President Pranab Mukherjee, who was on a visit to Kerala recently, inaugurated India’s largest heritage conservation project in Thrissur district’s Kodungalloor. The Muziris Heritage Project was started six years ago by the Kerala government to conserve historical monuments and museums in the area and to also boost tourism.
It highlights the historical and cultural significance of Muziris – the area which was once a bustling seaport and the heart of the spice route in 1st century BC, reports The Better India.
In the first phase, the Kerala government plans to introduce cycle tours in the area. The government will also have air conditioned boats and water taxis to ferry people to Kodungalloor. There are plans to open food courts in the area.
The project is also significant due to its close link with the spice route initiative launched by Kerala Tourism with the support of UNESCO. This initiative aims to revive Kerala’s age-old trade ties with 41 countries of the world.