Muziris to be ‘reborn’ in God’s Own Country

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Muziris Heritage project is all set to be opened by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on February 27. The first phase of the ambitious heritage conservation and tourism project will showcase the lost Indo-Roman port of the ancient Chera kingdom. The first phase will be located in Kodungallur.

The project is envisaged to recreate the life of people under Kochi kingdom during the 16th and 17th centuries. Tourist conveyance to the project will be facilitated via hop-on hop-off ferry services from Kochi.

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The Greek travel book ‘Periplus of the Erythraean sea’ reveals how Muziris became a major trade port of the Chera kingdom.

The book also explains that the port owed its prosperity to foreign commerce. Muziris is also referred in the Tamil Sangam literature as a prosperous settlement which traded gold for black pepper.

In a first of its kind in Kerala, Muziris heritage project in its first phase will cost more than Rs 100 crore for the government. The second phase of the project has also started to take shape.

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