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How to Spend 1 Day in Kochi

How to Spend 1 Day in Kochi

A major port for many centuries, the Kerala city of Kochi has long played an important role in South Indian commerce, with myriad historic sites to match. Most of Kochi’s most interesting attractions are located in and around the historic Fort Cochin neighborhood, making it easy to cover a lot of ground quickly. If you only have a day in the city, here’s how to spend it.

Morning: Mattancherry Palace and the Paradesi Synagogue

Start your Kochi visit with a trip to Mattancherry Palace, a 16th-century structure with a deceptively plain facade and an incredible collection of art and royal artifacts, including numerous murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata epics. From here, it’s a short walk to the Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth. Known as Jew Town, the area around the synagogue is home to a small population of Kerala Jews whose families have lived in the area for generations.

Afternoon: The Historic Churches of Fort Cochin

At lunchtime, make your way west to the Fort Cochin area, about a 15-minute walk from the synagogue, where there are lots of good dining options. After lunch, pay a visit to the St. Francis Church; built in 1516, it’s the oldest church in the country. Right by the church is the Dutch Cemetery, the final resting place of a number of Dutch settlers and purportedly the oldest graveyard in India. While in the area, don't miss Gothic Santa Cruz Basilica, with intricately frescoed interiors.

Night: Fishing Nets and Kathakali

Just before night begins to fall, make your way to the beach to see one of Kochi’s most famous attractions: the Chinese fishing nets, which are particularly picturesque against the setting sun. These gigantic nets, which are attached to large structures used to raise and lower them, get their name because they were allegedly introduced to Kerala by Chinese explorer Zheng He. As night falls, head out to see a performance of Kathakali dance, a type of classical dance featuring fully costumed (and made-up) performers recounting Hindu tales through complex moves and gestures, followed by dinner.

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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
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Kochi Private Tour: 3-Hour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour

Kochi Private Tour: 3-Hour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour

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Want to experience the beauty, history and culture of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry on foot? Then this tour is for you. Travel back in time and through the streets as you follow your expert guide between the Chinese fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace that stand as icons of India's southern state. See beautiful murals that portray scenes out of Hindu scripture and learn how this incredible destination has come to be.
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  • 3 hours
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$26.00
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Private Tour of Jewish Synagogues in Cochin

Private Tour of Jewish Synagogues in Cochin

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Discover the distinctive architecture of Cochin’s synagogues. See the fusion of Kerala and global styles at the Chennamangalam Synagogue and admire the building’s ornate altar, brightly painted ceiling, and intricately carved staircase and balconies. Visit the Paradesi Synagogue to see rare antiques, glass chandeliers, and lovely hand-painted tiles. You’ll have the chance to explore 3-4 synagogues as part of this fascinating cultural experience.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.00
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$104.00
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Kochi City Guided Full-Day Tour

Kochi City Guided Full-Day Tour

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Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a melting pot of different cultures and traditions. Today, it still retains many elements of its glorious past which can be best experienced with the Kochi City Tour. An eclectic mix of Portuguese, Dutch and British history combined with the rich traditions of Kerala - a wholesome day tour around Kochi and Ernakulam.
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  • 10 hours
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$48.00
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