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Mattancherry Palace Tours

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Mattancherry Palace
The Portuguese built the 16th-century structure as a gift to the then king of the Kochi dynasty, though it underwent significant remodels under Dutch rule, earning it its current moniker: the Dutch Palace. It's celebrated for its stunning murals, many of which depict scenes from Hindu epics, notably the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
 
The Basics
Though it doesn't look very palatial from the outside, this 2-story structure has gems of art inside, including beautiful coconut-shell floors, portraits of former rulers, and numerous intricate tempera murals depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. The palace also hosts a number of old royal artifacts, ranging from ceremonial costumes to palanquins.
 
Many Kochi city tours stop at the palace. Visiting with a guide can be useful, if you want in-depth information about the palace's history. Half- and full-day tours that visit the palace may also include a Kerala backwater boat cruise, Kathakali dance show, village visit, Chinese fishing nets, and more.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • History lovers and art fans won’t want to miss a visit to this palace.
  • Parents may want to note that some of the murals depict explicit lovemaking scenes.
  • Most of the palace is difficult to navigate by wheelchair, as there are plenty of stairs.
 
How to Get There
Mantacherry Palace is located right next to the Mantacherry Boat Jetty, from where travelers can take ferries to Ernakulam, the main city on the mainland where many of the city's larger chain and business hotels are located. It's right in the heart of historic Kochi, and the city’s famous Jew Town and its synagogue are a short walk way.
 
When to Get There
Mattancherry Palace is a year-round attraction, though if you're sensitive to heat or humidity, you may want to visit in the dryer season, from around December through the end of February. However, this is also the most popular season for tourists, so attractions can be crowded. The hottest months of the year are from March through May, while June through November can get rainy.
 
Kerala Murals
Kerala has a long tradition of mural painting that dates back to at least the eighth century. While the relatively newer murals at the Dutch Palace provide a great intro to the traditional local art, there are plenty more in the area, from the frescoes to the Ettumanoor Shiva Temple to the murals of the rock-cut Thirunandikkara Cave Temple, in present-day Tamil Nadu.
Address: Bazaar Road, Fort Cochin, Kerala, India
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Half Day Kochi City Tour and a Kathakali Classical Dance Performance

Half Day Kochi City Tour and a Kathakali Classical Dance Performance

Enjoy the highlights of Kochi on this private half-day tour. Visit must-see attractions like the Chinese fishing nets, Jew Town, and St. Francis Church without the hassle of hailing autos, or getting hot walking around. After the tour, relax in the evening at a classical Kathakali performance, where actors wear vivid makeup and dramatic costumes and act out Hindu stories.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.00
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$201.00
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5 Days Premium Kerala Tour Package - Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay

5 Days Premium Kerala Tour Package - Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay

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In this 5 days tour we will take you to - Munnar hill station, Periyar wildlife sanctuary (Thekkady) and Alleppey Backwaters. Stay in a private Moving Premium Houseboat
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$338.47
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$338.47
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Private Tuk Tuk Tours in Kochi with Hotel Pickup

Private Tuk Tuk Tours in Kochi with Hotel Pickup

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Benefit from personalized attention and a fully customizable itinerary on this private tour of Kochi and Mattanchery in a tuk-tuk (auto-rickshaw). Ride through the streets like a local, listening to commentary on Kochi's history and culture from your driver-guide. Visit highlights such as the Chinese fishing nets, the Dutch Palace, the Jain temple, and St. Francis church. Hotel or port pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.00
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$15.00
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Private Guided Kochi Tuk tuk Tours with Pickup from Cruise Ships

Private Guided Kochi Tuk tuk Tours with Pickup from Cruise Ships

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Explore the best of Kochi on a private tuk-tuk tour. Discover the city’s key landmarks including the traditional Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, the Dutch Palace, and the Jewish synagogue and learn about the history of Kochi from your tour guide. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors and is a great way to explore the city like a local as you ride in the back of a tuk-tuk.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00
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KOCHI Tuk-tuk tours with Pickup from Cruise Ships

KOCHI Tuk-tuk tours with Pickup from Cruise Ships

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Our Tuk-Tuk Tours is a local collective of Tuk Tuk drivers who provide personalised tours in and around Fort Kochi. Our tours are tailored to suit your needs, whether you would like to visit all the famous tourist sites or explore local eateries or shop for souvenirs to take back home with you. This tour is the one we recommend for the guests from the Cruise Ships. If you need any further assistance, please feel free to contact us.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.39
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$15.39

Highlights of Cochin - Group Shore Excursion from Pier

Highlights of Cochin - Group Shore Excursion from Pier

This is a great choice for travelers with limited time in Cochin. Enjoy a hassle-free day trip around the highlights of Cochin with a guide to accompany you. Save time booking transport by having port pickup and drop-off included. Sights you’ll visit include St. Francis Church, the Chinese Fishing Nets area, Santa Cruz Basilica, Mattancherry Palace, and Paradesi Synagogue.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

Highlights of Kochi - Half Day Guided Tour

Highlights of Kochi - Half Day Guided Tour

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Get a chance to explore highlights of Kochi, a major port city in Kerala. The biggest city in the state is a must-visit to discover the history of India of colonial times. Chinese Fishing Net, origin unclear, but said to be bought by a Chinese explorer Zheng He, is one of the major attractions. Dig in the history of Kochi by grabbing this opportunity to discover Fort Kochi Beach, Bastion Bungalow, Ernakulam Shiva Temple, and much more accompanied by a marine drive. This guided tour for four hours and thirty minutes will leave you with memories you will cherish for years. The comfortable cars will help you reach all the places and allow you to have a seamless experience. Morning Tour: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm Afternoon Tour: 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.00
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$27.00
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Best of kochi ! A private tour in kochi with a local guide !

Best of kochi ! A private tour in kochi with a local guide !

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Travel with a local ,Is the best way of seeing things. During the tour , you will be with a local guide from the same city, which will make your day an experience rather than a tour. Know the history ,life and cultures of the old city where more than 30 communities live together in peace and harmony.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00
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Fortkochi Private Tuk Tuk Tour

Fortkochi Private Tuk Tuk Tour

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Our Tuk-Tuk Tours is a local collective of Tuk Tuk drivers who provide personalised tours in and around Fort Kochi. Our tours are tailored to suit your needs, whether you would like to visit all the famous tourist sites or explore local eateries or shop for souvenirs to take back home with you. This tour is only for the hotels situated in Fortkochi, Mattancherry and Ernakulam. For pickup from the cruise terminal or Cochin port, please use the other option of booking KOCHI Tuk-tuk Tours with Pickup from the Cruise Ships.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.31
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$12.31

Joyce's Kochi Shore Excursion for Celebrity Cruise Passengers

Joyce's Kochi Shore Excursion for Celebrity Cruise Passengers

Specially designed for Celebrity cruise passengers, this scenic off-shore excursion gives you the best of Kerala in a single day. Cover the highlights of history-filled Kochi, from Portuguese palaces to the bustling spice market. Or, opt to spend the day drifting in a traditional houseboat on the stunning backwaters, with a curry lunch cooked onboard by your own private chef.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00
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A Heritage walking tour in Fort kochi and Mattancherry with a local guide !

A Heritage walking tour in Fort kochi and Mattancherry with a local guide !

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Explore the Fort Kochi and Mattancherry areas on a walking tour with a local host. See a few of Kochi’s key landmarks including the traditional Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, Old Hindu Temple, and the Jewish synagogue. Learn about the history of the area and the many cultures who came through Kochi’s ports over the years as you explore on foot.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.00
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$22.00
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Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour in Fort Kochi

Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour in Fort Kochi

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Our unique private Tuk-tuk tour of Fort Kochi is tailored to suit all your needs. You can explore all the historical Sightseeing attractions, explore local culture, taste local food and shopping....
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$11.94
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$11.94

Jew Town Walk Kochi

Jew Town Walk Kochi

Capture the hues of the Jews town in the city; it’s winding streets, ancient buildings, markets, houses, forts and friendly local people who make it all so colourful and vibrant. We don't want to spill the beans and kill the excitement, Interesting combination of places on this tour, to help you experience the Jews aspects of Kochi, some of that you would easily miss if you are exploring the city on our own.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.62
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$12.62
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Private guided VIP tour in kochi with pickup !

Private guided VIP tour in kochi with pickup !

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Discover the highlights of kochi like a VIP, in an Air conditioned premier vehicle with a private guide. Kochi was the centre of Indian spice trade for many centuries, because of her rich spice history, kochi was attracted by most of the foreign traders. Kochi was the first european colonies for Portuguese in the colonial India from the year 1500-1663, followed by Dutch and later by the British. It is the old buildings which most clearly reveal this deep-rooted colonial influence. In 1947, when India gained independence from the British colonial rule, Cochin was the first princely state to join the Indian Union willingly. During the tour in the old city , we will discover the traditional landmarks of historical Kochi, which includes ancient Chinese fishing nets, the historical European settlements like Vasco de gama church and dutch cemetry and later towards the Dutch palace, a museum under Archeology and spend time walking through the historical Jew town towards the Jewish synagogue.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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$59.00
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Kerala Package for 8 Days Includes All Transfer,Sightseeing and Accommodation

Kerala Package for 8 Days Includes All Transfer,Sightseeing and Accommodation

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Experience the best of Kerala without the hassle on this eight-day tour. Starting in Cochin and ending in Kovallam, you’ll enjoy the highlights of the small South Indian state, including beaches, a backwater cruise, tea estates, mountains, and wildlife. You’ll cover a lot of ground in just over a week, and see more than you could comfortably fit in if traveling alone. This is an ideal tour for families or groups who want to avoid complicated travel logistics and just relax and have a good time.
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  • 8 days
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$610.00
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$610.00
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Full Day Private Kochi (Cochin) Shore Excursion

Full Day Private Kochi (Cochin) Shore Excursion

Explore the landmarks and heritage of Cochin (Kochi) on a full-day tour with your own private guide. Highlights includes a visit to the Dutch Palace, the Paradesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, the Chinese fishing nets, and take a walking tour in Fort Cochin.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$72.00
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$72.00
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Private Shore Excursion to Jewish Heritage of Kochi, India

Private Shore Excursion to Jewish Heritage of Kochi, India

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Group Tour like a private tour! We pick you up from your hotel. If you are arriving by ship to Kochi you will be met at side of the ship with pager board of Your Name. The tours are customized to suit the arrival and departure schedule of your ship to ensure you have a worry free Shore Excursion. Comfortable transportation, entertaining and enriching experience., We offer a tour to visit the ancient Jewish Heritage in Kochi ( India) It explores the sites of Jewish settlements of Kochi, Muziris aka Kodungallur, Paravoor, Chendamangalam. The tour involves a morning drive to the above villages which give you opportunity to find life of people civilized with great sense of hospitality. The tour visits preserved synagogues at above places which were ancient Jewish Settlements.in India. A lunch break in a beach restaurant and a drive to the modern city of Kochi to visit a synagogue of the Ethiopian Jews which is preserved by the present warden is added attraction of this tour..
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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$70.00
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Cochin Over View

Cochin Over View

See the best of Cochin, including Fort Kochi and Jew Town, with this small-group tour led by a local guide. Other highlights include the beautifully preserved Dutch Palace and the Basilica of Santa Cruz plus the famous Chinese Fishing nets that straddle the Fort Cochi shoreline.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Cochin Private guided Tuk Tuk tours with pick up from cruise ships

Cochin Private guided Tuk Tuk tours with pick up from cruise ships

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During this Private Guided tour in kochi , you will be provided quaranteed pick up from the cruise terminal and drop off. You will Experience various Historical Landmarks of kochi in an airconditioned van or cab with a professional guide. The main highlight of this tour is Ride on a Tuk Tuk (Auto Rickshaw) through the local streets experiencing the life of local people in Dhobhi( Laundry), Pappadam making, bazar markets, spice / ginger warehouses, Hindu temples , local shopping areas etc. The other main places visited during your tour with local guide are : (1) Fortkochi where you will find old colonial buildings,traditional fishing nets, St Francis church ( first european church in India), Santa cruz Basilica church,Chinese fishing Nets, Dutch cemetery etc. (2) Mattancherry, where Royal Family of cochin Kingdom and Jewish community were living , Dutch palace, a museum under Archeology and the historical Jewish quarters and the only functioning Jewish synagogue (Pardesi Synagogue).
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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$99.00
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Highlights of Cochin Group Tour by Local Ferry ,Tuc-Tuc ,Local Bus and Foot .

Highlights of Cochin Group Tour by Local Ferry ,Tuc-Tuc ,Local Bus and Foot .

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This Group shore excursion is the perfect way to make the most of your time in Kochi. Tour the incredible sites on a four-hour journey by Local Ferry ,Local Bus ,Tuc -Tuc and foot , to visit the Chinese Nets ,Santa Cruz Basilica ,St Francis Church ,Jew Town ,Jewish Paradesi Synagogue, Mattancherry Dutch Palace ,Spice Market ,Dhobi Khana (local laundry) etc . You'll learn about local life from your professional guide and explore the best this incredible Southern Indian city has to offer.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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$50.00

Kochi Private Tour: 3-Hour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour

Kochi Private Tour: 3-Hour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour

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Want to experience the beauty, history and culture of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry on foot? Then this tour is for you. Travel back in time and through the streets as you follow your expert guide between the Chinese fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace that stand as icons of India's southern state. See beautiful murals that portray scenes out of Hindu scripture and learn how this incredible destination has come to be.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.00
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$25.00
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Private Custom Tour: Kochi (Cochin) local Sightseeing with guide

Private Custom Tour: Kochi (Cochin) local Sightseeing with guide

Join us for the private full-day sightseeing tour & explore Kochi (Cochin) city in an air-conditioned transport with a professional guide. Explore the vastly diverse and rich culture of this city, which included Jews, structures left behind by people of Portuguese, heritage of passed on by Chinese traders and so much more. The beautiful city is not only popular for its antique monuments, forts, etc. but also for its striking beauty.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.95
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$77.95
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Fort Kochi Bike Tour with Pickup from Cruise Ships

Fort Kochi Bike Tour with Pickup from Cruise Ships

Ride to the heritage sites in the island of Fort Kochi and take a stroll in the numerous antique and spice stores in Jew Town located in Mattancherry
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  • 4 hours
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$61.00
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$61.00
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Full Day Kochi Sightseeing Tour - A Guided Experience

Full Day Kochi Sightseeing Tour - A Guided Experience

If you are running short on time and want to explore the whole city then grab this deal!! Explore the city with a full-day tour. You will be picked from the hotel and at first, you will visit Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica and St. Francis CSI Church. Visit Fort Kochi Beach, Bastion Bungalow, Mattancherry Palace and St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, Jew Town, Aspinwall House, and Indo Portuguese Museum. Explore the culture of Kochi at Ernakulam Shiva Temple, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Basilica Of Our Lady Of Ransom and Kochi International Marina, Hill Palace Museum, Chottanikkara Devi Temple with this tour. Visit Marine drive at last and end your tour at Marine drive. Enjoy fast food and shopping here and then you will be dropped back to the hotel. Duration: 8 hours Starting time: 9.00 am Starting point & Endpoint: All travelers will be picked and drop back to the hotel. Minimum occupancy: 2 Pax Maximum occupancy: 7 Pax
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  • 8 hours
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$24.80
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Joyce's Shore Excursion for AIDAvita passengers Pick & Drop at side of ship. .

Joyce's Shore Excursion for AIDAvita passengers Pick & Drop at side of ship. .

Hello! 'AIDAvita Passengers. Skip the line ! Book a thrifty group Tour! You are met at side of the ship with pager board of Your Name.. The tour is customized to suit the arrival and departure schedule of your ship to ensure you have a worry free Shore Excursion. We ensure your timely return after the tour. Flexible Itinerary, comfortable transportation, entertaining and enriching travel experience. Excursions are for first time visitors to India. It is also for ametuar photographers and nature enthusiasts. Attractions of heritage, life and culture. Tour # 1. Highlights of Kochi..Tour to ancient Kochi. Visits Chinese Fishing Nets, Dutch Palace, Jewish Town and Synagogue, 5 hours. Tour # 2. Houseboat cruise in Kerala Backwaters.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$60.00
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$60.00
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Should I book Mattancherry Palace tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Mattancherry Palace can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 73 Mattancherry Palace tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Mattancherry Palace 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Mattancherry Palace costs USD 201.00. Guided Mattancherry Palace tours start around USD 201.00 per person. See all 73 Mattancherry Palace tickets and tours on Viator.
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