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Pazhassiraja Museum


Situated at about 5 km from Kozhikode town at East Hill, is a veritable treasure treat for all historians and connoisseurs of art and beauty in the form of the Pazhassiraja Museum.

The museum is under the administration of the State Archaeology Department and exhibits antique bronzes, mural paintings, models of temples, umbrella stones, ancient coins, and other megalithic memorials.

The museum exists in a colonial bungalow which was constructed in 1812 AD. The bungalow then called East hill Bungalow was the headquarters for then Malabar Collector under the British rule. The bungalow itself is an attraction as it portrays Kerala’s architecture as well as the managerial set up of colonial age. The Bungalow has a main building, residential rooms, kitchen area with a dining place and a protection wing. The main building includes the court hall, office area and a basement which was mainly used for housing the accused during remand period.

Near the museum is an Art gallery which has on display the beautiful Painting collection by Raja Ravi Varma.

Best time to visit

September to May is the best time to visit.


The museum is named after the great Pazhassiraja Kerala Varma of the Padinjare Kovilakom of the Kottayam regal family. He even led the famous 'Pazhassi Revolt' against the British East India Company during the second half of the 1700s. Also called the Lion of Kerala, Pazhassiraja is even credited for bringing in the guerrilla technique of warfare in the hills of Wayanad to oppose the increasingly unbearable British colonialism. Unfortunately, this great liberty chaser was shot dead in an encounter on 30 November 1805.


The museum opens from 9:OO a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch break is from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The place is closed on Mondays and other public holidays as well.

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