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Cochin Sightseeing Tour / Cruise
Places covered
  • Dutch Palace (Friday Holiday)
  • Synagogue (Friday & Saturday Holiday)
  • Kochi Harbour and Bolgatty Island.
  • St. Francis Church (Sunday Holiday)
  • Chinese Fishing Nets with Spectacular view of Willington Island
Full Day Backwater Canal Tour (Daily)
A unique opportunity to experience the beauty of Kerala Backwaters, flora and fauna, Village life through Kettuvallom (Traditional Rice Boat) and Country Boat (Open Canoe) with traditional Veg. Kerala Lunch.

The tour is operated at a quite, beautiful village 35 Kms south of Kochi. Tourists are transferred to the village by road.

Half Day Backwater Canal Tour (Twice Daily) - (By Open Canoe)

Experience the beauty of Kerala Backwater and Village Life
The tour is operated at a quite, beautiful village 35 Kms south of Kochi. Tourists are transferred to the village by road.

Sun Set Tour (Daily)

5.30 pm to 7.00 pm Non Stop Boat cruise during the time of sun set in the Kochi Harbour area with spectacular view of Marine Drive, Chinese Fishing Nets, Bolgatty Island, Willington Island and Kochi Harbour.


Muziris Heritage Tour
Muziris (in Roman sources, Mucciri in classical Tamil literature) was an ancient seaport and urban center in south-western India on the estuary of the Pseudostomos/Chulli River that existed from around the 1st century AD. Muziris has found mention in the classical Tamil Sangam literature and a number of ancient European historical sources.

In a massive flood of the Periyar (generally identified with Pseudostomos) in 1341 AD, Muziris was said to have been destroyed and the centre of commerce was shifted to other ports in the region. The exact location of Muziris is still not known to historians and archaeologists. It is generally speculated to be situated around present day Kodungallur.
TIME: Departure at 08:30 AM back by 5PM
TOUR COST: USD $ 70 - per person

Tours including Chauffer driven transport, Sight Seeing, Guide charge, all entrance fee, camera fee and Lunch
Places covered
  • Muziris Heritage Market
  • Shiva Temple 2000 years old
  • First mosque in India AD 629
  • St.Thomas church AD 52
  • Paravour Synagogue
  • Brahmins Colony
  • Excavation site
  • Handloom weaving center
  • First Bagavathy Temple in India
  • Marthoma church AD 52
  • Portuguese fort
  • Portuguese church
  • Cranganore fort
  • Excavation site
  • Fishing harbor
  • National fibre craft center visit
  • Chendamangalam synagogue
  • Vypee kottaa seminary
  • Paliyam Dutch Palace
  • Beach & Dolphin Point
Kerala Life Tour through Kerala real cultural
Places covered
  • First Christian church in INDIA
  • First Bagavathi Temple in INDIA
  • First Mosque in INDIA
  • First European Fort in INDIA
  • Shiva Temple more than 2000 years old
  • Beach
  • Guruvayoor Temple- can witness Hindu Marriages
  • Elephant Sanctuary with over 68 elephants
  • Village Back Water Tour on a country boat
  • Fishing Harbour
  • Natural fibre craft center
TIME: Departure at 08:30 AM back by 5PM
TOUR COST:USD $ 70 - per person.

Tours includingTours including Chauffer driven transport, Sight Seeing, Guide charge, all entrance fee, camera fee and Lunch

Cochin Shore Excursion: Small-Group cochin City Tour
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assist from at the cruise ship terminal

Locations   :  Cherai, Kochi
Duration      :  8 Hours
Departure   :  Meet you at the cruise ship terminal
Tour Type   :  Kochi Day Tours

Free for childrens up to 10 years

formerly known as Cochin, is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. Kochi or Cochin is popularly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea,also flaunts one of the finest natural harbours of the world. and was the centre of the world spice trade for many centuries. Old Kochi loosely refers to a group of islands which comprise Willingdon Island, Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, etc. Today Kochi includes Ernakulam city, old parts of Kochi, Kumbalangi, and outlying islands. It is one of the principal tourist destinations of Kerala. The city derives its name from the Malayalam word Kochazhi meaning small lagoon.

Explore the history and sights when you’re in port in cochin, and experience daily life in this laid-back harbor city.

Traveling by air-conditioned mini-coach, led by a local guide, this small-group cochin tour begins according to the cruise schedule. Passing Dutch palace and Jew town, the tour continues through the attractive suburb of Fort Cochin, with its grand British buildings.

9.00 AM departure from cochin port, on the way they can enjoy the village life Coir making, toddy tapping, coconut plucking and enjoy the river and narrow canal cruise.

12.30 Lunch traditional Kerala Christian lunch with, fish and prawns

14.00 cochin city tour , visit synagogues and Churches

16.30 Drop at cruise terminal

Kochi was the centre of Indian spice trade for many centuries, and was known to the Yavanas (Greeks and Romans) as well as Jews, Arabs, and Chinese since ancient times. Kochi rose to significance as a trading centre after the port around Kodungallur (Cranganore) was destroyed by massive flooding of Periyar in 1341.The earliest documented references to Kochi occur in books written by Chinese voyager Ma Huan during his visit to Kochi in the 15th century as part of Admiral Zheng He's treasure fleet.There are also references to Kochi in accounts written by Italian traveller Niccolò Da Conti, who visited Kochi in 1440.

According to many historians, the precursor state to Kingdom of Kochi came into existence in early 12th century, after the fall of the Chera Kingdom.The reign of the Kingdom was hereditary, and the family that ruled over the region was known as the Perumpadappu rulers in the local vernacular. The mainland Kochi remained the capital of the princely state since the 18th century. The King of Kochi only had authority over the region encompassing the present city of Kochi and adjoining areas. However, during much of this time, the kingdom was under foreign suzerainty, and the King often only had titular privileges.

The city is divided into two halves — Mattancherry on the south side and Fort Cochin. (You’ll see an area that was within the fort, rather than battlements.) The new town of Ernakulam is to the north. There are museums, shops, restaurants and hotels in Ernakulam, but essentially, it’s a most modern city. Visitors usually stick with the south side, as that is the most attractive and historic area of the city.

A few hours of exploring in Fort Cochin is time well-spent, but one of the biggest attractions of the city is that it is the gateway to the Kerala Backwaters, a drop-dead gorgeous network of canals, rivers and lakes that twist and turn for about 1,150 kilometres. It’s incredibly peaceful and offers a fascinating glimpse into another part of life in India.

You can visit the backwaters alone or on an excursion — the best cruise-line tours use houseboats for the cruising part of the trip. These boats are hand-built, thatched-roof vessels with up to four rooms and can be hired for a couple of days if you are staying in the area. One note, however: a trip to the Kerala Backwaters involves a solid (and life-risking) two-hour ride, each way, from the dock. So it’s a full-day tour that precludes time to explore Fort Cochin.

It’s nearly impossible to see both Fort Cochin and the Kerala Backwaters in just one day. Ultimately, the biggest downside of a visit to Cochin is choosing between the two.

A day through virgin village
Location       :35   km from Cochin airport and railway station
Specialties : village surrounded by beautiful paddy fields and river of muvattupuzha Typical Kerala Christian                         churches and very old temples

Name of Churches Name of Temples
Ramamangalam Kananaya Church Rammanagalam Prumthrikovil
Kizhumury ST:George Church Mammalassery Temple
Kananaya Catholic Church Kizhumury Ayarkulam Temple
Mammalassery Church And special Ramayana temples this location very famous
for nalambala dershananm (believes related to Ramayana story )
Poothrica Church

The Malayalam month of Karkkidakom, which starts on July 17 and ends on August 16, is considered as the period for rejuvenation — physically and spiritually. The period is marked out for many for pilgrimages and the visit to four temples dedicated to Rama, Bharata, Lakshmana and Sathrughana, considered auspicious by many. “Nalambalam's” is MamalasserySree Rama Swamy Temple, MemmuriBharataSwamy temple, MulakulamLakshmana Swami temple and MamalasseryNedungadSathrughanaSwamy temple in Ernakulam district. The four temples are at Piravom.

Believers say that areas like Ramamangalam, Mamalassery and Memmuri are related to the exile of Rama and it is believed that Rama used to stay in the forest here

Very beautiful location trekking boating and fishing programs we arrange mud games and fishing program for guest

We can visit ariakal water falls
Special camping program cultural programs

Cochin City Tour - Meet you at the cruises
Cochin City Tour

The port city of Kochi has a very colorful and rich history. It was formerly known as Cochin and used to serve as an important trading center in the ancient times. The city occupies a very strategic position geographically, being flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west.

Cochin Sightseeing Tour (Twice daily)

1st Tour – 9.30 am to 12.00 pm
2nd Tour – 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm

Tour Price : $ 55 per person

Places covered
  • Dutch Palace (Friday Holiday)
  • Synagogue (Friday & Saturday Holiday)
  • St. Francis Church
  • Santa Cruz basilica
  • Chinese Fishing Nets
  • Spectacular view of Willington Island
  • Kochi Harbour and Bolgatty Island
Tourist spots in Cochin

Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi
The chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets. A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets.

Fort Kochi beach
A stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a memorable experience. Many European style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline. The coastal stretch has loads of small stalls, which make on demand mouth-watering traditional cuisines using freshly caught fish.

St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi
It is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. On his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Francis Church. Later his remains were taken back to Portugal. In spite of that, his burial spot inside the church has been clearly marked out.

Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Kochi
The original church, situated in Fort Kochi, was built by the Portuguese in 1505 and named as a cathedral in 1558. The British colonists destroyed the cathedral in 1795. The current structure was built in 1905 and raised to the status of a basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1984.

Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Mattancherry
The synagogue, built in 1568, is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. It is located near the Dutch Palace in Mattancherry.

Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), Mattancherry
The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portuguese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented it to the Raja of Kochi. Coronation of many Rajas of Kochi were held here. The palace has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana. The palace is located in Mattancherry.

BolghattyPalace,BolghattyIsland
This Dutch palace is situated on Bolghatty island which is just a short boat ride away from the mainland. The palace has been converted to a hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC). The island has a tiny golf course and the panoramic views of the port and the harbour, makes it an attractive picnic spot. Frequent boat service is available from the mainland.

HillPalace,Tripunithura
Built in the 19th century by the Raja of Kochi, this palace served as the seat of the Raja of the Kochi province. The palace has been converted into a museum displaying a fine collection of articles showing the wealth and splendour of the Rajas of Kochi, including the thone and the crown. The musuem also houses a large collection of archaeological findings. Hill Palace is located 16km east of Cochin in Tripunithura, a satellite town of Cochin.

Museum of Kerala History , Kalamassery
The museum has on display spectacular audio-visual exhibits depicting the history and culture of Kerala along with many life size statues of many famous personalities and several paintings depicting Kerala history.

Marine Drive
A stroll along the long tree-lined coastal pathway that lines the backwater is well worth the time spent, especially late afternoon or dusk. The bustling backwaters, dotted with fishing boats, speedboats, ships, tankers and passenger boats, can be observed from this walkway that lines the coast.

Willingdon Island
This man-made island was created in 1933 by sand dredged while deepening the backwaters for the Cochin Port, under the direction of Sir Robert Bristow. A while back the Airport, Sea port and the railway terminus (Cochin Harbour Terminus) were situated on this island. Today, it is the home of the Cochin Port and the headquarters of the Sourthern Naval Command. The airport continues to be the naval air station, while the main airport has been moved to Nedumbassery, 30kms north-east of Cochin. Most of the trains now terminate at Ernakulam Junction instead of Cochin Harbour Terminus.

Boat ride
The backwaters separating Ernakulam from Fort Kochi and Mattanchery are dotted with many small and mid-sized islands. A boat ride through the backwaters is an unforgettable experience.

Cherai Beach
This lovely beach ideal for swimming is located on the north end of Vypeenisland, one of the many small islands just off the mainland. The beach is lined by gorgeous coconut groves and paddy fields. Vypeen can be reached by land or by boat.

Vasco House, Fort Kochi
Vasco house, located on Rose Street, is believed to be one of the oldest Portuguese houses in India. Vasco da Gama is believed to have lived here. This house features European glass paned windows and verandahs.

Palliport(Pallipuram)Fort
It is the oldest surviving European fort in India, built by the Portuguese in 1503. Its situated in Pallipuram on Vypeen island.


Tourist Spots (near Cochin)

Alleppey(Alapuzha)
Situated 63 kms south of Cochin along the coast, Alleppey is connected to Kochi by rail and road. It is called the Venice of the East due to the extensive canal network here. Every year the famous snake boat race is held here.

Cheruthuruthy
Cheruthuruthy is about 110 kms away from Kochi. It is the base of the Kerala Kalamandalam-the world famous art and dance academy where training in various traditional forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattametc are imparted.

Kalady
Situated 48 kms north-east of Kochi, on the banks of river Periyar (Poorna). Kalady is the birthplace of Sri AdiSankaracharya, the monotheist Hindu philosopher. He lived in the 8th century AD and died at the early age of 32 years. He traveled throughout India, on foot, debating with scholars and spreading his theory of Advaita or monotheism. The AdiSankara shrine and the 8-storey painted AdiSankaraKeerthiSthambam (see picture) are a must-see for any visitor here.

kodanad
Kodanad is 30 kms north-east of Kochi situated on the lower ranges of the Western Ghats on the banks of river Periyar. The wildlife reserve is famous for the elephants and the largest elephant training centre is situated here. The reserve also features a mini zoo. Kodanad is close to St. Thomas church in Malayatoor.

Kodungalloor(Cranganore)
Kodungalloor is 35 kms north of Kochi. The world famous port here was destroyed by a flood which led to the formation of Kochi harbour. St. Thomas, the apostle, is believed to have landed here in 52 AD. Cheraman mosque, the first mosque in India, built in the form of a Hindu temple, is situated here.

Munnar
About 140 kms on NH49, Munnar is a hill resort ideal for a relaxing holiday away from the tropical lowlands. The tea gardens and cardamom plantations give Munnar a beautiful look. AnaiMudi, the highest peak in South India is in these hills. The Munnar - Kodaikanal (another hill resort) road is believed to be the steepest road in South-East Asia.

Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary
Elephants, bisons, antelopes, samburs, monkeys and bears can be found in their natural habitat in this world famous wild life sanctuary, situated 190kms east of Cochin. A boat ride through the man-made lake in the heart of the sanctuary provides a unique opportunity to observe these animals in their natural surroundings.

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Thattekad bird sanctuary is located 60kms east of Cochin near Kothamangalam. Thattekad is located on the northern bank of river Periyar is a tropical evergreen forest in the foothills of the Wester Ghats. Spread over 25 sq kms, this bird sanctuary was once regarded as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India. In spite of recent developments and deforestation, this sanctuary is still home to a large number of rare and exotic bird species.

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Thattekad bird sanctuary is located 60kms east of Cochin near Kothamangalam. Thattekad is located on the northern bank of river Periyar is a tropical evergreen forest in the foothills of the Wester Ghats. Spread over 25 sq kms, this bird sanctuary was once regarded as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India. In spite of recent developments and deforestation, this sanctuary is still home to a large number of rare and exotic bird species.

Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep (meaning thousand islands), a haven of unspoiled natural beauty, lies 220-440kms off the coast of Kochi. Lakshadweep is an archipelago consisting of 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks. Only 10 islands are inhabited while 17 are uninhabited islands with a total geographical area of 32 sq. kms. Lakshadweep is connected to the mainland by air and sea links to Cochin. The sea route takes around 18-20 hours. Miles and miles of sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut groves will leave anyone mesmerised.
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