Circuit Tours

A CRUISE THROUGH THE GOLDEN AGE OF SPICE TRADE

HOP-ON HOP-OFF BOAT SERVICE

Set sail on a whole new experience

The hop-on hop-off boat service is the first of its kind in the country and traverses the hotspots in the erstwhile Muziris region, the hub of Kerala's ancient spice trade. The service includes three fully air-conditioned boats that can carry 25 passengers each.

What is hop-on hop-off boat service?

Hop-on hop-off boat service is a hassle-free way of getting around tourist destinations. Like the popular hop-on hop-off bus services around the world, this service too offers the convenience of a day ticket. One can get off and get in from anywhere according to their convenience and explore the destination to the fullest.

The Itinerary

Keeping tourists like you in mind, the itinerary is divided into three circuits so that you can explore Muziris and its surroundings at your own pace.

* Water Taxis will be available on hire for those who are not interested in the Circuit Tours.

For reservation of hop on hop off boat service at Muziris Heritage Project
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CIRUIT 1

Visitor's Centre - Kottappuram Fort - Kottappuram Market - Azhikode Marthoma Church

Visitor's Centre at Kodungallur (Jetty):

Embark here for an ample dose of religion and architecture.

Must see:

  • Cheraman Juma Masjid
  • Cheraman Islamic History Museum
  • Trikkulasekharapuram Sree Krishna Temple
  • Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple
  • Keezhthali Siva Temple
  • Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple
  • Sringapuram Siva Temple

Kottappuram Fort (Jetty):

Here, among the ruins of a fort, history beckons.

Must see:

  • Kottappuram Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1523, played a significant role in the wars between the Zamorins of Kozhikode and the rulers of Kochi. It was later captured by the Dutch, following a heavy fight in which the fort was all but destroyed.
  • Knanaya Thomman Church

Kottappuram Market (Jetty):

It's here, eons ago, that merchants from all over the world flocked to.

Must see:

  • Kottappuram Market is quite possibly one of India's oldest markets, established in 1790 under the aegis of Sakthan Thampuran, the king of Kochi. Even though it has lost much of its former glory, this once thriving nerve centre of Kerala's foreign trade still functions to this day, albeit in a modern guise.
  • Kottappuram Waterfront and Eat Street
  • St. Michael's Church

Azhikode Marthoma Church (Jetty):

Revisit a page from Kerala's freedom struggle here.

Must see:

  • Abdul Rahman Sahib Museum
  • Marthoma Church

CIRUIT 2

Kottappuram Market - Gothuruth - Paliam - Kottayil Kovilakom

Gothuruth (Jetty):

Encounter the vestiges of Portuguese culture on this island.

Must see:

  • Gothuruth Church
  • Gothuruth Performance Centre, where you could catch a live performance of the unique maritime theatre form - Chavittu Nadakam, an art form introduced by the Portuguese missionaries.
  • Gothuruth is also famous for its Portuguese-inspired cuisine which includes over 100 varieties of sea-food recipes.

Paliam (Jetty):

Paliath Achans, the prime ministers of the king of Kochi used to live here.

Must see:

  • Paliam Kovilakom (Kerala History Museum)
  • Paliam Nalukettu (Kerala Lifestyle Museum)
  • Sree Perumthrikkovil Temple
  • Chendathrikkovu Sree Krishna temple

Kottayil Kovilakom (Jetty):

A land where religious harmony is evident wherein a temple, church and mosque stand next to each other.

Must see:

  • Kottayil Kovilakom: this historically significant site once housed the palace of the Villarvattom King or the Villarvattom Swaroopam. The palace (Kovilakom) was located within a fort (Kotta) and hence the name Kottayil Kovilakom.
  • Sree Krishna Temple
  • Chendamangalam Synagogue Kerala Jews Lifestyle Museum)
  • Vypeenkotta Seminary
  • Holy Cross Church
  • Jewish Cemetery
  • Chendamangalam Mosque

CIRCUIT 3

Paravur Visitor's Centre - Sahodaran Ayyappan - Manjumatha Church - Azhikode Marthoma Church

Paravur Visitor's Centre (Jetty):

A land steeped in history and tradition.

Must see:

  • Kerala Jews History Museum (Paravur Synagogue)
  • Kottakavu Church
  • Kannankulangara Temple
  • Muziris Library

Sahodaran Ayyappan (Jetty):

This is the birthplace of a renowned social reformer, thinker and administrator.

Must see:

  • Sahodaran Ayyappan Museum
  • Cherai Beach
  • Sree Varaha Temple, Cherai
  • St. Mary's Church, Cherai

Manjumatha Church (Jetty):

As the story goes, this is where faith gave a new twist to history and saved people from Tipu's invasion.

Must see:

  • Pallipuram Fort
  • Manjumatha Church

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