Do you want to explore the memories of great freedom fighter 'Pazhassiraja Kerala Varma'? Visit Pazhassiraja Museum in East Hill, at a distance of 5 km from the Kozhikode town, and explore his veritable treasure trove and artifacts from 1000 BC to 200 AD. Managed by the Kerala State Archaeology Department, the museum as well as the art gallery, exhibits collection from the megalithic age and the Indus Valley Civilization.
Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery is beautifully located among the picturesque settings of Kozhikode and it is an ultimate destination for the historians and aficionados of art and literature. The art gallery is located in the vicinity of the museum and exhibits a number of paintings of Kerala's respected artists, including the Raja Ravi Varma, and Raja Varma, who were the connoisseurs of paintings and other performing arts. It is said that these paintings tell tales from the past and gives a visual history of Kerala.
The museum showcases a number of stunning works of art including ancient coins, traditional bronze sculptures & utensils, umrella stones, miniature models of temples, crafted out of plaster of Paris, mural paintings, stone carvings, artifacts, gold coins, antique bronzes, diamond cysts, etc.
The museum building was constructed in the year 1812 and was then known as East Hill Bungalow, which later got converted into an archaeological museum. In the year 1980, the building was renamed as the Pazhassi Raja Archaeological Museum. Pazhassiraja Kerala Varma, belongs to the Padinjare Kovilakom of the Kottayam Royal Family. He led the famous 'Pazhassi Revolt' against the British East India Company during the second half of the 1700s.
The king was popularly known as the 'Lion of Kerala', as he was the one who introduced guerilla warfare in the hills of Wayanad to resist the British colonialism. However, this great freedom fighter was shot dead in an encounter on 30 November 1805 AD.