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... a little warm to enjoy at leisure. Luckily at this point we stumbled upon the Jew Cafe, I kid you not, and had a restorative Dutch fruit pancake and lime soda in relative comfort. Sadly because it was a Saturday the Synagogue was closed. This whole area is is filled with spice shops and rather more strangely vast pieces of furniture which looks like it came from Kashmir. By luck when we found the jetty the hop on ferry appeared and by waving frantically we managed to get back to our ...
... raised about 300 times a day, it's tough work, and the meagre catch suggests the fishermen make more money from tourist tips. We spot a river dolphin following a distant fishing boat. The catch on sale ashore includes king fish, barracuda, pomfret, crabs, prawns, tuna and immature hammerhead sharks that really should not be kept.
An autorickshaw ride later and we're at the so-called Dutch Palace. Despite the name, this was ...
... carried out some extensions and renovations in the palace in 1663, and thereafter it was popularly called Dutch Palace. Today it is a portrait gallery of the Cochin Rajas.
Then we wanted to visit the Jewish Synagogue but unfortunately it is closed on Fridays and Saturday. At least we passed by. The Cochin Jewish Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. It was built in 1568. The synagogue is located in the quarter of Old Cochin known as Jew ...
Cochin is one of the leading cities in the state of Kerala, a name that supposedly means land coconuts, a steamy tropical coastal metropolis with a diverse blend of cultures. By most measures Kerala is one of India's most advanced states with highest income and literacy rates, something apparent in Cochin's large port facilities and skyscrapers. The cosmopolitanism is a result of hundreds of years of trade with the Arab world, ...
... us and it's not easy to get this information off just anyone you meet. They were very honest and told us about what they look for in a wife, the dealings of the dowry and how men usually get married at 25 years old and they marry a girl that must be quite significantly younger so usually an 18 year old girl. They were very friendly and kind, we talked until around 11pm, at which time we asked them to walk with us up the street back to our hostel, choosing not to walk the 800 ...