Day Excursion to the secrets of Muziris from Cochin with Lunch
Muziris was an ancient seaport on the Malabar Coast located in the present day South Indian state of Kerala. It was an important trading post of South India that had trade links with the Phoenicians, the Persians, the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans. Its history can be traced back to the 1st century B.C. Spices, semi-precious stones, ivory, chinese silks and tortoise shells were some of the products that were exported from here. The exact location of Muziris is not yet known although it is speculated to be around 18 miles from Cochin in the present day town of Kodungallur and the village of Pattanam. On this day-excursion from Cochin explore some of the historical sites near the ancient port of Muziris.
• Chendamangalam handloom weaving factory
• Paliam Nalukettu Museum
• Cheraman Juma Masjid, the first mosque in India
per adult from
Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Private English speaking guide
- Lunch (beverage excluded)
- 02 bottles of mineral water per person
- Entry/Admission - St . Thomas Church, Palayur
- Entry/Admission - Paliam Nalukettu
What's excluded :
- Food & drinks, unless specified
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: St . Thomas Church, Palayur, Palyur, Thrissur India
You will be picked up from your hotel in Cochin in the morning. Your first stop will be at the Pattanam archaeological site where excavations carried out for the search of the port of Muziris revealed the existence of an indigenous population in the 1st century B.C. that continued to thrive till the 10th century A.D. Spend some time looking at the artifacts that were recovered from these excavations.
Next drive to St. Thomas Church in the town of Kodungallur. This is the oldest church of Kerala and is believed to be located at the site where St. Thomas the Apostle landed in 52 A.D. and built his first church for spreading Christianity in India. Today it is a major pilgrimage centre for Christians around the world.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Paravur, Paravur, Kerala
Next visit the spice market of Paravur that is located on the banks of the backwaters. A vibrant market even today, it is not difficult to visualize goods being unloaded from the traditional boats called ‘vanchis’ and brought to the market. This market is close to the Jewish quarter of the town. Visit the Paravur Synagogue that was built in 1615 and is amongst the biggest surviving synagogues in Kerala.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Chendamangalam, Chendamangalam, Ernakulam District, Kerala
Your next stop will be at Chendamangalam handloom factory where the traditional weaving techniques are still kept alive by a women’s cooperative. Today most of the traditional looms of the state have been forced to shut down in the face of competition from modern textiles. Located nearby is a 175 year old Synagogue that has been recently restored. The intricate artwork of the altar here is a sight to behold.
Stop at a nearby local restaurant for lunch (beverage excluded). Enjoy a typical South Indian meal with rice, papaddam, rasam, vegetables and chutneys. After lunch visit the Sree Venugopala Krishna Swamy temple, a popular Hindu temple of the area.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Paliam Nalukettu, Chennamangalam Village, Paravur, Ernakulam, Kochi (Cochin) India
Drive next to the Paliam complex and visit Paliam Nalukettu, a 400 years old mansion that is built in an unique mixture of Kerala and Dutch architectural styles. Today the mansion houses a history and lifestyle museum that displays the heirlooms of the Paliam family that can trace its lineage back to a thousand years.
Drive through the Kottapuram market. The market was a trade center that bears the stamp of both local and foreign influences. This market operates from 3:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Drive on to Kottapuram Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1523 . Situated strategically at the point where the river Periyar joins the Arabian Sea, the Fort was able to control sea traffic to the interior of the Malabar coast.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Cheraman Juma Masjid Mosque, Kodungallur 680664 India
Your last stop will be the Cheraman Juma Masjid, the first mosque in India that was built in 629 A.D. Today people of all religions visit this mosque.
At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Cochin and dropped off at your hotel.
Duration: 1 hour
Departure Point :Kochi (Cochin), Kochi (Cochin), Ernakulam District, Kerala
Traveler pickup is offered
We may pick up travelers from city center hotels / fixed point wiithin city limits. In case pick up is outside central points extra cost shall applicable subject to distance applicable.Airports
- Kochi Airport, Kochi (Cochin) India
Departure Time :8:30 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- A dress code is required for visiting temples and mosques. Sleeveless tops and shorts are not permitted.
- Remove footwear outside the temple. Socks are fine, you can keep wearing them.
- A moderate amount of walking is involved.
- Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
- Paliam Nalukettu Museum is closed on Mondays. Chendamangalam handloom factory remains closed on Sundays & national holidays.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- 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
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- 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.