Location: About 42 km from Ernakulam
Highlights: A Hindu temple, a church, a mosque and the remains
of a Jewish synagogue
How to Reach: The nearest railway station from here is
Ernakulam, located about 42 km away. The nearest airport is Cochin
International Airport, situated 20 km away. Chendamangalam is also well
connected by road.
Comprising of three rivers, seven inlets, hillocks and green pastures,
Chendamangalam is an amazing little town. It is located in Paravur Taluk
of the Ernakulam district of Kerala. Tourists touring Cochin also
explore Chenda Mangalam to see the magnificent Paliam Palace. The palace
is a sheer architectural splendor and was once used as the residence of
the Paliath Achans, who were the hereditary prime ministers to the
former Maharajas of the erstwhile state of Kochi.
Paliath Palace is more than 450 years old and still holds an array of
historic documents and relics. Anybody visiting Chendamangalam is also
sure to visit the hillock at Kottayil Kovilakom. Its uniqueness lies in
the fact that it acts as a common site for a Hindu temple, a church, a
mosque and the remains of a Jewish synagogue. Infact, all these edifices
are located within one km of each other. The Jewish synagogue was built
in 1614 AD and the courtyard behind this synagogue has old Jewish
graves, including that of a Jewish woman dated 1264 A.D.
It is said that the Jews came to Chenda Mangalam in Kerala after the
final destruction of Jerusalem in 69 AD and founded a colony here. They
later moved to Fort Kochi located in the Kochi city of Kerala in 1341
AD, after the great flood. Remains of Jewish existence can still be seen
around Chendamangalam in the Chendamangalam synagogue, which is adorned
with traditional architectural features. You will also find remains of
the Vypeenakotta Seminary built by the Portuguese during the 16th
Adjacent to this seminary is an old Syrian Catholic Church, built in
the year 1201. The famous Hindu temple, Sree Venugopala Krishna Swami
Dewasthan, was established at Chendamangalam in 1900 AD. Earlier, this
temple was known as Jayantha Mangalam. The main deity of the temple is
Venugopalakrishna Swami. The temple celebrates six-days long annual
festival in the month of Vaisakh. Sree Venugopala Krishna Swami
Dewasthan temple of Chendamangalam is a huge attraction for both locals
as well as tourists.
Read about Chendamangalam village, located near Cochin (Kochi) in the Ernakulam district of Kerala.