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Walking Tour of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry with a Local Private Guide

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What to Expect
Start your private walking tour at Fort Kochi visiting Chinese fishing nets, which were introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan in the 14th century. Kochi fishermen still use these fishing nets to earn their livelihoods.

Continue your stroll down to St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The church was constructed in 1503 by Portuguese friars and is now the burial place of Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer who led the first ships that sailed directly from Europe to India. The church has a large cemetery that once served as a resting ground for Vasco da Gamma.

Transfer to Mattancherry in Auto Rickshaw /Tuc Tuc /Local Bus.

Next, see Santa Cruz Basilica, one the largest and most impressive churches in India. The church has two soaring spires and a bright, white-washed exterior. Inside, you will find walls decorated with frescoes, murals, and large paintings depicting scenes from the life of Jesus Christ.

Visit Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555. The palace is famous for its stunning murals portraying scenes from Hindu tales, such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Next door is the Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India. Admire the ornate brass pulpit, the Belgian glass chandelier, and hand-painted Chinese porcelain floor tiles.

End the journey by wandering around the neighboring Jew Town, a central location for the spice trade, and inhale the aroma of ginger, cardamom, turmeric, and cloves. Later transfer back to your hotel in Fort Kochi or Mattancherry by a Auto Rickshaw/Tuc Tuc.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Kochi, Kerala, India

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Pickup / drop-off are provided only from your centrally located hotel/home-stays in Fort Kochi, Mattanchery, or our office (Carnival Tours & Travels) in Princess Street ,Fort Kochi

Directions: The office of Carnival Tours & Travels is located in Fort Cochin Princess Street, Near Shop N Save

Dates: Daily
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Fort Kochi or Mattacnherry
  • Transfer from Fort Kochi to Mattancherry by Rickshaw/ Tuc Tuc
  • Drinks
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout India; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees is recommended
  • Note: Jewish Synagogue and Dutch Palace are closed on Fridays, Saturdays, and Jewish Holidays
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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