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Magical Cochin-All inclusive tour to Muziris with Local lunch
Key Details
  • Duration
  • 8 Hours
  • Pick up Location
  • Hotel Lobby/ Port in Cochin
  • Live Guide
  • Yes
  • Language
  • English
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Enjoy visiting the sites of spice trade in the Golden age of India, magical temple, bazaar and ancient port of Cochin in Muziris. This tour is ideal for cruise liner passengers and provides a convenient way to see the beautiful backwater and surroundings.

Tour Highlights
  • All inclusive tour with local lunch.
  • Enjoy visiting the ancient Jewish Synagogues
  • Visit the Karela history and lifestyle museum.
  • Walk through the ancient Paravur spice market of Kerala.
  • Visit the 628 AD Mosque, the first and oldest in India.
  • Discover the ancient connection between India and Mesopotamia at Pattnam archaeology site.
  • See ladies in action at Chandmanglam hand-loom site.
  • Understand the operational technique of Chinese fishing net in Periyar backwaters.
Tour Details

Get picked up by the personal chauffeur from your hotel lobby or from the Cochin port in the morning and drive for around an hour to reach Muziris, the ancient port town of Cochin. The Guide will first take you to the ancient Pattnam archaeology site.  Discover the ancient connection between India and Mesopotamia and ancient Romans. The Archaeologist believe that the site was continuously occupied at least from the 2nd century BC to the 10th century AD. 

St. Thomas is believed to have landed in Kodungalloor port (formerly called Muziris) in 52 AD. The St. Thomas Church established by the apostle houses holy relics from the olden days. At Kodungalloor, he established the first Christian church in India. 

Walk through the Paravur Spice market where one can still picture fresh produce unloaded off on 'Vanchis', traditional Kerala boats that are used to this day, to ply the backwaters. It retains the livelihood of the people who benefit from the market with conserving the historic buildings within the market. 

Further walk towards Paravur jewish Synagogue. Synagogues are Jewish places of worship. The Jewish communities who came here in different periods settled in and around Muziris were involved in trade. This Synagogue was built in 1615 and is one among the largest surviving synagogues in Kerala.

Arrive at the Chendamangalam hand loom weaving factory, run by a women’s society, the chief livelihood of local women working there. (Closed on Sundays and National Holidays) Chendamangalam fabrics are known for their excellent quality. The handloom products of this region represented the entire Kerala handloom industry. Chendamangalam saris are still famous today.

In 1420, the jews who came from Kodungallur or Palayur to Chennoth (Chendamangalam) built a Synagogue, a place of worship for the Malabari jews. Enjoy a brief visit to this ancient Chendamangalam Synagogue before stopping for local lunch.

Rice, papadum, rassam, beens vegitable, chutnees, fish and flavoured lukewarm water is the integral ingredients of local lunch in Karala. Depending on your choice you may eat or deny eating fish and meat.

After lunch continue the journey to Sree venugopala krishna swamy temple chendamangalam, a famous Hindu temple among locals. 

Enjoy visiting Paliam Nalukettu, the Karela history and lifestyle museum and the Paliam Palace museum. Nalukettu was occupied by the women of Paliam Noble family who followed matrilineal system.

Drive through the Kottapuram market. The Kottappuram market is a trade centre that bears the stamp of both native and foreign influences. This Market would wake up at 3 am shut down at 3 pm.

Arrive Kottapuram Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1523 was referred to popularly as Cranganore Fort and is now known as Kodungallur Fort. The Fort had a strategic position, on the mouth of the river Periyar before it joins the Arabian Sea, which gave it the advantage of controlling the ships and boats that passed to and from the interior of Malabar. Enjoy watching Chinese fishing net from here in the backwaters of Periyar River. 

Visit the Cheraman Juma Masjid, the first mosque in India and probably one of the oldest shrines in the world, burns an oil lamp which is believed to be more than a 1,000 years old. The mosque is believed to be established in 629 AD. 

Drive back to your hotel in Cochin or back to the Cochin port. 

What's Included
  • Private Guide
  • Personal Chauffeur
  • Pick and drop from hotel/ Port in Cochin.
  • Entrance tickets as per Itinerary.
  • Local Lunch.
  • Fuel, parking and air conditioned comfortable car.
  • Government taxes and surcharge.
What's Not Included
  • Tips and Gratuities.
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions.
Meeting Points

Pick up is from the hotel lobby in Cochin/Cochin Port Please advice the full name and address of hotel / Ship while booking.

What to Remember
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
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