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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.
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included (if option selected)
Witness a Kolam making demonstration by females in Brahmin Hindu Ancestral Home
Visit Koonankurishu Church where the relics of St. George are stored
Watch a demonstration of tools used for coconut dehusking, winnowing and other food related items in Kerala
Visit the Tirumala Devaswom Temple and the Abode of Snakes
Make your own way to the Chinese fishing nets at 10am to meet your guide.
Start your tour by learning about the history of the Chinese fishing nets, then proceed to the Dutch Cemetery and Fort Emmaneul. Walk through a beach lane to Manjal Bhagvati temple, an have time to receive a henna treatment nearby if desired (own expense).
Continue to the local market to see how some common foods are made and wander through the colorful stalls. Next up, see Tirumala Devaswom Temple from the outside, followed by a palace with large rice granaries, and the Snake God Park, Sarpa Kavu. The site contains representations of snake deities, and is believed to be inhabited by snakes.
By car, go to the fruit and vegetable market, then check out the fascinating architecture and history of St George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church.
Conclude your tour with a kolam (painting with colored rice flours) demonstration at the Brahmin Hindu Agraharam. This style of geometrical line painting is traditionally placed in front of Hindu houses by female family members.
Throughout the day, your guide shares details about the contributions from Hindu, Christian, Arab, Dutch, and British communities to the development of Kochi.
Your tour ends after four hours at the entrance to the Dutch Palace, unless you choose the hotel pickup and drop-off option.