Muziris Heritage Tour: A Confluence of Cultures

Kochi (Cochin)

Muziris, an ancient port city in Kerala traded in spices, silk, and precious stones; with exports to Rome, Greece, Egypt, etc. Enriched by trade contacts, it became a melting pot of world cultures, seeing the earliest Jewish settlers in India. This is where St. Thomas the Apostle is said to have first landed in 52AD, bringing Christianity with him. The first ever mosque in India was also built here. Old churches, synagogues, mosques and temples attest to the great confluence of cultures that Muziris was. The monuments and bazaars of Muziris stand as beacons even today, a testament to the harmonious co-existence of multiple faiths on the Malabar Coast.

Pricing:  $ 39 per person for minimum 2 participants.

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History and Culture

Muziris, an ancient port city in Kerala traded in spices, silk, and precious stones; with exports to Rome, Greece, Egypt, etc. Enriched by trade contacts, it became a melting pot of world cultures, seeing the earliest Jewish settlers in India. This is where St. Thomas the Apostle is said to have first landed in 52AD, bringing Christianity with him. The first ever mosque in India was also built here. Old churches, synagogues, mosques and temples attest to the great confluence of cultures that Muziris was. The monuments and bazaars of Muziris stand as beacons even today, a testament to the harmonious co-existence of multiple faiths on the Malabar Coast.

On this tour:
• Visit the Kodungalloor Bhagavathi Temple, a Hindu temple to Goddess Bhadrakali which has been in existence since ancient times attracting locals and pilgrims alike due to its various myths and legends.
• Visit the Chennamangalam and Paravoor Synagogues which have been constructed using a concotation of Keralan and Jewish traditions, ritual and liturgical requirements. Near the Chennamangalam synagogue is the first Christian Seminary and the first printing press in India.
• Visit the Kottakavu Church, believed to be the one of the seven original ones established by the Apostle St. Thomas.
• Visit the residence of the Paliath Achans, the prime ministers to the Rajas of the State of Kochi – the Paliam Dutch Palace (Museum).
• Visit the Cheraman Juma Masjid, India’s first mosque, built after the Chera king of Kerala met Prophet Muhammad.
• Walk through a vibrant and vivid local bazaar, and view the locals haggling with the vendors.
• We can also visit the excavation site at Pattanam which contains some artefacts that were traded between Muziris and the rest of the world.

Duration: day (6-8hrs depending on your interest) with a lunch break.

Additional Information:
• This tour is led by a trained knowledgeable guide, accustomed with the history of the Malabar Coast and its communities.
• It runs only in English.
• Women are not allowed inside Cheraman Juma Masjid.
• Bhagavathy Temple does not allow non-Hindus inside the inner sanctum.

TOUR STYLE: Heritage

MEETING POINT: at your hotel

END POINT: at your hotel

TOUR START/END: The cost includes pickup and drop from your hotel using a medium sized chauffeur driven car.

TOUR DURATION: 6 - 8 hours depending on your interest.

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 6 people and Minimum 2 People.

PRICING: All our tours are private.

INCLUSIONS: Local English speaking guide, entrance fees and transport as indicated.

EXCLUSIONS: Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for guide & driver.

WHEN: Every day except Mondays at 9AM. Prior reservation required. Timings may vary slightly depending on weather / season. We will confirm the exact start time along with tour logistics once you book the tour.

WHAT TO WEAR: Please dress modestly and ensure you have adequate sun protection.

TOUR NOTES: Please note, the food on the street is delicious but does not meet national or international hygiene standards. Although we only go to very popular places, with good local reputations, these stalls do not cook using bottled water or wash their utensils with it. So eating street food is always risky. If you prefer not to risk it, but still want to see what it’s all about, then at the end of the walk, we can take you to Haldirams where you can try chaats and other popular dishes in safe and hygienic conditions.

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