Despite being able to call it home, the Jewish community here set to disappear. In 1950s, there were 250 Jews in this town, then many immigrated to Israel, today there’s only 6 Paradesi Jews remain here. But the 450 year old Paradesi Synagogue still exists which was built in 1568 on land granted by Hindu Rajah, Varma.
Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest existing synagogue in India that houses a plenty of rare antiques. Also, spice market in Mattanchery offers finest spices and I grabbed some spices with reasonable prices. Meanwhile, visited the Dutch palace also named as Mattanchery palace where you can find portraits and exhibits of Rajahs of ancient Kochi.
Indo Portuguese museum, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica are followed after my visit to Jew town. St. Francis Church is one of the oldest church in Kochi where the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was originally buried before his remains was sent to Lisbon. But I missed to visit this church may be, I will take this up to my list next time. When I say Fort Kochi is an art town, Chinese fishing nets are never missed from its list. The construction of these nets are photogenic and their operating mechanism is quite artistic in nature.