Kerala Folklore MuseumKerala Folklore Museum in Kochi is located at Thevara and is a true example for efforts put in to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Kerala. This establishment came into being with the efforts of George Thalliath who was an art collector himself. The artifacts displayed here include rare manuscripts, musical instruments, jewelry worn in earlier times and even the ancient utensils.
The museum is a three-storeyed building featuring the architectural styles of Cochin, Malabar as well as Travancore. The wooden carvings spotted inside the museum has been done with great dedication. The entrance to this museum features the fragments of a 16th century temple in Tamil Nadu. The entrance door has the Malabar-style wooden windows and it also features a decorative door lock called the manichitratazhu. The museum is truly the result of the dedication put in by 62 carpenters and skilled workers who worked under the guidance of George Thalliath. It took more than seven years to get the work completed but the outcome looks spectacular.
The museum holds more than 4000 artifacts in its collections and each floor displays a unique architectural style. The first floor is popularly called as the kalithattu and its here that costumes from different art forms like Theyyam, Kathakali, Ottanthullal and Mohiniyattam are showcased. It has a Malabar style of architecture while the second floor adapts the style of Kochi. Wooden ceilings featuring 60 frames looks neat and the beautiful mural painting displayed is the highlight here. The third and last floor is a theater where stage performances are conducted every day. Here a Travancore style of architecture has been displayed and it is seen to feature a 17th-century wooden ceiling.
The Museum is open to all every day.
Timings: 9:30 am-7:00 pm
Entrance Fee: Adults-100, Students: 50.
How to Reach Kerala Folklore Museum
The Ernakulum South Railway station is located at a distance of 4 km from Kerala Folklore Museum in Kochi. Once you exit from the station you need to move south on the S Railway Station road. Make a left turn and as you continue on this road turn left onto the Chittoor road. After you pass the Valanjambalam Junction make a left turn and then sharp right turn to move on the Ettumanoor – Ernakulam road. Make a left turn after the Pallimukku Junction and then a left turn after you move past the Perumanoor S. O. You will pass by the St Thomas Girls School Ground and soon you will meet your destination.
Address: Near Madurai Highway (NH49) Pandit Karuppan Roadi, Kochi