Paravur Market

2015

The Paravur market, which was sprawling near the Paravur canal, was the main trading centre for pottery, tapioca, eggs, etc., of the Jews before it was taken up by the locals. The market is divided into two sections: the large market (vegetable market) and the little market (fish/meat market). The buildings have a sloping roof and a verandah in the front with timber shutter, columns and timber brackets. But with time, the timber shutters have given way to rolling shutters and sloping roofs to flat RCC roofs. Other than that, the Paravur market has faced little modern intervention and modifications. But it lacks any facility required for a visitor. Therefore, the market is conserved under the Muziris Heritage Project.

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As part of our proposal, the townscape is revamped to create a uniformity in the buildings in terms of scale, height, materials, etc., by adopting key characteristic elements and features from the heritage buildings of the market. By doing this, the market will regain its traditional look which will give the visitors (not only from foreign countries but even the new generation from our own country) a new and different experience. The history and understanding of the market activities is an interesting piece of information to the visitors. The market and its activities, along with the setting of the traditional buildings on the bank of the Paravur River will provide a beautiful shopping experience.