Muziris is the name of an ancient port city on the Kerala coast, an hour’s drive north of Cochin. The city traded in spices, silk, and precious stones; with exports to Rome, Greece, Egypt, etc. Enriched by trade contacts, Muziris became a melting pot of world cultures. The earliest Jewish settlers in India landed on the Malabar Coast and flourished in Muziris.
After nearly 1000 years of thriving trade, the port of Muziris was damaged in a major flood, and Cochin took its place as the most important trading port in Kerala. However, the Muziris area – covering Kodungallur and Paravoor – continues to be as multi-cultural as ever. We are trying to tell the story of a place which was multicultural and thriving with art and culture in the past by telling stories from the past, and meeting its people to know more about the art, craft and culture.
Paliyum palace, Holycross church, visit a pottery unit, explore Kottayil Kovilakam and surroundings, visit a weaver at home and a weaving co-operative, Paravur and Chendamangalam Synagogue, KIDS Kottapuram etc.