Cochin Heritage Trail: A Guided City Tour
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Product Code : AGORA68
Discover the rich cultural heritage of Cochin on a private guided city tour. Explore the historic Fort Kochi area, famous for its iconic Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, and Santa Cruz Basilica. Visit the Mattancherry Palace, known as the Dutch Palace, and delve into the fascinating history of Cochin. Immerse yourself in the vibrant mix of Indian, Jewish, and Portuguese cultures at Jew Town and visit the Paradesi Synagogue. End your day with a visit to the Kerala Folklore Museum, showcasing the folklore and cultural heritage of Kerala.
Pick up from your hotel for guided city tour of Cochin. Visit:-
9:00 AM: Start your day with a visit to the iconic Chinese fishing nets in Fort Kochi, a popular tourist attraction. These nets were brought to Kochi by Chinese traders and are now operated by local fishermen. You can watch the nets being lowered into the water and pulled back up, with the catch of the day.
10:00 AM: Walk over to the nearby St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, built by the Portuguese in 1503. The church has a rich history and is the burial place of the famous explorer Vasco da Gama.
11:00 AM: Next, visit the Santa Cruz Basilica, a stunning Catholic church with a beautiful interior and exterior. It was originally built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and was later destroyed by the British, who rebuilt it in the 19th century.
12:00 PM: Head to the Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace, which was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and later renovated by the Dutch. The palace features a unique blend of traditional Kerala and European architectural styles and houses a museum that showcases various exhibits related to the history and culture of the region.
1:00 PM: Lunch at local restaurant.
2:30 PM: Visit the Paradesi Synagogue, one of the oldest active synagogues in the world, built in the 16th century by the Jewish community in Kochi. The synagogue is famous for its exquisite hand-painted Chinese tiles and antique chandeliers.
3:30 PM: Explore the nearby Jew Town, a vibrant neighborhood that has a unique mix of Indian, Jewish, and Portuguese cultures. You can find shops selling antiques, spices, and handicrafts, and also visit the nearby spice market.
4:30 PM: End your day with a visit to the Kerala Folklore Museum, which houses an extensive collection of artifacts, costumes, and other exhibits related to the folklore and cultural heritage of Kerala.
After sightseeing drop off to your hotel.
Private AC car/van for pick up and drop off from/to your hotel.
English speaking local guide, if option selected.
Entrance fees to monuments, if option selected.
Lunch, if option selected.
Bottled water in the car.
Camera charges at monuments.
Gratuities and optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.