Group Shore Excursion from Cochin Port

Duration: 4 to 7 hours
Destination: India, Kerala, Kochi
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Kochi
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

This group tour is specially designed for cruise travelers who dock at Cochin Cruise Port.The itinerary is designed in such a way that it meets your ships arrival and departure time so that you have a worry-free Shore Excursion and we will ensure your timely return to the Cochin port for this activity. Depending on your date of travel, you tour will follow one of the 3 itineraries below.

Itinerary A : Backwaters by Houseboat & Fishing Nets : Combo Tour Includes Backwater Cruise on Houseboat with Lunch on board and Fort cochin Chinese Nets Sightseeing

Itinerary B : Backwaters by Houseboat : Tour Includes Backwater Cruise on Houseboat with Lunch on board (Morning Cruise) or Evening Tea/Coffee/Snacks (Afternoon Cruise)

Itinerary C : Glimpse of Cochin :Sightseeing Tour of Fort Cochin Chinese Nets ,Santa Cruz Basilica ,St Francis Church ,Dutch Palace ,Jew Town ,Jewish Paradesi Synagogue

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Led by a local guide
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Buffet lunch included

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Carnival Tours & Travels, 1/361 Princess Street Fort Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) 682001 India

Itinerary A : Backwaters by Houseboat & Fishing Nets

After pickup from Kochi Port transfer to Alleppey (approx 1 hour 45 minutes) to board your houseboat.On arrival check in and short motor boat transfer to the houseboat . Houseboat Cruise slowly through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms and traditional wooden houseboats. There will be 3 staff members along with your guide who will ensure that your experience is relaxed and comfortable. Enjoy a lunch of Keralan cuisine lunch with rice, vegetable dishes, fish, chicken and more as you gently cruise. The houseboat cruise will for approx 2.00 hours and then you will disembark and transfer to Fort Kochi by air-conditioned coach. See and learn about the Chinese fishing nets which have dominated the coastline for more than 150 years.Later transfer to Cochin Port.

Itinerary B : Backwaters by Houseboat

Pickup from Kochi Port transfer to Alleppey (approx 1.45 hrs) to board your houseboat.On arrival check in and short motor boat transfer to the houseboat . Houseboat Cruise slowly through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms and traditional wooden houseboats. There will be 3 staff members along with your guide who will ensure that your experience is relaxed and comfortable. Enjoy Local Snacks with Tea or Coffee on board. The houseboat cruise will be for approx 2.00 hours and then you will disembark and transfer back to Cochin Port.

Itinerary C : Glimpse of Cochin

We will pick you from Ships Berth and transfer to Mattancherry to visit the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese, The palace is famous for its stunning murals portraying scenes from Hindu tales, such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Next door is the Jewish Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India.Also go for a short stroll along the Jew Street/Jew Town shops. Later transfer to Fort Kochi for a short walking tour visiting St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The church was constructed in 1503 by Portuguese friars and is now the burial place of Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer who led the first ships sailed directly from Europe to India. Next we will visit Santa Cruz Basilica, one of the largest and most impressive churches in India. Stroll along the street of Fort Kochi to see Chinese fishing nets that were introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan in the 14th century. Kochi fishermen still use the fishing nets to earn their livelihoods. Later transfer to cochin port. (The Jewish synagogue is closed on Fridays/Saturdays and all Jewish holidays. The Dutch palace is closed on Fridays.)


Pass By: Cochin Backwater Day Tours, Kochi (Cochin) India

Cochin Backwater Tours

Pass By: Cochin Shore Excursions, Fort Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) 682001 India

Cochin Shore Excursions

Pass By: Kerala Backwaters, India

Kerala backwaters

Inclusions
  • Kochi Port pickup and drop-off
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/Local guide
  • Buffet lunch (For Houseboat Tour Only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • River Cruise (For Houseboat Tour Only)
  • Only Tea /Coffee /Snacks (For HOuseboat Tour 13:35 Departure)

Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please note that itineraries A and C may include a visit to a church (depends upon the time available) and, therefore, modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees are recommended. No casual clothing such as jeans, sportswear, joggers or sneakers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please note: staff/guide will be waiting at ships berth/pier holding "VIATOR" sign board with "BLUE UMBRELLA"
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Itinerary A : (Departure 30 - 45 mins after Ships arrival ) Itinerary B : (Departure 30 - 45 mins after Ships arrival ) Itinerary C : (Departure: 8.30Am for Ship arrival at 7.00 or 6 Am , 9.15Am for Ship arrival at 08.30Am , 12.45Pm for Ship arrival at 12.00Pm )
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
Departure Point

Kochi Port, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala 682003, India

Traveler pickup is offered
Cochin Port (Ernakulam Wharf Berth /Pier) ,BTP Berth /Pier ,Cochin Port Cruise Terminal

Directions: Our staff will be waiting at Cochin Port - ships berth/pier holding a "VIATOR" sign board with Blue Umbrella


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

4 to 7 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Julie J

13 Mar, 2018

Loved this trip. Everyone from the tour guide, the driver and the staff on the houseboat did an amazing job. The lunch on the houseboat cooked on board in I might add a very small kitchen was absolutely delicious and so authentic of the area. Well done.

Keith L

16 Mar, 2017

Our guide Tommy was tremendous. He had stories to tell, information to provide, and he did it all superbly. Six of us were taken by minibus through the crazy traffic to the back waters of Kerala, where we boarded one of the traditional houseboats. Three staff were there to look after us - and they did that so well. We sailed for two and a half hours..... seeing life at the waters edge. From washing, to boat building, from bird spotting to learning about local geography, it was excellent. We had lunch on board, and were treated royally..
Our return journey to Cochin was via fish farms, fruit trees and more new stories. We walked to see the fort, the Chinese fishing nets where we brought in the catch, and the spice market. It was a wonderful trip.

Susan K

09 Feb, 2017

Fabulous trip, well organised and well priced. Very easy to spot coach on quayside in Kochi, no problems what so ever.

luckscape

06 Jun, 2016

This delivered as promised and made for an excellent morning and afternoon in Kerala. The first part of the day was spent seeing some typical tourist spots at the same time as other tour groups, but then we were taken on a 90 minute bus ride to the houseboat, where we were fed a very nice meal and got to experience a leisurely tour of these waterways. It looked like the official cruise ship shore excursion was offering the same basic thing, but this one was way cheaper and I can't imagine it being any better. Our guides were extremely professional, knowledgeable, generous, and friendly. I strongly recommend this offering to anyone with Kochi as a port of call.

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