This page gives the links to the Muziris Heritage Project, which is a large conservation project being carried out by the Government of Kerala which when completed will be a major destination for cultural tourism. Muziris, in the Ernakulam and Thrissur districts of Kerala was an active port in the 1st Century BC, where Chinese, Arabs, Jews, Greeks and Romans came to trade. Similarly, although the Portuguese, Dutch and the British too initially came to trade, they were very much a part of the internal power struggles between Travancore, Kochi and Calicut and the Mysore kingdoms. All of them have left their imprints on the region.The historical monuments and materials made available through recent excavations establish it as a unique location to tell the story of 3000 years of Kerala, a story of coexistence and sharing.


Benny Kuriakose is the Conservation Consultant for the Muziris Heritage Project and have been involved with the master plan and implementation of the Project from the beginning.



DECCAN HERALD, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015


See the article which has been published in yesterday's Deccan Herald newspaper Kochi edition, on the Muziris Heritage Project.

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NDTV DOCUMENTARY ON MUZIRIS HERITAGE PROJECT, AUGUST 29, 2015


The excavations in Pattanam, Cherman Masjid, the oldest mosque in India, the religious harmony amongst the Hindus, Christians, Muslims & Jews, the potential of this site as a future world heritage site etc. are being discussed in this documentary which was aired on 29th August, 2015.

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BANGALORE MIRROR, JULY 1, 2015 


An article in Bangalore Mirror - Times of India, by Jayanthi Madhukar, features the Muziris Heritage Project and it's conservation consultant, Benny Kuriakose, highlighting what Karnataka could learn from its neighbour.



THE HINDU, JULY 18, 2015


The Muziris Heritage Project has won the Pacific Asia Travel Association Awards (PATA) for the Kerala Tourism in the 'Heritage & Culture' category, for it's “conservational aspect, uniqueness and impact on the local community". 

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MUZIRIS HERITAGE PROJECT SELECTED AS A GOOD PRACTICE



National Institute Of Urban Affairs, as a part of the Pearl Initiative, has documented the Muziris Heritage Project as a good practice case. They tried to document good practice under five thematic areas relating to planning, governance and service delivery. This has led to the preparaton of 'Compendiums of Good Practices' for Water Supply, Sanitation, Cultural Heritage, Solid Waste Management, Urban Transport and Urban Reforms. 

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THE HINDU, JUNE 27, 2015


An article in Property Plus, The Hindu, by Ranjani Govind, features the Muziris Heritage Project and an interview with Benny Kuriakose.




THE HINDU, JUNE 26, 2015


Suganthy Krishnamachari, from The Hindu, talks with Benny Kuriakose about the Muziris Heritage Project. The article highlights the increasing importance of heritage and vernacular architecture.
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CITY EXPRESS, JUNE 15, 2015

'A time travel to the golden age of Muziris', by Rini Ann George, in the City Express, Kochi, features the Muziris Heritage Project. Muziris was a prosperous port of the 14th century. Muziris Heritage Project seeks to recreate the story of 3000 years of Kerala and promote cultural tourism. The article highlights the various renovation works done for this project. 
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ARTS ILLUSTRATED, DECEMBER 2014 - JANUARY 2015


An article in the Art Illustrated, by Vani Sriranganayaki Vanamamalai, features the history of Muziris, and tells us how the Muziris Heritage Project brings us the voices from the past.
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THE WEEK, DECEMBER 28, 2014


Spice Route, the cover story of THE WEEK, by Mandira Nayar, features the trade roots of Muziris, uncovered by the Muziris Heritage Project. 

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THE WEEK, DECEMBER 28, 2014

 

The cover story of THE WEEK, by Mandira Nayar, features the treasure trail of Spice Route, highlighting the Pattanam Excavation of the Muziris Heritage Project.

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THE WEEK, DECEMBER 28, 2014


Mandira Nayar tells us the story of movement through the Spice Route, portraying Muziris as a prosperous port in the 14th century. 

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THE HINDU, AUGUST 01, 2014


Muziris revived through the historic journey of the Spice Route Heritage. 

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SEMINAR, MAY 2014


Benny Kuriakose and Rubin D'Cruz on Muziris Heritage Project

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MATHRUBHUMI WEEKLY, MAY 04, 2014


Dr. Rajan Gurukkal and Dr. MGS Narayanan reacts to the article written by Dr. P J Cherian on Pattanam excavations in Mathrubhumi.

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THE HINDU, APRIL 16, 2014


Oxford University archaeologists are collaborating with Kerala Council for Historical Research in the excavations at Pattanam.

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MUZIRIS HERITAGE, YOUTUBE 2014


The link leads to many movie clips on the different aspects of muziris heritage in youtube.

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MATHRUBHUMI WEEKLY, MARCH 29, 2014


Dr. P J Cherian, Director, Kerala Council for Historical Research answers to some of the criticisms raised against the excavations in Pattanam.

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NEW AGE, FEBRUARY 12, 2014


Bringing to light the traditional and cultural history of Kerala, the famous ancient business port at Muziris, which were lost in the mists of time, is an admirable work taken up by the Government of Kerala.

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MATHRUBHUMI WEEKLY, JANUARY 19, 2014


K. Venu answers some of the criticisms raised in an article in Mathrubhumi weekly on Muziris Heritage Project

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MATHRUBHUMI WEEKLY, JANUARY 12, 2014


Shri Satheesan, MLA takes part in the debate on Muziris Heritage Project and is making clear the stand of the Government.

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YOUTUBE, SEPTEMBER 22, 2013


A movie clip on the Muziris boat race. With the Muziris Heritage Project, many local initiatives and festivals have been launched by the local community. 

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WWW.EURONEWS.COM, MAY 2, 2013


Euronews team visited the Muziris Heritage Site and covered the project in their television network.

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THE HINDU, APRIL 20, 2013


The Paliam Palace was the abode of the eldest male members of the Paliam family who served as Prime Ministers to the erstwhile Cochin kingdom for over 150 years. Adjoining it is the Nalukettu, an exclusive space for women and children of the family.

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INDIAN ARCHITECT AND BUILDER, MARCH 2013


The Muziris Heritage Project in Kerala understands the need to conserve, enhance and interpret the cultural significance of the ancient landscape of the port-city of Muziris and the article in the magazine given a detailed write up on the project.

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INDIA TODAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013


Dr. Thomas Issac, who initiated the Muziris Heritage Project when he was the finance minister for the Government of Kerala gives the historical evolution of the project and elaborates the concepts behind the project.

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THE INDIAN EXPRESS, DECEMBER 10, 2012


The article talks about the origin of the Kochi Muziris Biennale.

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ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2012


C M Nair in his article writes about the lost city of Muziris which is being reprised from the annals of history by the Kerala State government in an effort to reintroduce this ancient port city reaffirming the state's heritage. 

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HERITAGE ACTIVITIES, APRIL 2012


A report on the Indian-Dutch heritage symposium and the field visit to Muziris on 12-13 April, 2012.

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OUTLOOK, APRIL 20, 2012


Minu Ittyipe writes about the Muziris Heritage Project in Outlook magazine.

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YOUTUBE, FEBRUARY 2, 2012


The Muziris Fest inauguration which was held in North Parur was inaugurate by actor Mammootty.

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THE TIMES OF INDIA, FEBRUARY 3, 2012


The Muziris Heritage Project will spellbind the world once it is fully operational. In a world that finds a reason to conflict on just about any pretext, this heritage site will become Kerala's gift to the planet.

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MALAYALA MANORAMA, JANUARY 17, 2012


The construction work of  boat jetties under Muziris heritage conservation project has started. The number of foreign tourists has increased since. New York Times newspaper has listed out Muziris has one of the important tourist destinations.

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JEWS OF COCHIN, NOVEMBER 10, 2011


An article by Bala Menon on the restoration of the Paravur Synagogue as part of the Muziris Heritage Project.

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NEW INDIAN EXPRESS, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011


The Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT) is now on a spree to video document every single development under the Muziris Heritage Project. 

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THE HINDU, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011


The Kerala Council of Historical Research has approached the Kerala Agricultural University for expertise to set up a garden village in Pattanam, a heritage site near Kodungallur where excavation is on.

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YOUTUBE, AUGUST 24, 2011


A short documentary on the conservation of Paravur Synagogue under the Muziris Heritage Project.

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KALAKAUMUDI, ONAM SPECIAL 2011


Former Kerala Finance Minister, Dr.Thomas Issac and writer Sethu goes down the memory lane to their native places Kottappuram and Chendamangalam.



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FASTTRACK, JUNE 2011


A travelogue on various sites of Muziris with Malayalam actor, Asif Ali which appeared in the malaylam magazine.

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YOUTUBE, MAY 2, 2011


A short documentary on the conservation works of Paliam Palace under the Muziris Heritage Project.

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MALYALAM, MARCH 25, 2011


An open letter by S. Gopalakrishnan on the Muziris Heritage Project to the next Chief Minister of Kerala

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ASIANJEWISHLIFE.ORG, MARCH 23, 2011


Linguistic evidence points to an even earlier commercial connection between Israel and India’s Malabar Coast. Now, in one of the world’s most fascinating archaeological excavations in Muziris, the legendary links with Kerala mentioned by the Romans and in Tamil texts, has been discovered.

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ISLAMIC CULTURE RELATION AND ORGANIZATION, MARCH 4, 2011


Dr. Karim Najafi, the Cultural Counsellor of the Islamic Republic of Iran expressed his views in the meeting organized by UNESCO and Government of Kerala on the Spice Route and Muziris Heritage Project.

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INDIAN EXPRESS, MARCH 4, 2011


The Kerala government in partnership with UNESCO unveiled the 'Spices Route Initiative' in the presence of the representatives of 15 countries on the erstwhile spices circuit. The project's initiative attempts to create a model similar to the silk route.

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INDIA TODAY (MALAYALAM), MARCH 2011


2000 year old history is unfolded through the Muziris Heritage Project. Government’s approach to bring back the glory of the historic city, is a good exposure to the present generation.

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THE HINDU, FEBRUARY 7, 2011


To preserve scientifically, the classified archaeological materials related to the 2,000 year old port town of Muziris, the state government run Centre for Heritage Studies has launched a conservation laboratory.

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THE HINDU, JANUARY 6, 2011             

                                                                         

The ancient port city Muziris, which was once one of the most important centres of maritime trade in the world, is being restored to its former glory under the Muziris Heritage Project of the Government of Kerala.

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TOURDESTINATIONS, JANUARY 2011


The link leads to some of the articles written by different people on Muziris.

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THE ECONOMIC TIMES, DECEMBER 20, 2010


Tourism in Kerala, which has so far targeted mainly beaches, backwaters and forests, will soon showcase the glory of the 3000 year old Muziris port. 

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ECONOMIC TIMES, DECEMBER 2010


Hugh and Collin Gantzer write about the Muziris Heritage Project and its importance for the travelers. 

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DESHABHIMANI, OCTOBER 26, 2010


The Heikal moved from Paravur Synagogue to Historic Museum of Jerusalem is being recreated as part of Muziris Heritage Project.

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WWW.EXPRESSTRAVELWORLD.COM, OCTOBER 2010


The article talks about Muziris Heritage Project and responsible tourism in Kerala.

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THE HINDU, SEPTEMBER 26, 2010


Dr. Thomas Issac, the finance minister says that the Muziris Heritage Project will be visited by school students, scholars and tourists.

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THE HINDU, SEPTEMBER 3, 2010


The 17th century 'Paliam Palace', a landmark built by the Dutch East India Company, and the 'Nalukettu', the traditional mansion adjacent to it, are private properties that were in need of attention. The Kerala government has taken up their conservation  under Muziris Heritage Project with an understanding that the Paliam Eswara Seva Trust, which owns the buildings, will keep it open to the public after restoration and made into museums.



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THE INDIAN EXPRESS, AUGUST 1, 2010


Thousands of years ago, Muziris was a thriving port city on the western coast of India, with links to the Roman empire. And then, it disappeared. Now, four seasons of excavations in Pattanam, a coastal village in Kerala’s Ernakulam, have revealed that this could be Muziris.

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JERUSALEM POST, JULY 16, 2010


Conservation of the beautiful Paravur synagogue under Muziris Heritage Project is proceeding at a dizzying pace, and underlines the special ties Jews enjoyed with other faiths in South India.



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THE HINDU, JUNE 8, 2010


Historian KN Panikkar says that the archaeological excavation at Pattanam needs to be upscaled in view of its historical importance not only to Kerala or India, but to the world maritime trade as well.




YOUTUBE, APRIL 1, 2010


A short video clip on Muziris by BBC in their series titled the 'The Story of India'.

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DECCAN HERALD, 2010


The article by Gopakumar talks about the old roman trade links with Muziris and the heritage tourism project.

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THE INDIAN EXPRESS, DECEMBER 29, 2009


A workshop was held in Thrissur on the museums being set up for the Muziris Heritage Project.




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THE HINDU, NOVEMBER 22, 2009


UNESCO had asked the Muziris authorities to explore the possibility of developing the heritage project as a ‘Spice Route’ on the lines of the well-known 'Silk Route'.

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MATHRUBHUMI WEEKLY, NOVEMBER 2009


A write up by Bijuraj on the early years of Muziris Heritage Project.

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MALYALA MANORAMA, OCTOBER 2009


Jeejo John Puthezhathu writes on the Muziris Heritage Project and what it can contribute to the state of Kerala.

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THE HINDU, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009


With the approval by the State Cabinet for the Muziris Heritage Site, the heritage conservation-cum-tourism project that centres on the ancient Muziris port has crossed a crucial hurdle.

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THE HINDU, JUNE 29, 2009


The preliminary action plan for the ambitious heritage-preservation-cum-tourism project, Muziris Heritage Site, will be ready in a fortnight. 

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THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS, JUNE 26, 2009


The aim of the Muziris Heritage Project is to see the monuments in totality, not in isolation, and design in a manner that involves the local communities and integrates the various proposals involved in the other developmental activities.

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THE HINDU, MARCH 22, 2009


The Muziris Heritage Project involves conservation of historic buildings as well as revitalization of old bazaars, roads, canals and bridges and linking them into several tourist circuits. A tourist visiting this area will have a walkthrough of 2000 years of Kerala’s history and traditions.

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DESHABHIMANI, ONAM SPECIAL


An article on the ancient things found from the excavations in Pattanam.

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DESHABHIMANI, JUNE 28, 2009


Travelling through thousands of years old traditional and cultural history of a state will be possible through Muziris Heritage Project. 

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OUTLOOK MAGAZINE, JANUARY 14, 2008


Those who know their history, will recognise Kodungallur as India's gateway to the civilisations of the world at a time when the term "globalisation" was several centuries away. This bustling trading port for spices and precious stones was known to Greeks, Romans and the rest of the world as Muziris or a variant of it (a latinised 'Muchiri' or cleft lip in Malayalam denoting the way the Periyar opens into the Arabian Sea here), well before the idea of India and a century before Christ was born.

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