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How to Spend 3 Days in Kochi

How to Spend 3 Days in Kochi

With three days in Kochi, you'll have plenty of time to visit colonial Fort Cochin, take a houseboat trip through Kerala's picturesque backwaters, and still have time left over to either explore the tea plantations of Munnar or the archaeological ruins of Pattanam. Here's how to make the most of your time.

Day 1: Historic Fort Cochin

Spend your first day in Kochi exploring the adjacent historic areas of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry. Mattancherry is best-known for 16th-century Mattancherry Palace, aka the Dutch Palace, which houses frescoes and regal art and artifacts. From here it’s a short walk to the Paradesi Synagogue, also dating to the 16th century and the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth. Next, head to Fort Cochin to visit the oldest church in India, St. Francis Church, and the nearby Dutch Cemetery, believed to be the oldest graveyard in the country. Make a stop at the beautiful Santa Cruz Basilica before making your way over to the shore for a photo op with the city’s famous Chinese fishing nets as the sun sets into the sea. Top off your first evening with a traditional Kathakali dance performance, or opt for a package that also includes a Keralan dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2: Beautiful Backwaters

Devote your second day to a quintessential Kerala experience: a cruise on the backwaters. Most cruises depart from the town of Alleppey, an easy drive from Kochi, and are often staged onkettuvallam, traditional houseboats made of coir (coconut fiber). These cruises often go deep into the state’s extensive network of waterways, passing jungles, rice paddies, and traditional villages along the way. Lunch is often included and is generally typical of the region, with rice, coconut-based curries, and fish. While some backwaters cruises span a few days, half- and full-day packages that include transportation from Kochi are also available.

Day 3: Hill Stations or History

If you managed to see all you want to in Kochi on your first day, spend your final day participating in another day trip. Get up early to visit to the tea-plantation town of Munnar, where high elevation results in lower temperatures. Most tours include tea-factory visits, and some stop at the tea museum. Another popular option—and closer to town—is Pattanam, which many archaeologists believe was once the ancient port town of Muziris. Recent excavations show evidence of settlements as early as 1000 BC. Either way, return to Kochi in time to top off your trip with a South Indian dinner in the food-centric Fort Cochin neighborhood.

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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 Day Trip to Munnar from Kochi (Cochin)

Private Day Trip to Munnar from Kochi (Cochin)

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Cool off on a day trip to the higher altitude hill station of Munnar, located 5,575 feet (1,700 meters) above sea level. Your private full-day tour from Kochi (Cochin) visits the Tea Museum, and tea and spice plantations with views of pristine mountains and valleys covered with lush vegetation. Ride in your own private air-conditioned vehicle, and tour the town with an informative local guide.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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$110.00
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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
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$120.00
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$120.00
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All inclusive tour to Muziris from Cochin with local lunch

All inclusive tour to Muziris from Cochin with local lunch

Visit the ancient port city of Muzris, believed to have been around since as early as the 2nd century, with this day tour from Cochin. You'll visit the first Christian church in India, visit a 17th-century synagogue, and tour through traditional markets. You'll also get to try out a traditional meal of Keralan food before continuing on to visit Cheraman Juma Mosque, the first mosque in India.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.31
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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
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$79.42
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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
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$236.00
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$236.00
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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
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$72.80
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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
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$46.16
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$46.16