Enzyme kinetics data play a vital role in the design of reactors and control of processes. In the present study, kinetic studies on pectinases were carried out. Partially purified polymethylgalacturonase (PMG) and polygalacturonase (PG) were the two pectinases studied. The plot of initial rate vs. initial substrate concentration did not follow the conventional Michaelis-Menten kinetics, but substrate inhibition was observed. For PMG, maximum rate was attained at an initial pectin concentration of 3 g/l, whereas maximum rate was attained when the initial substrate concentration of 2.5 g/l of polygalacturonic acid for PG I and PG II. The kinetic data were fitted to five different kinetic models to explain the substrate inhibition effect. Among the five models tested, the combined mechanism of protective diffusion limitation of both high and inhibitory substrate concentrations (semi-empirical model) explained the inhibition data with 96-99% confidence interval.