A heritage tourist trail to the archaeological city of Muziris
08/20/2010

Muziris remained a bustling sea port and trading corridor with the outside world for more than 2,500 years and excavations have found rudiments of imported Roman amphora, mainly used for transporting wine and olive oil.

Online PR News – 20-August-2010 – – Kerala Tourism is offering a new product to the visitors in the latter part of August, which would enable them to explore the ancient city of Muziris ( ancient Kodungallur). The mystery shrouding Muziris was unraveled only recently by archaeologists and historians that brought to light the rich, culture and tradition of that period.

The first phase f the `Rs1.4bn Muziris Heritage Project (MHP), which would be launched soon, would identify over 23 monuments of archaeological importance in and around the historic Kodungallur town. The erstwhile trading hub of Muziris had business relations with Romans , Greek and Arabs. Many religions like Judaism, Christianity, Islam and a host of world cultures in the southern Indian state are thought to have originated in Muziris. This buzzing sea port was used to bring in gold from all over the world and the traders took back pepper and spices that were grown in abundance in Kerala. The excavations in the year 2004, had shed light about the business relations of Muziris.

Muziris remained a bustling sea port and trading corridor with the outside world for more than 2,500 years and excavations have found rudiments of imported Roman amphora, mainly used for transporting wine and olive oil. The Yemeni and West Asian pottery and Indian roulette ware found in Egypt’s Berenice suggest the international importance of Muziris and the trading relations of south India with several civilizations of west Asia and Europe through the port. Meanwhile The British Academy honoured the British Museum and the Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR), for their path breaking research on Muziris with the international partnership award that carries a grant of £30,000.

Kerala Tourism will greatly benefit from the tourism potential of this ancient city which would attract not just archaeologists and historians but also curious holidaymakers from all over the world. Apart from retrieving the legacy of this extinct city many heritage management initiatives and restoration initiatives are also planned. Some of the activities being planned include circuit and timeline tours, culture tours, museums and backwater cruises among others.
Mr. Venu K Nair, the marketing head of Karma Kerala has this to say “ We have been promoting a lot of new packages and tourist options for tourists who wish to experience something different. Heritage tours are catching up the fancy of everyone and the Muziris tours will add further impetus to the heritage trail circuits in Kerala. More information on the various heritage and tourist deals can be had from http://www.karmakerala.com/

Karma Kerala is one of the leading tour promoters in South India. Based in Cochin, it has It has sales counters in Edinburgh and UK to handle holiday plans of both foreign and domestic tourists.