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13 April 2016

Jew Town, Kochi

A visit to Kochi is incomplete without a trip to Jew Town, Mattancherry. There are plenty of buses plying from Kochi city, hence getting there is quite easy. Taking a walk in Jew Town is like slipping back in time. History drips all over the place. Of course, it may not be overtly visible, which is why a bit of background reading is suggested before you visit. This colony was established when spice trade began, way back in the 16th century. They were welcomed by the Rajah of Kochi, and were granted this part of town, where their colony was established, and then flourished. 
The synagogue was established here, and is popularly referred to as the Paradesi Synagogue (Paradesi=Foreigner). The interiors are beautiful, and the Jewish lady in charge of the place explains each batch of visitors the significance of the place. Photography is strictly prohibited inside. Shoes have to be left outside before entering, also a small entry fee is collected from visitors. And remember the Synagogue is a place of worship, hence one is advised to dress and behave appropriately, befitting a holy place. The clean street is lined on both sides with shops selling antiques, shawls (pashmina!), and other artefacts.

There is a post office at the beginning of the narrow street, and philately enthusiasts can get a permanent pictoral cancellation of Magen David (the six pointed Jewish star) done here.


Tips:
*Make sure you carry adequate sun-protection gear- it can get very hot!
*The shops selling 'antique' stuff here were way too pricey for my pocket!
*The synagogue is closed on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and all Jewish holidays.

See also: Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort KochiBoats, Big & SmallGetting Fishy at Fort Kochi!

12 comments:

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    1. And we can expect some wonderful pictures from you when you visit!

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  2. Oh how I love this one... only yesterday Desh and I were talking about it... I had a great time during my visit :-)

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  3. I visited this place during my analog days. I am tempted to visit again. Great pics.

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    1. Thanks Indrani, this was from an old visit, I too feel like going back again!

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  4. i have been there, great pics

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  5. I have not seen this place, but then, I still have to see Kochi. Adding this to my list. Nicely captured.

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    1. Thanks Ami, Kochi is worth a visit! :)

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