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Kerala Tourism and UNESCO to preserve the Spice Route

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Published on : Aug 04, 2014

Kerela Tourism signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNESCO to commence cooperation the latter in protecting and promotion of the ancient Spice Route heritage. The project, Spice Route Initiative by the State Government with UNESCO, is a landmark project to mobilize multilateral and bilateral collaboration with 31 countries that this route connects to.

The project will work towards revival of the ancient Spice Route that connected 31 countries. This route forged some of the historical relationships with countries across continents in the ancient world. Spice such as turmeric, pepper, cardamom, cassia, and cinnamon were some of the popularly traded spices via this route back in the olden times.

The Muziris Heritage Project implemented by the Kerela State Government will be yet another instrumental project in preserving the Spice Route heritage. This project is aimed at including Muziris in the World Heritage Site list by UNESCO. Muziris is an old port at Pattanam, near Paravur, Ernakulam. This port played a huge role in giving an impetus to the Spice Route from the eastern world. However, it was destroyed in the 14th century by a natural disaster. The project will also focus on preserving and restoring this port.

According to AP Anilkumar, State Tourism Minister this deal is a huge move towards remembering and reviving the lost heritage of Kerela for the modern world. He further stated that, for the project to materialize, it will need wholehearted cooperation of all the 31 countries.

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