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Cochin Shore Excursions from Pier

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Alappuzha, India

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icon4 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

While docked in the Cochin cruise port, explore the city from your ship on this worry-free shore excursion. Depending on the date you book, follow one of three itineraries. Either, make a stop in Fort Kochi to see St. Francis Church, go on an adventure through the backwaters of Kerala during this houseboat tour, or cruise down a river in a houseboat, and visit the giant Chinese fishing nets.
  • Houseboat cruise in Aleppey
  • Take a houseboat cruise down a river in Kerala
  • Eat a traditional Keralan lunch onboard the boat (selected tours)
  • Stop in the Fort Kochi region to go exploring
  • See St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
  • Catch sight of the Chinese fishing nets near Fort Kochi Beach
  • Round-trip transport is included
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Port pickup and drop-off
Buffet lunch (for Houseboat & Shikara Tour only)
Driver/local guide
River Cruise (for Houseboat & Shikara Tour only)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Drinks
Gratuities
Lunch/Snacks (For City tour)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Cochin Port (Ernakulam Wharf Berth /Pier) ,BTP Berth /Pier ,Cochin Port Cruise Terminal
Directions: Our staff will be waiting at Cochin Port - ships berth/pier holding a "VIATOR" sign board with Blue Umbrella

Ports

  • Cochin port Cruise Terminal


Your shore excursion from Cochin begins with pickup from the cruise boat, where you board a tour vehicle for the drive to Alleppey (also known as Alapuzha). Depending on the date you travel, experience one of three itineraries.

Step aboard a houseboat for a leisurely sail through the inland waterways of Kerala. Relax as you glide past scenes of riverfront life, such as paddy fields, coconut palms, and traditional wooden houseboats. Enjoy attention from the onboard staff, who serve a traditional Keralan lunch of rice, fish, chicken, and vegetable dishes should you travel on the first itinerary.

At the end of your houseboat tour, go ashore near Fort Kochi to tour the area with a guide. See St. Francis Church, the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and the Chinese fishing nets near Fort Kochi Beach before drop-off back at the cruise port.

The second itinerary you could follow encompasses the houseboat tour in the itinerary above, however, lunch is replaced by traditional snacks and tea and coffee. Fort Kochi is not visited on this itinerary.

Finally, if traveling on the third itinerary you receive a comprehensive tour of Cochin and Mattancherry. Visit the Dutch Palace built by Portuguese settlers and famous for its stunning murals depicting tales from Hinduism. Then, visit the Jewish Synagogue and stroll the Jewish quarter. Later, transfer to Fort Kochi for a short walking tour and visit St. Francis Church before being returned to the cruise ship terminal where your tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kochi (Cochin)
""" Pick up /Drop from Cochin international cruise terminal "" Itinerary A :Backwaters by Houseboat & Fishing Nets : Combo Tour Includes Backwater Cruise on Houseboat with Lunch on board and Fort cochin Chinese Nets Sightseeing /// Itinerary B :Backwaters by Shikara Canoe & Fishing Nets : Combo Tour Includes Backwater Cruise on Shikara canoe with Pure Vegetarian Lunch at Hotel and Fort cochin Chinese Nets Sightseeing /// Itinerary C : Glimpse of Cochin :Sightseeing Tour of Fort Cochin Chinese Nets ,Santa Cruz Basilica ,St Francis Church ,Dutch Palace ,Jew Town ,Jewish Paradesi Synagogue /// Itinerary D : Cochin as a Local : Sightseeing tour by Walk,Local Ferry ,Local Bus and Tuc Tuc .Sightseeing Tour of Fort Cochin Chinese Nets ,Santa Cruz Basilica ,St Francis Church ,Dutch Palace ,Jew Town ,Jewish Paradesi Synagogue ///
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chinese Fishing Nets
Visit to Fishing Nets in Fort cochin (for all tours )
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Fort Kochi
Visit Basilica ,St Francis church and other attraction (Only for City Tour and Local Tour)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mattancherry
Visit Jew town ,Synagogue ,Palace and other attraction (Only for City Tour and Local Tour)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Alleppey Backwaters
Backwater Cruise (only for Houseboat and canoe tour)
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Synagogue /Palace are closed on Friday /Saturdays and Jewish holidays
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Please note: This itinerary includes visit to a church, therefore modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees is recommended; no casual clothing such as jeans, sportswear, joggers, or sneakers
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time, and re-boarding time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note: staff/guide will be waiting at ships berth/pier holding "VIATOR" sign board with "BLUE UMBRELLA" Tour Departure as per the time selected during the booking . Please report 5 mins before
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Carnival Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Cochin Shore Excursions from Pier?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers.

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Relaxing on the river
Dianne B
, Nov 2019
We met our guide Jude at the cruise terminal. He was timely and helpful. There was a group of five of us. Jude was knowledgeable. He showed us many wonderful places. The highlight of tour for us was the cruise on the back waters on a houseboat. The food was delicious and the cruise on the lake was very relaxing. I would highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Madam, Thanks for the excellent review . Happy to know that you had a great tour and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
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We had a very enjoyable day - we did...
Rigby G
, Dec 2017
We had a very enjoyable day - we did all the advertised activities, plus on the way out to the lake the guide spotted an elephant ceremony at a temple and we stopped for some great photos. The houseboat tour was very interesting and the lunch provided was excellent. It would have been better if we could have seen the nets working even a demonstration but I guess we were there at the wrong time of day.
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Overall a good tour very good guide...
BRYANSTOECKEL
, Dec 2017
Overall a good tour very good guide and houseboat tour and lunch good however let down by minibus which was probably best available but seats were small and cramped causing both of us to get leg cramps
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
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This was an amazing trip, met at the...
Ann G
, Dec 2017
This was an amazing trip, met at the ship and taken on the tour in comfortable transport the ship did the same tour for 3 times the price The food on the houseboat was amazing, much better than expected, everyone cleared their plates and went up for seconds, a good look around the local area on our way back to the ship.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Madam, Thanks for the excellent review . Happy to know that you had a great tour and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
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Fantastic value. Lovely staff, food...
Susan G
, Dec 2017
Fantastic value. Lovely staff, food, boat. Professional and fun. Would highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Madam, Thanks for the excellent review . Happy to know that you had a great tour and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
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This tour is an absolute must do...
eamoncanney
, Nov 2017
This tour is an absolute must do when visiting Cochin. The backwater houseboat tour gave an enlightening glimpse into everyday life along the backwaters. The houseboat was very comfortable and the lunch representative of the flavours of Kerala. On return to Cochin the tour also took us to the city's highlights which was a perfect way to conclude a wonderful day.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
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Lovely trip, very relaxing and...
lgaston
, Aug 2017
Lovely trip, very relaxing and interesting. Would recommend. We also had an excellent local lunch
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
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This was super nice and enjoyable...
Mark W
, May 2017
This was super nice and enjoyable. Friendly guide and really enjoyed the backwater houseboat tour and city tour. Can highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Sir, Thanks for the excellent review . Happy to know that you had a great tour and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
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We had a great guide who spoke good...
Gene L
, May 2017
We had a great guide who spoke good English and answered lots of questions. The houseboat part of the tour was amazing. We did not do the 2nd day because of the extreme heat and didn't need to see temples. We saw the fishing nets from the ship which was interesting, but not enough to get out the 2nd day and see up close.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Madam, Thanks for the excellent review . Happy to know that you had a great tour and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
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Our tour provider was Carnival...
Donald U
, May 2017
Our tour provider was Carnival Tours. The guide and bus was waiting for us at the cruise terminal, he spoke good English and was quite knowledgeable. The bus was in good condition and the ride to the houseboat is approximately 2 hours. The houseboat trip itself is a little long as the scenery is mostly the same as you cruise the canals. The lunch served on the houseboat was an authentic Indian meal of fish, chicken, and rice and was very tasty in our opinion. The tour of Fort Kochi was about 5 hours long and we certainly enjoyed that also. We were taken to the sights that are a must see for most tourist. All in all it was en enjoyable day and half we would recommend it as a way to see and experience some of what Kochi has to offer.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Sir, Thanks for the excellent review . Happy to know that you had a great tour and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
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