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Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town
Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town

Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town

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One of the world’s oldest active synagogues, and the oldest in the Commonwealth, can be found in the center of the port’s spice district, Jew Town. The district is a particularly historic reminder of Fort Cochin’s multicultural heritage.

The synagogue sits at the center of the district once inhabited by Fort Cochin’s prosperous spice trading community of Malabari Jews, who traveled here from Holland and Spain. Today, apart from the synagogue and faded street signs, reminders of the district’s once-thriving Jewish community are few.

There were once seven synagogues in this quarter of Old Cochin, but Paradesi Synagogue (also called Pardesi) is the sole survivor. It sometimes also known as the Mattancherry Synagogue, as it shares a temple wall with the neighboring Mattancherry Palace. The word ‘paradesi’ is an Indian term for foreigner.

The original synagogue built in 1568 was destroyed by the Portuguese, and the current building with its distinctive clock tower was erected under the rule of the Dutch.

Notable features include the synagogue’s floor of blue-and-white tiles, individually hand-painted in Canton in a willow pattern. Colored glass lamps and glittering Belgian-glass chandeliers hang from the ceiling, and the gold pulpit is richly decorated.

As is traditional, there is a separate upstairs balcony for female worshipers. There are also historic Torah scrolls and copper plates inscribed with the synagogue’s charter of privileges on display.

When you visit the synagogue, make sure to come modestly dressed (no shorts or sleeveless tops allowed).

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Jew Town Road, Fort Cochin
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Explore the best of Kochi on a private tuk-tuk tour. Discover the city’s key landmarks including the traditional Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, the Dutch Palace, and the Jewish synagogue and learn about the history of Kochi from your tour guide. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors and is a great way to explore the city like a local as you ride in the back of a tuk-tuk.
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Want to experience the beauty, history and culture of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry on foot? Then this tour is for you. Travel back in time and through the streets as you follow your expert guide between the Chinese fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace that stand as icons of India's southern state. See beautiful murals that portray scenes out of Hindu scripture and learn how this incredible destination has come to be.
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During this Private Guided tour in kochi , you will be provided quaranteed pick up from the cruise terminal and drop off. You will Experience various Historical Landmarks of kochi in an airconditioned van or cab with a professional guide. The main highlight of this tour is Ride on a Tuk Tuk (Auto Rickshaw) through the local streets experiencing the life of local people in Dhobhi( Laundry), Pappadam making, bazar markets, spice / ginger warehouses, Hindu temples , local shopping areas etc. The other main places visited during your tour with local guide are : (1) Fortkochi where you will find old colonial buildings,traditional fishing nets, St Francis church ( first european church in India), Santa cruz Basilica church,Chinese fishing Nets, Dutch cemetery etc. (2) Mattancherry, where Royal Family of cochin Kingdom and Jewish community were living , Dutch palace, a museum under Archeology and the historical Jewish quarters and the only functioning Jewish synagogue (Pardesi Synagogue).
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Explore the Fort Kochi and Mattancherry areas on a walking tour with a local host. See a few of Kochi’s key landmarks including the traditional Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, Old Hindu Temple, and the Jewish synagogue. Learn about the history of the area and the many cultures who came through Kochi’s ports over the years as you explore on foot.
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$22.00
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Fort Kochi Bike Tour with Pickup from Cruise Ships

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Adventure,Culture and Life of kochi with a local and free hotel Pickup !!

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Discover historic Kochi on a private tour with an English-speaking guide. As the center of spice trade in 16th century India, Kochi was one of the first European colonies in India. View the European influence on Kochi’s historic buildings, and see landmarks like Vasco de Gama Church, the Dutch Palace, and the Jewish synagogue. Enjoy round-trip transport in an air-conditioned van.
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  • 4 hours
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Private guided VIP tour in kochi with pickup !

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Discover the highlights of kochi like a VIP, in an Air conditioned premier vehicle with a private guide. Kochi was the centre of Indian spice trade for many centuries, because of her rich spice history, kochi was attracted by most of the foreign traders. Kochi was the first european colonies for Portuguese in the colonial India from the year 1500-1663, followed by Dutch and later by the British. It is the old buildings which most clearly reveal this deep-rooted colonial influence. In 1947, when India gained independence from the British colonial rule, Cochin was the first princely state to join the Indian Union willingly. During the tour in the old city , we will discover the traditional landmarks of historical Kochi, which includes ancient Chinese fishing nets, the historical European settlements like Vasco de gama church and dutch cemetry and later towards the Dutch palace, a museum under Archeology and spend time walking through the historical Jew town towards the Jewish synagogue.
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  • 4 hours
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$59.00
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Joyce's Shore Excursion for Vasco da Gama Passengers Picked & Dropped @ Ship.

Joyce's Shore Excursion for Vasco da Gama Passengers Picked & Dropped @ Ship.

Hello! Vasco da Gama cruise passengers to Kochi. Skip the line ! Book a thrifty group Tour! If you are cruise passenger you are met at side of the ship with "Viator"sign and pager board of Your Name. The tours are customized to suit the arrival and departure schedule of your ship to ensure you have a worry free Shore Excursion. We ensure your timely return after the tour. Comfortable transportation, entertaining and enriching travel experience. We have following tours in and neighborhood of Kochi. 1. Vasco da Gama 's Tomb and Glimpses of Cochin Tour. 2. Kerala Backwaters cruise in Houseboat Excursion. 3. Cochin and Fishing Villages Tour  
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  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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Full Day Kochi Sightseeing Tour - A Guided Experience

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If you are running short on time and want to explore the whole city then grab this deal!! Explore the city with a full-day tour. You will be picked from the hotel and at first, you will visit Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica and St. Francis CSI Church. Visit Fort Kochi Beach, Bastion Bungalow, Mattancherry Palace and St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, Jew Town, Aspinwall House, and Indo Portuguese Museum. Explore the culture of Kochi at Ernakulam Shiva Temple, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Basilica Of Our Lady Of Ransom and Kochi International Marina, Hill Palace Museum, Chottanikkara Devi Temple with this tour. Visit Marine drive at last and end your tour at Marine drive. Enjoy fast food and shopping here and then you will be dropped back to the hotel. Duration: 8 hours Starting time: 9.00 am Starting point & Endpoint: All travelers will be picked and drop back to the hotel. Minimum occupancy: 2 Pax Maximum occupancy: 7 Pax
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$25.79
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Kerala Tour - 7n8d

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Kerala, a state on India's tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600 kms of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers.
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  • 8 days
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$787.41
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Group Tour for half day with hotel or port pickup and drop-Off

Group Tour for half day with hotel or port pickup and drop-Off

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See the best of Cochin with your own personal guide on this private half-day tour, with hotel or cruise port pickup and drop-off. Traveling between sites by private air-conditioned vehicle, hop out to explore the lanes of Fort Kochi, viewing must-sees like St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Cathedral. Plus, admire the famous Chinese fishing nets and visit the old Jewish quarter of Mattancherry, with its spice market and Paradesi Synagogue. Entrance fees included.
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  • 5 hours
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$30.00
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6D/5N in Kochi-Munnar-Thekkady- Alleppey - A Guided Tour

6D/5N in Kochi-Munnar-Thekkady- Alleppey - A Guided Tour

Kerala is also known as the heavenly state because of its mesmerizing beauty. It is an ideal place to be planned for getaway with your family or friends. With this tour you will be exploring four most beautiful places of Kerala. Your tour will start from Kochi where you will visit the famous attractions of this place and the you will be driven in a comfortable car along with professional driver cum guide to Munnar where you will be witnessing the beautiful spots after that you will visit Thekkady and get to witness the beauty of Periyar National Park and at last you will be visiting Alleppey and will get a chance to enjoy the houseboat experience . You will be amused by the beauty that Kerala holds within. Duration- 6 Day-4 Nights
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  • 6 days
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$109.83
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Private / Public Transport / Walking / Tuk Tuk / Tour to Cochin Attractions

Private / Public Transport / Walking / Tuk Tuk / Tour to Cochin Attractions

On this fun private tour of Kochi you’ll get a greater understanding of life in the city by traveling around the way locals do: by bus, tuk tuk, car, and on foot. These various modes of transport will allow you to see the city from different perspectives. Get a thorough overview of the city by visiting its main sights and attractions, such as the Chinese fishing nets and Jewtown.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town hours of operation: Open Sun - Thu, 10am - noon & 3 - 5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 58 Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town costs USD 8.36. Guided Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town tours start around USD 8.36 per person. See all 58 Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town tickets and tours on Viator.