Kerala tourism is set to bring together the 31 nations that were once connected by the spice route, for an international conference later this year.
The move is with support from The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) for its initiative to revive the two-millennia-old spice route concept that once connected South Western India to various parts of the world.
The ancient trade route is said to have connected South Western India by sea with around 31 countries. Apart from the UNWTO, the UNESCO has also given its backing for the project, which aims at facilitating tourists to travel the route that was once taken by traders 2,000 years ago. It will help explore the history and culture of the different sites, spanning continents that were in the loop.
In Kerala, the main tourist attraction related to the spice route is the Muziris Heritage project that will be inaugurated in February. Under the project, the department has been developing sites said to be associated with the port of Muziris, which was one of the main business hubs.
“We are looking at taking the Spice Route project after inauguration of the Muziris Heritage project in February. With the Muziris Project there will be something concrete that is connected with the spice route to present to the delegates. After the inauguration of the Muziris project, there will be a meeting of the Tourism Department with the ambassadors from various countries in Delhi in March. We hope to have the conference with the delegates from the 31 countries in June or July,” said S Harikishore, Director of the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala, during an event held in Chennai recently. Under the project, the Kerala government has developed 11 museums in the Paravoor-Kodungalloor belt alongside the excavations by the KCHR and the Department of Archeology. A total of 25 museums will be opened up as part of the project in the coming years. Synagogues, temples, mosques, palaces and ancient markets have been revived as part of the project. With the inauguration the project. there will be circular hop-on-hop-off boat services connecting the sites.