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Jew street  

  Kochi , Kerala.
FREE

  • Landmark
    Category
    Landmark
  • duration
    Duration
    2 - 3 Hours
  • mobile_voucher
    Mobile Voucher
    Accepted
  • parking
    Parking
    Available
  • drinking water
    Drinking water
    Available
  • snacks counter
    Snacks counter
    Available
  • baby friendly
    Couple
    Friendly
  • ExploreBees
    Baby
    Friendly
  • restroom
    Restroom
    Available
  • souvenir shop
    Souvenir shop
    Available
  • dustbin
    Dustbin
    Available

Ticket

  • free entry
    free entry
  • adult ticket
    Adult
    FREE
  • children ticket
    Children
    FREE
  • mobile camera
    Mobile Camera
    FREE
  • still camera
    still camera
    FREE
  • video camera
    Video Camera
    FREE
  • cash only
    Cash
    Only

Description

Jew Street in Mattancherry has numerous antique and craft stores. The antique sellers of these streets are the descendants of a fast dwindling population of Jews who settled down here in AD 52. Scores of small firms huddle together in old, dilapidated buildings and the air is filled with the pungent aromas of cardamom, cumin, turmeric, ginger, and cloves. Many Jewish names are visible on business premises and houses, but the community has diminished rapidly since Indian independence. The Jew Street is lined with shops that sell curios, antique pieces of crockery, carved wooden furniture, bronze and brass sculptures, remnants of traditional houses, and jewelry. Once a Jews enclave, the Jews Street is now bereft of that community which left to Israel except one or two families. The Star of David inscribed variegated arches wear a worn-out look. The marvelous blue and green facades stand faded. The spice shops and curio souks – so interestingly developed by Jews are still thriving in Market Road. In one end is a Synagogue with Malayalam (Kerala’s language) and Hebrew tomb-stones. There were 7 Synagogues, but now only this 400 years old Pardesi Synagogue. Interior with curved brass columns, intricately carved teak chest, Belgian crystal chandeliers, and Torah crowns with gems set in gold look marvelous. Hand-painted porcelain tiles from Canton, each tile in a different pattern, reinforced the flooring. Two copper plates with details of privileges bestowed on the Jews during the regime of Bhaskara Ravi Varman are preserved as invaluable. The 45-ft clock-tower warrants special attention as its 4 dials bear four different numerals in Arabic, Hebrew, Latin, and Malayalam. Once one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world, but now many of the inhabitants have moved to Israel and the once bustling Jewish community has now largely shut up shop and the street is quiet. The nearby Market Road still bustles with spice market and tourist curio shops dominated by Kashmiri shopkeepers selling mostly wood carvings, oil lamps, spice box, snake boats, and some tempting coffee table books. In the heart of Jew Town stands the Kochi International Pepper Exchange, which has switched to online trading recently.


Tips

  • bargain real hard for anything you buy here. The prices are considerably marked up.

Operational Hours

January to December
Monday 05:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Tuesday 05:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Wednesday 05:00 AM - 05:00 AM
Thursday 05:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Friday 05:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Saturday 05:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Sunday 05:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Last Admission 08:30 PM

Things to carry

  • id card
    Id card
  • camera
    camera
  • water bottle
    Water bottle
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses
  • cap
    Cap
  • medicine
    Medicine
  • sun cream
    Sunscreen
  • power bank
    Power Bank

Things Not Allowed

  • no alcohol
    alcohol
  • no weapons
    Weapons
  • no pets
    Pets
  • no skate board
    Skate board
  • no smoking
    Smoking
  • no plastic bag
    Plastic Bag

Near By

  • atm
    ATM
    0.1 KM
  • fuel station
    Fuel Station
    0.1 KM
  • restaurant
    Restaurant
    0.1 KM
  • hospital
    Hospital
    0.8 KM
  • pharmacy
    Pharmacy
    0.5 KM
  • hotel
    Hotel
    0.1 KM
  • shopping mall
    Shopping Mall
    0.1 KM
  • metro
    Metro
    10.0 KM
  • bus stop
    Bus Stop
    0.1 KM
  • train
    Train
    9.5 KM
  • taxi
    TAXI
    0.5 KM
  • beach
    Beach
    4.5 KM

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