Jewish monuments in Mala to attract tourists
Mala (Thrissur): Finally, after over 70 years of abandonment, the authorities have decided to pay attention to the Jewish monuments in Mala. The state government has decided to include the monuments in Muziris Heritage Project and conserve it for tourism. An expense worth Rs 1.75 crore is estimated for it.
Muziris Project Ltd Managing Director PM Noushad said Rs 75 lakh has been allotted for conservation of Mala Synagogue and Rs 99 lakh for construction of compound wall for cemetery at Vadama village in Chalakkudy.
The inauguration of the renovation works will be inaugurated by VR Sunil Kumar MLA on July 27.
The renovation works of Synagogue had commenced earlier and was halted in view of Covid pandemic. The compound wall will be built with laterite stone blocks and entry gates will be installed near cemetery.
After renovation works, these monuments will be part of Muziris Heritage tourism circuit. It is aimed at linking the Jewish monuments in Chendamangalam, Paravoor and Fort Kochi and attract tourists all over the world. The Synagogue will become Jewish museum where the history of Jews in Mala including documents, picture and videos will be displayed. Visitors will be allowed with tickets.
A direct flight service also has begun from Tel Aviv in Israel, to Kerala. Israel is the only country in the world with a majority Jewish population,
When Jews left Mala, the conservation of synagogue and cemetery was handed over panchayat and a contract was signed in this regard. But the succeeding administrations couldn’t honour the agreement. Later it was handed over to archaeological department and was included in the list of protected monuments.