- Private walking tour of Kochi
- See the Chinese fishing nets introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan
- Visit St Francis Church, the oldest European church in India
- Admire the stunning architecture of Santa Cruz Basilica
- View some of the world's best Indian murals at Mattancherry Palace
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
What You Can Expect
Continue your stroll down to St Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The church was constructed in 1503 by Portuguese friars and is now the burial place of Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer who led the first ships that sailed directly from Europe to India. The church has a large cemetery that serves as a resting ground for many Portuguese army officials and soldiers.
Next, see Santa Cruz Basilica, one the largest and most impressive churches in India. The church has two soaring spires and a bright, white-washed exterior. Inside, you will find walls decorated with frescoes, murals, and large paintings depicting scenes from the life of Jesus Christ.
Finish your tour at Mattancherry Palace. It was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555. The palace is famous for its stunning murals portraying scenes from Hindu tales, such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Next door is the Paradesi (also called Pardesi) Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India. Admire the ornate brass pulpit, the Belgian glass chandelier and hand-painted Chinese porcelain floor tiles. Wander around the neighboring Jew Town, a central location for the spice trade, and inhale the aroma of ginger, cardamom, turmeric and cloves.
Your guide will drop you off at your hotel at the conclusion of the tour.
Arrangements made to contact me and pickup were excellent. Guide was well informed about the history of the places that we visited. Overall a great tour.
We had a good guide and driver, They were punctual. The guide gave a good commentary about the many interesting sights we saw. We were not rushed and had adequate time to linger and take photos.