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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, 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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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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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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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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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

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
Price varies by group size

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

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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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.84
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$11.84

Private Tour: Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Performance

Private Tour: Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Performance

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Experience one of southern India’s most unique cities on this private tour of Kochi, which showcases its captivating history and colorful culture. Wander through the Fort Kochi neighborhood with your guide, who will explain the city’s role in the spice trade. Settle in for a riveting performance by the local Kathakali dance troupe and witness the dramatic costumes, bright makeup and lively music of this17th-century classical dance form that originated in Kerala.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.18
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$87.18
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Kochi PARADISE Tuk-tuk tour with Pickup from the Cruise Ships

Kochi PARADISE Tuk-tuk tour with Pickup from the Cruise Ships

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Experience your private Tuk-Tuk tour in Kochi with a trusted people, with guaranteed pick up from the cruise ship and timely Drop off to the cruise terminal. Explore the historical monuments and learn more about Kochi's rich history from your Driver/Local Expert. Kochi was a fishing village in the Kingdom of Kochi in the pre-colonial Kerala. Kochi was the center of the Indian spice trade for many centuries. Because of its rich spice history, Kochi was a major attraction for foreign traders. During this tour, you will travel in tuk tuk (auto rickshaw) to explore Kochi's most important landmarks like Chinese fishing nets , St Francis church, the Dutch Palace, Jewish synagogue, the Jain temple and more. And also some local places like Dhobhi Khana(Local Washing area), Ginger ware house(packing/drying of spices), and womens cooperatives spice markets, (spice making/ candle making, inscents making etc) to experience the life of local people. This tour includes monument entrance fees.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.33
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$15.33

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
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$25.00
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$25.00
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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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Half Day Tour of Fort Kochi

Half Day Tour of Fort Kochi

The Fort Kochi Half Day Tour allows you to visit some of the best attractions of Fort Kochi. Although the tour is only 4 hours long, you will still enjoy it at a relaxed pace. You will experience sightseeing and shopping. Some of the best attractions you will visit are the Chinese Fishing Nets, Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue just to mention a few.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.72
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$25.72

Private Kochi City Tour Including Kathakali Dance Performance

Private Kochi City Tour Including Kathakali Dance Performance

Explore Kochi with your own private guide on a tour that includes a performance of Kathakali Dance, the classical form of Kerala. See city highlights such as the Chinese fishing nets, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Paradesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, and Santa Cruz Basilica, then attend the dance performance in the evening. Conveniently, the tour begins in the afternoon, leaving your morning free for other activities.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$57.70
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$57.70
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Life & Culture of Kerala Backwater & Villages: Private Tour

Life & Culture of Kerala Backwater & Villages: Private Tour

Hello 'Cruise Ship ' passengers! Skip the line ! Book a Private Tour! You are 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. We ensure your timely return after the tour. Comfortable transportation, entertaining and enriching travel experience. Tours. We offer 2 tours: Tour # 1.Tuk Tuk around Kochi 4 to 5 hours. Overland drive in car/van to Fort Kochi. Board Tuk tuk to explore the comfort in this poor mans' taxi. Walk around the Fort Kochi to admire colonial Kochi and visit, Chinese Fishing Nets, Church of St. Francis. Board the tuk tuks again and go to Jewish Town. Walk around old Jewish city and visit synagogue and Dutch Palace. . Tour # 2. Backwater ride in villages & explore life in a water taxi 7 hours. Drive to Alleppey/ Kumarakom. Board the water taxi there. Cruise in the river for 3 hours. Return to Kochi.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Cochin sightseeing with monuments entrances by Minivan, Car

Cochin sightseeing with monuments entrances by Minivan, Car

Cochin one of South India’s most interesting towns, still largely comprises low rise, picturesque buildings. Visit Mattanchery Palace, built by the Portuguese (1557) as a gift for the Raja of Kochi in exchange for trading rights, it was largely rebuilt by the new occupants, the Dutch. Further visit Jewish Synagogue adjacent to the Palace. This gem of a synagogue dating from 1568 (rebuilt in 1662) at the heart of what is called locally Jew Town, now a fascinating mixture of shops (some selling antiques), warehouses and spice auction rooms. Later on drive to Fort Kochi beach area to visit St. Francis Church originally dedicated to Santo Antonio, the patron saint of Portugal, St. Francis Church is the first to reflect the new, European influenced tradition. Vasco da Gama died on the site in 1524 and was originally buried in the cemetery. Fourteen years later his body was removed to Portugal. Our final visit will be to huge Chinese Fishing Nets line the entrance to the harbour mouth.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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$98.47
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$98.47
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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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$24.80
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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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Small Group Cochin City Sightseeing Tour - Shore Excursions from Cochin

Small Group Cochin City Sightseeing Tour - Shore Excursions from Cochin

This is a small group tour Kochi also known as Cochin is nestled on the South West Coast of India. This small group, which is a maximum group size of 18 passengers is an ideal choice if this is your first time to Cochin, the tour will take you on an exploration of this mystical destination, to visit the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue and St Francis' Church just to name but a few. This tour will be fully guided and you will also have some free time to explore or souvenir shop.
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  • 5 hours
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$69.85
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$69.85

Kochi Tuk Tuk Tours

Kochi Tuk Tuk Tours

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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 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.77
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$30.77
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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

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
Price varies by group size

Private guided evening walking tour in kochi with local shopping and Dinner !

Private guided evening walking tour in kochi with local shopping and Dinner !

During this walking tour, your local guide will direct you to Jew Town through the local streets of kochi in a tuk tuk. And later you will be walking through the narrow streets of Jew Town which is between Mattancherry Palace and Jew Synagogue. Jew Town is a unique location in Kochi where one can find precious artefacts from across the world, preserved lovingly by a many a generation of collectors and shopkeepers. Jew Town is full of wooden furniture, antiques,handicrafts like wooden elephants, mirrors, wall hangings and paintings. During this tour, your guide will let you know aout the history, culture and life of local people, also you will be visiting womens cooperative spice markets, inscents factory etc along with the Pardesi synagogue and Dutch palace (an archeological museum) . Later you will be walking through the traditional Bazar market during the colonial period towards the restaurant to have dinner later in the evening. The tour ends in the same restaurant after the Dinner.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00
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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 80 Mattancherry Palace tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Mattancherry Palace 2020?
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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 80 Mattancherry Palace tickets and tours on Viator.
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