Half-Day Cultural Tour Of Kochi

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Tour Information

Key Details

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  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10am
  • Departure Details :
    Fort Kochi Boat Jetty
  • Return Details :
    Concludes at the entrance to the Dutch Palace
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

Immerse in the multi-faceted culture of Kochi with rich contributions from Hindu, Christian, Arab, Dutch and British communities on this 4hour small-group tour with an English or Italian-speaking guide. The tour is limited to only 12 people one time. Connect with the community as you try your hand at casting Chinese fishing nets and watch Papadum making and the process of creating a Kolam in Hindu homes. Visit the Manjal Bhagvati and Tirumala Devaswom temples. Visit a church with a great architecture and the church where the holy relics of St. George are retained, which has prominence in the history of Christians in Kerala. Visit the local markets in Kochi in the Gujarati street and also visit Abode of Snakes, which is worshiped in Hndusim. This tour will connect you to culture and heritage of Kochi in an intimate way.

Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • All entrance fees included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

This tour starts from the Chinese fishing nets in Fort Kochi at 10am every day, but tours are conducted only when there are prior confirmed bookings.

After watching the Chinese fishing nets and even trying casting the nets and fishing, you will proceed to the Dutch Cemetery and Fort Immaneul built by the Portuguese. After a walk through Fort Kochi beach lane, proceed to the temple of the Turmeric Goddess (Manjal Bhagvati) where salt is given as an offering. Ladies in the group can do a mylanji or henna near the temple depending on the time (at an additional cost).

Proceed to the local market after the temple and you can see the local market as well as wooden instruments used to make food like puttu and appam. Watch pappadum being made. This is a thin, crisp, disc-shaped food from the Indian subcontinent usually made from black gram flour with a nutty flavor.

Proceed to the Tirumala Devaswom Temple; you will see the temple and the temple bell from outside. Next, visit a palace with huge rice granaries that is being renovated by the Tourism Department of the government of Kerala. Once you come out of the palace, watch the Snake God Park, Sarpa Kavu (meaning Abode of Snakes), a traditional natural sacred space seen near traditional homes in Kerala state of South India. The site is believed to be inhabited by snakes, and the area usually contains a representation of Naga Raja (King of the Snakes) and other Naga Devatas (snake deities), where offerings and rites are performed during special ceremonies.

Proceed by car to the fruit and vegetable market where you can watch the local fruits and interact with market vendors. Then visit the Koonankurishu Pally, a revered pilgrim center; if you are lucky, you can talk to the priest there as well. It has paramount position among other Orthodox churches as it is home to the holy remains of St. George. The land has become sacred with the footprints of the Persian Prelates, first Catholicos Mar Thoma 1 and our other forefathers of the Malankara Orthodox faith. The church was consecrated in 1751, and was renovated later in 1974 under the initiative of Late Lamented Metropolitan His Grace Yuhanon Mar Severios of Cochin Diocese.

Conclude your tour with a kolam making demonstration at the Brahmin Hindu Agraharam, which is the Hindu Quarter in Fort Kochi, and you can even try out making your own kolams. This southern Indian style of geometrical line painting uses rice flour and other colored powders and is traditionally created in front of Hindu houses by female family members. The tour concludes at the entrance to the Dutch Palace.

Inclusions

  • Meet the travelers at the Cruise ship Terminal / Hotel.
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Travelling towards Fort Kochi by Air conditioned cab / Van. (private car or tuk tuk) from the start location of the tour - Chinese Fishing Nets - till the end location of the tour - Dutch Palace
  • Try your luck with fishing in Chinese Fishing Nets
  • Fort Kochi Beach Walk through promenade
  • Witness a Kolam making demonstration by females in Brahmin Hindu Ancestral Home
  • Visit Koonankurishu Church where the relics of St. George are stored
  • Watch a demonstration of tools used for coconut dehusking, winnowing and other food related items in Kerala
  • Visit the Tirumala Devaswom Temple and the Abode of Snakes
  • Apply Henna (Floral designs with organic paste) in hand for ladiesin the group at a local house
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Hotel/ Cruise Ship Terminal pickup and drop-off (if option selected)

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Any extra activities not included in Inclusions

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A maximum of 12 people per booking

Please reach Fort Kochi Boat Jetty at 10am to start this tour after booking through Viator

Tour does not include St. Francis Church, Dutch Palace, etc. These can be included by special request (at an additional cost)