Pazhassiraja Museum and
Location : About 5 km from Kozhikode town at East Hill, Kozhikode
district, north Kerala
A veritable treasure trove for historians and connoisseurs
of art, the Pazhassiraja Museum is located in Kozhikode - the land
of spices which lured navigators from time immemorial down to the
Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama in 1498. The Art Gallery adjacent
to the museum displays the acclaimed paintings of Kerala's cherished
artists, Raja Ravi Varma (1848 - 1906) whose works brought international
repute to the State and his uncle Raja Raja Varma.
The museum is managed by the State Archaeology Department and has
on display mural paintings, antique bronzes, ancient coins, models
of temples, umbrella stones, dolmenoid cists (quadrangular burial
chambers with capstones), and similar megalithic monuments. The
art gallery has the oil paintings and other works of Raja Ravi Varma.
For more information on Ravi Varma's works, refer 'The prince among
painters and a painter among princes' .
The museum and the art gallery are named after the great Pazhassiraja
Kerala Varma of the Padinjare Kovilakom of the Kottayam royal family.
The famous 'Pazhassi Revolt' (against the British East India Company
during the second half of the 1700s) was led by Pazhassiraja. Nicknamed
the Lion of Kerala, Pazhassiraja is also credited with introducing
guerilla warfare in the hills of Wayanad to resist the increasingly
intolerable British colonialism. This great freedom fighter was
shot dead in an encounter on 30 November 1805.
Nearest railway station: Kozhikode.
Nearest airport : Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about
23 km from Kozhikode town.