Well researched, immersive and interactive heritage storytelling experiences where we infuse life into Kochi's history, art, culture, food, places and its people through stories
A perfect introduction to The Queen of the Arabian Sea
Our flagship tour, a favorite for the inquisitive traveller who wants to do more than the usual. This tour is a must-do for anyone who wants to understand the history of Cochin from scratch. From being called the 'Emporium of the World', Cochin received the rare distinction as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea' and in modern times the city transformed itself to become one of India's major tourist hubs and a contemporary art capital still bringing travellers from far and wide. The walk will take you along the remnants of the old European fort town, some of its streets rich with fables of yore and the iconic people who left a mark and changed the course of history as we know it. We sift through 3000 years of the city's past through stories, anecdotes, architecture, culture, food and the people who made an impact in the growth of the town.
A tour of old Cochin, its culture, people and culinary traditions
Mattancherry is a microcosm of a bygone era - of traders, travellers, culture, culinary traditions of more than three dozen communities with roots spread across all corners of the country. These communities peacefully co-exist with each other in a small radius of 3 kilometers. A perfect model of unity in diversity. Thanks to the benevolent rulers and the multiculturalism, Mattancherry thrived as the capital and the seat of the Cochin Kingdom until it was replaced by Ernakulam. The walk will give you a glimpse of some of these communities that made Kochi their home, an help uncover layers of historical and cultural contributions from them before you realize that this is what makes Kochi what it is.
A reflection of contemporary Fort Cochin since Independence
Fort Cochin was a unique neighborhood of love, life and harmony amongst its inhabitants from the turn of the 20th century, a paradox for what the place witnessed for centuries before that. It was a little enclave of sorts where everyone knew each other and both history and modernity seemingly merged. This was a time that still reverberates in the heart and soul of every Fort Cochinite. The period also witnessed the transition of the town from British Cochin to Fort Cochin. We take a look at this "Vintage Fort Cochin", its people and its institutions that evoked a breath of life into this historical town. This walk is a tribute to the bygone era of Fort Cochin.
Footnote: This walk mainly covers the contemporary history of Fort Cochin from the 20th century.
The only Jew Town tour in Kochi that explores the history of the Cochin Jews in detail
In the beautiful city of Cochin, a community lived for over two millenia, honoured and respected by the local people, and they thrived. The Raja of Kochi received them graciously and gave them a principality with their own chief and a charter etched on copper plates, granted them royal privilages in perpetuity for as long as the world and the moon exists. The Jews lost their principality when the Portuguese arrived, and they sought help from the Raja, who offered them a town for their own next to his palace. The community continued to live in Cochin until they had to leave to their motherland and their numbers dwindled. This is the story of the Jews of Cochin. A community that has one heart that is torn between two worlds.
A street food trail of Old Cochin
Step into the historical town of Mattancherry and immerse yourself in the vibrant blend of cultures that has shaped its identity. Known for its association with the spice trade, Mattancherry has long attracted traders, travellers, and merchants from all walks of life.
As the evening rolls in, the old town comes to life, buzzing with activity and energy. It is during this time that we embark on a culinary adventure, exploring the rich food traditions of various communities. Indulge in their unique afternoon tea and snacks, which are exclusive to this historic area. Discover the flavors that have been passed down through generations, and experience the true essence of Mattancherry.
A cafe crawl in Fort Kochi
Step into Fort Kochi, where centuries-old colonial bungalows and houses have become an art lover's paradise, attracting travelers from every corner of the globe. These heritage edifices have taken on exciting new identities! Some are now home to boutique hotels and cozy homestays that exude charm and character. Others have been magically converted into eclectic spaces boasting vibrant cafes, tantalizing food choices, and mesmerizing artwork adorning their walls.
In this curated café tour through Fort Kochi's architecturally rich landscape, you will embark on a journey that delves deep into the city's cultural roots. Immerse yourself in captivating stories about trade and historic connections while hopping effortlessly from one iconic art cafe to another. This adventure isn't merely about savoring delicious bites or admiring beautiful paintings; it goes beyond that—revealing a side of Kochi that is resplendent with culture, history, legends, and hidden tales waiting to be discovered. Join us on this enthralling adventure through Kochi's charming cafes; a journey that promises mouthwatering bites and exhilarating tales beyond just coffee and art.
A curated heritage meal experience
Enjoy a sumptuous Fort Cochin inspired meal with The Kochi Heritage Project and Lila Art Cafe, a quaint art cafe housed in a 300 year old Dutch era building serving a curated dining experience to its guests.
An ode to the many cultures that have inspired Fort Kochi over time, we will take you on a culinary journey through the many lives of people who have made Fort Kochi their home. From fragrant curries to crispy appams, each bite tells a story of Kerala's gastronomic treasures from Fort Kochi.
This could be a lovely addition to our 'A Queen's Story' and 'Cochin in 3 Square Miles' tours.
Pedal through history
Imagine yourself cycling through this heart of Kochi, learning centuries of history and hearing lesser-known secrets and legends. You'd be cycling through the renowned Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English edifices of the Fort, detouring to the lesser-known native capital of the Cochin Kingdom called Mattancherry where 35 different communities that speak close to 15 languages of varied culture and traditions happily coexist creating a microcosm of the world itself.
Every Kochiite, or anyone for that matter should be in awe of this unique composition that gave Kochi its history and multicultural identity. You will find where the fort is, the hidden alleyways that connect the fort to Mattancherry, explore its mysteries while getting a glimpse of everyday life, finally winding down the old bazaar with its lingering odour of spices. Burn some calories while enjoying fascinating stories about Kochi's history, culture, myths, legends and pop culture. Join us and pedal through history.
Explore the royal side of Cochin
Tripunithura was the seat of power of the Cochin Royals from the beginning of the 19th Century. This tour will take the participant through some of the important sites inside the Tripunithura Fort (Royal Town) as they are engaged in stories about the Cochin Royal Family and its contribution to multiculturalism, public infrastructure, the national movement and the conservation of traditional art forms in Cochin State. The walk will be led by a member of the Cochin Royal Family.
Duration: ~2 Hours
Distance: ~1.5 Kms
Suggested time: Based on storyteller availability
If you are a tree lover, then this tour is for you
Did you know, one of Cochin’s oldest main roads is densely tree lined and flanked by the Vembanad Lake? At the Gandhi Circle, Google Maps will tell you that you have arrived at Cochin’s Park Avenue. Kochiites have known this stretch from the Circle to the beginning of Broadway after the iconic institutions here! Park Avenue takes on the name of people's destination.
Trees of Cochin documents the city of Cochin, its history, heritage, here & now thru the lens of nature on social media.
Come, let us walk in the shade of the Resident Trees of Cochin at Park Avenue observing and knowing them
Duration: ~2 Hours
Distance: ~1 Km
Suggested time: Based on storyteller availability
Discover a hidden tropical paradise in Kochi
Kadamakudy, nestled in the beautiful backwaters of Kerala, is a captivating island cluster that showcases the true essence of coastal and riverine life. With its pristine natural beauty, rich history and heritage, it has slowly become an offbeat destination for local tourists seeking a truly authentic village experience not very far from Kochi. The islands boast a lifestyle of both fishing and farming and provide visitors with the opportunity to witness their sustainable lifestyle and practices. The lush greenery and tranquil waterways offer a soothing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, allowing travellers to unwind, relax and rejuvenate amidst nature's splendour. Additionally, Kadamakudy is also a paradise for migratory birds who make the living islands their home.
Whether it's learning the stories of the islanders, exploring the untouched beauty of this island paradise, indulging in delicious seafood or simply soaking in the serenity of the backwaters, these living islands thrive with so much life and offers a truly authentic and unforgettable living heritage experience in Kochi.
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