• Pardesi Synagogue: Constructed in the year 1567, it is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. Also known as Cochin Synagogue or Matancherry Synagogue, it is one of seven synagogues of the ‘Malabar Yehudan’ or ‘Yehudan Mappila’ people or Cochin Jewish community. The interiors are decorated with hand-painted tiles, glass chandeliers, lamps, and antique architecture. Visitors are expected to wear decent (not too revealing) dress and enter barefoot.o Timings: Open on all days except Friday, Saturday, and Jewish Holidays(10.00 AM to 12.00 PM, 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM)o Entry Ticket: Not Required
4) Jew Town and SynagogueParadesi Synagogue is the oldest synagogue and located in the quarter of Old Kochi known as Jew Town.The synagogue was built in 1568 by descendants of Spanish, Dutch and other European jews. It was served as a functioning synagogue throughout the centuries and preserves a unique records of of Jewish presence in India.
I was excited to see the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth Nations, but unfortunately it was closed in lieu of a Jewish holiday. But, do visit it in case you are around! But I did get to witness people of the Jewish town dressed in their Jewish finery, having meals in their home. Unfortunately I could not take any pictures as I did not want to intrude in their private moment.
Synagogue is a place which attracts tourists due to it's impressive furnishing. Not everybody enjoys this but if you fall in the niche category, do visit. With it's impressive furnishing and beautiful structure and splendid chinese tiles and belgian chandellors used to decorate it, it's really beautiful.