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The Pazhasiraja Museum and Art Gallery is located in Kozhikode district of Kerala.

Pazhassiraja Museum

Pazhassiraja Museum in KeralaPazhassiraja Museum is located in the beautiful and exotic city of Kozhikode, which is famous for natural beauty and its cultural heritage. As such, the museum becomes an absolute treasure trove for historians and connoisseurs of art. The Pazhassiraja Museum is located at East Hill, 5 km from Kozhikode, the land of spices which tempted navigators to step into this part of the world, right from time immemorial down to the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama in 1498. The Art Gallery that lies close to the museum, displays eminent paintings of Kerala's esteemed artists, Raja Ravi Varma and Raja Raja Varma, whose works brought international repute to the state. Their paintings narrate the tale of the history that is not written in any other scripture, the tale of then contemporary culture, tradition and lore of wars, and successions over the neighboring rulers by the rulers of Kozhikode.

The Pazhassiraja Museum is managed and maintained by the State Archaeology Department. Beautiful and artistic mural paintings, ancient coins which are antique and are a collector's item, traditional bronze sculptures and utensils, umbrella stones, models of temples, and similar megalithic monuments form the major attractions of the museum. The museum and the art gallery are named after the great Pazhassiraja of the Padinjare Kovilakom of the Kottayam royal family. The well known 'Pazhassi Revolt' which took place during the era of British against the British East India Company, was led by Pazhassiraja. Also called the Lion of Kerala, Pazhassiraja is credited with introducing guerilla warfare in the hills of Wayanad to resist the British colonialism. The museum is easily accessible from Kozhikode railway station and Kozhikode International Airport at Karipur, situated 23 km from Kozhikode town.

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