Detour: Kochi (Cochin), India

On our way to visit our extended family in northern Kerala for the holidays, we stopped in Kochi (Cochin) for a few days. We visited St. Francis Cathedral, where Vasco da Gama was originally buried before his remains were moved to Lisbon; watched fishermen raise and lower Chinese fishing nets and sell their meager catch; and wandered around Jew Town, one of the oldest Jewish settlements in the world and the home to the Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations.

Today, “only a handful of Jews remain in Kochi, though they uphold the traditions of their ancestors, and the synagogue is moving testament to the effects of the Diaspora.”

I was captivated by the colors of the doors and windows in the ancient neighborhood surrounding the synagogue. Here are a handful of photographs from our quick trip. (Additional photographs on Flickr.)

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If you go, have lunch at Tea Pot on Peter Celia Street in Fort Cochin. Order the appams and vegetable stew, accompanied by a flavorful Indian brew. (I am partial to Darjeeling.)

10 responses

  1. oh my silly me, just got your tweet on this, i had misread it as Little India!! I remember accompanying a visitor to tour Little India in Singapore, and saw similar architecture =p

  2. Simply stunning photos. I recently went to Kerala too. It’s a very unique and distinct part of India. What stood out were the people. They were so warm, generous, hospitable and just so genuine.

    Love that third photo that looks like woman’s breast. Beautiful. Love the colours.

  3. Love the photos, and I appreciated the note on Jew Town and Fort Cochin. They were among the places we didn’t make it to, so it’s nice to see the photo tour here. :)

  4. Stunning photos! I love what you captured and the colors are beautiful. I had no idea that Kochi has a Jewish community. I would love to visit India sometime. India is on my list of places to visit.