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Mattancherry Tours & Tickets

Mattancherry
Surrounded by the backwaters of the Arabian Sea, Mattancherry is an old port area of Kochi, not far from Ernakulam Town. The area was once the main trade port for spices such as pepper and turmeric, as well as tea. Today, it’s a bustling and cosmopolitan community that welcomes people from all religious backgrounds and walks of life.
 
The Basics
Mattancherry is a popular stop on Kochi tours and shore excursions and is often visited in conjunction with nearby Fort Cochin. Highlights include Mattancherry Palace and buildings of the colonial era. At the heart of Mattancherry is Jew Town, the Jewish quarter, including a variety of antique shops and the 16th-century Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Mattancherry is a must-visit for travelers interested in history and culture.
  • This area is best explored by foot, so wear comfortable footwear and sunscreen.
  • Travelers should allow plenty of time to visit Paradesi Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace.

How to Get There
Mattancherry is located east of the Fort Cochin neighborhood, about a half-hour walk or 5-minute auto rickshaw ride away. Travelers coming from Ernakulam can catch a ferry to the Mattancherry boat jetty and walk the rest of the way; Jew Town is just southwest of the jetty, while the palace is northwest.

When to Get There
The Mattancherry neighborhood is a year-round attraction, though it's always more pleasant to visit during the cooler and dryer months of December, January, and February (just note that this is also the most crowded time). March through May can be swelteringly hot, while June through November can see significant rainfall.

Mattancherry Palace
One of the area’s top attractions, Mattancherry Palace was presented by the Portuguese to the Raja of Kochi in the mid-1500s as a gesture of goodwill (or more likely as a bribe to secure trading privileges). The Dutch then renovated it in the 17th century, hence its alternative name—the Dutch Palace.
Address: Mattancherry, Kerala, India, India
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27 Tours and Activities to Experience Mattancherry

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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 Tuk Tuk Tour in Cochin - A Local Experience by Khidma Tourism

Private Tuk Tuk Tour in Cochin - A Local Experience by Khidma Tourism

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You can experience a local Tuk Tuk tour to discover the treditional landmarks of Kochi which includes ancient Chinese fishing nets, the historical European settlements like Vasco de gama church and dutch cemetery, the Dutch palace, a museum under ASI, and walk through Jewish street towards Jewish synagogue and also experience the life of local people. We arrange pick up from Any hotels in Fort Cochin Areas. You can fill hotel details at the time of booking. There is Separate package for travelers coming by ships.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$15.39
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$15.39
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Group Tour for half day with hotel or port pickup and drop-Off

Group Tour for half day with hotel or port pickup and drop-Off

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See the best of Cochin with your own personal guide on this private half-day tour, with hotel or cruise port pickup and drop-off. Traveling between sites by private air-conditioned vehicle, hop out to explore the lanes of Fort Kochi, viewing must-sees like St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Cathedral. Plus, admire the famous Chinese fishing nets and visit the old Jewish quarter of Mattancherry, with its spice market and Paradesi Synagogue. Entrance fees included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Tour in Tuk Tuk and Public Transport to Kochi Heritages

Tour in Tuk Tuk and Public Transport to Kochi Heritages

Explore the life of people. Experience traveling in Indian Ferrari ( Tuk Tuks ) and Public Buses All attractions of Kochi is included in the tour. You are met at the ship in case you are arriving by sea or at the lobby of the hotel where you are booked to stay. (Our staff will hold the page board with your name.) First you will be transferred in an air conditioned Car or Van to heritage area of Kochi - Fort Kochi Town. Then ride in tuk tuks to the attractions in Fort Kochi. After visiting Chinese Fishing Nets and Church of St. Francis board a public bus to travel to Jewish Town. Alighting from the bus do a soft walk to the Jewish Town. At Jewish town visit synagogue and Dutch palace. Later wander around the Jewish town looking at the buildings of the Jewish settlement or go for shopping or sit on the balcony of a restaurant or inside the court yard of a Jewish house to enjoy a tea or coffee and Indian snacks. Board the air conditioned car or van to drive back to your ship.or hotel. .
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  • 6 to 7 minutes
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Pick up from cruise ship

Pick up from cruise ship

We will provide you to see the wonderful places around the twins town (Mattancherry/Fortkochi) it will be a memorable moments with us.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$7.00
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$7.00

Cycle on the Lanes of Kochi - A Guided Cycling Tour

Cycle on the Lanes of Kochi - A Guided Cycling Tour

One of the most beautiful states of South India is Kerala. Having so much in store to serve the travellers, the city is ready to mesmerise every traveller that ever visits the state of Kerala. If you wish to explore the city on wheels this is the best tour to choose. The quest starts as you reach the starting point. Gear yourself up to explore the best sights of Kochi with this tour. We take you to all the places that must be visited when you are in Kochi. The tour starts at Fort Kochi and then to Vallarpadam. From Vallarpadam we go to Broadway Market and Mattancherry and get back to Fort Kochi. The tour is ready to mesmerise you with its beauty and leave you with a lot of memories to be cherished for years to come. Tour Timings: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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  • 4 hours
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$47.70
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$47.70
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Kochi Offbeat Shore Excursion-4 Hour Old Kochi Heritage Tour with Private Guide

Kochi Offbeat Shore Excursion-4 Hour Old Kochi Heritage Tour with Private Guide

Learn about Kochi on a 4-hour small-group tour that is limited to 12 people. See the Chinese fishing nets, visit two food markets, and watch the process of creating a kolam (painting in front of the home). Visit two important Hindu temples, the historic St George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church (Koonankurishu Pally), and the Abode of Snakes with an informative guide. Upgrade to include hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.42
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$79.42

kochi tuk tuk Experience with a ride through the local streets of kochi

kochi tuk tuk Experience with a ride through the local streets of kochi

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2-Hours Ride in local Tuk Tuk (Auto Rickshaw) to explore the life of the local people in the Old city. During the tour, your driver / local expert who is born in the city takes you to  Dhobhi Khana, laundry place to show the traditional methods used for washing clothes.  Visit  "Padapadam" factory on the local street , Papadam, which is a thin, crisp, disc-shaped food made from peeled black gram flour (urad flour),typically served as an accompaniment to a meal in India. Will take through various local streets to see various temples(Balaji Temple, Jain temple, Salt temple etc of different communities living in the same city. Drive towards the Jewish street, where jewish community still exists, visit Inscents factory, Essential oil Making, local market etc.Towards Traditional Bazar market to visit Ginger Ware house, to watch drying,packing,processing of Ginger and other spices. Also Womens Co-operative spice market, Candle making Factory.(No Monuments)
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  • 2 hours
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$15.00
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$15.00
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2 Nights Misty Munnar Sightseeing 3 Star Private Tour Package - Iris Holidays

2 Nights Misty Munnar Sightseeing 3 Star Private Tour Package - Iris Holidays

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2 Nights Private tour to Munnar  with pickup and drop from anywhere in Kochi. Accommodation in this tour is being offered at a reputed 3 Star Hotel in Munnar
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.37
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$132.37

Pocket Friendly Package

Pocket Friendly Package

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A package in your budget, but no compromise for quality services. The Package coves top three destinations of Kerala,- Cochin, Munnar and Alleppy Houseboat.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$210.26
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$210.26

Kerala With Madurai

Kerala With Madurai

Kerala with Madurai This itinerary is a great combination of the Nature at Kerala and the Culture at Tamilnadu.Many interesting Responsible Tourism activities are included in addition to a visit to Meenakshi Temple Madurai.A short visit to Athirappally waterfall is an additional highlight.This itinerary can further be customised to extensions.This can be a great combination for women travellers and family groups.
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  • 12 days
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$1,629.00
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$1,629.00
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Good Morning Kochi

Good Morning Kochi

Watch Kochi come to life as you start the day like a local. Have a cup of tea with the locals, as they catch up on the local news, politics and gossip at a popular local cafe. You'll also catch the locals at their daily fitness regime with a walk along the coastline, a gym by the beach or Yoga on the sands. Take a walk around the historic parade ground as you watch the locals play football - a truly Kochi ritual. Take a ride on the most popular form of transport on the island, the local ferry to Vypeen Island. Catch the early morning rush hour traffic in the sea as the fisherfolk race back with their catch of the day. Watch the local economy in action in the local fish harbour where the fresh catch of the day is unloaded and auctioned off by local auctioneers.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$55.73
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$55.73

Kochi Food Crawl

Kochi Food Crawl

The food in Kochi is a product of hundreds of years of sea trade. For centuries, people from all around India and the Indian Ocean area have made Kochi their home for the lucrative Spice Trade. We'll explore the markets, the places of worship, alleyways and also have some lip-smacking food along the way. You will get to eat like a local while you explore the city with a local.
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  • 3 hours
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$34.83
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$34.83

Fort Cochin Cycling Tour

Fort Cochin Cycling Tour

After a short safety briefing, you will start your day’s cycling through the narrow lanes and spice markets moving towards Mattancherry. The architecture along the busy streets in this enclave is very clearly European, with fine houses built by wealthy British traders of the colonial era, and the Dutch cottages with split farmhouse doors. We have a few surprise stops en-route which makes this a very exciting ride. After you reach Mattancherry, you will cycle via Mattancherry Palace, Jew street and the synagogue. Then, you resume cycling and move towards the Santa Cruz Basilica. This is a very attractive church constructed in the gothic style and was originally built by the Portuguese. From there you will pedal towards the Princess Street which has a quaint old-world charm to it. As you approach the end of the tour you arrive at the unique Chinese Fishing nets whose history and drama are remarkable.
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  • 3 hours
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$20.90
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Joyce's Excursions in Kochi for 'Silversea' Cruisers ! Pick & Drop @ ship !

Joyce's Excursions in Kochi for 'Silversea' Cruisers ! Pick & Drop @ ship !

Hello! ‘Silversea’ Passengers ! Skip the expensive shore excursions ! Book a Thrifty Group Tour ! You are met at side of the ship with pager board of Your Name.. Comfortable transportation, entertaining and enriching travel experience. The tours are customized to suit the arrival and departure schedule of your ship. Tour # 1. Kochi Over View. Chinese Fishing Nets, Church of St. Francis, Santa Cruz Basilica, & Jewish Town for synagogue and the ancient Jewish quarters and Spice market. An early morning drive to a suburban fishing Village. Tour # 2. Tranquil Backwaters. Pick up from the side of the ship and transfer by road to Kumarakom backwaters. Cruise in the backwater in a houseboat.for 2 hours. On return to Kochi stop at Chinese Fishing Nets. Tour # 3. Day Return Tour to Waterfalls Travel to south east of Kochi to see the river-front, verdant hills, and paddy fields famous for historic Hindu temples and Syrian Christian churches and home of famous waterfall - Areekkal
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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$50.00
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$50.00
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Joyce's Tours for

Joyce's Tours for "Oceana" passengers to Kochi: Pick & Drop @ ship:

Cruise ship passengers short on time on land will appreciate this well-designed tour of Kochi that maximizes your time. You'll be picked up directly from your ship, so you won't need to worry about getting lost in a new place. Choose from two itineraries to suit your interests: a tour of Kochi's highlights (including Jew Town, Fort Kochi, and the Chinese Fishing Nets), or a tranquil backwater cruise on a refurbished rice barge.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00
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Joyce's Kochi Shore Excursions for Insignia passengers. Pick & Drop @ ship

Joyce's Kochi Shore Excursions for Insignia passengers. Pick & Drop @ ship

This tour of Kochi has been especially designed for Insignia cruise passengers with limited time on land. You'll be picked up directly from your ship, to save the hassle of navigating in a new city. Choose from two itineraries: a comprehensive overview of Kochi (including Jew Town, Fort Kochi, the Chinese Fishing Nets, and more), or an unforgettable, three-hour backwater cruise.
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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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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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2 Days in Cochin (Kochi) Private Tour

2 Days in Cochin (Kochi) Private Tour

Enjoy this private , 2-days Cochin tour that showcases the important places the area has to offer. Starting with Morning guided Sightseeing of Fort cochin /Mattancherry and evening watch Kathakali dance show . Next day discover the famous Alappuzha backwater on a Houseboat
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  • 2 days
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$240.00
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$240.00
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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

Group Shore Excursion from Cochin Port

Group Shore Excursion from Cochin Port

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Enjoy a houseboat tour on the inland waterways of Kochi when your cruise ship pulls into the Kochi port. Travel to Alleppey (Alappuzha) to board a traditional houseboat that takes you on a 2-hour cruise through scenic waterways lined with villages, rice paddies and coconut palms. Sample the delicious cuisine of Kerala during a lunch served on board your vessel. Afterward, transfer to an air-conditioned coach to see the highlights of Fort Kochi, including the Chinese fishing nets.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

Cochin Shore Excursions from Pier

Cochin Shore Excursions from Pier

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While docked in the Cochin cruise port, explore the city from your ship on this worry-free shore excursion. Depending on the date you book, follow one of three itineraries. Either, make a stop in Fort Kochi to see St. Francis Church, go on an adventure through the backwaters of Kerala during this houseboat tour, or cruise down a river in a houseboat, and visit the giant Chinese fishing nets.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

Cochin City or Backwater Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal

Cochin City or Backwater Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal

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When docking on shore from your cruise, it can be hard to find tours that’ll make sure you're on time to meet your cruise before it heads out on the water again. This Celebrity Constellation Kochi shore excursion is a perfect solution as it meets you right at your boat and takes you back in time, too. Depending on the day of your tour, you’ll either ride on a houseboat through the backwaters of  Alleppey; ride on a houseboat through the backwaters of Alleppey and visit Fort Kochi; or visit multiple highlights such as the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, St, Francis Church, and Santa Cruz Basilica.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

Cochin Group Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal Pier

Cochin Group Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal Pier

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If you're traveling by cruise to Cochin and want the chance to explore a bit more of Kerala, this shore excursion might be the perfect fit. Three itineraries are available, depending on your arrival date, which could have you either visiting the backwaters on a traditional houseboat, visiting the historic sites of Fort Cochin, or both!
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

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