In the Jew town, the four-century-old synagogue still stands testimony to the tolerant, multi-cultural nature of Kerala society. Looming protectively over the synagogue is the Mattancherry Palace, erstwhile home to the Verma kings and today a fine museum. The old Jewish homes, the bustling Spice market and the Antique Market make Mattancherry a favourite for visitors.
Looking out to sea
All the 22 rooms of the Brunton Boatyard overlook the sea as do all their en-suite bathrooms. There are few pleasures to rival that of watching lazy ships and fishing boats or gamboling dolphins while going about your ablutions. You will also catch some stunning sunsets over the palm fringed shores of Vypin Island close by and hear the cry of cormorants and gulls from your room, drawing you into a different world.
Dining at the tellingly titled ‘History Restaurant’ at Brunton Boatyard is a gateway to experience culinary history at its best. Every dish we serve reflects the culture of a different community. Chuttuly Meen speak of a Jewish heritage, while fish lovers savouring a Samak Bil Harder Asful sense the looming presence of Arabia. The Fish Moilee comes to you with its distinctive Syrian Christian aura, and The Vindaloo is sure to set you reminiscing about Vasco da Gama and the coming of the Portuguese to India.