Beginning with the History...

Muziris was an ancient seaport that dates from at least the 1st century BC. once the world's spice hub, washed off by a flood in the mighty Periyar rivar around six hundred years back. Muziris, was the key to the trade between the Phoenicians, the Persians, the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Roman Empire. The important known commodities exported from Muziris were spices, semi-precious stones, pearls, diamonds, sapphires, ivory, Chinese silk, Gangetic spikenard and tortoise shells.

The Romans brought gold coins, linens, multicoloured textiles, copper, tin, lead, coral, raw glass and wine. Though the Roman trade declined from the 5th century AD, Muziris attracted the attention of other nationalities, particularly the Persians, the Chinese and the Arabs, presumably until the devastating floods of Periyar in the 14th century. Reminiscences of a land that was once the hub of Spice rout. Muziris has found mention in the bardic sangam literature and a number of classical European historical sources.

A Cruise

on the Kettuvallam (Rice boat) is an experience that is a fine blend of tradition.

We specialize on Rice Boat Cruises and no other travel modes would match this. Since we have several years of experience in this space we take you to the right and safe areas only.A Cruise on the Rice boats is an experience that is a fine blend of traditions, making your holidays a unique Kerala experience. Our Rice boat meets all the safety measures as per ‘Kerala Ports’. The excellent construction and good hygiene makes your travel comfortable. The house boat takes you, drifting along the breezing canal, to virgin lands, calm and serene and then to some strange romantic sculptures of the past.The boating through ‘Periyar’ is a unique experience. The ambience generated is beyond comparison – net fishing, angle fishing, dip in cool waters, coconut palms, break less breeze…and what not? It is a complete merging with nature!

Toddy is a natural intoxicating drink exclusive to kerala. Toddy tapping is also an intoxicating process. You can see tappers climbing tall coconut trees to fill big, round earthen pots with the sweet coconut nectar.The manually operated open boat ride, a very rare ride, is one of our special attractions. It is a half day trip and if you chose you can row yourself, it is simple but enchanting. We Muziris Holidays is licensed under “Kerala ports” and have inland navigation validation. We offer customized trips to exotic places.

Muziris Heritage Tours

These conducted tours are operated from Kottayil Kovilakam. Tourists are taken to Kottayil Kovilakam from their hotels or Cochin International Airport or any of the boarding destinations. Return facility is available for those who reside in the hotels of Ernakulam or Thrissur area. The routes include - Kottayil Kovilakam, Kottapuram, Kodungalloor, Pallipuram, Cherai, N.Paravur, Manjali and Chendamangalam. Customized trips can also be arranged to see the places of interest.This is where you get a closer look at the village life of Kerala, especially the day to day life of the fisherman folk. This is the one and only exclusive day cruise trip in this area. We welcome you with traditional welcome drinks and serve pure Kerala food.
Muziris Heritage Tours
FULL DAY 10.30 - 3.30 Rs. 3500 per head Kettuvallam
(Rice boat)
HALF DAY
(Morning session)
10.30 - 1.00 Rs. 750 per head Open Canoe
HALF DAY
(Afternoon session)
3.00 - 5.30 Rs. 750 per head Open Canoe

    Cochin port to Kottayil Kovilakom 37.8km / 58minutes.

    Nedumbasery air port to Kottayil Kovilakom 20.4km / 34minutes.

    Thrissur to 49.2km / 1hour 22 minutes.

This trip gets started from Kottayil Kovilakam. You can choose the spot which you would like to visit, we will plan the best trip for you. The siteful areas which we covered are...
The Holy Cross Church
The Holy cross church situated within the Muziris heritage area of Kerala is a historically important church, located in the village of Chendamangalam. The Jesuit Priests from Portugal started this church in 1577. It is important to note that the Portuguese introduced innovation in church architecture.
The Jewish synagogue
The Jewish synagogues built near adds more significance to this. Chendamangalam Jewish Synagogue was constructed in the17th century. It is in the traditional style with a separate entrance for women. Paravur Jewish Synagogue served as the place of worship for Jewish community. It is attractive and is supported on decorated pillars, door carving and gilded beams.
Vypinkotta Seminary
Vypinkotta Seminary built by Portuguese is preserved as a historical monument. The inscriptions are fixed on a half wall in front of church. This was more than a seminary. In South India printing was started here first. Bibilical literatures are also printed for the seminary Jesuit priests . It was opened in 1577 with the blessings of the kings of Kochi and Villarvattam.
Gothuruth
Gothuruth is popular for its boat races. It was a cattle grazing land, owned by paliathachan in early days. Scientific studies state that this island was formed due to a flood in the early 14th century. It is located where ancient Roman port city Muziris was once situated. The name of the island came from the Portuguese name of the island 'San Diego'.
Pattanam excavations
Pattanam excavations were the first ever multi-disciplinary excavations undertaken in Kerala state, situated one and half km from Kodungallor-Paravur route. The structures indicate a vast 'urban' settlement. Recent archaeological excavations have yielded evidence for the ancient glory of Muziris as a world mall.
Paliam
Paliam is an ancient family which provided Prime Ministers to Kochi's successive Kings. The beholded Dutch built a house called Paliam Dutch. The Paliam household lived in the 'nalukettu' built in 1786. It is an enjoyable 20 minute walk from the river bank.
Pallipuram fort
Pallippuram fort the 1st European construction in India, was a check point for ships plying up and down the periyar to the Arabian sea. We can also see a cellar, used for storing gun powder. The fort is hexagonal wth three floors.
Kottapuram fort
Kottapuram fort played a significant role in many wars between Zamorin and rulers of Kochi situated 4 km on Kodungalloor-Moothakunnam road. It was captured and destroyed by Dutch in 1663. The fort had a strategic position, on the mouth of river Periyar before it joins the Arabian sea, which gave it the advantage of controlling the ships and boats that passed to and from interior of Malabar.
Kottapuram market
Kottapuram market is a trade centre that bears the stamp of both keralite and foreign influence. It is very close to NH-17 in Thrissur district. Much of its glory is now a frail memory but Kottapuram market continues to function on Mondays and Thursdays. More, this old-new market overlooking the river and the sea can be a delight to every visitor, where vessels once carried cargo and its owners, waterways are now open to travellers who wish to add value to leisure.
Marthoma church
Marthoma church is a pilgrim centre on the bank of Periyar, 6km from Kodungalloor. The belief is that St.Thomas built the first church, which began in AD 52. Curious travellers are apt to be even more curious about nature's captivating beauty when they go for a boat ride in the river where it joins the sea.
Annapara (Elephant Rock)
While travelling through backwaters, another site is Annapara (Elephant rock) at Manjali. The bride Groom Rocks in Periyar river, stands as two lovers in a trance. And it also seems like an elephant in water. The cruise gets you to round the rock view of this amazing natural creation.
The temple, the church and the mosque seen so closely placed in three adjacent compounds is a prestigious specimen of the cultural heritage of India. It also opened spheres of influence for Buddhism. Each and every area in this route has its own importance in the cultural history of Kerala. From the time you plan to make a holiday with us, we maintain a relationship with you which is characterized by service at its best. The boating which you perform will be a golden experience in your life with amazing and unforgettable memories.

Reliving the past is a beautiful experience…

on the Kettuvallam (Rice boats) is an experience that is a fine blend of tradition.

A glimpse to the past

Places

The Jews started their mass emigration to Israel in the early 50’s. But before that they had lived comfortably for well over a thousand years in the God’s own country, Kerala. Dispersing from the original landing place called Cranganore, they started living in eight communities located in a 24 miles radius of each other- 3 in one street of Cochin, two in mattanchery and one each in the villages of Chendamangalam, Mala and Paravur. The entire group is called Kochini Jews ( Kochinini in Hebrew).

Life

The Kochini Jews enjoyed a relatievely high status as merchants along with Christian and Muslim minorities, dwelling together among a benovalent Hindu majority. The Kerala Jews organized themselves into different communities, each with its own synagogue and sense of cultural identity, each with its special Hebrew and Malayalam music traditions. In the early 20th century some 2500 jews used the local dialect-Malayalam. There is a lot to write about. But always better to feel and learn by presence!.

The Present

All is not gone. We too love good old memories to enrich the present. So we have taken special care to preserve what is left of a 1000 years of living together. Chendamangalam synagogue was reconstructed, Paravur is taken care of, in Mala, Matanchery and Kochin we have kept something of that peaceful co-existance. Kottayil kovilakam ( Chendamangalam) is unique with the site of a Christian church ,a Mosque, a Jewish Synagogue and a Hindu Temple all with in 1km radius. The synagogue stands in a peaceful wooded area. There are old jewish graves. A special attraction is the grave of a woman dated 1264 AD, the oldest known gravestone written in Hebrew. At Mattanchery, the synagogue is located in the quarter of old Kochi known as Jews Town. The synagogue and the Mattanchery Palace Temple share a common wall, an eternal monument of a harmonious life…

  • All and more for all of your senses.
  • Special packages for kochini Jews
  • Visit to jewish cultural spots
  • Mattanchary, Kottayil kovilakam, Paravur, Mala and Ernakulam synagogues,
  • Mattanchery Namia mootha tomb

Other attractions: Muziris heritage areas, Guruvayooor Temple,Guruvayoor ‘Aanakottal’, Athirampilly, Vazhachal, Thrippunuthura hill palace museum, Coir mat making units, Cherai beach, Munnar, Thekkadi.

Facilities

Backwater tour through muziris heritage areas in our Kettuvallam

Ayurveda Panchakarma Package.

Comfortable accommodation.

Experiencing local village life and rural craft.

You may opt for 3/5/7 day packages

Room thariff : to suit all category of people

Accommodation : cherai beach, chendamangalam, N.paravur and palliport

Rate per person per day - $-60

This trip gets started from Kottayil Kovilakam. You can choose the spot which you would like to visit, we will plan the best trip for you. The siteful areas which we covered are...
The temple, the church and the mosque seen so closely placed in three adjacent compounds is a prestigious specimen of the cultural heritage of India. It also opened spheres of influence for Buddhism. Each and every area in this route has its own importance in the cultural history of Kerala. From the time you plan to make a holiday with us, we maintain a relationship with you which is characterized by service at its best. The boating which you perform will be a golden experience in your life with amazing and unforgettable memories.

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