Discover the fascinating history of Kochi when you take our tour of the historic city center. Exploring the captivating streets you will feel the powerful legacy of the Spanish and Portuguese colonial times.
Guided Tour of Kochi
The guided tour begins at the port of Kochi where we climb into a minibus which will take us to the oldest part of the city, Fort Kochi.
On the shores of Fort Kochi, we will see the traditional 'chinese fishing nets'. These ancient techniques for capturing a high volume of fish date back many centuries. You will learn all about how they are used and the history of the practice which was imported to India from China in the 14th century.
Our tour of Kochi continues at St. Francis Church, one of the oldest European churches in India. The remains of the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, laid here until 1539 when they were transferred to Lisbon. Nearby to the church, you will encounter the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica which contains some beautiful stained glass windows, fresco paintings, and wall paintings.
From Fort Kochi, we then head to the neighborhood of Dhobi Khana to visit two important historical monuments, the Mattancherry Palace (popularly referred to as the Dutch Palace), and the Paradesi Synagogue. The latter is one of the principal Jewish shrines in the south of India, and here you will discover the history of this community in Asia.
Finally, we return to the port in Kochi where we drop you off and the tour finishes.
- This tour is recommended for cruise passengers arriving at the port of Kochi.
- The tour usually begins at 8 am. If your cruise arrives later, then the tour will commence 45 minutes after your scheduled arrival time.
- Please indicate which boat you are arriving on, so we can make the appropriate arrangements.
- The Paradesi Synagogue is closed from midday on Fridays, and on Saturdays and Jewish festivities.
- The Mattancherry Palace is closed on Fridays and local holidays.
Per personUS$ 25
The tour is exclusively in English.
Transport in air conditioned minibus.
English speaking guide specialized in the history of Kochi.
A bottle of mineral water for each participant.
Entry to the places visited on the itinerary.
Food and drink.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 2 days before (Kochi local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).