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Kochi Shore Excursion: Cochin Harbor Cruise with Glimpse of Cochin Private Tour

Kochi (Cochin), India

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English


See the top attractions in and around Fort Cochin and Mattanchery on a private 7-hour tour. Start with a motorboat cruise around Kochi (Cochin) Harbor and Bolghatty Island, then visit highlights such as the Paradesi Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, and the Chinese fishing nets. Includes entrance fees, private guide and vehicle, and port pickup and drop-off.
  • Private 7-hour Kochi shore excursion with harbor motorboat cruise
  • Get a closer look at the harbor and waterfront from the motorboat
  • Go to the oldest active synagogue in South India, Paradesi Synagogue
  • Stop at St. Francis Church, the first burial site for 16th-century Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama
  • Take in the architecture of the Mattancherry Palace and Santa Cruz Basilica
  • Snap photos of the Chinese fishing nets
  • Includes private guide and vehicle, entrance fees, and port pickup and drop-off
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Port pickup and drop-off
Private English-speaking local guide
Transport by AC private vehicle
Non-AC City motorboat cruise
Bottled water
Food and drinks

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Traveler pickup is offered
Cochin port- Cruise Terminal


  • Cochin port- Cruise Terminal

Start your tour with morning pickup at the Kochi port and a for 30-minute transfer to Marin Drive in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Upon arrival, board your motorboat for a 2-hour cruise around the city and surrounding areas. Dock in Fort Cochin and disembark to visit Paradesi Synagogue (aka Mattancherry Synagogue). The historic building was constructed in 1568 and contains artifacts from Kerala's old Jewish community. Continue to Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese in the 1500s and known for murals with scenes from Hindu tales.

If your schedule allows, have time to purchase lunch (at own expense) and go shopping for spices, handicrafts, and other goods. Then visit Santa Cruz Basilica, one the largest churches in India, and St. Francis Church, constructed in 1503 and the the oldest European church in India. Finally, get photo ops of the Chinese fishing nets, one of the iconic sights of Kochi.

Your tour ends with return to the port by 3pm.
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Cochin Backwater Day Tours
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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please note : The Jewish Synagogue is closed on Friday, Saturday and on Jewish holidays. The Dutch Palace is closed on Friday and government holidays.
  • A valid Indian tourist visa is required to visit the port of Cochin.
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums (Male: Shirt /pants; Female: Full sleeve top/shirt and Knee-covered skirt or pants)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Carnival Tours

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

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We started by meeting our guide...
King Charles B
, Apr 2018
We started by meeting our guide Jude, who introduced us to his beautiful country. This gentleman was way more than a guide, he was very informative, new the in's and out's and got us some great deals. We visited the tomb of Vasco De Gama, the Chinese fishing nest and some great photo opportunities of fishing boats, markets, people and dolphins in the harbor. Only negative comment its was way to short, could of spent a lot more time, due to the cruise ship schedule.
Great private tour of Kochi. We had...
, May 2017
Great private tour of Kochi. We had a great guide, Kumar, who was very helpful and informative. Started with a walking tour of the local shopping area in the newer part of town. Thoroughly enjoyed the Harbor Cruise. Saw many small islands where fishing villages were. Better than I expected! Old Kochi and Chinese fish nets were fun to see, too. Overall, a very nice tour. Also, stopped at a wonderful cafe, Kashi Art Cafe I think for lunch. Lovely place and the food was delicious. He added a stop at a Dhobi Ghat laundry that was very interesting, too. The weather was extremely hot...that was the only detriment.

Product code: 7491P15

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