Join us for the private full-day sightseeing tour & explore Kochi (Cochin) city in an air-conditioned transport with a professional guide. Explore the vastly diverse and rich culture of this city, which included Jews, structures left behind by people of Portuguese, heritage of passed on by Chinese traders and so much more. The beautiful city is not only popular for its antique monuments, forts, etc. but also for its striking beauty.
All sightseeing done in air-conditioned vehicle with professional guide. Pickup from your city hotel in Kochi (Cochin). Kochi (Cochin) is one of South India’s most interesting towns, which still comprises low rise, picturesque buildings. Visit Mattanchery Palace, built by the Portuguese (1557) as a gift for the Raja of Kochi in exchange for trading rights, it was largely rebuilt by the new occupants, the Dutch. Further visit Jewish Synagogue adjacent to the Palace. This gem of a Synagogue dating from 1568 (rebuilt in 1662) at the heart of what is called locally Jew Town, now a fascinating mixture of shops (some selling antiques), warehouses and spice auction rooms. Later on, drive to Fort Kochi beach area to visit St. Francis Church originally dedicated to Santo Antonio, the patron saint of Portugal. St. Francis Church is the first to reflect the new, European influenced tradition. Vasco da Gama died on the site in 1524 and was originally buried in this cemetery. Fourteen years later his body was removed to Portugal. Our final visit will be to huge Chinese Fishing Nets which lines the entrance to the harbour mouth. Chinese traders are believed to have originally introduced them in the late 14th century although, today, parts of the nets are known by Portuguese names. Drop off at your city hotel in Cochin.