Muziris Heritage Tour With Back Water Cruise
Your tour starts with a visit to the Chennamangalam & Paravur Synagogues, the old Synagogues of the Malabar Jews. Near the Chennamangalam Synagogue is also the first Christian Seminary and the first printing press in India. Our next stop is the Kottakavu Church, a church of the Syrian Christian community of Kerala, believed to be one of the seven original ones established by the Apostle St. Thomas. Our next stop is the Paliam Palace and Museum, the residence of the Paliath Achans, the prime ministers to the Rajas of the State of Kochi. Pattanam. This is a small archaeological site which contains artifacts which were traded between the Muziris and the rest of the world. Afterwards, enjoy a drive to the Handloom Weaving factory, a traditional cotton weaving village. Next, we will take you to the Kodungalloor Bhagavathi Temple. Our final stop is to enjoy a backwater cruise by traditional safari boat down the river for an hour.
per adult from
6 to 7 hours
What's included :
- Bottled water
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- All Fees and Taxes
- Private Guide
What's excluded :
- Tips & Gratuities
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Chendamangalam, Chendamangalam, Ernakulam District, Kerala
You will be picked from the Cochin Port and after a scenic drive you will visit the old synagogues of the Malabar Jews. Paravur Synagogue and Chennamangalam Synagogue were built according to Kerala traditions but they were adapted to meet the liturgical requirements of the Jews. Earlier the Synagogue functioned as a house to pray but now it has been turned to a museum as part of the Muziris Heritage project operated by the State Kerala government. You can also find the first Christian seminary and the first printing press of India near the Chennamangalam Synagogue. Later, we will visit Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, a Hindu temple venerating Goddess Bhadrakali since ancient times. The temple is known for its powerful myths and legends and hence it has attracted many pilgrims for daily worship and festivals. Next we will visit the Kottakavu church, one of the seven original church of the Syrian Christian community of Kerala established by the apostle St.Thomas. The other attractions of the tour include a visit to Paliam Palace and Cheraman Juma Masjid. Paliam Palace was a traditional home of Paliath Achans who were the Prime Ministers to the kings of Kochi. Cheraman Juma Masjid is the first mosque in India which was built after the Chera King met the prophet Muhammad and embraced Islam. The grandeur of the Masjid is still kept intact even after undergoing many renovations. Next we will visit a small archeological site, Pattanam, which contain many artifacts that were traded between Muziris and the rest of the world.
Next we head to the Handloom Weaving Factory. It is a traditional cotton weaving village where six hundred Brahmin families strive hard to produce some of the most exotic sarees, famous for its ‘Kasavu.’ This is truly a unique sight where an entire community puts away their differences and come together for a specific purpose working with sheer hard work and passion. Kuthampully Handloom Industrial Cooperative Society was established in 1972 with 102 enthusiastic supporters who aim to preserve their traditional culture in their weavings. However, modern weaving techniques have seeped into the arena to meet the current trends and hence helped in producing designer clothes. Next, we will take you to the Kodungalloor Bhagavathi Temple. Our final stop is to enjoy a backwater cruise by traditional safari boat down the river for an hour. Afterwards, you will be taken back to the port.
Duration: 5 hours
Departure Point :Kochi Port, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala 682003, India
Departure Time :9:00 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Infants must sit on laps
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.