Marian Muziris Heritage and Culture Tour
The historic port of Muziris, a famous trading port of the first century, is located about 10 km from Kodungalloor. It was the hub of various cultures and religions and legend has it that India’s first church was established here by St. Thomas the apostle. The port was inundated probably by a huge tsunami that altered the geography of Muziris, around the middle of the 14th century. Muziris was then successively ruled by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British.
This program is conducted by Kudumbasree, a women’s self help group known for promoting gender equity and communal harmony.
7 hrs 15 min Tour of the Heritage village
Depart from Cochin, 1 hr 30 min drive to reach Chendamangalam, a village.10 min walk to the venue. Traditional welcome to a Tharavadu (traditional Kerala homestead) at Muziris with Chendamelam (traditional drums), jasmine garlands, sandalwood chutti and tender coconut. (20 min)
Artisans from the Kudumbasree unit of this village will perform folk dances of Kerala.(30min)
Cookery demonstration, Fish Mappas, a famous Kerala dish – you can participate in the cooking too.
Sadya (traditional Kerala lunch) on banana leaves hosted by the self help group of unemployed women (Kudumbasree). A short walk in the courtyard to get the feel of a spice and fruit garden. (1 hr 30 min)
A walk through the village spread along the banks of the Periyar river with interactions with local communities. (30 min)
15 min drive to the handloom weaving factory run by a society, the chief livelihood of local women working there. Hand woven clothes are exhibited in the showroom.(30 min) Closed on Sunday.
Depart and arrive Cochin by 4:15 pm.
If time permits, visit the Jewish synagogue at Chendamangalam, one of the biggest in Kerala and built 175 years ago. This is a protected monument, restored by the Archaeology Department of Kerala.(45 min) Closed on Monday.
Duration of the tour:
Approximately 7 hrs 15 min
Number of persons:
15 to 70 persons
Moderate activity/Wheel chair access
Camera / Video:
Charges as applicable at Synagogue
Cotton wear with long pants
Take guide’s advice
Warm and humid in the day time and pleasant at night