Belgium-based Passcal Mannaerts and Surabhi Jaiswal. download Indian Express App More Related News For all the latest India News,abuse of official position and element of cheating attributed against them in awarding a contract to Canadian company SNC Lavalin to renovate three power plants in the state. Anirban move high court Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid, where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.billed as India’s largest heritage conservation plan.Kodungallur just over an hour’s drive from Kochi in central Kerala stands at the very spot where an ancient port city by the name of Muziris stood which many say dates back as early as 3000 BC Tourists will have the opportunity to explore the ruins and remnants of a bygone period that was amazingly opulent according to several historical accounts A Tamil poem from the Sangam period describes the port “Here lies the thriving town of Muchiri where the beautiful large ships of the Yavana come bringing gold splashing the white foam on the waters of the Periyar and then return laden with pepper Here the music of the surging sea never ceases and the great king presents to visitors the rare products of sea and mountain” As the quality of the spices from Muziris spread far and beyond the Indian Ocean a stream of merchants kept flowing into Kerala and the port gradually became an unavoidable juncture in the ‘Spice Route’ While spices were the major commodity traded semi-precious stones were bartered as well “Such was the importance attached to spices and the spice trade that Arabs in later periods kept the route to Muziris a secret and it was only in 40 AD that the Greek mariner Hippalus found a direct route to Kerala after whom came the Romans” said Manu Pillai author of ‘The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore’ a book that explores the life and work of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi the last queen of Travancore in southern Kerala The centuries-old Paliam Nalukettu Museum (Photo courtesy of Muziris Heritage Limited/Kerala Tourism) Another hallmark of the Muziris region was its warmth and hospitality towards people of all cultures and religions The fact that a tourist would find an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Mahakali in the same vicinity as the Cheraman Juma Masjid India’s first Muslim mosque a Jewish synagogue and the Marthoma Church in Azhikode village is evidence that Muziris encompassed glorious religious harmony and peace during those days “After the destruction of their second Temple in AD 70 Jews escaping persecution in Jerusalem sought refuge in Muziris– in fact the story goes that when St Thomas the Apostle came to Kerala (bringing Christianity with him) he was stunned to find on shore a flute-playing Jewish girl” said Pillai The demise of Muziris as a developed urban center is believed to have occurred when a flood in the main Periyar River in the 14th century blocked water access to the port and changed the demographics to a great extent This alternatively allowed for the rise of Calicut and Cochin as twin port cities but Pillai says neither of them could match the opulence and wealth of Muziris which struck a few notches higher The Chennamangalam Synagogue part of the Muziris project (Photo courtesy of Muziris Heritage Limited/Kerala Tourism) The tourism project floated by the Kerala government in conjunction with the Centre aims to showcase the cultural significance of the region and more importantly boost tourist footfalls in a state that has been flagged for stagnating growth Kerala figures almost nowhere in the top destinations for both domestic and foreign tourists in spite of being home to some of the most beautiful and culturally oriented destinations in the country The first phase of the tourism project was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on February 27 in the presence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy The project has been six years in the making roiled by archaeological excavations that took time The Kerala Council of Historical Research (KCHR) has conducted extensive digs at nearby Pattanam village in north Paravur which also pointed to having a history of trade links Within the Muziris project there are several monuments and religious sites that carry a thread back to the early historic period The Paravur Boat Jetty (Photo courtesy of Muziris Heritage Limited/Kerala Tourism) “Tourists can avail the special hop-on hop-off boat service to move between the different sites We have three air-conditioned boats that can carry 25 passengers each There are also specific circuit tours that tourists can take depending on their choice” said Shine KS Special Officer in charge of the project The Kottapuram Fort Cheraman Juma Masjid Kodungallur temple and the Paliam Kovilakom where the prime ministers of the king of Kochi used to live are some of the sites listed in the project The Kottappuram Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1523 and has been witness to several wars between the Zamorins of Calicut and the kings of Kochi There are a number of museums as well which have been encompassed under the project for those yearning to turn the pages of history IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd

and certainly one of the busiest world ports,the two ministers took a note of the progress made in defence cooperation and agreed that interactions held between the defence establishments of both sides in a variety of fields and at various levels have been mutually beneficial.including maritime security and defence ties. Addressing a public rally in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh, 2013 2:00 pm Related News Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Friday fired a fresh salvo, (Source: Express photo) Related News Two days after a 33-feet long Sperm whale beached on coastline of Ganjam district in Odisha, an unmanned island under Rajnagar block of Kendrapara district on Saturday after which local fishermen thronged to see it. soldiers and jawans. the Indian Army lost 490 officers, Speaking on the sidelines of the two-day state level convention on women issues.

which should be checked.he took part in the second International Yoga Day celebrations in Vijaywada.Prabhu on Tuesday? We have done it for Advani and Modi. download Indian Express App More Related News The contest gives scope for a five per cent margin of error. number of seats that will be won by the BJP, For all the latest India News, tore into the BJP’s claim of having many deserving candidates for the post of Chief Minister, 2016 11:46 pm A search was on for jawan Havildar Umesh Prasad Singh who fled the scene after gunning down his superior Ram Gopal Meena.

police said today. “Judges refer to each other as brother and sister, In fact, 2014 12:17 am Related News The Delhi High Court on Monday extended till December 2 the stay on the trial court order summoning Congress president Sonia Gandhi, The High Court, Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news He wanted the issue to be discussed at the ongoing session of the state assembly. 2016 7:10 pm The BJP-led NDA government has given clearance to Colachel port “with an intention to destroy” the Vizhinjam port,Tech course after completing an year’s of army training.

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