Marian Muziris Heritage 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

08:45 am

Depart from Cochin and a 1 hr 15 min drive to the handloom factory at Chendamangalam.

10:00 am

Arrive at the Chendamangalam handloom weaving factory, run by a women’s society, the chief livelihood of local women working there. Hand woven clothes are exhibited in the showroom. (45 min) Closed on Sunday.

10:45 am

Drive 15 min to the Jewish synagogue at Chendamangalam, one of the biggest in Kerala and built 175 years ago. This is a protected monument, renovated by the Archaeology Department of Kerala. (45 min) Closed on Monday.

12:00 pm

20 min drive and a 10 minute walk to a Kerala Tharavadu, a traditional Kerala homestead.

12:30 pm

Traditional welcome to a Tharavadu at Muziris with jasmine garlands, sandalwood chutti and tender coconuts. Interact with the local community and enjoy a traditional Kerala lunch, Sadya, on banana leaves. Interact with members of a Kudumbasree group, a self help group of unemployed women and observe their craft. These women are part of the responsible tourism initiatives by the government and play a major role in building communal harmony. Also enjoy a short walk in the spice and fruit garden courtyard. (1 hr 30 min)

02:00 pm

A walk through the village spread along the banks of the Periyar River with interactions with local communities. (30 min)

02:30 pm

Departure to the onward journey.

Notes:

Number of persons: 2 to 9 persons
Tour classification: Moderate activity/Wheel chair access
Camera / Video: Charges as applicable at Synagogue
Dress code: Cottonwear with long pants
Climate: Warm and humid in day time and pleasant at night



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