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Jewish Heritage Tour: Cranganore and Fort Kochi provided by Cochin Magic Day Tours

Jewish Heritage Tour: Cranganore and Fort Kochi

Jewish Heritage Tour: Cranganore and Fort Kochi
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Explore the rich Jewish heritage of the Cochin area, with a knowledgeable guide. We will visit the old settlements of the Malabar Jews, with their beautifully restored synagogues, as well as the settlements of the Paradesi Jews in Cochin. Based on Indian building traditions, but influenced by visiting traders and imperialists over the centuries, the old synagogues at Chennamangalam and Paravur are wonderful examples of Keralan vernacular architecture. In Fort Kochi, we will visit the ‘Jew Town’ area, where the Cochin raja gave the Jews land to build their homes and trading houses. We will visit the Paradesi synagogue, known for its hand-painted tiles and its quaint old chandeliers. This is a custom tour, so if time permits, you can also see other sites in Fort Kochi, such as the Matanchery Palace (Dutch Palace) and St Francis Church. We do not guarantee that time will be available, as it is difficult to accurately predict drive times and how much time you will spend at each site.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 177780P4
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Private Transportation with AC vehicle • Knowledgeable English-speaking Guide • All Taxes
Exclusions
Entrances, meals, and tips • Entry/Admission - Kochi (Cochin)
Duration
8h
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
We pick up all travelers from the hotel
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Private Transportation with AC vehicle • Knowledgeable English-speaking Guide • All Taxes
Exclusions
Entrances, meals, and tips • Entry/Admission - Kochi (Cochin)
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
We pick up all travelers from the hotel
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
Infants must sit on laps
Most travelers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Chendamangalam Synagogue
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 2
    Paravur Jewish Synagogue
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Paradesi Synagogue
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Mattancherry Palace
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 5
    Church of Saint Francis
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
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atomcat
Clare, Australia297 contributions
Stellar day
Had a fabulous day trawling through the Jewish heritage of Cochin. Not only did we have a knowledgeable guide, Dominic was passionate about the history & sharing that with us. First stop was Jewtown/Mattancherry where we strolled the streets looking at shops/houses which were once bustling spice shops & which still bore evidence of their Jewish heritage (Hebrew script, Star of David). We also visited the exquisite synagogue.
Then a drive to the Muziris area where we visited the gorgeous synagogue at Chennamangalam (small is stunning!) with its exquisitely carved original wooden panel. Then to Paravur synagogue, built Keralan-style.
Our guide was engaging, entertaining & his English was good. We also had a terrific driver who was careful & didn't take any risks on the congested roads of Ernakulum.
For something completely different in India - highly recommended!
Written March 7, 2020
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Jen T
28 contributions
Heritage Walk through Fort Kochi (Kochi) with Rosemary
Dec 2019
A great tour that ended a two-week trip through Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The tour started and ended promptly, with Rosemary waiting for us when we arrived ahead of the start time. Rosemary gave us thorough explanations of all the points of interest in the tour, and having grown up in the area, was also able to offer personal anecdotes and experiences that helped us understand certain practices with ease. She was even kind enough to introduce us to some of her friends and we had a wonderful time getting to know them - a truly personal note to end our tour on! Highly recommended.
Written January 14, 2020
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Hannah R
5 contributions
Jewish Tour of Cochin
Dec 2019
We organised a customised tour of Cochin for 2 of us to take in as many of the Jewish and well-known sights of the area as could be done within about 4 hours. Our tour guide Dominic took us to synagogues, cemeteries and a hidden memorial to a Kabbalist and gave us a thorough understanding of the historical importance of the Jews to the area. We also visited the main sites of the area and accommodated my physical needs so that I could easily manage the visit whilst still feeling that I had learnt a lot about the area. We felt that Magic Tours of India really ensured we had an excellent trip to Kochin.
Written December 21, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Glad you had a good tour! Yes, the memorial to Nehemia Mota, the Cochin Kabbalist, is not something many people are aware of!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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