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How to Spend 2 Days in Kochi

How to Spend 2 Days in Kochi

With two days in Kochi, you’ll get the best of both worlds: a day to immerse yourself in local history and culture and a day to cruise the famed nearby Kerala backwaters. Here’s how to maximize your time.

Day 1: Historic Fort Cochin

**Morning:**Spend your first morning getting an overview of Kochi on a half-day guided walking tour. Explore historic Mattancherry Palace, a 16th-century Portuguese structure originally constructed as a gift to the Kochi dynasty king. Inside, learn more about local history as you examine murals and royal artifacts. From here, it’s just a short walk to the historic Paradesi Synagogue, which dates to 1567 and is among the oldest synagogues in India.

 

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, head west to visit Fort Cochin’s two most important churches. The prettiest is the Gothic Santa Cruz Basilica, with frescoed interiors, while the most historically significant is the St. Francis Church, the oldest church in India. Next to the church is the Dutch Cemetery, likely India’s oldest graveyard.

**Night:**After a day of sightseeing, head to the beach just before sunset to see the famous Chinese fishing nets, oft-photographed permanent structures that allow the raising and lowering of nets through a series of pulleys. Afterwards, top off your evening with a performance of Kathakali, a traditional dance that developed in the region, or opt for a package that also includes a dinner of Spice Coast cuisine.

 

Day 2: Cruising the Backwaters

**Morning:**On your second day, head south to the town of Alleppey, where the bulk of Kerala's famous backwater cruises depart. Choose among private half-day, full-day, and multi-daykettuvallam (traditional houseboat) cruises, which sail past villages, jungles, and rice paddies.

 

**Afternoon:**Most backwater cruises serve lunch onboard and include South Indian favorites, from fried bananas to locally sourced fish and produce. Spend the afternoon observing life in the backwater, perhaps stopping to visit villages along the canals.

 

**Night:**Depending on how early you depart, you’ll likely return to Kochi in time for dinner. For your final night in town, head to the Fort Kochi area, where some of the city’s best restaurants are housed in charming old Dutch buildings. End your evening with a meal of Keralan cuisine, perhaps seafood and dishes such aserissery (pumpkin-and-lentil stew) orishtu (coconut milk–based stew) withappam (crepe-like pancakes).

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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
Price varies by group size

Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise

Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise

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Discover the famous Alappuzha waterways during this seven-hour tour from Fort Kochi. Experience the beauty and tranquillity of one of Kerala's most-prized destinations as you float along the network of waterways aboard a traditional house boat. Enjoy an up close look at rural life and stunning nature during this memorable day on the water.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00
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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 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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Day Trip to Enjoy Backwater Cruise in Alleppey

Day Trip to Enjoy Backwater Cruise in Alleppey

If you'd love to explore the backwaters of Kerala but don't have time to spend the night on a houseboat, this day-trip cruise is the perfect solution! You'll get to pass along lush paddy fields and through charming villages, with lots of opportunities to take photos and ask questions about local culture. You'll also get to try traditional cuisine: a Keralan lunch is served on board.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$236.00
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$236.00
Price varies by group size

Kochi Heritage Walking Tour

Kochi Heritage Walking Tour

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Kochi is a scenic port city in southern India with a rich cultural heritage. Learn about the Dutch, Portuguese, Arab, Chinese and Jewish influences that marked this vibrant maritime community. The city’s main historical sites contain little background information for visitors, making it difficult to get oriented. But this in-depth walking tour gives a fascinating and informative overview of Kerala’s prettiest seaside city.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.80
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$72.80

Kochi City Guided Full-Day Tour

Kochi City Guided Full-Day Tour

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Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a melting pot of different cultures and traditions. Today, it still retains many elements of its glorious past which can be best experienced with the Kochi City Tour. An eclectic mix of Portuguese, Dutch and British history combined with the rich traditions of Kerala - a wholesome day tour around Kochi and Ernakulam.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.16
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$46.16