Cochin - Guided Tour of Fort Cochin & Mattancherry
Cochin, Kerala and Karnataka, India
Cochin doesn't seem like an Indian city; in many ways it is far quieter and 'boutique' than most. Simply walking out in the evening along the harbor is something you won't forget.
Enjoy a half day guided tour of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry. Starting at around 9am, you will start at the magnificent Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch House. Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, it was presented to the Maharaja of Cochin. The Palace contains some superb murals, much enhanced and developed through Dutch patronage, depicting the mythological trials and tribulations of the major figures in Hinduism.
Next to Jew Street, an area within Fort Cochin which houses the bustling markets and stalls that intrigues every visitor. Wander around the markets and why not try mastering the art of haggling. From there, the Jewish Synagogue is your next stop, the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth, dating from 1568. You will hear about how the Jewish community came to Cochin, were given safe haven but how sadly their small community dwindled post independence.
Your final stop is St Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India. The great explorer Vasco De Gama was buried here (but later taken to Portugal). The church began as the church of St Bartholomew by the Portuguese, then St Anthony and finally changed to St Francis by the British.
Please note this tour will last around three to four hours. Afterwards you will be transferred back to your hotel.