So first we head to the Paradesi Synagogue which was constructed in 1567. Now, it's called Paradesi because it is a word used in several Indian languages and translates to "foreigners". So Paradesi essentially because it was built by Spanish Jews.Unfortunately even after hours and hours of research, this place was closed when we visited it. Because it turns out they had a major festival going on and it was a hundredth century of something, so it was open only till the afternoon. But, it still turned out to be great, as it was right in middle of a Jewish town and the town had a crazy market place. So if you want to buy something to take back for your family and friends from Kerala. This is the place! You won't find anything interesting ahead on the trip.You can easily spend around an hour just roaming around in these markets. And if you're a photographer, you can even spend an entire day here! I had a very hard time getting out of any shops I entered.
• 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.