Immerse yourself into the cultural melting pot of the Malabar Coast
Today proceed with a guided Muziris Tour, an introduction to the many faiths and history of the Malabar Coast. Muziris is the name of an ancient port city trading spices, silk, and precious stones to Rome, Greece, Egypt, etc. Enriched by these trade contacts, Muziris became a melting pot of world cultures.
Start your visit with the Old synagogue of the Malabar Jews in Chennanmangalam and Paravoor. Constructed with the Keralan building traditions they are adapted to suit the ritual and liturgical requirements of the earliest Jewish landed on the Malabar Coast.
Follow with a look into the finest Palace Paliam Kovilakam inspired by Dutch and Kerala styles. The Palace was the residence of the Paliath Achans, prime ministers to the Rajas of the State of Kochi.
Next visit the Cheraman Juma Masjid :The first mosque in India, built after the Chera king of Kerala met the Prophet Muhammad. You will have a chance to walk around through an interesting and colourful local bazaar, selling everything under the sun..
Enjoy a lunch break in a vegetarian local spot enroute and keep on your cultural immersion with a stop at the Hindu temple Kodungalloor Bhagavathi, dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. Steeped in powerful myths and legends, the temple attracts many locals and pilgrims for its daily worship, rituals and festivals.
Then your guide will accompany you to the Pattanam Museum located where recent archaeological excavations have revealed evidence of early Roman trade with India. Finnaly a last stop at the Kottakavu Church of the Syrian Christian community of Kerala, believed to be the one of the seven original ones established by the Apostle St. Thomas. Return to your hotel or follow toward your next destination.
DAY EXCURSION INCLUDES
- English speaking guide for the whole tour
- Activities as per mentioned in the itinerary
- Entrances fees
- Lunch at a local restaurant
DAY EXCURSION EXCLUDES
- Transportation by car
- Please dress conservatively as we will be visiting religious monuments.
- Women are not allowed inside the Cheraman Juma Masjid.
- The Bhagavathy Temple does not allow non-Hindus to enter the inner sanctum.