St. Francis Church Tours

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St. Francis Church is the oldest church in India, built in 1516 by Portuguese settlers to replace an older wooden church constructed in 1503 on the same site. It was once the burial site of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who died in Kochi, and though his gravestone is still in place here, his remains have since been moved to Lisbon.
 
The Basics
This magnificent whitewashed structure was the only church the Dutch didn't destroyed when they took over colonial Kochi from the Portuguese; instead, they converted it into a government church. It was later dedicated to Saint Francis under British rule (it had previously been dedicated to St. Anthony). Today, the church is run by the protestant Church of South India, though it’s protected as a monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. The church is a stop on Kochi heritage walking and tuk tuk tours as well as half- and full-day excursions of the city.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Remember to dress modestly; men and women alike should avoid wearing shorts and opt for clothing that covers the knees and shoulders.
  • While the church is open daily, mass is usually only on Sundays and special holidays.
  • Wheelchair users might find the church difficult to access without some assistance.
 
How to Get There
This church is located at the northwestern tip of Kochi, right in the Fort Kochi area known for its charming old Dutch-style houses and buildings. Depending on traffic, it takes anywhere from a half-hour to an hour to reach this part of town from the Ernakulam mainland, where many of the area's hotels are located.
 
When to Get There
Saint Francis Church is open throughout the year and can be particularly fun to visit at Christmastime or Easter. However, travelers who are sensitive to heat or humidity are best off visiting during the dryer months of December through February. The hottest months are from March through May, and this is when the crowds are fewest, while the wet season starts in June and can go on as late as November.
 
Saint Francis: Patron Saint of Animals
One of the most beloved Catholic saints, St. Francis was a medieval Italian friar best known as the patron saint of animals and the environment. His feast day is on October 4 and the order he founded (the Franciscans) is one of the largest and influential Catholic orders to this day.
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Address: Bastion Street, Fort Cochin, India
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Full Day Private Cochin Shore Excursion

Explore the landmarks and heritage of Cochin (Kochi) on a full-day tour with your own private guide. Highlights includes a visit to the Dutch Palace, the Paradesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, the Chinese fishing nets, and take a walking tour in Fort Cochin.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Full-Day Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Show with Dinner

Discover the heritage of Kochi during a private full-day tour that includes a city tour, dance performance, and dinner. Start in the afternoon by visiting landmarks including the Paradesi Synagogue, St Francis Church, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Indo-Portuguese Museum, and Chinese Fishing Nets with your guide, who shares the history of different cultural influences in Kerala. After the city tour, watch the Kathakali Dance Show followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Includes private driver-guide, entrance fees, Kathakali admission ticket, dinner, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Half-Day Kochi City Tour with Chinese Fishing Nets and Museum

Explore the highlights of Kochi on a half-day city sightseeing tour with a private guide and driver. Visit the Paradesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Dutch Palace, the Indo-Portuguese Museum at Fort Kochi, and the Chinese fishing nets for a taste of the long history and many cultures of Kochi. Wrap up your tour with a South Indian–style lunch before your guide returns you to your hotel. Includes private guide and air-conditioned vehicle, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Kochi or Ernakulam.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Mein Schiff 5 Special Kochi Shore Excursion: Backwater Houseboat Tour and Fort Kochi

When your Mein Schiff 5 ship docks at Kochi on December 11, 2017 or February 26, 2018, make the most of your time with a Kerala houseboat and Fort Kochi shore excursion. Board a traditional houseboat on Kerala’s backwaters, and savor an onboard buffet lunch as you sail by palm groves, villages, and fields. Afterward, tour colonial-era Fort Kochi, seeing the Chinese nets, St. Francis Church, and more. Round-trip coach transport with port transfers included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Cochin City Tour

Enjoy your 2 Nights Stay in Cochin and visit famous tourist places in Cochin
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Full-Day Private Custom Kochi Shore Excursion

When your cruise ship docks in Kochi, see the best of Kerala in one day on this adventurous private shore excursion. Traveling by private air-conditioned car, discover top attractions such as the Indo-Portuguese Museum, 16th-century Mattancherry Palace, and the Paradesi Synagogue with your guide—and customize your itinerary to see the sites and landmarks of most interest. Alternatively, take to the peaceful backwaters of Kochi—one of Kerala’s must-do activities.
  • Duration: 7.00 to 8 hrs
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Kochi Private Tour: 3-Hour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour

Want to experience the beauty, history and culture of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry on foot? Then this tour is for you. Travel back in time and through the streets as you follow your expert guide between the Chinese fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace that stand as icons of India's southern state. See beautiful murals that portray scenes out of Hindu scripture and learn how this incredible destination has come to be.
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Private 7-Day Kerala Tour From Kochi With Aleppey Houseboat Cruise

Experience the best of Kerala on a private 7-day tour from Kochi. This partially guided tour features a half-day city tour of Kochi, a visit to a Munnar tea plantation, a choice of wilderness activities in Thekkady, and an overnight houseboat cruise on the backwaters of Aleppey (Alappuzha) for a relaxed journey through Kerala's scenic rural landscape. Includes six nights of accommodation, breakfasts, local guide in Cochin and Munnar, houseboat cruise with meals, and hotel or airport pickup and drop-off in Kochi.
  • Duration: 7 days
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07 Days Kerala Heritage with Tea Spice Backwaters

Spend a week immersing yourself in Kerala's rich cultural traditions with this seven-day tour. Throughout the course of your adventure, you'll get to visit the cool hill station of Munnar, known for its tea plantations, cruise the backwaters of Allepey and around, and spend time among the wildlife of Periyar National Park. You’ll also get to see some of the top sites in Fort Kochi, including a 16th-century synagogue, a Portuguese church, and the area's famous Chinese fishing nets.
  • Duration: 7 days
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Private Tour: Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Performance

Experience one of southern India’s most unique cities on this private tour of Kochi, which showcases its captivating history and colorful culture. Wander through the Fort Kochi neighborhood with your guide, who will explain the city’s role in the spice trade. Settle in for a riveting performance by the local Kathakali dance troupe and witness the dramatic costumes, bright makeup and lively music of this17th-century classical dance form that originated in Kerala.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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South India Tour to Kerala for 06 Days

Explore the beautiful South Indian state of Kerala with this six-day tour. Highlights include visits to historic sites in and around Fort Kochin, the lush tea plantation town of Munnar, and the wild jungles of Thekkady, home to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll also get to cruise the backwaters, watch a traditional dance performance, and, if you desire, have a treatment in an Ayurvedic spa!
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Kerala Hill Stations Tour

Spend five days exploring South India in the company of a guide, which allows you to learn much more than you would simply exploring on your own. With all transportation provided, this multi-stop tour is easy; highlights include the Munnar hills, a houseboat excursion in Alleppey, and the city of Cochin. Four nights of accommodations and all activities are included.
  • Duration: 5 days
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Kochi Heritage Walking Tour

Kochi is a scenic port city in southern India with a rich cultural heritage. Learn about the Dutch, Portuguese, Arab, Chinese and Jewish influences that marked this vibrant maritime community. The city’s main historical sites contain little background information for visitors, making it difficult to get oriented. But this in-depth walking tour gives a fascinating and informative overview of Kerala’s prettiest seaside city.
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Essence of Kochi Half Day Tour

Kochi is a fascinating city full of history, and with this tour, you'll get to see the best of what the city has to offer in just half a day. Along with a guide and a driver, you'll visit attractions such as the Dutch Palace, Jew Street and its old Paradesi Synagogue, and the Santa Cruz Basilica. You'll also get to see some of the city's famous Chinese fishing nets in action.
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Full-Day Guided City Tour of Kochi

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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Cochin Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with Hotel or Port Pickup and Drop-Off

See the best of Cochin with your own personal guide on this private half-day tour, with hotel or cruise port pickup and drop-off. Traveling between sites by private air-conditioned vehicle, hop out to explore the lanes of Fort Kochi, viewing must-sees like St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Cathedral. Plus, admire the famous Chinese fishing nets and visit the old Jewish quarter of Mattancherry, with its spice market and Paradesi Synagogue. Entrance fees included.
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Full day city tour with Kathakali Dance show in Cochin

Discover the highlights of Kochi and the artistry of Kathakali Dance on this private full-day tour. Your guide takes you to top attractions such as Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Paradesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, and the Chinese fishing nets. Finish up at the Kathakali Dance performance, the classical form of Kerala. Your tour includes entrance fees, and transportation by private vehicle.
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Private Kochi City Tour Including Kathakali Dance Performance

Explore Kochi with your own private guide on a tour that includes a performance of Kathakali Dance, the classical form of Kerala. See city highlights such as the Chinese fishing nets, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Paradesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, and Santa Cruz Basilica, then attend the dance performance in the evening. Conveniently, the tour begins in the afternoon, leaving your morning free for other activities.
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Serene Kerala

In this 6 day tour enjoy 1 Night Stay in Cochin, 2 Nights Stay in Munnar, 1 Night Stay in Thekkady, 1 Night Stay in Alleppey.Enjoy visit of Cochin, Scenic hills of Kerala Munnar, Periyar wildlife sanctuary and Alleppey proceed for backwater to enjoy the houseboat journey for day and night.
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Best of Kerala Tour

In this Kerala 8 days tour you will enjoy the nature of Cochin to Kumarakom. Your tour start from Cochin and proceed to Munnar whre you can enjoy the view of hills, later we will take you to Periyar this part of South India famous for its biggest Wildlife Sanctuary then move forward to take a houseboat trip in Alleppey. On the last we will proceed for Kumarakom where you can visit famous Vembanad Lake and Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls.
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8 Nights 9 Days Experience The Backwaters of Kerala House Boats and Wildlife

Experience the Backwaters of Kerala in House Boats,Wildlife at Periyar Sanctuary, Tea Gardens, Temples and Bird Sanctuary at Kumarakkom.
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Alappuzha Beach Tour

Enjoy 6 days Alappuzha Beach Tour, India with 1 Night Stay in Cochin, 1 Night Stay in Alleppey Houseboat and 3 Nights Stay in Kovalam. Half day guided tour in Cochin. Enjoy houseboat journey for day and night in Alleppey. Also Enjoy your Trip to Kovalam and Kanyakumari.
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Kerala Bird Watching Tour

Enjoy the amazing variety of birds that Kerala attracts with this 9 Night Bird watching Tour. Tour includes: Stay in the vibrant port town of Cochin, Stay at a bird sanctuary, Stay in a wildlife resort, jungle treks to spot birds, Bamboo Rafting.
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Backwaters of Kerala

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