Heritage Walk through Fort Kochi

Tour Description: This walking tour gives you a glimpse into Cochin’s rich history and heritage, showcasing the mixed Dutch, Portuguese, British and Jewish influences that make the city unique. During the tour, we will visit the old quarter of Fort Kochi, exploring the quaint streets of this city on foot. We will also visit Fort Kochi’s seaside promenade, and get a glimpse of daily life in Kochi.

The walk lasts 2 hours and is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. If you have mobility problems and require special assistance (wheelchairs), please let us know.

Meeting Point: The meeting point for the walk is the entrance to St Francis Church (the left-most image shown in the photo above). Please assemble at the gate shown in the photo.

Coverage: Before the walk commences, your guide will provide an introduction to the history of Cochin and the events that have shaped it. You will also be given notes / handouts for the tour.

Your walk route will include the following:

  • St Francis Church (India’s oldest European Church) built by the Portuguese Franciscan Friars.
  • The Chinese Fishing nets that Cochin is famous for
  • The Nehru Children’s Park area and the interesting houses that ring the park (Koder House, Tower House, Old Harbour Hotel)
  • Fort Immanuel (the bastion of the Portuguese)
  • The Dutch Cemetery, which is now managed by the Church of South India
  • A brief walk past the seaside beach
  • Bishop’s House Road, with its beautiful old-style homes
  • The Union Club Building
  • Santa Cruz Basilica

The walk ends with tea/coffee at a local café.

Duration: 2 hours
Starting Point: St Francis Church
Start Time: 9:30 a.m. or 4:00 p.m.

Cost:
INR 750 per person for 5-10 persons
INR 1000 per person for 3-4 persons
INR 1500 per person for 2 persons
INR 2500 for a solo traveler

Includes knowledgeable guide, illustrated handouts, tea at a local café and all taxes.