Posted January 1st, 2010, 02:28 PM
Been there twice recently on two separate trips. What would you like to know?
I like the Fort Cochin area the best of all the various islands and parts of the Cochin stop. Hope you like to walk around on your own because Fort Cochin will give you the best experience for independent travel. The Synagogue is located in a busy part of this little town near the Pepper Exchange and on a quiet side street. Has gorgeous blue chinese tiles on the floor that they still let you walk on and they look as vibrant today as I imagine they looked when they were installed.
Be sure to walk along the trading street next to the river heading towards the luxury hotel Brunton's Boatyard and the Chinese fishing nets. Loved Fort Cochin and was happy to have a return visit. Also you may want to consider the excellent Aryuvedic massages they offer at the Brunton's Boatyard hotel, which is also a very good place to lunch outdoors where you can watch all the river traffic go by.
We were going to stop over in Mumbai for the day on our cruise, but we found out yesterday that has been changed, and looking up what I could about Cochin, I'm actually quite pleased!
We love to be able to walk around, and from what you said, it looks like this is a good walking place. Were you there on a cruise, and if so, was it easy to get from the ship to Fort Cochin?
Our personal interest in the synagogue is twofold. Our friend traveling with us is very fond of anything blue, and also Willow Pattern like, so the synagogue floor sounds like he would love it. We are in Cochin on a Saturday, so I fear the synagogue will be closed to visitors, but if they are holding services we may be able to attend, fulfilling my personal interest of attending services in far off places. The problem is that as many of the small congregations have dwindled, they no longer hold regular services. I couldn't find out on the internet who we should contact to find out what the story is, so I was hoping that maybe someone had been there recently and attended services and may have more info.
Your response has been very helpful, and I am very excited about our visit in a few weeks, the massage bit sounds wonderful too, and anywhere you can eat out doors and watch what's going on on the water sounds like perfection to me!
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