UNESCO Team Visit To Muziris - Malayala Manorama
November 11, 2010, 6:30:00 PM
The article in Malayala Manorama describes the visit to Muziris by the UNESCO team. The team, comprising Christina Iamandi, Nicole Bolomey, and Paromita Desarkar, along with Muziris conservation consultant Benny Kuriakose and Muziris special officer V M Sunil, visited the major sites in the Muziris region.
The UNESCO delegation visited the Muziris region with the hope of restoring the 'Spice Route' (a spice trade route), which includes the Muziris Heritage Tourism Project area. The three-member women's team expressed their confidence that the project will be recognised at an international level and expressed their interest in going ahead with the project.
Behind the demand for restoration is an attempt to revive the roots of antiquity and bring the Muziris region to the world's attention.The visit became the first step to getting the project forwarded by the state government. The government has come up with the idea of recognising the Spice Route as a world heritage trail, including the famous Muziris.
The Muziris Heritage Tourism Scheme covers an area of 40 square kilometers, comprising the Kottapuram backwaters and the two banks of Paravur and Kodungallur. The region, which includes historical monuments and attractive villages that reflect the uniqueness of Kerala, aims to bring back the same uniqueness and present it to the world.Kerala is raising the idea of a spice route as a part of giving international recognition to the project.