Experience one of southern India’s most unique cities on this private tour of Kochi, which showcases its captivating history and colorful culture. Wander through the Fort Kochi neighborhood with your guide, who will explain the city’s role in the spice trade. Settle in for a riveting performance by the local Kathakali dance troupe and witness the dramatic costumes, bright makeup and lively music of this17th-century classical dance form that originated in Kerala.
- Private walking tour of Fort Kochi
- Visit Saint Francis Church, one of the oldest European churches in India
- Admire the architecture of Santa Cruz Basilica
- See the murals illustrating Hindu legends at Mattancherry Palace
- Go behind the scenes and watch Kathakali actors prepare for their show
- Enjoy a theatrical Kathakali dance performance
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Start your day with a walking tour of Fort Kochi. This historical coastal neighborhood showcases its colonial influence around every turn. Check out the impressive Chinese fishing nets that were gifted to local fishermen during the reign of Kublai Khan. These elaborate tools are an iconic part of the Kochi coastal life. Wander through Saint Francis Church, which is one of the oldest European churches in the country. Built by the Portuguese in 1503, it offers travelers a true taste of outside influences on local architecture. Afterwards, admire the whitewashed exterior of the Catholic church of Santa Cruz Basilica and the head to Mattancherry Palace to check out the beautifully detailed murals that tell stories of ancient Hindu legends. Finish your private Kochi City Tour with a night of entertainment. Watch Kathakali performers paint their faces with colorful makeup and put on brilliant costumes and elaborate headpieces before taking to the stage. Settle into theater seats for an extravagant performance that is unique to Kerala before traveling with your guide back to your hotel.