Just 60km south of engaged Cochin lies a space of ultimate tranquility —some of the most beautiful backwater in India. Travel to Allapuzha district and hop on a traditional wooden houseboat to explore the green Alleppey, also known as the Venice of the East region of India, in full. The tour starts with a morning hotel pick up taking you to the boarding area. Begin your cruise of Alleppey and drift past lush paddy fields, fragrant coconut farms, quaint farming villages and more. At 12pm a delicious Keralan lunch will be served onboard —and you will get to enjoy local delicacies with the backdrop of beautiful waterscapes. At 1.30 pm the cruise comes to an end and you hop back into a comfy airconditioned vehicle for a transfer back to your hotel.
Don’t miss a great opportunity to explore the best of rural South India. Enjoy a relaxing river cruise along the Alleppey backwaters aboard a traditional houseboat. Wake up bright and early just in time for your 7:30am pick up and start with an introduction walking tour of some of the region’s key landmarks: Chinese nets, Santa Cruz Basilica, St.Francis Church and others. Proceed to Aleppey in a comfy airconditioned vehicle to board your cruise around the backwaters and village areas of Kerala. At 12pm treat yourself to delicious local lunch conveniently served right on the boat. Take the time to enjoy your delicious meal with beautiful views of the backwater and get ready to hop off the boat for a wagon ride back to Cochin city. Once there, stroll through Fort Cochin and see more of its attractions.
This 6-hour City Boat Cruise Tour with Glimpse of Cochin lets you explore the area in full by combining a tour on water with a tour on land. The adventure starts with an early pick up from your hotel or Cochin Port from where you head to board your boat for a two-hour cruise around the Kochi Harbor area and Bolghatty Island, a picturesque little island in the Ernakulam district. After the cruise, pay a visit to Paradesi Synagogue and explore Kerala's old Jewish artifacts. Then, proceed to Mattancherry Palace built by the Portuguese in 1557 and continue towards the market area for shopping and stop by a street cafe for a delicious traditional lunch. After fueling up, visit the two famous churches: Santa Cruz Basilica and St. Francis Church (the burial place of Vasco da Gama). At around 2pm head over to see Chinese fishing nets and see what life is like for local fishermen. By 3pm you should be back at your hotel with plenty of time left to do more exploring.
This 7-hour private tour of Cochin gives you a unique inside look into the remnants of the area’s Jewish heritage. Start with an early morning pick up from your hotel or Cochin Port Ships and head to Paravoor synagogue built in 1615. Then, visit the Chendamangalam synagogue constructed during the 17th century and showcasing the lives and rituals of Kerala Jews. By lunchtime, you will be discovering the working process of the handloom weaving factory. Continue the tour with a drive to the port for a one hour backwater cruise to admire the area’s green paddy fields and traditional villages along the shore and indulge in a savory Keralan lunch conveniently served right on the cruise. Around 3pm, stop by Paradesi synagogue at Mattancherry, the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. The tour concludes at 4pm with a drop off at your hotel or Cochin Port.