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.

Full Day tour to North Cochin via Muziris


8 am

Depart from Cochin; 2 hrs drive to reach Punnathur Kotta, an elephant sanctuary at Guruvayoor. This is the biggest elephant yard in Asia with a population of around 68 elephants. (45 min)

11 am

Proceed to St.Thomas Church Palayoor, built by the Apostle of Jesus Christ, who came to Muziris and spread Christianity. Legend has it that he built seven and half churches in Kerala. He is buried at Mylapore in Chennai. (30 min)

12.30 pm

One hour drive through the coastal highway enroute visit the Cheraman Juma Masjid, the first Mosque in India. (15 min)

1 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)

2.30 pm

Cruise through the backwaters of the picturesque Periyar River by a country canoe and reach the synagogue located on the banks of the backwater. (1 hr)

3.30 pm

Disembark from the boat and step into the Jewish synagogue at Chendamangalam, which is one of the biggest and built 175 years ago. This is recently protected and renovated by the Archaeology department of Kerala.(30 min) – Closed on Monday.

4.15 pm

Drive 15 min to the handloom weaving factory run by a society, which is the main lively hood of the local women who work there. (30 min) – Closed on Sunday.

4.45 pm

Arrive Cochin by 6 pm.

Notes:

Duration of the tour: Approximately 10 hrs
Number of persons: 2 to 9 persons
Tour classification: Moderate activity/Wheel chair access except in country boat
Camera / Video: Charges as applicable at Synagogue and Elephant Yard
Dress code: Cotton wear with long pants
Caution: Avoid flash while taking photos of Elephants
Tipping: Take advise of the guide
Climate: Day time will be humid

The government of Kerala is developing the area around Muziris as a heritage site and plan to have timeline tours, museums and various cultural tours centered on the heritage site. So this itinerary will have more additions in the near future.



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