Temple - Synagogue - Church - Mosque
This tour covers Jewish sites in the old settlement (prior to the move to Cochin), as well as the sites in Cochin itself.
We will start at 9:00 a. m. with a drive to Kondungallur, the original trading port where the Jewish community arrived. It takes about 1. 5 hours from Cochin, through the countryside. We will visit Chennamangalam, to see the sensitively restored synagogue of the Malabar Jews. Based on Indian building traditions, but influenced by visiting traders and imperialists over the centuries, the Chennamangalam synagogue is a wonderful example of the traditions of Keralan vernacular architecture. This architectural style was adapted to Jewish ritual and liturgical requirements, to produce a synagogue that is simple yet beautifully embellished. Another synagogue nearby in Parur, which was earlier in a state of disrepair, has now been restored, and we will visit that also.
After lunch, we will drive to Fort Kochi. Here, we will visit the 'Jew Town and Paradesi synagogue,
Kodungalloor Bhagavathi Temple: A Hindu temple to Goddess Bhadrakali in existence since ancient times and rebuilt over the years
Chennamangalam and Paravoor Synagogues: Old synagogues of the Malabar Jews, constructed using Keralan building traditions, but adapted to suit Jewish ritual and liturgical requirements.
Kottakavu Church: A church of the Syrian Christian community of Kerala, believed to be the one of the seven original ones established by the Apostle St. Thomas
Paliam Dutch Palace (Museum): The residence of the Paliath Achans,
Cheraman Juma Masjid: The first mosque in India,
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at the cruise ship terminal by the side of the ship. Or at the Cochin hotel lobby where you reside.
End location: I will drop you off at mutually agree point.
Duration: 6 hours
innova or force tembo traveller
guide fees, entrances at monuments, parking and bottled drinking water in the car.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2500 InR - This is for lunch if taken in a local restuarent.
Expenditures of personal nature.
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Not your tipical tour here in Cochin. It was so much more.