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Advertisement On Muziris Heritage Project - Malayala Manorama

June 26, 2009, 6:30:00 PM

A journey to preserve the tradition for the new generation. An inauguration advertisement for the first phase of Muziris Heritage Tourism is given in the article.

The Department of Tourism today initiated the conservation and maintenance of historic Muziris and surrounding areas. This project, which is formed by connecting historical monuments and reviving historical memories, involves the local community and makes it an experience for the new generation. In this way, our cultural and historical wealth is exposed to the world.

Muziris was once an important trade and commercial port town in Kerala . It was the capital of the Chera Empire in the 7th century. It is here that St. Thomas first landed in India in 52 AD and spread Christianity; the first Muslim mosque in India; and the famous Thiruvanchikulam Shiva temple is situated here. The existing Muziris Heritage Zone is spread over the areas of North Paravur in Ernakulam and Kodungallur in Thrissur.

The initiative aimed at restoring and maintaining Muziris, the modern-day Kodungalloor, would allow both visitors and locals to experience the sociocultural and religious imprints of a great era in the history of the State. The initiative would aim to tackle tourism holistically, promoting the region's economic growth and development at the same time. The objective is to see the monuments as a whole, rather than in isolation, and to design them in a way that engages the local population and incorporates the different suggestions made in connection with other developmental efforts. It would be beneficial to revive memories of the past through historical research, environmental initiatives, creative crafts and art forms, professions, and other communal activities.

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