On a walk, you will discover what makes this region different from other Indian states. Explore three styles of local architecture, visit the atmospheric Matancheri quarter and the oldest synagogue in the British Commonwealth, discover the secrets of Tamil laundry, visit the temple where Vasco da Gama rested, and watch a traditional Kathakali show. Individual excursion for 1-2 people Duration 7 hours Children Allowed with children How it goes By car $ 120 per excursion Price for 1-2 people, regardless of the number of participants
What awaits you
The history of amazing Kerala You will hear the history of the state, which developed separately from other regions of India. You will learn how, since the beginning of the era, sea merchants from different countries formed a vibrant cultural and religious mosaic, bringing Christianity, Judaism, and later Islam to the Malabar coast. I will tell you what information has been preserved about the times before Vasco da Gama and how the era of the great geographical discoveries with the arrival of the Portuguese, Dutch and British influenced the further development of Cochin and its appearance
Folklore Museum In my opinion, this is the most interesting museum in Cochin! On each of the three floors of the building, you will experience the typical architecture of southern, northern and central Kerala. And also see a collection of several thousand old exhibits, the oldest of which is 4 thousand years old: household items, elements of an authentic interior and works of traditional art, including theatrical attributes
Atmospheric Matancheri In this area of Cochin, you will visit the Dutch Palace of the 16th century, which today houses a museum with paintings of the city's rulers and ancient frescoes from Indian epics. As you stroll through the Jewish Quarter, where Kashmiris are adept at trading, immerse yourself in the special atmosphere of the streets with antique doors, wooden shutters and graffiti. And at the oldest functioning synagogue in the British Commonwealth - Paradesi - let's talk about the early stages of the settlement of India by Jews
Other must-see places in Cochin Then I will take you to the colorful public laundromat of Drobi Krana, where I will tell you about the special technology that Tamil people use to wash clothes for 300 years. At the seafood market - next to the famous Chinese fishing nets complex - you can taste delicious grilled fish. Walk along the ancient streets of Fort Cochin, visit the Santa Cruz Basilica, the Dutch cemetery and the oldest Catholic church in India - the Church of St. Francis, where Vasco da Gama rested for several years. Finish off with a traditional Kerala performance of Kathakali, a mixture of dance and theater.
What is included in the price and what is not
- Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle is included in the tour price
- Additional expenses: lunch, personal expenses and entrance tickets to museums: synagogue - 10 rupees, Dutch palace - 10 rupees, Folklore Museum - 200 rupees, Katakhali performance - 350 rupees
- I can also conduct an excursion for a larger number of participants: the cost for a group of 3-4 people is $ 140, 5-8 - $ 30 / person, 9-12 - $ 25 / person
Other program details
- After the Folklore Museum, at your request, I will take you to a large hypermarket
- Evening show lasts from 17:00 to 19:00
- The excursion for you will be led by me or another guide from my team
The tour starts from your hotel. You will find out the exact meeting point immediately after booking.