Chendamangalam and Cherai Beach Kerala

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The hillocks at Kottayil Kovilakom are unique as the site of a Hindu temple, a Christian church, a mosqueand the remains of a Jewish synagogue all within 1 km of each other. The synagogue was built in 1614 AD and is in a peaceful wooded area. In the courtyard behind the synagogue, it is possible to find old Jewishgraves, including one of a Jewish woman, dated 1264 AD.

The Jews arrived in Chendamangalam after the destruction of the second temple and the final desolation of Jerusalem in (AD 69) and founded a colony. They moved to Fort Kochi in 1341 AD after the Great flood. All the synagogues in Kerala - Chendamangalam, Mala, and Kochi have similar traditional architectural features: a central bimah of brass or silver metal on a concrete or stone base, an ark on the western wall, a balcony above the eastern entry to the sanctuary that is used by the reader on certain holidays. Behind the balcony is the women's gallery, with a stairway leading up to it, usually from outside the building. The synagogue has been restored and has an exhibit which is open to visitors from 9:30 to 5:00 during the week.

Also here are remains of the Vypeenakotta Seminary built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. Adjacent to the seminary is an old Syrian Catholic Church built in 1201. It is also the site of the first printing press inIndia. The church was later rebuilt in Portuguese style.

Nearest railway station: Alwaye, about 26 km away.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 23 km from Ernakulam.

The Cherai beach is located approximately 10km away from Chendamangalam. It is one of the few places where one can experience the lagoon (poyil) and ocean separated only by a few hundred metres. One of the main events in Cherai Beach is the tourism fest during December.

The nearest towns are North Paravur (6 km) and Kodungallur (10 km) and the nearest railway station is Aluva (20 km).

Reaching Chendamangalam

From Ernakulam to Chendamangalam (20.4 km)


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From Bangalore to Chendamangalam (453 km)


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From Coimbatore to Chendamangalam (166 km)


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