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Private Tour: Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Performance

  • Private walking tour of Fort Kochi
  • Visit Saint Francis Church, one of the oldest European churches in India
  • Admire the architecture of Santa Cruz Basilica
Private Tour: Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Performance
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Private Tour: Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Performance
From US$45.00
Experience one of southern India’s most unique cities on this private tour of Kochi, which showcases its captivating history and colorful culture. Wander through the Fort Kochi neighborhood with your guide, who will explain the city’s role in the spice trade. Settle in for a riveting performance by the local Kathakali dance troupe and witness the dramatic costumes, bright makeup and lively music of this17th-century classical dance form that originated in Kerala.
What to Expect
Start your day with a walking tour of Fort Kochi. This historical coastal neighborhood showcases its colonial influence around every turn. Check out the impressive Chinese fishing nets that were gifted to local fishermen during the reign of Kublai Khan. These elaborate tools are an iconic part of the Kochi coastal life.
Wander through Saint Francis Church, which is one of the oldest European churches in the country. Built by the Portuguese in 1503, it offers travelers a true taste of outside influences on local architecture. Afterwards, admire the whitewashed exterior of the Catholic church of Santa Cruz Basilica and the head to Mattancherry Palace to check out the beautifully detailed murals that tell stories of ancient Hindu legends.
Finish your private Kochi City Tour with a night of entertainment. Watch Kathakali performers paint their faces with colorful makeup and put on brilliant costumes and elaborate headpieces before taking to the stage. Settle into theater seats for an extravagant performance that is unique to Kerala before traveling with your guide back to your hotel.
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Reviews (8)
1 - 5 of 5 reviews
Reviewed 6 May 2018
Beautiful and interesting

We really enjoyed this show. The costumes and make up were very beautiful and unusual to our eyes. The performance was educational and entertaining. We found the theatre comfortable.

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 9 March 2018
Colourful spectacle

Arranged in advance by our agents we attended the Kochi cultural theatre to watch the entertaining cultural dance. We had front row reserved seating, and were privy to watching the artistes apply their make up for the show. With their colourful costumes it was a...More

Thank Mick P
Reviewed 23 February 2018
Wonderful make up

Last time we tried to watch this show, our flight arrived too late in the evening for us to be able to attend, so on this trip we were determined to see the show. Trailfinders, had arranged our tour and we had front row seats...More

Thank Roz G
Reviewed 10 January 2018
Brilliant - a great taster session

We took a punt on this and I really enjoyed it. The show started at 5 but they start applying makeup at 4 so it is up to you when you want to join. We arrived at 4.15 ish to see the makeup being applied....More

1  Thank Cabra
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile
Amazing Experience

I booked this tour for a group of 5 family and friends after reading reviews. Our tour guide, Jay, was amazing. He was incredibly knowledgable about all the sites and local culture. He worked flexibly with the schedule as we made a couple add-on shopping...More

Thank Hanna W
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