Paravur was once a bustling town with many commercial establishments and trade links. The Jewish community settled here very close to the main market. This circuit covers the Paravur Market, the Jewish colony with the synagogue, Kottakavu church and the Kannankulangara temple along with the St. Jacobite Church. Paravur is also a great example communal harmony.
Paravur Market: Paravur market is situated on the bank of the backwaters, making it a very important market of its time. In olden days, there was major trading using Vanchis in the Puzha close to the market. During the week, Mondays and Thursdays were and still are Chanda days. Some of the old shops have been retained along with their rolling shutters, giving us an insight into the past of this commercial centre.
Jewish Street: The Jews who came here in search of new lands settled in this area. They flourished in business and established their community here. The entrance to Jews Street, from the main road to Paravur is guarded on either side by two tall pillars. One of the pillars has fallen and is in a damaged state. There are old Jewish houses standing in the street and some of them have been modified.
Synagogue, North Paravur: This was the place of worship of the Jewish community that settled close to the Paravur Market. There are two rooms at the entrance and the Synagogue is beyond the small courtyard. The balcony is supported by decorated pillars and gilded beams. The entrance to Jews Street, from the main road to Paravur is guarded on either side by two tall pillars.
Kottakavu Church: Kottakavu Church is said to be one of the seven churches founded by St. Thomas during 52 AD. It is also known as Valiyapally or Big Church, indicating that it was a mother church. In the 19th century, due to the lack of space in the old church for conducting Holy Mass and community functions, the new church was built. The parishioners have preserved the old church, which is behind the new one, the elephantine wall, called Anamathil, on the adjacent western side and the Pilgrim Pond where the Apostle baptized the devotees and they continue to maintain them.
St. Thomas Jacobite Syrian Church: St.Thomas Jacobite Syrian Church was founded in AD 1566. It is said to have been constructed by the Big Bazaar Tharakan families in North Paravur on the land given free of tax by the Ruler of Paravur. It is named after St.Thomas, the apostle and is also known as Kizhakke Pally or Cheriapally. Records show that famous historians, the Whitehouse Priest, Dr. Buchanan and others visited it. The tomb of St. Gregorios being here has made it a major pilgrim centre of the Malankara Syrian Christians.
Kannankulangara Temple: It is the temple for Lord Krishna and is about 600 years old. There is a belief that those who are childless will be blessed after they tie a cradle from the temple roof and worship Lord Krishna. Also, the people whose marriages are delayed come and pray in this temple.