Kochi

One one of India’s most interesting towns, Kochi was a principle port and important centre of the spice trade on the Malabar Coast. A picturesque town of tumble-down buildings, vibrant bougainvillea and a languid palm-fringed harbour, Portuguese, Dutch and British settlers have all influenced this charming city which was first settled by Vasco da Gama in 1502. Due to its small size, much of historic Fort Kochi can be explored on foot. Visit the church of St Francis, the oldest European church in India, then walk to the town’s waterfront – site of the Chinese fishing nets and the many fish stalls that sell the catch. Also of interest is Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1557 as a gift to the Raja of Kochi, and the town’s fine synagogue located in an area known for its antique and curio shops. Pettitts have led the way in designing tailor-made holidays and tours to India for over 25 years.

Suggested Journeys for Kochi

We are pleased to offer the following selection of suggested itineraries based on our personal experiences. By combining these itineraries with your thoughts and ideas we can tailor any journey to make it special, unique and designed around you.

Rural Images of Kerala

15 days starting from £2980 per person

This tropical state is, for many, the essence of south India. A land of swaying palms and rustic wooden villages, famous trading cities and the idyllic backwaters, this is a relaxed itinerary exploring the rural heart of Kerala. Begin your journey in two homestays, the first at Olavipe, a century...

Beautiful Kerala

16 days starting from £3790 per person

Kerala is rightly one of India's most popular destinations. A region of staggering scenic beauty encompassing jungle and beach, tea hills and historic towns, this journey encapsulates the best of Kerala using small and unique hotels. Commencing in the coffee plantation retreat of Tranquil, travel...

A Journey through South India

23 days starting from £3985 per person

Distinct to the north, exotic South India is a melting pot of cultures and religion. Starting in historic Kochi, join the Nilgiri Mountain Railway to Ooty then on to the wonderful coffee plantation retreat of Tranquil. Visit the sandalwood city of Mysore then fly to Tamil Nadu - a land of dusty...

Spices and Sandalwood - A Journey from Mysore to Kochi

17 days starting from £3990 per person

Traversing arguably one of the most beautiful and historic regions of India, this itinerary is a memorable journey from princely Mysore, home to a grand City Palace and monumental Nandi Bull, to the fascinating spice town of Kochi. Time is spent in Nagarhole National Park - arguably the finest in...