Jewish Heritage and Cochin Highlights

Sightseeing Historical Group

Visit Cochin’s historic synagogues, remnants of its once-flourishing Jewish community. Walk along Jew Street to the exquisite 450-year-old Paradesi Synagogue. The stunning interiors boast Belgian chandeliers and Chinese tiles. Of seven local synagogues, it is the only one still in operation. Visit cemetery in Mattancherry; explore the area’s antique shops and spice markets, the dramatic Chinese fishing nets. Enjoy the amazing Ernakulam Synagogue that has just been renovated, and the Parur Synagogue, an architectural gem dating from 1616 that is now a museum.