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)