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Cochin City or Backwater Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal

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icon4 to 7 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

When docking on shore from your cruise, it can be hard to find tours that’ll make sure you're on time to meet your cruise before it heads out on the water again. This Celebrity Constellation Kochi shore excursion is a perfect solution as it meets you right at your boat and takes you back in time, too. Depending on the day of your tour, you’ll either ride on a houseboat through the backwaters of  Alleppey; ride on a houseboat through the backwaters of Alleppey and visit Fort Kochi; or visit multiple highlights such as the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, St, Francis Church, and Santa Cruz Basilica.
  • This Kochi shore excursion caters to your cruise time
  • See some of India’s most interesting places while your ship is pulled ashore
  • All tours either get lunch or a snack provided (Itinerary A & B)
  • Depending on your day of travel, there are three possible itineraries
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Kochi Port pickup and drop-off
Lunch (for Houseboat & Shikara Tour only)
River Cruise (for Houseboat & Shikara Tour only)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Drinks
Gratuities
Lunch/Snacks (For City tour)
Sagarika Cochin International Cruise Terminal , X789+HC5, Venkitaraman Rd, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala 682009, India
Cochin Port (Ernakulam Wharf Berth /Pier) ,BTP Berth /Pier ,Cochin Port Cruise Terminal Directions: Our staff will be waiting at Cochin Port - ships berth/pier holding a "VIATOR" sign board with Blue Umbrella
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time, re-boarding time
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please note that this itinerary includes visit to a church and, therefore, modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees are recommended. No casual clothing such as jeans, sportswear, joggers or sneakers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please note: staff/guide will be waiting at ships berth/pier holding "VIATOR" sign board with "BLUE UMBRELLA"
  • Tour Departure as per the time selected during the booking . Please report 5 mins before
  • Synagogue /Palace are closed on Friday /Saturdays and Jewish holidays
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Carnival Tours Kochi
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cochin City or Backwater Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Cochin City or Backwater Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal.

Traveler Tips


  • "A great tour, with a long bus ride to the House Boats, but once there and on board an excellent experience." See review
  • "When they say the trip there and back is 3-4 hrs, they were spot on - just beware of that time commitment." See review

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Definitely recommend
HayleyS
, Mar 2020
Amazing trip, the guide was fantastic and the boat and food onboard was lovely. The two men on the boat who prepared our food were fantastic. The views are stunning and I definitely recommend. The travel time is long (1.5 hours there and just over 2 hours back due to traffic) however it was a comfortable journey in an air conditioned mini bus.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Sir/ Madam, Thanks for the Excellent review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great tour and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Cochin Shore Excursions Team - Carnival Tours & Travels ,India
star-5
Houseboat extraordinaire
Jane_M
, Mar 2020
Chris our guide was the best yet, the experience of being on the houseboat in Kerala was a highlight of our cruise. The boat and crew exceptional. If you have the chance to do this you should. Thank you
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Sir/ Madam, Thanks for the Excellent review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great tour and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Cochin Shore Excursions Team - Carnival Tours & Travels ,India
star-5
Chinese Fishing Nets
Rayne_S
, Feb 2020
A great tour, with a long bus ride to the House Boats, but once there and on board an excellent experience. Our tour guide Jude was very knowledgeable and was able to get us on one of the Chinese Fishing Nets.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Sir/ Madam, Thanks for the Excellent review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great tour and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Cochin Shore Excursions Team - Carnival Tours & Travels
star-5
Houseboat tour
STEPHEN_P
, Feb 2020
Terrific trip! Pick up at the cruise port was smooth and, after seeing the Chinese Fishing Nets, we proceeded to the house boats. Long ride, but we had a good driver. Boarded a smaller boat that took us to the house boat, where we settled in for a relaxing 2-hour ride in the canals around Kochi. The boat had two bedrooms, each with a king-size bed and ensuite bathroom. Very nice! The chef cooked up a nice lunch (included) with a variety of local dishes, including KFC, Kerala Fried Chicken. Our guide was very knowledgeable and easy to heard and understand. Well worth the price!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Sir/ Madam, Thanks for the Excellent review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great tour and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Cochin Shore Excursions Team - Carnival Tours & Travels
star-5
Cochin Backwaters
srwjbennett
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour. Guide was very good. Lovely day one if the best tours. The houseboats are amazing and lunch was excellent and washrooms also good.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Sir/ Madam, Thanks for the Excellent review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great tour and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Cochin Shore Excursions Team - Carnival Tours & Travels
star-4
Good Tour - Time Going To/From 3-4 Hrs
Doug L
, Jan 2020
Good tour, tour guides were great - bus/coach was good and cool and water was provided - boat trip was good and although I didn’t eat the lunch, every one else did - some going back for seconds, with no complaints/criticisms that I heard. When they say the trip there and back is 3-4 hrs, they were spot on - just beware of that time commitment.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Sir, Thanks for the Good review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great tour and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Cochin Shore Excursions Team by Carnival Tours & Travels
star-5
really great houseboat cruise
John_m
, Dec 2019
went and saw fishing boats and then 2 hour houseboat cruise on the canals and really nice lunch cochin style with fat rice and yummy indian food- great day out but be aware the coach drive is 1-2 hours each way
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear Sir, Thanks for the excellent review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great tour and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
star-5
Brilliant tour and so well...
Dillon C
, Apr 2018
Brilliant tour and so well organised. So much more then i expected . I so highly recommend this as a shore excursion. Fantastic value. Guides were very good.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear Sir/Madam, Thanks for the excellent review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great Cochin Shore Excursion and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
star-5
Amazing trip. The coach was waiting...
Sarah L
, Apr 2018
Amazing trip. The coach was waiting at the port for us and our brilliant guides, Crispin and Babu, kept us informed and entertained on the 2 hour journey to Allepey. Our party was split in to 2 groups of 16 for each houseboat which meant that there was plenty of room on board. The trip through the backwaters was incredible. Keralan curry buffet lunch on the boat was fantastic. The trip on the way back to the Chinese fishing nets was a bit disappointing to be honest. Looks nothing like the amazing images you see online. Very crowded, rubbish everywhere, a fish market that smells rank and a lot of hassle from hawkers who will just not take no for an answer. Didn't spoil the day though because the houseboat had been so good. Would definitely recommend it.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear Sir/Madam, Thanks for the excellent review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great Cochin Shore Excursion and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
star-5
It was the best excursion on our India...
Frank K
, Apr 2018
It was the best excursion on our India Cruise. Very relaxing and charming.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear Sir/Madam, Thanks for the excellent review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great Cochin Shore Excursion and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
star-5
This was a rewarding trip from...
Denis_M
, Apr 2018
This was a rewarding trip from start to finish, You see the real India as you gently go round the different waterways. The houseboat we travelled on was a quite large boat and it was very roomy on board, there were two bedrooms with toilet facilities which were very clean and tidy. Three of crew cooked us a very nice meal, they were congratulated by all the tourist passengers. Well done. I can recommend this tour to anyone calling at Kochi.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear Sir/Madam, Thanks for the excellent review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great Cochin Shore Excursion and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
star-5
I would highly recommend this trip...
William S
, Mar 2018
I would highly recommend this trip it is good value for the money compared to rip off prices aboard cruise liner. We were on a lovely houseboat the trip lasted about two hours , there we were treated to Indian meal made on board which was excellent. After the trip up river we were taken to a church then on to see the Chinese Nets, the guide was very good explaining everything and he did not rush the trip unfortunately I have misled his name. Coming off the cruise sehip it was easy to find the guide as he had a large blue umbrella with companys name on it. This is a trip not to be missed.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear Sir/Madam, Thanks for the excellent review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great Cochin Shore Excursion and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
star-5
We were meet from the cruise ship...
stephen_h
, Mar 2018
We were meet from the cruise ship and taken on a 1:45 journey to the house boat. On way guide told us about the area. There were several Hindo festivals taking place. Not every day you get see an elephant being transported on back of truck. Boat ride was great. We were split into groups of 14. Plenty of room. On board toilets. Lunch was cooked on board tasty. It was good to have the. Chance to try local food. Usual comfort stops at local shops on route back. A bit more time at the fishing nets would have been nice
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear Sir/Madam, Thanks for the excellent review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great Cochin Shore Excursion and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
star-5
Wonderful trip with very...
Christopher L
, Feb 2018
Wonderful trip with very entertaining guides. Thoroughly enjoyed the backwaters and were given a very tasty Lunch.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear Sir/Madam, Thanks for the excellent review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great Cochin Shore Excursion and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
star-5
Excellent trip. Very helpful and...
Terence R
, Jan 2018
Excellent trip. Very helpful and informative guides. Would definitely recommend
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear Sir/Madam, Thanks for the excellent review about us on VIATOR Happy to know that you had a great Cochin Shore Excursion and satisfied with our services Looking Forward to serve you many more times in mere future Regards Team Carnival
star-5
We were absolutely delighted with...
Leta_S
, Apr 2017
We were absolutely delighted with the tour. Was met off the ship as said . Was greeted with flowers by our tour guide Sanjay. It was quite a long journey to Alleppey, but Sanjay kept us informed all the way with the history of Kerala. The trip on the houseboat was so peaceful and the weather could not have been better as it was not too hot. We had a lovely lunch onboard cooked by the staff, it was delicious. On the way back to ship we had a stop at the Chinese fishing nets . We also stopped at a washing dobhi which was really interesting. There were 12 of us on this tour. I cannot praise Sanjay high enough. Would highly recommend the trip and would certainly use Viator again as from start to finish everything was great.
star-5
Extremely well-organised. Like the...
MrSheldonG_E
, Jan 2017
Extremely well-organised. Like the official cruise line excursion we expected to be on a large motor boat, with lunch at some hotel somewhere, but no! There were 2 groups of us - 14 and 16 - on 2 houseboats lazily sailing round the idyllic backwaters while two chefs prepared our delicious, Keralan-style lunch. Our houseboat had 2 en-suite bedrooms, a galley, and lounge/dining area. The whole was spotless, and our guide was friendly and informative. We couldn't believe that not only was the whole trip almost half the price of the official Celebrity Constellation excursion, but listening to Celebrity excursionists, twice as enjoyable!
star-5
Christmas Day on a house boat in...
Philip G
, Jan 2017
Christmas Day on a house boat in kochi was so different ,no sprouts our potatos to peel.just gliding along on the back waters with local families doing there washing our washing themselves our doing as we were ,day out on a boat wishing us happy Christmas and waving happily.our coach was on time very clean and good air conditioning,our guide spoke very good English and was very pleasant,the house boat was charming,the crew friendly,the food they cooked was delicious.our boat driver,was a character who loved to blowing the boats horn using his big toe ,a wonderful Christmas to remember

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