Check out Kochi’s star attractions in four hours, leaving the rest of the day free, on this private tour. Admire the Chinese fishing nets, and learn about their history, design, and operation. Plus, delve into Kochi’s diverse cultural and colonial heritage with visits to the Dutch Palace to see its Hindu murals, and Paradesi Synagogue and St. Francis Church. Pickup and drop-off at central Kochi hotels or Kochi cruise port included.
Private 4-hour Kochi sightseeing tour
Visit the 16th-century St. Francis Church, a testament to Kochi’s long colonial past
See the hammock-like Chinese fishing nets, introduced here in the 14th-century
View the 400-year-old Paradesi Synagogue and Hindu murals at the Dutch Palace
Learn about Kochi’s cultural and colonial heritage
Includes entrance fees, and central hotel or port pickup and drop-off
Begin your 4-hour tour at your central Kochi hotel or Kochi port. Meet your guide, hop inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle, and set off around Kochi’s highlights. Absorb the spice-scented streets on route to Fort Kochi’s St. Francis Church. Dating to 1503, this Portuguese-built church is India’s oldest European church, and resonates with colonial history, having been commandeered by the Dutch and then the British in 1751. Admire the stepped pinnacle and old-world interior, and continue to the Mattancherry Palace, sometimes known as the Dutch Palace. After viewing the exquisite Hindu murals and royal treasures of Kochi’s Rajas here, travel on to see Kochi’s famous Chinese fishing nets. Take in these hammock-like structures on the waterside, and learn how they are suspended and dropped into the sea before being raised with their catches. Afterward, dive into Kochi’s old Jewish quarter to visit the Paradesi Synagogue, also called the Jewish Synagogue. Step inside to see the glass chandeliers, hand-painted tiles, and other decorative touches, and learn about this 16th-century place of worship — the oldest functional synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. After four hours’ exploring, your tour concludes at the port or your hotel at around 1pm.