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Chinese Fishing Nets Tours

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Chinese Fishing Nets
Fort Cochin’s Chinese Fishing Nets have been a beach installation for centuries, well before the coming of the Portuguese colonizers.

It’s thought that the nets were introduced to this coastal area by the legendary Chinese explorer Zheng He, way back in the early 15th century.

The nets are permanent horizontal structures, lowered and raised by a network of cantilevered ropes, bamboo poles, and balancing weights and pulleys. Teams of up to six fishermen operate the nets, but the catch is usually quite modest.

For the best views, come at dusk with your camera to capture that quintessential shot of Kerala’s fishing nets and calm seas backlit by the setting sun. If you’re feeling hungry, you can buy freshly netted fish and crabs, and have them cooked up for your dinner at a roadside stall.

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The Chinese Fishing Nets line the sands north of Fort Cochin Beach and the town’s historic churches, off River Road.
Address: Vasco da Gama Square, Fort Cochin, India
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From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Shikara (Covered Canoe Boat) & Chinese Nets

From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Shikara (Covered Canoe Boat) & Chinese Nets

Explore the backwaters of Kerala by Shikara (Covered Canoe Motorized Boat) on a group tour specially designed for cruise ship passengers from Cochin Port. Enjoy a Keralan lunch or Snacks in Alappuzha, and then visit Fort Kochi to see the famous Chinese fishing nets.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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$55.00

Private Guided Kochi Tuk tuk Tours with Pickup from Cruise Ships

Private Guided Kochi Tuk tuk Tours with Pickup from Cruise Ships

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Explore the best of Kochi on a private tuk-tuk tour. Discover the city’s key landmarks including the traditional Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, the Dutch Palace, and the Jewish synagogue and learn about the history of Kochi from your tour guide. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors and is a great way to explore the city like a local as you ride in the back of a tuk-tuk.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
Price varies by group size
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$35.00
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Private Tuk Tuk Tours in Kochi with Hotel Pickup

Private Tuk Tuk Tours in Kochi with Hotel Pickup

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Benefit from personalized attention and a fully customizable itinerary on this private tour of Kochi and Mattanchery in a tuk-tuk (auto-rickshaw). Ride through the streets like a local, listening to commentary on Kochi's history and culture from your driver-guide. Visit highlights such as the Chinese fishing nets, the Dutch Palace, the Jain temple, and St. Francis church. Hotel or port pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.00
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$15.00
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KOCHI Tuk-tuk tours with Pickup from Cruise Ships

KOCHI Tuk-tuk tours with Pickup from Cruise Ships

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Our Tuk-Tuk Tours is a local collective of Tuk Tuk drivers who provide personalised tours in and around Fort Kochi. Our tours are tailored to suit your needs, whether you would like to visit all the famous tourist sites or explore local eateries or shop for souvenirs to take back home with you. This tour is the one we recommend for the guests from the Cruise Ships. If you need any further assistance, please feel free to contact us.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.39
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$15.39

A Heritage walking tour in Fort kochi and Mattancherry with a local guide !

A Heritage walking tour in Fort kochi and Mattancherry with a local guide !

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Explore the Fort Kochi and Mattancherry areas on a walking tour with a local host. See a few of Kochi’s key landmarks including the traditional Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, Old Hindu Temple, and the Jewish synagogue. Learn about the history of the area and the many cultures who came through Kochi’s ports over the years as you explore on foot.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.00
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$22.00
Price varies by group size

Private Tuk Tuk Tour in Cochin - A Local Experience by Khidma Tourism

Private Tuk Tuk Tour in Cochin - A Local Experience by Khidma Tourism

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You can experience a local Tuk Tuk tour to discover the treditional landmarks of Kochi which includes ancient Chinese fishing nets, the historical European settlements like Vasco de gama church and dutch cemetery, the Dutch palace, a museum under ASI, and walk through Jewish street towards Jewish synagogue and also experience the life of local people. We arrange pick up from Any hotels in Fort Cochin Areas. You can fill hotel details at the time of booking. There is Separate package for travelers coming by ships.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.39
Price varies by group size
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$15.39
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Best of kochi ! A private tour in kochi with a local guide !

Best of kochi ! A private tour in kochi with a local guide !

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Travel with a local ,Is the best way of seeing things. During the tour , you will be with a local guide from the same city, which will make your day an experience rather than a tour. Know the history ,life and cultures of the old city where more than 30 communities live together in peace and harmony.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
Price varies by group size
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$40.00
Price varies by group size

Fortkochi Private Tuk Tuk Tour

Fortkochi Private Tuk Tuk Tour

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Our Tuk-Tuk Tours is a local collective of Tuk Tuk drivers who provide personalised tours in and around Fort Kochi. Our tours are tailored to suit your needs, whether you would like to visit all the famous tourist sites or explore local eateries or shop for souvenirs to take back home with you. This tour is only for the hotels situated in Fortkochi, Mattancherry and Ernakulam. For pickup from the cruise terminal or Cochin port, please use the other option of booking KOCHI Tuk-tuk Tours with Pickup from the Cruise Ships.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.31
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$12.31

Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour in Fort Kochi

Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour in Fort Kochi

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Our unique private Tuk-tuk tour of Fort Kochi is tailored to suit all your needs. You can explore all the historical Sightseeing attractions, explore local culture, taste local food and shopping....
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.77
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$11.77

Kochi PARADISE Tuk-tuk tour with Pickup from the Cruise Ships

Kochi PARADISE Tuk-tuk tour with Pickup from the Cruise Ships

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Experience your private Tuk-Tuk tour in Kochi with a trusted people, with guaranteed pick up from the cruise ship and timely Drop off to the cruise terminal. Explore the historical monuments and learn more about Kochi's rich history from your Driver/Local Expert. Kochi was a fishing village in the Kingdom of Kochi in the pre-colonial Kerala. Kochi was the center of the Indian spice trade for many centuries. Because of its rich spice history, Kochi was a major attraction for foreign traders. During this tour, you will travel in tuk tuk (auto rickshaw) to explore Kochi's most important landmarks like Chinese fishing nets , St Francis church, the Dutch Palace, Jewish synagogue, the Jain temple and more. And also some local places like Dhobhi Khana(Local Washing area), Ginger ware house(packing/drying of spices), and womens cooperatives spice markets, (spice making/ candle making, inscents making etc) to experience the life of local people. This tour includes monument entrance fees.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.23
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$15.23

From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Houseboat & Chinese Nets

From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Houseboat & Chinese Nets

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Explore the backwaters of Kerala by houseboat on a group tour specially designed for cruise ship passengers from Cochin Port. Enjoy lunch aboard the boat in Alappuzha, and then visit Fort Kochi to see the famous Chinese fishing nets.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00

Fort Kochi Tuk Tuk Tour & Sightseeing with a Local Driver

Fort Kochi Tuk Tuk Tour & Sightseeing with a Local Driver

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Explore Kochi by the iconic tuk tuk with the help of a local expert for sightseeing as a driver. Visit the top 10 places in Kochi like Chinese Fishing Nets, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace,Church of Saint Francis ,Chinese Fishing Nets ,Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica ,Dutch Cemetery ,Fort Kochi Beach ,Jain Temple ,Cochin Spice Market ,Mattancherry Palace and Paradesi Synagogue in addition to local shopping at your favorite places. This tour is fully customisable as per the requirements of the customer
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.30
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$17.30

Cochin Private guided Tuk Tuk tours with pick up from cruise ships

Cochin Private guided Tuk Tuk tours with pick up from cruise ships

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During this Private Guided tour in kochi , you will be provided quaranteed pick up from the cruise terminal and drop off. You will Experience various Historical Landmarks of kochi in an airconditioned van or cab with a professional guide. The main highlight of this tour is Ride on a Tuk Tuk (Auto Rickshaw) through the local streets experiencing the life of local people in Dhobhi( Laundry), Pappadam making, bazar markets, spice / ginger warehouses, Hindu temples , local shopping areas etc. The other main places visited during your tour with local guide are : (1) Fortkochi where you will find old colonial buildings,traditional fishing nets, St Francis church ( first european church in India), Santa cruz Basilica church,Chinese fishing Nets, Dutch cemetery etc. (2) Mattancherry, where Royal Family of cochin Kingdom and Jewish community were living , Dutch palace, a museum under Archeology and the historical Jewish quarters and the only functioning Jewish synagogue (Pardesi Synagogue).
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
Price varies by group size
From
$99.00
Price varies by group size

Cochin sightseeing with monuments entrances by Minivan, Car

Cochin sightseeing with monuments entrances by Minivan, Car

Cochin one of South India’s most interesting towns, still largely 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 the cemetery. Fourteen years later his body was removed to Portugal. Our final visit will be to huge Chinese Fishing Nets line the entrance to the harbour mouth.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.47
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$98.47
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Private Tour : Glimpse of Kochi

Private Tour : Glimpse of Kochi

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This shore excursion is the perfect way to make the most of your time in Kochi. Tour the incredible sites on a four-hour journey through Fort Kochi, Mattanchery and the Jewish Synagogue. You'll learn about local life from your professional guide, get an up close look at the famous Chinese fishing nets that dot the coastline and explore the best this incredible Southern Indian city has to offer.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$75.00
Price varies by group size
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$75.00
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Private guided VIP tour in kochi with pickup !

Private guided VIP tour in kochi with pickup !

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Discover the highlights of kochi like a VIP, in an Air conditioned premier vehicle with a private guide. Kochi was the centre of Indian spice trade for many centuries, because of her rich spice history, kochi was attracted by most of the foreign traders. Kochi was the first european colonies for Portuguese in the colonial India from the year 1500-1663, followed by Dutch and later by the British. It is the old buildings which most clearly reveal this deep-rooted colonial influence. In 1947, when India gained independence from the British colonial rule, Cochin was the first princely state to join the Indian Union willingly. During the tour in the old city , we will discover the traditional landmarks of historical Kochi, which includes ancient Chinese fishing nets, the historical European settlements like Vasco de gama church and dutch cemetry and later towards the Dutch palace, a museum under Archeology and spend time walking through the historical Jew town towards the Jewish synagogue.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
Price varies by group size
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$59.00
Price varies by group size

Group Tour for half day with hotel or port pickup and drop-Off

Group Tour for half day with hotel or port pickup and drop-Off

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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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Kochi Shore Excursion- Private Day Tour of Heritage and Backwaters

Kochi Shore Excursion- Private Day Tour of Heritage and Backwaters

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This incredible tour showcases the best of Kerala and creates the perfect opportunity to enjoy rural South Indian life. Enjoy a rival cruise along the Alleppey backwaters in a traditional house boat. Savor the flavors of local Kerala cuisine cooked on board and tour Fort Cochin, see the famous Chinese fishing nets, check out St Francis Church and tour Dhobi Khana.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$225.00
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$225.00
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Joyce's Excursions in Kochi for 'Silversea' Cruisers ! Pick & Drop @ ship !

Joyce's Excursions in Kochi for 'Silversea' Cruisers ! Pick & Drop @ ship !

Hello! ‘Silversea’ Passengers ! Skip the expensive shore excursions ! Book a Thrifty Group Tour ! You are met at side of the ship with pager board of Your Name.. Comfortable transportation, entertaining and enriching travel experience. The tours are customized to suit the arrival and departure schedule of your ship. Tour # 1. Kochi Over View. Chinese Fishing Nets, Church of St. Francis, Santa Cruz Basilica, & Jewish Town for synagogue and the ancient Jewish quarters and Spice market. An early morning drive to a suburban fishing Village. Tour # 2. Tranquil Backwaters. Pick up from the side of the ship and transfer by road to Kumarakom backwaters. Cruise in the backwater in a houseboat.for 2 hours. On return to Kochi stop at Chinese Fishing Nets. Tour # 3. Day Return Tour to Waterfalls Travel to south east of Kochi to see the river-front, verdant hills, and paddy fields famous for historic Hindu temples and Syrian Christian churches and home of famous waterfall - Areekkal
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
Price varies by group size
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$50.00
Price varies by group size

Joyce's Shore Excursion for AIDAvita passengers Pick & Drop at side of ship. .

Joyce's Shore Excursion for AIDAvita passengers Pick & Drop at side of ship. .

Hello! 'AIDAvita Passengers. Skip the line ! Book a thrifty group Tour! You are met at side of the ship with pager board of Your Name.. The tour is customized to suit the arrival and departure schedule of your ship to ensure you have a worry free Shore Excursion. We ensure your timely return after the tour. Flexible Itinerary, comfortable transportation, entertaining and enriching travel experience. Excursions are for first time visitors to India. It is also for ametuar photographers and nature enthusiasts. Attractions of heritage, life and culture. Tour # 1. Highlights of Kochi..Tour to ancient Kochi. Visits Chinese Fishing Nets, Dutch Palace, Jewish Town and Synagogue, 5 hours. Tour # 2. Houseboat cruise in Kerala Backwaters.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$60.00
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$60.00
Price varies by group size

Kochi Offbeat Shore Excursion-4 Hour Old Kochi Heritage Tour with Private Guide

Kochi Offbeat Shore Excursion-4 Hour Old Kochi Heritage Tour with Private Guide

Learn about Kochi on a 4-hour small-group tour that is limited to 12 people. See the Chinese fishing nets, visit two food markets, and watch the process of creating a kolam (painting in front of the home). Visit two important Hindu temples, the historic St George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church (Koonankurishu Pally), and the Abode of Snakes with an informative guide. Upgrade to include hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.90
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$78.90

Half-Day Private Tour in Kochi for Cruise Ships

Half-Day Private Tour in Kochi for Cruise Ships

Experience your private taxi sightseeing tour in Kochi with a trusted people, with guaranteed pick up from the cruise ship and timely Drop off to the cruise terminal. Explore the historical monuments and learn more about Kochi's rich history from your Driver/Local Expert. Kochi was a fishing village in the Kingdom of Kochi in the pre-colonial Kerala. Kochi was the center of the Indian spice trade for many centuries. Because of its rich spice history, Kochi was a major attraction for foreign traders. During this tour, you will travel in a taxi to explore Kochi's most important landmarks like Chinese fishing nets , St Francis church, the Dutch Palace, Jewish synagogue, the Jain temple and more. And also some local places like Dhobhi Khana(Local Washing area), Ginger ware house(packing/drying of spices), and womens cooperatives spice markets, (spice making/ candle making, inscents making etc) to experience the life of local people. This tour includes monument entrance fees.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

LITTLE KOCHI TUK-TUK TOURS With Pickup from Cruise Ships

LITTLE KOCHI TUK-TUK TOURS With Pickup from Cruise Ships

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Experience your private Tuk-Tuk tour in Kochi with a trusted people, with guaranteed pick up from the cruise ship and timely Drop off to the cruise terminal. Explore the historical monuments and learn more about Kochi's rich history from your Driver/Local Expert. Kochi was a fishing village in the Kingdom of Kochi in the pre-colonial Kerala. Kochi was the center of the Indian spice trade for many centuries. Because of its rich spice history, Kochi was a major attraction for foreign traders. During this tour, you will travel in tuk tuk (auto rickshaw) to explore Kochi's most important landmarks like Chinese fishing nets , St Francis church, the Dutch Palace, Jewish synagogue, the Jain temple and more. And also some local places like Dhobhi Khana(Local Washing area), Ginger ware house(packing/drying of spices), and womens cooperatives spice markets, (spice making/ candle making...etc) to experience the life of local people. This tour includes all monument entrance fees.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.00
From
$15.00

Half-Day Kochi Private Walking Tour with Guide

Half-Day Kochi Private Walking Tour with Guide

Explore the Fort Kochi and Mattancherry areas on a walking tour with a local guide. See a few of Kochi’s key landmarks including the traditional Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, Old Hindu Temple, and the Jewish synagogue. Learn about the history of the area and the many cultures who came through Kochi’s ports over the years as you explore on foot.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.00
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$21.00

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