Malakadavu waterway gets fresh lease of life

Efforts to preserve Mala Kadavu may put the port in the heritage tourist map.

Efforts to preserve Mala Kadavu may put the port in the heritage tourist map.  

The ancient port to be preserved; Boat jetty to be constructed

Malakadavu, which has the heritage of hundreds of years, will be preserved under the Muziris project.

The administrative committee of the Muziris Heritage Project has also decided recently to revive the Mala Heritage Water way.

Malakadavu, which has been mentioned as ‘Manthai Perunthura’ in writings of Sangam period, had functioned as a satellite port to Muziris in the old times for the export and import of agriculture goods and other trade.

Entry point

Jews, Goud Saraswat Brahmins, kudumbis, and even priests like Chavara Kuriakose Elias reached Mala through the Mala Kadavu, which was then known as Mala Kavadam.

However when road transport gained importance, Malakadavu fell into oblivion. Now government has come forward to protect the heritage place as part of the Muziris project.

Boat Jetty and associated infrastructure will be developed at the Malakadavu as part of the project.

The place surrounding the kadavu will be beautified.

The government has also plan to revive the Mala-Kodungallur heritage water way in connection with the project. This will enable to link the Malakadavu to the National Water way.

Mala Paithruka Samrakshana Samithy gave a memorandum to protect the Malakadavu in October 2016.

The Mala Panchayat and V.R. Sunil Kumar MLA too supported the project.

With the efforts to preserve Malakadavu becoming a reality, Mala will get a prominent place in the Heritage Tourist Map.

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