I chose Mattancherry this time. Have read and heard a lot about this place, but never got a chance to see it. Spent a whole day there with my friends, it was really worth a visit. So different and unique from the rest of my part of the world, I enjoyed each and everything I saw there. Adding a few snapshots here, along with a small description of the place adopted from wikipedia. The pictures are those of the Synagogue built in 16th century, the glimpses from the Jew Town, and the jewellery and antique shops on the way to Synagogue. Couldn’t take any pictures inside the Synagogue, since photography is prohibited there. But I add a picture of the beautiful interior of synagogue adopted from elsewhere..
Mattancherry is the western part of Kochi corporarion in Ernakulam district of Kerala, south India. It is about 10 km from Ernakulam town. It is a tourist destination, surrounded by the backwaters of Arabian Sea. Mattancherry was the first trade hub of the present district. Mattancherry is populated by people from various walks of life and various parts of India & Abroad. Earlier Mattancherry was the trade link to Ernakulam. Main Trade was on spices such as pepper and turmeric. Tea is also traded. Mattancherry deteriorated mainly since the porters working at various firms had some unaccounted trouble with the Merchants. Slowly the traders moved to Ernakulam as Mattancherry proved to be costly. Mattancherry has a Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace Museum, Jain's Temple (known as MahajanWadi to localites) and Mosques. There is also Bazaar (Market) where we get to buy different spices and articles used for interior decorations.