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  • Location: Kochi, India
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Discover the rich European legacy and historical charm of Kochi. On this private sightseeing tour of Kochi, walk along its streets and explore all its highlights, from the beautiful natural harbor to the Portuguese and Dutch heritage sites. Enjoy personalized service and expert commentary from your local private guide.


  • 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

Private Tour: Kochi Half-Day City Tour

Santa Cruz Basilica

After being picked up from your Kochi hotel in a private vehicle, start your private walking tour at Fort Cochin and see the suspended Chinese fishing nets, which were introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan in the 14th century. Kochi fishermen still use these fishing nets to earn their livelihoods.

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.

Customer Reviews



5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was great and the tour guide Rishi was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable. The driver Sareesh was a very good driver. Very polite. We enjoyed seeing all of the sites to see. I highly recommend this tour and tour guide.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

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.

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