts, it became a melting pot of world cultures, seeing the earliest Jewish settlers in India. This is where St. Thomas the Apostle is said to have first landed in 52AD, bringing Christianity with him. The first ever mosque in India was also built here. Old churches, synagogues, mosques and temples attest to the great confluence of cultures that Muziris was. The monuments and bazaars of Muziris stand as beacons even today, a testament to the harmonious co-existence of multiple faiths on the Malabar Coast.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

Pricing: $ 39 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Jewish Heritage Tour Cochin

Kochi (Cochin), Kerala

The legendary history of Kerala’s Jews goes back to the time of King Solomon (10th century BC), when trade in exotic Indian items – peacocks, ivory, sandalwood and spices flourished. Having first landed centuries ago, Cochin’s Jewish community grew significantly during the 1500s with an influx of Sephardic Jews primarily from Spain, Portugal and Holland, escaping the Inquisition. But, after Israel’s formation in 1948, the Cochin Jews migrated to the Promised Land. Only a handful of Jews still live in Kerala today – however, their synagogues, cemeteries, houses and streets bear witness to their 2000-year old association with India.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

Pricing: $ 49 per person for minimum 2 participants.

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