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Jew Town, Kochi: 8 reviews and 19 photos

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by suvanki

It's thought that there has been a Jewish community in Cochin for over 2,000 years, when refugees from Jerusalem, fled persecution from Nebuchadnezzar.

Although many members have returned to live in Israel, a small group has remained. Sadly their numbers have rapidly dwindled, and only a dozen elderly members of the community remained at the time of my visit.

Jew Town has a number of antique and handicraft shops, a chance to try your bargaining skills!

Old warehouses, and shuttered houses, with intricate designed windows and balconies offer good photo opportunities. A scent of spices wafts in the air from the spice shops, as this is the centre of the spice trade!

The Kochi International Pepper Exchange was established over 50 years ago and is open to visitors.

The main attraction of this area is the Synagogue.

It can get pretty crowded with various tour groups!

If travelling independently, It's probably best to arrive early morning or late afternoon, to get a better feel of the place!

I enjoyed the short time spent here, and would love to return one day to explore at leisure, and without feeling so ill!

Please see my Synagogue tip for more info.

Address: Fort Cochin
Directions: Near the Mattanchery ferry station

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 30, 2009
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