This tour’s all about exploring the most historic parts of Cochin, starting with a visit to the Mattancherry neighbourhood. You’ll have free time to explore under your own steam, and a good place to start is among the area’s treasure trove of antique shops. There’s lots of must-see architecture to tick off, too, like the mural-filled Mattancherry Palace and the oldest synagogue in India. Hop back on the coach after you’re done looking around, and you’ll head over to the Fort Cochin district. Things are less frantic here than in the heart of the city, and it’s the best place to check out Cochin’s multicultural background. Portuguese, Dutch and British buildings are scattered around, and the shoreline’s fringed by spider-like Chinese fishing nets.
The Dutch Palace will be closed on Fridays and the Synagogue is only open until noon on Fridays.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.