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Kochi Shore Excursion: Cochin Harbor Cruise with Glimpse of Cochin Private Tour

Kochi (Cochin), India

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  • 6 to 7 hours (Approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See the top attractions in and around Fort Cochin and Mattanchery on a private 7-hour tour. Start with a motorboat cruise around Kochi (Cochin) Harbor and Bolghatty Island, then visit highlights such as the Paradesi Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, and the Chinese fishing nets. Includes entrance fees, private guide and vehicle, and port pickup and drop-off.
  • Private 7-hour Kochi shore excursion with harbor motorboat cruise
  • Get a closer look at the harbor and waterfront from the motorboat
  • Go to the oldest active synagogue in South India, Paradesi Synagogue
  • Stop at St. Francis Church, the first burial site for 16th-century Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama
  • Take in the architecture of the Mattancherry Palace and Santa Cruz Basilica
  • Snap photos of the Chinese fishing nets
  • Includes private guide and vehicle, entrance fees, and port pickup and drop-off

What's Included

  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Private English-speaking local guide
  • Transport by AC private vehicle
  • Non-AC City motorboat cruise
  • Bottled water
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Traveler pickup is offered
    Cochin port- Cruise Terminal /Hotel in Cochin

What To Expect

Start your tour with morning pickup at the Kochi port and a for 30-minute transfer to Marin Drive in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Upon arrival, board your motorboat for a 2-hour cruise around the city and surrounding areas. Dock in Fort Cochin and disembark to visit Paradesi Synagogue (aka Mattancherry Synagogue). The historic building was constructed in 1568 and contains artifacts from Kerala's old Jewish community. Continue to Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese in the 1500s and known for murals with scenes from Hindu tales.

If your schedule allows, have time to purchase lunch (at own expense) and go shopping for spices, handicrafts, and other goods. Then visit Santa Cruz Basilica, one the largest churches in India, and St. Francis Church, constructed in 1503 and the the oldest European church in India. Finally, get photo ops of the Chinese fishing nets, one of the iconic sights of Kochi.

Your tour ends with return to the port by 3pm.

Kochi (Cochin) (Pass By)

Pick up from Cochin Cruise Port or your Hotel in Cochin and transferred to Marin Drive for approximately 30 minutes. Upon arrival, board the motorboat to cruise the city and some surrounding areas for about 1.5 to 2 hours. The cruise will finish in Fort Cochin. You will then Jew Town and the Jewish Synagogue, a central location for the spice trade and Visit the Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace)Please note: The Jewish Synagogue is closed on Friday, Saturday and on Jewish holidays. The Dutch Palace is closed on Friday and government holidays. If your schedule allows, shop for spices, handicrafts or stop to enjoy lunch (at own expense). Next, you will visit Santa Cruz Basilica, one the largest and most impressive churches in India. Continue your stroll down to St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. Finally, visit the Chinese fishing nets ,Kochi fishermen still use the fishing nets to earn their livelihoods. You will be transferred back to the port or your Hotel


Marine Drive

Board your motorboat and cruise for 2 hours

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please note : The Jewish Synagogue is closed on Friday, Saturday and on Jewish holidays. The Dutch Palace is closed on Friday and government holidays.
  • A valid Indian tourist visa is required to visit the port of Cochin.
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums (Male: Shirt /pants; Female: Full sleeve top/shirt and Knee-covered skirt or pants)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by Carnival Tours Kochi

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kochi Shore Excursion: Cochin Harbor Cruise with Glimpse of Cochin Private Tour?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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We started by meeting our guide...
OwenM_M, Apr 2018
We started by meeting our guide Jude, who introduced us to his beautiful country. This gentleman was way more than a guide, he was very informative, new the in's and out's and got us some great deals. We visited the tomb of Vasco De Gama, the Chinese fishing nest and some great photo opportunities of fishing boats, markets, people and dolphins in the harbor. Only negative comment its was way to short, could of spent a lot more time, due to the cruise ship schedule.
Great private tour of Kochi. We had...
Mickey_H, May 2017
Great private tour of Kochi. We had a great guide, Kumar, who was very helpful and informative. Started with a walking tour of the local shopping area in the newer part of town. Thoroughly enjoyed the Harbor Cruise. Saw many small islands where fishing villages were. Better than I expected! Old Kochi and Chinese fish nets were fun to see, too. Overall, a very nice tour. Also, stopped at a wonderful cafe, Kashi Art Cafe I think for lunch. Lovely place and the food was delicious. He added a stop at a Dhobi Ghat laundry that was very interesting, too. The weather was extremely hot...that was the only detriment.


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