Duration of the Visit - 6 Hours
A major port city in the state of Kerala, Cochin is situated partly on the mainland and partly on a cluster of near-shore islands that stretch into the vast Lake Vembanad. The city’s superb natural harbor not only made it a key trading post, but also drew the Portuguese, Dutch and British as colonial powers in the past.
Your offshore experience commences with the Cochin Tour. Board the bus from the port and your journey will take 30 minutes to reach Mattancherry. Your next one hour will be for visiting the Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue.
The Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1555, extended by the Dutch in 1663 and home to fine murals and a traditional Kerala flooring, which resembles polished black marble but is really made of materials that include charred coconut shells and egg whites. After exploring the Jewish Street on foot for about an half-an-hour, board the bus to reach Fort Cochin.
After visiting all the locations, board the bus to return to the port.
During visits to religious sites, knees and shoulders must be covered. Bags and electronic items may not be taken inside Paradesi Synagogue. Shoes must be removed inside the Church of St. Francis and Paradesi Synagogue.
The tour is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. As the tour involves moderate walking under the sun, guests are recommended to wear a hat and sunscreen.