Jewish Heritage Tour in Cochin
Pick-up at hotel, Duration:7 Hours
$ 125Free for Childrens below 10
Jewish Heritage Tour in Cochin
Jewish heritage tour in the city of Cochin can take you on visit to the synagogues, cemeteries,backwater tour and other important tourist places of the city of Cochin.
we arrange for the one day tour in the city of Cochin , where we will be having our own car it includes visit to the historical synagogues of Cochin cemeteries, Jewish important buildings,backwater tour of cochin and monuments of there and also the other well-known tourist places of Cochin and also visit to the chabad of Cochin we also give free guide and information’s for our guest for tour in other places of the country and Jewish information’s in other places of here and can arrange this tour as per wish and requirement of my guest
On this Cochin day trip, we will cover the following destinations to make for a memorable day tour:
1. visit Chendhamangalam Synagogue
2. Paravour Synagogue
3. Paradesi synagogue
4. Kadvum bagam synagogue visit
5. Jewish Cemetery
7. Jewish – Christian ancestor tower
Time: Departure at 9:00 am back by 4:00pm
History of Cochin Jews:
The second Jewish community of India is called ‘Cochini Jews’. They are called Cochini Jews because they lived in the city of Cochin in south India. But actually the first settlement of the Cochini Jews wasn’t in Cochin but a little north from Cochin in the town of Kudungallur (formly Cranganore).
Like the Bene Israels, the arrival time of the first Cochini Jews isn’t clear. But one fact is sure about the Cochini Jews, that they weren’t a single emigration. At different times Jews arrived and settled in south India at Kudungallur. According to one version the first forefathers of the Cochini Jews arrived in India during the King Solomon’s period. King Solomon had commercial business with a kingdom probably existing in the present state of Kerala in south India. Other version claims that the Cochini Jews are from the Lost Tribes. Another version claims that the Cochini Jews arrived in India after they were exiled from Land of Israel by Nebuchadnezzar. Later on in the history Jews from Spain, arrived in Cochin. The Spanish Jews lived separately from the veteran Jews and considered them as Indian proselytes to Judaism. The Keralans take pride in the fact that the kingdoms of Kerala were world famous and merchants from around the world frequently visited Kerala, since the times of King Solomon and later on Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Chinese and others. Among the merchants, also arrived in Kerala many Jewish merchants and some of them settled in Kerala. The main center of the Jewish community in Kerala was at Kudungallur (referred to in English as Cranganore). The existence of the Jewish community in south India was known to other Jewish communities outside India and some other Jewish merchants also arrived in India. The Jewish merchants were influential community in their state and outside their state and were main reason for the prosperity in their kingdom. As a gratitude for their contribution to the kingdom, the ruler Sri Parkaran Iravi Vanmar gave to the head of the Jewish community Joseph Rabban the village of Anjuvannam and pronounced him the Prince of this village. These Jewish rulers had all the rights preserved to the ruling families of the Indian kingdoms. But till today there isn’t an agreement among the scholars on the exact date when this ‘Jewish kingdom’ was established. Different scholars give different dates to the establishment of this principality. Some claim it to be in the 4 century A. D. Others claim it to be at a much later period around10 century A. D. According to the Cochini Jews the ‘princely rights’ (written on copper plates and therefore called Copper Plates) were given to them in 379 A. D.