Pazhassi Raja Museum

Pazhassi Raja Museum in Kerala located at Kozhikode, this Kerala Museum is a veritable treasure trove for historians and connoisseurs of art. The museum and the art gallery are named after the great Pazhassi Raja 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 Pazhassi Raja. Nicknamed Lion of Kerala, Pazhassi Raja 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.

Pazhassi Raja Museum runs by the State Archaeological Department. The museum is a treasure for the lovers of ancient art and artifacts. Ancient mural paintings, antiques, bronzes, old coins, models of temples, megalithic monuments like dolmonoid cysts, umbrella stones etc are displayed here. 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.