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Life & Culture of Kerala Backwater & Villages: Private Tour


'Cruise Ship ' passengers!

Skip the line ! Book a Private Tour!

You are met at side of the ship with pager board of Your Name.The tours are customized to suit the arrival and departure schedule of your ship to ensure you have a worry free Shore Excursion. We ensure your timely return after the tour.

Comfortable transportation, entertaining and enriching travel experience.


We offer 2 tours:

Tour # 1.Tuk Tuk around Kochi 4 to 5 hours.

Overland drive in car/van to Fort Kochi. Board Tuk tuk to explore the comfort in this poor mans' taxi. Walk around the Fort Kochi to admire colonial Kochi and visit, Chinese Fishing Nets, Church of St. Francis. Board the tuk tuks again and go to Jewish Town. Walk around old Jewish city and visit synagogue and Dutch Palace. .

Tour # 2. Backwater ride in villages & explore life in a water taxi 7 hours.

Drive to Alleppey/ Kumarakom. Board the water taxi there. Cruise in the river for 3 hours. Return to Kochi.

per adult from




5 to 8 hours


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • Local guide
    • Port pick up and drop off.
    • Transport by air-conditioned car / mini van.
    • Lunch - Buffet lunch in a local restaurant.for backwater tour.
    • Entry/Admission - Fort Kochi Beach
    • Entry/Admission - Church of Saint Francis
    • Entry/Admission - Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
    • Entry/Admission - Jew Town
    • Entry/Admission - Paradesi Synagogue
    • Entry/Admission - Mattancherry Palace
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Excel India Tours, Kochi (Cochin) 682040 India

    Staff of Excel India Tours will receive you at Kochi harbor near the ship when your ship docks. Look for us with the pager board with your name.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Fort Kochi Beach, Kochi (Cochin) 682001 India

    From the ship we transfer you in an A/C Car/ Van to Foot Kochi. Tuk Tuks will be waiting for you for a ride in and around Fort Kochi also visits attraction like Chinese Fishing nets, Church of St. Francis, and Dutch Cemetery,

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Church of Saint Francis, Old Kochi, Kochi (Cochin) India

    From the Chinese Fishing Nets tour walks ( 5 minutes ) to Church of St. Francis which house the first tomb of Vasco da Gama.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Parade & KB Jacob Road Fort Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682001 India

    From Church of St. Francis the tour goes to Santa Cruz Basilica which is counted as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala..

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Jew Town, Old Cochin, Kochi (Cochin) 682002 India

    From Santa Cruz Basilica the tour goes to Jewish Town to explore the ancient Jewish settlement in In India.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Paradesi Synagogue, Synagogue Ln, Jew Town, Kappalandimukku, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002, India

    At Jewish Town the tour goes to this synagogue in Jewish street of Kochi.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Mattancherry Palace, Palace Road, Kochi (Cochin) India

    Dutch Palace aka Mattancherry palace is visited after the Paradeshi Synagogue. The Dutch Place Museum houses the most beautiful Kerala Murals on the walls.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Alleppey Backwaters, Alappuzha India

    Tour Itinerary

    Staff of Excel India Tours will meet you at the ship. You can see him holding the pager board with the name of lead traveler of your group. The staff will escort you to waiting Van /Car / Coach.

    Then different tours start.

    Tour # 1. Backwater & Houseboat Tour.

    This tour is designed to introduce Kerala and its attractive backwaters to travelers.

    In the morning the tour start with an overland drive from the Kochi harbor to Alleppey / Kumarakom Backwaters. ( 1 hour 45 minutes )

    Tour reaches the Jetty of the houseboat.

    Board a pre arranged houseboat and start the backwater cruise (3 hours.)

    The houseboats are previous spices boats of Kerala innovated into houseboats for tourists with bedrooms kitchen and a spacious lobby. The kitchen of the houseboat under an enthusiastic Chef will cook for you our traditional food to your taste.

    The cruising along the backwaters and palm fringed rice paddies and tiny villages will be an experience you will never have anywhere else.

    After the cruise the tour will return to Kochi (drive is 1 hour 45 minutes.)

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    If you are arriving Kochi and booked to stay at the listed hotels we will pick you up from there. If not kindly let us know the hotel we will come and pick you.In case you are arriving by sea we will come to the Port of Kochi and pick you up from the side of your ship.Or else if you are arriving by any other place please let us know we will come and pick you up on a mutually agreed terms.Ports
    • Kochi Port
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Adult pricing applies to all travelers above 5 years
    • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information.: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
    • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Excel India Tours

Activity ID: V-35151P26

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