Kerala Tourism Muziris Heritage Project: Objectives and Highlights
Kerala Tourism Muziris Heritage Project: Objectives and HighlightsQuestion: The Kerala Tourism Muziris Heritage Project recently won the 2015 Pacific Asia Travel Association Award in the Heritage and Culture category. Discuss the project highlights and objectives in this context.
- Kerala Tourism’s Muziris Project has recently won the 2015 Pacific Asia Travel Association award in the Heritage and Culture category
- Award was conferred on the project for its conservational features, uniqueness and positive impact for the local community
- It also focused on project objective for restoring the historical and cultural significance of this ancient town stretching along North Paravur in Ernakulam to Thrissur’s Kodungalloor.
- This is the flagship project of the state
- It is one of the leading and largest heritage conservation projects of modern India
- This project forms part of the heritage circuit between North Parur and Kodungalloor in Kerala.
- An ancient port town in Kerala, Muziris is fuelled with history and culture with remnants of glory available in features such as place names, architecture, diet and more
- Muzuris has the following cultural hotspots:
- Azhikode where Christianity first entered India,
- Cheraman mosque, which gave out the first Muslim call for prayers,
- Bharani festival at the Kodungalloor Bhagavathy temple,
- Original culture of the Jewish synagogue
- Palium palace and to the old waterways
- This is the biggest heritage conservation project in the country and the first Green project of Kerala government
- There is involvement of multiple government departments and convergence
- Around 25 museums form a network for conserving the Muziris heritage
- A research and academic institution is also in place for supporting this project
- It has brought about infrastructure development and also mobilised livelihood opportunities for local community members
- Promote awareness and understanding of the cultural distinctiveness and diversity of Muziris
- Conserve cultural assets and safeguard them for the present and future generations
- Practice and promote sustainable development
- Promote participative approach towards conservation and restoration
- Ensure accessibility for all
- Inclusion of heritage of Muziris in regional educational programmes
- Integration and heritage management for mutual synergy
Facts and Stats
- It includes four panchayats in Ernakulam district namely Chennamangalam, Chittatukara, Vadakekkara, Pallippuram, and three panchayats in Thrissur district namely Eriyad, Mathilakam and Sreenarayanapuram.
- This project conserves and showcases culture of 3000 years/more for posterity
- This is an annual award sponsored by the Macau Government Tourism Office
- It is given in recognition of attainments of 25 separate organisations and individuals
- PATA is a membership association working to promote travel and tourism within Asia Pacific