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

Kochi (Cochin)

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.

Pricing:  $ 45 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

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.

During the Tour:
• Walk around the old quarter of Fort Kochi, exploring the quaint streets.
• Visit the synagogue at Matanchery and gain an insight into Jewish history through its illustrations, and walk through ‘Jew Town’ to see old homes of the community.
• Visit important architectural marvels in Fort Kochi such as Matanchery Palace (Dutch Palace), St Francis Church and Santa Cruz Basilica.
• See Cochin’s famous Chinese Fishing Nets in action.
• The Maritime Museum and the Indo-Portuguese Museum are worth your time.
• Shop for curios and handicrafts, and visit the abundant cafes, art galleries, etc. where you can refresh yourself and soak up the local atmosphere.

Duration: 4 hours (needs extra travel time if you are in Ernakulam)

TOUR STYLE: culture

MEETING POINT: at your hotel

END POINT: at your hotel

TOUR START/END: The cost includes pickup and drop from your hotel using a medium sized chauffeur driven car.

TOUR DURATION: 4 hours depending on your interest.

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 6 people and Minimum 2 People.

PRICING: All our tours are private.

INCLUSIONS: Local English speaking guide, entrance fees and transport as indicated.

EXCLUSIONS: Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for guide & driver.

WHEN: Every day at 9AM. Prior reservation required. Timings may vary slightly depending on weather / season. We will confirm the exact start time along with tour logistics once you book the tour.

WHAT TO WEAR: Please dress modestly and ensure you have adequate sun protection.

TOUR NOTES: Please note, the food on the street is delicious but does not meet national or international hygiene standards. Although we only go to very popular places, with good local reputations, these stalls do not cook using bottled water or wash their utensils with it. So eating street food is always risky. If you prefer not to risk it, but still want to see what it’s all about, then at the end of the walk, we can take you to Haldirams where you can try chaats and other popular dishes in safe and hygienic conditions.

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